High priestess Tarot Card Meanings for Major Arcana

High priestess Tarot Card Meanings

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High priestess Meanings

The High Priestess Upright Keywords

Unconscious, intuition, sacred knowledge, spirituality, higher power, inner voice

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The High Priestess Reversed Keywords

Secrets, suppressed intuition, ulterior motives, confusion, cognitive dissonance

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High priestess Tarot Card Description

Stately, mysterious and welcoming she sits upon an understated stone seat. Her robes flow like water in blue whilst a subtle white veil sits behind her with pomegranate about it. A black pillar with the letter B and a white with the letter J flank her. She is fertile yet wise for her years. Her gaze, warm yet void of expression invites you to the TORA that sits upon her lap, a scroll with words of great import for those who visit yet hidden from first sight.

Upon her head sit the symbol of the triple goddess in the form of waxing, full and waning moons. An equal armed cross lay upon her heart and a waxing crescent moon at her feet which summons the querent to approach the high priestess so she may usher them through the veil to the netherworld she guards.

High priestess Upright Tarot Card Meanings

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High priestess Tarot Card Meanings

Upright Card Meaning

The High Priestess is one of the more mystical cards of the tarot, representing the divine feminine. She is a symbol of all that cannot be understood through scientific reason and rationality alone—intuition, psychic forces, and deep inner knowledge. The High Priestess enjoys a very close connection with the moon, the target of much of humanity’s psychic imaginations.
The High Priestess in a reading is an invitation to deepen your connection with the spiritual side of yourself. We often neglect quieter, less glamorous spiritual pursuits in the daily hustle and bustle of life, but developing our spiritual side is crucial in order to achieve deeper inner meaning.
The High Priestess’s power comes from quiet and passivity. Through withdrawal from the daily passions of life, she is better able to understand its deeper meanings and meditate on higher truths. In a reading, The High Priestess reminds you to embrace passivity, to allow situations to develop before acting and approach problems with tenacity. Mindless action will not help you achieve the unrealized potential hidden in the card.

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High priestess Tarot Card Meanings

Reversed Card Meaning

High priestess Reversed Tarot Card Meanings

The High Priestess reversed has distanced herself from the passivity and detachment of the card’s meaning when upright. She is full of passion and ardor, both physical and spiritual. The High Priestess reversed can represent a person in your life that manifests these qualities, or it can represent your own connection to your passions. Perhaps you are reconnecting with life’s everyday joys after a long period of withdrawal. Congratulations, one cannot live on introspection alone!
However, too much passion clouds one’s ability to connect to inner knowledge, and the High Priestess reversed has distanced herself from her natural position as a seer. The card asks you when is the last time you have engaged in serious introspection? Are there any emotions that you are repressing that are preventing you from engaging with life more deeply?
Alternatively, The High Priestess reversed represents an excess of withdrawal and passivity. While some passivity and accepting that which you cannot change is a good thing, too much of it causes you to lose the ability to influence your own future. Are you taking an active role in your own life, or letting it pass you by?

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