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The Fey Tarot’s Hierophant

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on March 9, 2010 | Comments (5)


In this deck, this card is called “The Wisest” (printed on the actual card), while in the book, it is called “The Wise One.”

The creator (who many of you know is Riccardo Minetti from Lo Scarabeo) says that this card is of a venerable and wise creature, the source of infinite, ancient, and wonderful memories, of experience and advice. He has learnt great things over time, and has fathomed the abyss of knowledge at length in order to learn.

He also says that in this deck, the Wise One is the consort to the Seer (the High Priestess) and that they are the spiritual mother and father. The Seer is a custodian of wisdom and the Wise one answers and guides.

To me, it sounds like some of these qualities and even the visuals (wise old man, hourglass) are things we often associate with The Hermit. Sometimes it is suggested that The Hermit is a teacher, the wise old man, the mentor. But I’ve often questioned that. The Hermit wants to be alone, not have students, at least not for any length of time. The Hierophant seems more like a teacher.

Would you be more apt to approach this version of The Hierophant for advice and guidance than you would a more traditional version? Why or why not?

Reader Comments

Written By Ty
on March 9th, 2010 @ 9:38 am

I would defintely approach this version- he seems like a teacher and repository of wisdom, not the head of a ruling body that controls and manipulates knowledge for its own ends.

Written By Blackbird "BB"
on March 9th, 2010 @ 10:55 am

“The Hermit wants to be alone, not have students, at least not for any length of time. The Hierophant seems more like a teacher.”

I think having a pet ‘watch dragon’ is going to keep your class size pretty small; I expect anyone willing to actually approach our little friend, has certainly passed the first test of proving they are truely serious about learning what he has to teach… but more broadly I agree with you. I do see the Hierophant as a Teacher, the Hermit as more a renunciate; but they need not be exclusive; in India a Brahmin is exepected to be a householder, and there-fore more accessable in his youth; and it is accept he withdraw and live the life of a renunciate in his old age no?

Written By Douglas Gibb
on March 25th, 2010 @ 4:47 pm

Great point, and one that I agree with. The Hermit isn’t a “natural” teacher. Or at least, that’s not his overall goal. The Hierophant on the other hand is a teacher.

It’s interesting the way the lines between these two cards can become blurred; a subtle difference.

Written By Erica
on November 7th, 2011 @ 3:25 am

This is an old topic, But, I have to say that this card is my favorite version.

Written By Barbara Moore
on November 7th, 2011 @ 11:46 am

Erica, it is one of mine also 🙂

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