A word from the creator of the Linestrider tarot:
Learning, study, intelligence, organization, community, corporation, ritual, religious affiliation, conformity, tradition.
The Hierophant card represents tradition, hierarchy, institutions and values. Ruled by Taurus, the Hierophant symbolizes the need to conform to rules or established ideas. While emphasizing the sharing of knowledge in an institution, the Hierophant represents education, knowledge seeking and mentoring. He is the male counterpart of the High Priestess and is sometimes referred to as the Pope or Shaman. When I was thinking about drawing this card, I did not intend to illustrate a bear, but I believe it appeared because the bear spirit brings strength and confidence and it is associated with adversity, action and leadership; reasons why a person may need to seek higher education or the formal setting of an institution. The number three is repeated several times in this card (see if you can find them all), an indication of the Hierophant's dominance over the three worlds. The crossed keys represent a balance between the conscious and the unconscious. This card may indicate a period of deep learning studies through formal methods.
In a reading, the Hierophant in the present position, indicates that you are in a situation where adherence to the system, hierarchy, set of beliefs is advised or in progress. It can mean going back to school, joining a church, increased application in the community, or even a physical move: getting back into shape, training, better eating and exercising. This card may appear to represent an important institution in your life, such as the university you attend, the company you work for, or any religious institution you are involved with.
Conversely, the Hierophant may indicate a need to challenge leadership or authority, or perhaps it is time to assess your own position within an organization or hierarchy. This card can represent a person of authority or a particular institution in your life. You are invited to re-examine these relationships or the influence they have on your happiness and success. "