The High Priestess Card Meaning
The High Priestess card meaning: she’s our intuition, our link to the universal consciousness and represents the divine feminine. She’s the guardian of secrets, which can be a positive or negative thing, depending on whether you want to know, keep, share or avoid disclosing them! Trust your instincts, they’re always right, but watch out for emotional insecurity.
tarot card number : 2
Positive associations with this tarot card: intuitiveness, understanding, wisdom, mystery, psychic ability, the divine feminine
Negative associations with this tarot card: lack of intuitiveness, emotional insecurity, secretiveness, hidden obstacles or opponents
The High Priestess is the guardian of secrets so when she appears in a reading it can mean a secret is to be revealed or there is a secret you wish to be revealed.
Symbolising our intuitiveness and the realms of our unconscious, the High Priestess is our guide to our inner self and potential.
When the High Priestess appears it suggests you should trust your instincts, let your intuition be your guide. she may even represent an individual who will provide wise counsel and advice.
In a man’s reading, the High Priestess can represent the most important woman in his life.
Negatively the High Priestess can represent emotional insecurity and the danger of being tempted to use emotional blackmail.
Another negative aspect is that a secret is being kept from you, perhaps unknown obstacles or opponents.
In a man’s reading, the negative aspect of this card could represent a woman who is a bad influence on him.
The High Priestess is the Goddess Isis (Asat in Egyptian) who sits at the portal before the great Mystery, indicated by the Tree of Life formation on the tapestry in the background. In legend, she is also known as Persephone, the Corn Maiden and Artemis. The two pillars she’s sitting between are Boaz and Jachim, the pillars of mercy and severity. She sits between the darkness and the light, the pillars of Solomon’s temple, which means it is she who is the mediator of the passage into the depth of reality. The tapestry hung between the two pillars keeps the casual observer out and allows only those initiated in the High Arts to enter. The pomegranates on the tapestry are sacred to Persephone. They are a symbol of duty (because Persephone ate a pomegranate seed in the underworld, which made her have to return every year.)
The blue robe the priestess is wearing is a symbol of knowledge. She is wearing the crown of Isis, symbolising the Triple Goddess. The solar cross on her breast is a symbol of balance between male and female. She holds the half-revealed/half-concealed Torat, the exoteric and the esoteric teachings. The Torat is the book of the law, again symbolising knowledge. She reminds the seeker that the written word is the lesser of the Mysteries, and to be obsessed with it may conceal from view the greater Mystery, which is shown by the Tree of Life behind her.
The moon under her left foot shows her dominion over pure intuition. The palm means fertility of the mind and the cube she’s sitting on is the earth. The planet associated with the High Priestess is the Moon.
Her image later became that of the virgin Mary (Miriam in Hebrew), the “Mother of God.” Isis too was the Mother of Horus, the androgynous God who contained both the male and female polarities in one being.
The High Priestess represents wisdom, serenity, knowledge and understanding. This cards means that the individual being read for has the ability to learn and teach. Any secrets that need to be learned will be revealed soon. Hidden influences can be at work here. If this appears in a reading for a man it represents the perfect woman all men want. If in a woman’s reading, she can find those values – in herself or a friend.
The message is to not confuse the little with the great. Be not content with less than the grandeur in the situation, or the gain will fail to satisfy in the end. She also reminds us to trust our intuition, and for a male especially, he must learn of his “anima” or female side, or he will fail to grow. For a woman, it means to trust herself and not to fall for the delusions perpetrated by the world on females that would bend their natures to imitate those of males in the society.
The High Priestess represents a link to the subconscious mind, which cannot be accessed through the everyday world, but only through dreams and symbols. When this card shows up in a reading, pay attention to your dreams and intuition. When she appears, look for areas of your life that are out of balance. Knowledge of how to fix it will not come through logic or intellect, but through your intuition. Listen to the small voice inside. Put aside a time when you can meditate and listen to your own inner voice.
Key words – Intuition, mystery, unconscious, gate to the Other world. Mentally – an intuitive insight. Spiritually – Your path is guided by intuition, knowing the way through your own heart and your connection to the divine rather than logic or formal teaching; your higher self is communicating via dreams. Emotionally – attuned to heart, emotions, dreams; feelings have an unconscious motivation, dealing from a non-logical place. Physically – Take the job that your gut tells you is right, working as a counsellor or psychic. Business – Follow your gut feeling. Make sure you know all the hidden undercurrents in the situation. Relationship – Relationship is guided by intuition. Feeling a deep intuitive connection. Your reactions are coming directly from your unconscious. Are you dealing with the other individual in the relationship or with your own Anima? The relationship itself is a secret. Problematic – Secretive, things going on under the surface, hidden agendas, ambiguous, flaky. Beneficial – One’s intuitive sense provides useful and helpful information, being in touch with one’s source.
The High Priestess is associated with Moon, and the rune Wyrd. Two is the number of Growth. Meditation Factors – When you need inner guidance; When you need to strengthen your psychic abilities.
This card represents knowledge and wisdom. This card also represents the ability to teach and to learn. It can represent the perfect woman. Also, be careful of quick judgements and prejudice.
