Key 5 in the Legends Tarot is far from the traditional High Priest.
The High Priest is associated with Taurus and earth, (The Hierophant is Taurus influencing Jupiter) he is the possessor of occult (hidden) knowledge, holding the key to the Mysteries, while guarding the spiritual threshold.
The Bull and Elephant are illustrated in the Hierophant card of the Thoth Deck.The Bull is the sacred animal of earth, the symbol for the astrological sign of Taurus and also the Papal Bull of the Catholic Pope. The Oriel (or Transparent window) is also behind the Hierophant, held in place by nine nails, which refer to the Hebrew letter Vau which means nail and is part of the Yod Heh Vau Heh of Qabalistic doctrine.
The elephant, is also an animal of fertility, power and linked with earth and the Hindu god of fertility, Ganesha.
The Hierophant is accompanied in the back ground with the image of an eagle, a symbol of the Sun-spirit and in Thoth Tarot, the symbol for the Cherub (kerub) of the Air. The Hierophant has one hand lowered, in the sign of benediction; a type of Mudra (hand yoga) in the Hindu tradition.
The Thoth Tarot Hierophant's knowledge is also represented with arcane image. Around him are the four Kerubs or beasts, the guardians of every shrine whose Principle business, which is the center of all magical work, is the uniting of the Macrocosm and Microcosm (As above, so below). This explains the diaphanous oriel that looks out at the Macrocosm. The Macrocosm is also represent as the Hexagram that stands before the "Manifester of the Mysteries", (the Hierophant).
In the center of that Hexagram is a pentagram within which is a dancing child symbolizing the Aeon of Horus that is supplanting the Aeon of the Dying God, known as Osiris.
Before the Hierophant is, according to Crowley, the Scarlett Woman girt with sword, representing Venus as she is now in the New Aeon of Horus, militant and no longer a mere vehicle of her male counter part and stressing equal partnership. The Moon is also exalted in this sign and is represent as her and the nine nails of Vau. She is further represented as the Five Petaled Rose behind the Phallic headdress of the Hierophant. All of this relating to the fact that the Patriarch is no longer the main force of this new Aeon, as the Divine Androgyny is now the driving force, i.e. the He/She in perfect Communion and balance.
The Simonian Gnostics, called the Hierophant, Yahweh, the demiurge, who was not to be trusted, as most of us have seen. The Patriarch, is often cruel, unjust, bigoted, and closed minded and demands conformity. However, his orthodoxy is not our rule, nor he our "ruler", for the Law is "Do as thou wilt, is the whole of the Law, and the Law is love." In less arcane words, we are the Divine Inheritors of the 3 will's: The "I Will Be" of Kether, the 1st Sephiroth; the "Will to Force" of Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth, and the "Will to Form" of Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth. The combination of which makes us the "Being of Will". This is known as the "Son of God", or the Adam Khadmon, who is the inheritor of the All. The Hierophant is the holder of the knowledge of the Emperor. He is of earthly knowledge (Taurus) and much can be learned from him but subservient to him you are not. Just know, that he is not your master, for you are not a slave. You are the "Divine's Self Image" who has "free will".
In his BOOK OF LAW, chapter 1, vs 57 Crowley refers to the serpent and dove symbols in the Thoth Deck card:
" There are love and love. There is the dove and there is the serpent." The Dark Blue Starry night sky of Nuit, the Great Womb from which all phenomena are born, surrounds the Hierophant.
The Hierophant's wand is a three ringed symbol of the the Three Aeons, Isis, Osiris and Horus.The scarlet upper ring is representative of Horus, the two lower rings are usually green for Isis and pale yellow for Osiris. All of which are based on the indigo of Saturn, The Lord of Time, which is appropriate, since the Hierophant is subject to a 2,000 year rhythm of motion.
Some say that the image of the Hierophant is that of a Pope. If so, this is not a Christian Pope, but the image that has come from the ruined altar of Bacchus: The Grand Master or Gypsy Prince associated with Magic, or even from the legend of the keeper of the Keys, the Roman Petra (Peter).
The Legends Tarot-5-The Hierophant, does not imply the Patriarch, but a feminine dragon queen of some type. It seems that in the Legends Tarot, it is all about the legendary art of the fey, mixed with Arthurian, and some druid myths.
Instead of a 3 ring wand, she holds a large sword, and seems to point the way, while a young dragon is perched on her arm. She seems to be standing as a sentinel who points the way out of adversity.
However, the Tarot Hierophant represents, conformism and orthodoxy. Which this attractive card is not very adept at conveying, unless following her direction is a form of conformity.
When the Hierophant is thrown in a divination:
The Reverse meaning of the Hierophant if ill defined by accompanying cards.