At left is The Hierophant from The Gilded Tarot. This is probably my least favorite card in the tarot. But this comes from my inner prejudice against organized religion and I do try to set this aside when I'm reading since organized religion (and all other religion) is only one of the many things this card can represent.
More so than The Emperor, I think this card can represent education, or the opportunity to educate or learn. It may represent belief, faith, or the perception of things. I also see it as sometimes representing conformity and/or peer pressure.
Like the Emperor, I see this card as symbolizing medicine, law, mental health, institutions, or marriage. It could also be a symbol of truth or meaning.
I may see this card as a message to someone that they are the final authority on what is okay and what is not okay to believe in their lives. Sometimes we need permission to believe what we want/need to believe or maybe we need permission to explore other belief systems. The Priest may come up to give us that permission.
At his worst, The Hierophant may be symbolizing unhealthy rigidity in some aspect of the querent's life. Intolerance, prejudice, bigotry, self-righteousness, pretentiousness, or hypocracy may all be represented by this card. Unhealthy, irrational, exclusive belief systems can be pointed out by the appearance of The Hierophant. And as he can represent conformity, he may also symbolize someone's feelings of inadequacy or disenfranchisement.
My current plan is that there will only ever be 78 blog entries at Tarot Journal and that these entries will be a journal of tarot card meanings as I understand them.
If I stick to that plan, then I should only be adding card meanings to the 78 existing blog entries and not adding any new blog entries. So if you subscribe, you are unlikely to ever actually get notified of a new entry.
This blog is going to take time to shape up. It will be slow going but I'm in no hurry. I'm overdue for creating a new tarot journal and this seemed like a fun way to do it.
I enjoy reading tarot as much almost as much as I enjoy teaching it, so feel free to ask for help learning tarot. What else am I giving away? Rune casts and dream interpretation. What's in it for me? This is how I continue my education!