She is the Keeper/Guardian of intuitive wisdom and magick. Whereas the Magician is a manipulator of matter and spirit using the formula “as above, so below”, she is the magician whose formula is “as inside, so outside”. She balances not only the Magician, but also the Hierophant. His knowledge is “received”, it is not proven or discovered like the Magician’s it is not felt or intuited as the High Priestess’s, it is “Handed Down”, not to be questioned, inspected or discovered like the Magician would like to do and yet not to be intuited and felt as the High Priestess would, but simply to be taken on faith, because you were told so by an “Authority”. The High Priestess, thus has a busy job, balancing two very Male/Solar approaches to wisdom with her Female/Lunar wisdom.
Wisdom and feminine compassion may provide insight to problems. Hidden influences within yourself may provide you with the answers that you seek. Want to follow through with a course of action and/or to utilise an idea, skill or philosophy. Once you make a decision or decide upon a goal, make a commitment to it and let nothing divert you from it or keep you from attaining it. Recognise the patterns that have sabotaged you in the past and cut them off.
Possible health problems – Sickle-cell anaemia; dehydration; infertility; female; heart; alzheimer’s; amnesia; menstrual; water-retention.
The High Priestess is often described as the guardian of the unconscious. She sits in front of the thin veil of unawareness which is all that separates us from our inner landscape. She knows the secret of how to access these realms. She represents spiritual enlightenment and inner illumination. She is a representative of divine knowledge and wisdom. She has a good understanding of the universe and uses this knowledge to teach rather than to try to control others. She generally appears when you need to listen to and trust your inner voice. The High Priestess is the feminine principle which balances the masculine force of The Magician. She is the Mysterious Unknown that women often represent. The High Priestess challenges us to go deeper, to look beyond the obvious. She reminds us of the vastness of our potential and to remember the unlimited possibilities we hold within ourselves. The High Priestess can also represent a time of waiting and allowing. It is not always necessary to act to achieve our goals. Sometimes we need to wait and allow things to develop within their own time.
Possible career paths: She is the keeper of knowledge and secrets. Combined with the Two of Pentacles – an accountant, especially at a high level where confidentiality is important; the Eight of Cups – a psychotherapist, perhaps specialising in lifestyle changes or 12-step programs; the Lovers – a confidante and/or mediator.
The abstract, spiritual and intellectual face of the anima, the feminine nature of the soul. Primordial female wisdom. Intuition, insight, sacred knowledge, feminine spirituality, the fruitfulness of nature, and the cycle of the seasons. The ancient underground tradition of healing arts, magic and spiritual mystery.
Wisdom, Sound judgement, Serene knowledge, Common sense, Serenity, Objectivity, Penetration, Foresight, Intuition, Comprehension, Perception, Self-reliance, Emotionlessness, Platonic relationships, Practical.
This card is telling you to pay attention to your dreams and intuitions; a facet of you is trying to make itself known. When this card appears in a spread, it indicates that your life is changing. Things that once seemed so certain can no longer be taken for granted. Some puzzling mysteries become more clear, but all is not yet revealed at this point. On the bonus side, you will find that your intuitive powers are increasing and you may be inspired to be creative; this is a particularly good card for poets and writers. Depending on the surrounding cards, the High Priestess can mean that a noble and gentle influence will enter your life in the form of a woman, either as a friend or a lover.
Spiritually you are about to attain a new level of enlightenment. You may have realised the power of your intuition and have begun to study psychic matters. This card can indicate a particular attraction to the occult, a thirst for secret knowledge. At this point, you must pay attention to the lesson of the swan. She is a guide to the Otherworld consciousness, parting the swan-veil mist to allow access. Swan is telling you that knowledge will not come at this time through action or intellectual endeavour, but by listening to the inner voice of the spirit, which may be missed in the hurly-burly of chatter and business. Put aside times of silence when you can become aware and listen.
A selfish and ruthless woman. Conceit. If in a man’s reading, he must be careful not to let a woman’s selfishness destroy him. You also have the ability to judge events and issues clearly, but at the same time tend to be prejudiced and one-sided.
If this card appears reversed, it may mean that you have been acquiring knowledge, but on a superficial level. You haven’t been listening to your intuition. Have you come to terms with your feminine, emotional self?
The High Priestess can signify that you are not listening to your inner voice and may need to take time for reflection and meditation. She can also represent repressed feelings, over-reliance on the opinions of others, and an excessive need for approval and validation.
Ignorance, Short-sightedness, Selfishness, Passion, Physical ardour, Acceptance of superficial knowledge, Improper judgement.
If this card appears reversed in your reading, it can indicate that you have been gaining occult knowledge on a superficial level without any comprehension of its true significance, perhaps merely to impress others. It can also indicate that you have not been listening to your intuition or have been trying to ignore something that you know deep down is true; in either case, this will cause problems for you. On a deeper level, the High Priestess reversed can mean that you have failed to come to terms with yourself as a woman. If you are a man, it can indicate a damaging refusal to accept the feminine, emotional, intuitive side of yourself.
For inner guidance and the strengthening of your psychic abilities you must practice this on a daily basis. Close your eyes and relax. Visualise yourself in the temple grotto. With the high priestess. Know that she exists only to help you and answer your every question. While galaxies circle above you pose your question without any attachment to the answer you will receive. In time she will take her hands from behind her back and in them will be the symbol of your answer.
Thanks for reading,
Psychic Madeline Rose
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