The High Priestess Tarot Card is the second major arcana card in traditional tarot decks. When the High Priestess is present, she teaches us about our own intuition and inner wisdom. When the High Priestess is present in a tarot card reading she urges us to listen to our own inner guide and teacher. She represents the occult and all the secrets that are hidden behind the veil. She represents the Shekhinah, the presence of the divine feminine aspect of the Divine. She holds a copy of the Torah on her lap as she sits between the mystical pillars of Jachin and Boaz in the Temple of Solomon. These pillars represent the duality of life, black and white, light and dark, spirit and matter.They show us that we must choice but that inner wisdom and quietude must be used before making that decision. The High Priestess wants you to think before acting, deciding or speaking. She does not support acting impulsively and without considering the consequences. The High Priestess represents the power of mystery and inner feminine wisdom as well as dreams, cycles and lunar tides. We can interpret timing with the High Priestess tarot card as astrological equivalent of Pisces.
The High Priestess Tarot Card balances the male energy of The Magician. As she sits in front of the the veil of pomegranates she is the embodiment of intuition and urges you to go deeper into yourself to find your own answers. She speaks to the inner realms and the unconscious mind, urging you to wait before taking action. The implication is to wait until your own intuition speaks to you. The pomegranates are an ancient symbol of fertility and if we look closely at the pattern the pomegranates make, the can be connected to represent the Tree of Life (Kabbalah), which in Jewish symbolism defines the path to God. On her head she wears the crown of Hathor, the Mother of the Sun God Ra. This implicates that she is the giver of life, the Sophia, feminine wisdom, the consort of God. To interpret the High Priestess when present in a tarot card reading we understand that she is the path to God and through her all things are made known. The High Priestess represents the celestial mother – and the Virgin Mary – and can often represent a platonic friendship between a man and woman.
When doing tarot card readings for clients there are times when we will interpret the High Priestess tarot card in a more mundane fashion. She can represent secrets and the unknown and could quite possibly be a secret woman inserting herself into and already existing relationship. When the High Priestess tarot card is present in tarot card readings concerning love and relationships, her presence should be clearly regarded. We do recommend the tarot card reader dig a little deeper to ask the cards to reveal directly whether or not there is a hidden woman in a relationship before presenting that information to the client.
The HIGH PRIESTESS Tarot Card Meaning and Interpretation Words to remember
Face up- Wisdom, knowledge, learning, intuition, purity, virtue, a lack of patience, a teacher, empathy
Reversed- Ignorance, lack of understanding, selfishness, shallowness
Astrological planet – The Moon
Astrological sign – Pisces