The High Priestess

The high priestess tarot card

The high priestess is the ultimate symbol of balance and manifestation.

If you receive the High Priestess in your reading then the time has come for you to understand the balance necessary to get what you want out of life. She is the mystery of the mother, of the moon and of life. The High Priestess is a guiding card, telling you that right now you are on a path of enlightenment. It can represent multiple aspects of your life showing a true understanding of your own wants and needs. Now is the time to follow on your instincts and trust that internal feeling. You know you better than anyone else and that means that you also know what is best for you. It is okay to seek counsel or advice from others but make sure that their wants for you are not overshadowing what your own heart tells you.

The deeper meanings of the High Priestess card is strong as sits in between a black pillar (symbolic of the negative life force) and a white pillar (symbolic of positive life force) and balances the two. On her lap is the Torah which means ‘Divine Law,’ something that isn’t meant for all to see. When you receive the High Priestess, you can expect the question to be shrouded in a great mystery that can be attainable if you allow yourself to practice listening to your intuition. The High Priestess can be a great ally in discovery for she is connected with the moon (evidenced by the Moon Crown on her head) which is often shrouded in illusion and mystery making it difficult for us to see straight. Often times this card will come up when one is trying to understand a situation that is convoluted. You can ask the High Priestess for help and then practice listening for her advice.

Listening for spiritually intuitive advice allows for communication with your consciousness and the world of pure experience. One must find time to quiet the mind and have patience as well as trust that the process will help you and then the truth will come over you like a sun rising over the horizon. This may take some time to perfect, as it is a practice like anything else, but the High Priestess is the manifestation of the desires of the Magician. She is the connecting force between the heavens and the Earth. Depend on her to bless your Will.

The High Priestess in Love

The pomegranates behind the High Priestess are symbolic of feminine energy and the palm leaves are symbolic of masculine energy, thus also making her the ‘go to’ energy to acquire assistance in understanding the energies in all of us that are masculine as well as feminine. This helps a lot when it comes to relationships. The High Priestess shows up in a similar light to that of the Moon card when it comes to Love and Relationships. Love is a mystery. Each person experiences it differently. When the High Priestess shows up in relation to a reading on love one must accept the possibility that not all is being seen appropriately in the relationship or the pursuit of acquiring one. She helps solve issues where there is a disagreement between partners, she assists by providing intuition that enables partners to communicate and get to the center of the issue. The key always with the High Priestess is to know that she has something to tell you which is very important, that you will not understand without her assistance and then make sure to listen. In matters of the heart this is doubly important.

A note of warning with the High Priestess is that she can also be guiding you to seek out the truth in a relationship. If you have concern in your relationship it is exceptionally important to follow your instincts, but to do so in a way that is not a detriment to you or the relationship. Just because you have a feeling of insecurity does not mean that your partner is cheating on you. Often we are sensitive to specific issues but the situation is not as dire as it seems. Take advice from surrounding cards to get a clear idea of what is going on in love before acting or jumping to conclusions.

The High Priestess in Health

The High Priestess appears when it is necessary to focus on matters such as reproductive health. Due to her balancing abilities, she can be an excellent patron helper for birth control, or producing the proper reproductive hormones, balancing estrogen and testosterone. If there is confusion within this section of the body, ask the High Priestess for help to remove the shadows that darken that area so that the trouble can be brought to light.

The High Priestess in Work and Wealth

The High Priestess helps in matters of business and wealth in the sense that if you are about to get into a business with someone else, or are going through legal issues; she will help you to shed light on all that you are not aware of. This could mean paperwork that you need to sign that you weren’t aware of will come up, or the proper assistance to get your business up and running will just show up. Expect clarity and certainty in matters of business. The High Priestess clears out the sullied waters so that they shine with the vision of your future.

