In working on this card I was thinking about John the baptist a lot. It is a cleansing, a baptism, and an initiation. I think that the Hierophant initiates us in to the mysteries of life and prepares us to receive deeper mysteries about what transcends this life. He is the beginning of the process of evolution and spiritual growth for many people. Not the only road but one of the most accessible perhaps.
I also felt strongly that this card needed to have water in it. The Hierophant is often associated with Taurus, in this card symbolized in the water buffalo, but the idea of the cleansing that happens with water was too strong to go only with earthy symbols.
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