Generally, a high priestess is described as a chief woman, who is a proponent of particular belief or practice.
The High Priestess is the 2nd Major Arcana card among all the other 22 Major Arcana cards. On this card, the high priestess wears a blue coloured robe (symbol of knowledge, wisdom, and intelligence) with a cross on her chest, symbolizing her divine knowledge and spiritual connection. On her head, she wears the crown of Isis (goddess of life and magic). In her lap, she holds a scroll with the letters TORA, which symbolizes the greater law according to A.E. Waite, who was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. The scroll is partly covered, signifying that her sacred knowledge is only known to the ones who are very close to her. The crescent moon near her feet symbolizes her connections with the natural cycles of the moon. The connection with the natural cycles of the moon means her powerful feminine energy, intuition, wisdom, sacred knowledge and her spiritual knowledge. Behind her back, there is a thin veil, decorated with pomegranates which symbolizes abundance, fertility, and divine energies. On either side of the high priestess, there stand two tall pillars (associated with the Temple of Solomon). One pillar is black with the letter B on it, symbolizing Boaz, which is called the ‘Pillar of Strength’. The other one is white with the letter J on it, symbolizing Jachin, which is called the ‘Pillar of Establishment’. These pillars also signify the duality of nature; good and bad, masculine and feminine, positive and negative, etc.
- Sacred Knowledge and Wisdom
- Spiritual Powers
- Feminine Energy
The High Priestess symbolizes the connection with the sacred knowledge, spiritual powers, and intuition. It signifies that in reality, things are not the same as they appear to be. There are some hidden facts which are not known to you. This card also advises that the right time has arrived and you have to work on your intuitive powers to know the untold secrets. Try to develop a connection with the divine world by meditating. Sometimes, this card also relates to the actual person in your life who is spiritual and has vast knowledge about the sacred world.
If ‘The High Priestess’ appears in the upright position in your spread, it signifies that it’s the high time that you start working on your intuitive powers. There are many hidden facts and secrets which will only be revealed once you start working on developing the connection with the divine world. The answers you are looking for will come from within. Try to look for the signs which the Supreme power is giving you in the form of dreams. Focus on your intuition as your gut feeling will take you in the right direction in life. If you are already working on your intuitive powers, the appearance of this card in your spread suggests to keep on working hard as it will lead you to your ultimate goal. This card also warns you regarding the hidden facts in your life. Sometimes, this card also signifies a female figure who is spiritual and has vast sacred knowledge.
If this card appears in the reversed position in your spread, it signifies that God is providing you with the number of signs and symbols, but you are ignoring them. It suggests that the answers you are looking for in your life will come from within. For that, you need to focus on your intuitive powers and inner gut feelings to know the realities about the hidden facts. If you will follow this path of sharpening your intuitive knowledge, you will be successful in achieving the ultimate goal of your life.
Alternatively, this card also suggests that you have many hidden enemies in your life. They may appear to be your friends and well-wishers, but in reality, they are opposite. People are gossiping about you, there exists jealousy, envy, and hate in the minds of your dear ones. You need to focus on your subconscious mind to reveal the secrets. It also denotes a woman who might be following the path of both white and black magic against you.
The High Priestess in Past Spread
The appearance of ‘The High Priestess’ in the past spread suggests that your intuitive powers helped you to gain knowledge about various hidden facts. It suggests that following this spirituality will help you to gain knowledge about many things in life. Patience, calmness, and understanding of the things are the only keys to be successful. This card also suggests that you had got to know who are your loved ones. It also shows your connection with a spiritual teacher in past.
The High Priestess in Present Spread
In the present spread, the appearance of this card shows that you need to keep patience and calmness to understand the various aspects of life. The answer you are seeking will come from within. You have to work on your intuitive powers to know the various secrets of your life. Once you will gain the knowledge of your subconscious mind, you will master the art of spiritual guidance. This card also suggests not to share your secrets with anyone.
The High Priestess in Future Spread
This card in the future spread suggests that only your patience and calmness will help you to avoid any sort of conflicts in life. Once you will develop this habit of tolerance, you will notice a positive change in your life. This card also advises you to stay connected with your intuitive powers as it will lead you to the spiritual enlightenment. Try to avoid sharing your secrets with anyone.
The High Priestess in Love Spread
If you are a woman and single, then the appearance of this card in your spread suggests that you are highly desired by a lot of men. A lot of people get attracts by the face value of yours. This card suggests that follow your intuitive powers to select the best man for yourself. If you are a man and single, then the appearance of this card in your spread suggests that you easily get attracted to the beautiful women around you. People also admire you, especially females, but you need to focus on every aspect before considering the best match for yourself.
If you are a woman and committed, then the appearance of this card in your spread suggests that there might be some secrets about your partner which are not known to you. These secrets can either be positive or negative. You need to follow your intuitive powers to reveal such secrets. This card also advises you to stay calm and composed. If you are on the early stage of your relationship, this card also advises you not to get over-involved with your partner. First, you have to develop trust and understanding before proceeding further. If you are a man and committed, then the appearance of this card in your spread suggests that you need to develop a good level of understanding with your partner to increase your compatibility. There might be some secrets regarding your partner which are not known to you or maybe your partner has not developed that level of trust where she can openly express herself in front of you. If you follow these guidelines, there might be chances of getting engaged or married soon.
The High Priestess in Career Spread
In the career spread, the appearance of ‘High Priestess’ in your spread suggests that if you try to explore options in your career, you will be able to find the suitable one for you. There might chances that you may opt for a creative career which may prove to be fruitful for you. If you are looking for a job, there are chances that soon you will get it. But, this card also advises you to stay cautious of your colleagues. If you are a student, then this card signifies the interest towards a creative career field. It also represents that soon you will get in touch with a teacher who will guide you well in life.
The High Priestess in Finance Spread
In the finance spread, the appearance of this card shows that you need to consider every fact before making any financial decision. You may get many financial opportunities and this card suggests conducting a proper survey before proceeding further. This card also advises not to disclose your finances to anyone.
The High Priestess in Health Spread
In health spread, the appearance of this card suggests following the signs and signals which your body is sending you regarding various health issues. Stop ignoring them, otherwise, it will going to affect your health to a great extent. This card also suggests following a healthy lifestyle. There might be chances of pregnancy or hormonal imbalance.
The High Priestess in Family Spread
In the family spread, the appearance of this card shows that there is someone in your family, especially a female, who has a piece of great sacred knowledge. Her commitment to her spiritual path is guiding her family in the right direction. If there exists no such female in your family, then the appearance of this card suggests that you need to focus on spirituality to protect your family.
The High Priestess in Yes or No Spread
This card is based upon the theme of mysteries, hidden facts, divine knowledge, and secrets. Though this card is a positive one, the answer to your question will come from within based on your intuitive powers. To be specific, the answer to the question is either ‘Yes’ or ‘Unclear’.
- Element: Water
- Astrology/Zodiac Sign: Moon