The High Priestess Tarot Card Reversed

Reversed High Priestess in a reading

When you receive the High Priestess in the reversed position, this is symbolic that you are completely detached from your intuition. Messages are being sent to you, but you are experiencing a block due to a lack of desire and momentum. The best advice that the High Priestess in Reverse has to offer is that it is time to open up your chakras and allow the spirit to move through you. Meditate, meditate, meditate!

The High Priestess Reversed - Love and Romance

Attraction is set to a high heat, but like flying too close to the sun, this lust comes with its own complications. Are the actions of your partner or a love interest hard to understand? It can seem that the motivations of others are unclear to you, like you’re seeing everything through a veil – leaving you feeling frustrated. You must practice extra consideration in such a moment as this, and don’t let any increased romantic attention distract you from thinking things through. If you meditate on the situation before, it is like planning your route before and adventure, everything goes more smoothly and makes the journey more enjoyable. It also means taking the time to forgive people where necessary - it is always better to forgive and forget than let yourself become bitter with resentment. All in all, the reversed priestess tells you to tread carefully in the romance department; don’t let impulses make big decisions for you. 

The High Priestess Reversed - Family and Home

Every family and home can swerve off-kilter at times, even the best holiday location must weather the occasional storm. When the High Priestess reversed appears in this type of reading it can highlight an undercurrent of discontentment within the family home. It may be that you, or someone else in the family, hasn’t been themselves recently. You should be wary of outside influences impacting the family dynamic – what’s haunting your family? Perhaps bickering and minor disagreements are making the home feel like a hostile place. You can try and placate the situation by taking time out to think things over and putting in place new boundaries that avoid conflict and make everybody feel comfortable; when you’re all ease, harmony will naturally restore like calm after the storm.

The High Priestess Reversed - Work and Finances

While you fix your eyes on the horizon, scheming and secrecy unravels behind your back. Could there be a double agent or a trickster in your midst? Be extra vigilant with your finances and be sure that no one is being deceitful in your place of work. If you are currently considering making a big financial commitment, such as buying a home or going on holiday, make sure you have full clarity and disclosure before proceeding. Verifiable information is the best way to avoid any suspicious activity that might be going on behind your back at present. If you are, yourself, acting in a shady manner at work - you should watch your step. Someone may be savvy to your secrets. The best route forward for you now is honesty and transparency, the priestess reminds you that honesty is truly the best policy.

The High Priestess Reversed - Health and Wellness

The picture is in front of you, but shapes are obscured – like looking at the sky without a telescope, you’re lacking detail and clarity in the picture of your health. Now may be the time to book in a check-up and look for signs of anything that feels different or unusual. If you have already had a medical check-up recently you should seek a second opinion, this reversed card suspects everything isn’t as it seems. Do not panic, but remember that sometimes even small things are best addressed early. 

Don’t forget wellness extends to your mental state too - if you’ve been dealing with repressed emotions now may be the time to seek out a therapist to work through these feelings, like changing your bedsheets, it will make you feel better. Working through your old problems will make you feel better and help you move forward with your life. And, don’t forget, you should always supplement any medical and mental attention you receive with a healthy lifestyle to maximize its positive impact – like taking vitamins to enhance your diet. 

The High Priestess Reversed - Personal Spirituality

Your intentions are blocked, intuition waivers and your personal spirituality falters like an injured bird trying to fly. It’s important to emphasize that this isn’t an absence of instinct, but rather one that is present but neglected. This is likely unintentional, perhaps you have become wrapped up in daily life and have been missing the signals. Pay extra attention to messages from your subconscious, they may come in the form of dreams or stray thoughts - they’re probably trying to tell you something, you simply need to listen. 

The High Priestess Upright Meanings in Keywords

  • Spiritual protection
  • Passive
  • Calmness
  • Being open
  • Mystery
  • No action
  • Sexual overtones

The High Priestess Reversed Meanings in Keywords

  • Secrets 
  • Blockage Spiritually
  • Passive
  • Aggressive
  • Lack of peace