knowledge is earthed for the saplings to grow
history is grounded for the future to glow
the roots of wisdom are strong,
meanders and coils, vast and infinite
each tree a history of its time
each leaf a tale of its own
The Hierophant carries the culture and philosophy of his space-time, and exists as an authority to impose knowledge and traditions. He is the personification of collective consciousness and societal rules, and the accumulation of all that has ever been and all that remains true up to this day. He draws from the grand database consisting of all past experiences and knowledge to provide wisdom and guidance to those who surrenders to him. He is never lost within his own geography, and the extensive knowledge that he has for the worldly terrain bestows upon him a magnetic sense for direction and polarity.
Essentially, the Hierophant is the map and record keeper of this reality. He is also a teacher figure who generously offers his teachings to those in need. Because of his ability to access the “public storage” of universal knowledge (that includes history, culture, norms, and the collective human experience that is known), he is able to instruct and educate in the most effective way. Unlike the High Priestess whose wisdom originates from inner and intuitive knowing, the Hierophant is the pursuit of external knowledge and methodical learning. He also represents the historical, cultural, and structural forces that shape both human understanding and experience.
When the Hierophant is at his worse, the upholder of traditional teachings and wisdom easily becomes a dogmatic bigot that allows little room for intellectual freedom as well as cultural or personal changes. Traditions no longer serve as an instructive tool to help gain insight and guidance; they become systems of oppression and despotism that smother innovation, self-exploration, and individuality. Alternatively, the Hierophant can represent originality, straying from the traditions and cultures that are being taught and upheld, and rebelling against the old ways of thinking.