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 High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning

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.

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