The Hierophant is the Guru of the Tarot and is usually depicted as a wise leader or teacher. Getting this card in a reading indicates a time when you're being called to embark upon a new path of higher learning and soul expansion.
When it comes to the evolution of the soul, it's important to be humble and realize that we don't have all the answers. There's still so much that needs to be learned, and even then, the learning process is never really over.
There are many different levels of consciousness. When we're greeted by the Hierophant, it's a sign that it's time to move up to that next level.
Oftentimes, the Hierophant can indicate a fated mentor or teacher who will enter your life. Be open to learning from this person. It's very likely that they will alter the course of your path in an extremely beneficial way.
When you receive the Hierophant in a general reading, it's a call to open your mind to new ways of thinking and being. This is a time of expansion and growth. You're being guided to seek out spiritual knowledge that will help you progress on your journey.
When you receive the Hierophant in a love reading, it's often a sign that the person or relationship in question is a good match for you in terms of morals and values. Because of this, the Hierophant can also indicate commitment or marriage between two people who share a belief system. If you're single and looking, this is your sign to seek out partners who share your values.
When you receive the Hierophant in a career reading, it usually means that you're moving through a time in your career when learning and/or higher education is in focus. You may find yourself considering some type of career training or Mentorship under someone you trust and respect. Continue to develop your skills through the help of others, and your career will benefit.
When the Hierophant shows up in a reading with negative aspects, this is typically a sign to go your own way and make your own rules. Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn't mean that it needs to continue to be that way. Listen to your intuition, especially when it comes to going against the outdated systems.
The Hierophant with negative aspects can also be a sign to watch out for a corrupt or power-hungry leader who doesn't have good intentions.