The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning

The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning

The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning

UPRIGHT: Intuition, sacred knowledge, feminine energy, the subconscious mind, secrets, wisdom

REVERSED: Secrets, disconnected from intuition, withdrawal, and silence, repression, hidden agendas, blocked psychic powers, lack of self-trust

  • Name of the Card: The High Priestess
  • Number: 2
  • Other Names: LaPapesse, the Popess
  • Element: Water
  • Kabbalistic Letter: Gimel
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: Camel
  • Planet: Moon
  • Yes/No key interpretations: It is a secret
  • Animals: Camel, Dog, Stork
  • Stone: Moonstone, Pearl, Crystal

The High Priestess is card number 2 in The Major Arcana. She represents the subconscious, the strengthening of intuition, secrets, mysteries, feminine energies, reflection and insight.

The Imagery and Symbolism of the High Priestess Tarot Card

The High Priestess is sitting in a passive and Serene manner between two black and white pillars with the letters B and J written on them. The Pillars are Boaz and Jachin. These pillars represent the opposites, severity, and mercy, masculine and feminine, passive and aggressive, black and white. The seated figure of The High Priestess brings the balance among the extremes.

 There is drape behind the high priestess with pomegranates on it which are a symbol of the feminine principle, fertility and female sexuality. She has a crescent moon in her feet and an ocean in the background.  The number two represents the balance of dualities. The cross also represents balance.

The crown on her had represents three phases of the moon, waxing full and waning. That represents birth, life, death or the feminine archetypes of the maiden, mother, and crone. She holds a scroll in her hand that contains the divine law.

The blue color in the card represents intuitive emotions.

Astrology and the High Priestess

In astrology, the planetary correspondence of the High Priestess tarot card is the Moon. Moon is the orb of response, reception, and reflection. The moon is associated with mother and feminine energy in general. Moon represents our unconscious, our emotions, heart, love the needs that we have inside and our inner reactions. The moon also represents our home, the feeling of belonging and support. It also reflects our fears and insecurities. The moon is also related to our past and our memories

The High Priestess and Kabbalah

The path of the High Priestess joins Kether the crown to the Sefirot of Tiphareth, which means beauty or harmony. The name of the path is Gimel meaning Camel. Like the camel which can travel without water for days when it is in the desert, the high Priestess is self-sufficient as she has a whole spring of intuitive powers and self-confidence.  Just like the figure of the high priestess is sitting among two pillars, the path of the high priestess is also right in the middle of the pillars of severity and mercy on the tree of life.

The High Priestess as a Person

The High Priestess is a mother figure who is there to listen to you but who always keeps your secrets. High Priestess represents a person who has wisdom inside that reflects when they will give you advice. A very empathetic person who exactly knows how you are feeling but who doesn’t share their own personal story with you. There is a mystery attached to that person but they are connected to their inner-world and higher-self more than anyone who is around. A person who is in touch with his/her intuitive abilities and trusts them completely.

The High Priestess Card Meaning in General Reading

You have either access to your intuitive powers or you need to get in touch with those and develop those fully. You need to guard your independence and keep your secrets. It can also depict a situation that is hiding from you but you should know that it is a positive card so things will work well for you when the situation will reveal itself. The High Priestess is a mother figure so it is a positive card for pregnancy.

The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning in a Daily reading

Today is a day to explore the depths of your intuition.  Get connected to the depths of your unconscious mind and listen to the signs it is sending you. Guard your secrets and do not explain yourself, your motives or intentions to anyone. It is a good day for any spiritual pursuit or to work on any creative ideas. You can also meditate today.

The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning in a Love Reading

In a love reading, The High Priestess can represent that the relationship is touching you on a deeper level. You need to listen to your intuition and inner voice than what the logic is leading you towards. It may also indicate a very sensual relationship that touches the chords of your soul.

The High Priestess Tarot Card in a Career Reading

In a career reading, this card may represent that the situation is hiding but the things will go in your favor when the situation will be revealed. You also need to keep your ideas hidden and not share your creative work ideas or intentions with others.

The High Priestess Tarot Card in a Health Reading

In a health reading this card may represent that even though all seems well at the moment, you need to carefully examine your symptoms and watch out for the signs that your body is sending out to you. It is a card of feminine energy so it represents perfect hormonal balance and also pregnancy.

The High Priestess Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

When you reverse The High Priestess card the Torah will fell off from her hands and the black pillar gets more dominating.

In the reversed position, the High Priestess Tarot Card may indicate that you have a disconnection with your intuition and you need to trust your instincts more. It shows confused psychic energy. It can indicate delayed information or bad news. It can represent a superstitious person who doesn’t know what message the universe is trying to give him or her.

It can also mean that you have lost that fine balance that you need to maintain, in order to keep things aligned.

In a love reading, it may represent a withdrawal and silence among partners that need to be addressed.

In a health reading, a reversed High Priestess card can be indicative of hormonal imbalance, infertility, and menstrual issues in females. Among males, it can show that you are not listening to the needs of your body carefully and you need to pay more attention to it.

In a career reading the reversed high priestess card can represent the hidden agendas of someone around you at your workplace. It also represents your lack of self-confidence that you need to pay more attention to.  

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