A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Fool card and The Hierophant card together in particular.
The The Fool card and The Hierophant have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Fool and The Hierophant mean together?
When I think of The Fool and The Hierophant, I think of two very different things. The Fool is all about taking chances and starting anew, while The Hierophant is all about sticking to tradition and conforming to expectations. In terms of my health, I think The Fool represents taking risks and trying new things, while The Hierophant represents sticking to what I know and what has worked for me in the past. In terms of my relationship, I think The Fool represents taking chances and exploring new things together, while The Hierophant represents sticking to the tried and true and not straying too far from what is comfortable.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2-card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
What does The Fool mean?
The Fool means fresh hope for me. I feel like I can take chances and explore new paths. I feel like I can embark on new adventures and begin something new. I feel like my health is good and my finances are in good shape. I feel like my relationship is strong and healthy.
What does The Hierophant mean?
The Hierophant is all about tradition, conventional expectations and conformity. In terms of your health, this means that you should probably stick to tried-and-true methods of staying healthy, rather than trying out any newfangled fad diets or workout regimens. In terms of your finances, The Hierophant means that you should stick to tried-and-true methods of saving and investing, rather than taking any unnecessary risks. And in terms of your relationships, The Hierophant means that you should probably stick to traditional methods of courtship and relationships, rather than straying too far outside of the norms.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Fool and The Hierophant has helped you.