|I go down to the edge of the sea.|
How everything shines in the morning light!
~ Breakage by Mary Oliver
In short, The Hierophant has a bad reputation for restraining freedom of expression and withholding knowledge.
Let's take a moment and reframe The Heirophant. Let's begin by internalizing this being as Inner Guidance or Teacher. Now. Because The Hierophant is you, you know what s/he knows. And if there's something you don't know, you can be sure to be guided in the right direction to learn what you don't know. That direction might be a book or a song or a professor or Youtube. In this way of owning The Hierophant, you learn about yourself. You learn what works for you and what doesn't. You learn to trust your intuition. You engage in the ritual of putting yourself back together because only you know what's necessary for growth and healing (even if it's not abundantly clear at that moment). That includes finding genuinely helpful, knowledgeable folks. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
The Hierophant does not need to be the outside oppressor. Invite and embrace your Inner Guidance in this wabi sabi life. It's not likely to steer you wrong.
The Everyday Tarot