Fives in the tarot are characterized by the tension between forces that bring greater freedom and those that thrive upon rigidity and restriction. The Hierophant (5) and The Devil (15) are both manifestations of worldly power, acolyte cards (they have servants), and ruled by earth signs.
The Devil — represented by Baphomet — is the binary-breaking sum of everything in the universe. Ruled by Capricorn, they are a reminder that no one can run from the body, its need for pleasure and desire for freedom. But those same sensual (and sexual, and financial) pleasures can corrupt. The Devil can bring a time of hot sex and good money — just hang onto yourself. Set your boundaries and watch your back. When The Devil appears, consider who’s in control. You may have less power than you think.
The Devil can represent abusive relationships, materialism, celebrity worship, addiction, and excess — all the most alluring and alarming parts of living under the boot of patriarchal capitalism
On the surface the squeaky-clean Hierophant, ruled by Taurus, seems to be The Devil’s opposite, and yet she lords over her charges. The Hierophant coerces, but not obviously. Her crossed keys and scepter indicate that she wields an unchallenged earthly power, no one is big and bad enough to check her. The Hierophant initiates into deeper knowledge, but conformity to group norms is the price you pay for that insight.
The Hierophant draws her power from institutions that oppress and restrict — namely organized religion, and social organizations more generally, (after all, she’s the Lady Pope) and the formations that come with it: marriage, universities, churches, and secret societies.
When The Hierophant knocks on your door, you may be getting a new mentor, become closer with an instructor or religious leader. They know their way is the right way. But do you agree? The Hierophant believes their restrictions are best for everyone, only you can decide if her way is right for you.