The High Priestess gives direction to the creativity and individualism of the Magician. She is feminine power, controlling the life force and all its mystery. Unlike the focused energy of the Magician, the High Priestess is more passive in nature. Her mastery lies in her knowledge of the inner world of intuition and spiritual enlightenment. As the second card in the Major Arcana, the High Priestess is associated with the number two. The number two symbolizes balance, harmony, diplomacy and partnership.

The High Priestess is depicted as sitting between two opposing pillars, one of positive power and the other of negative. This combination of positive and negative energies, which are unifying opposing forces, is what the universe is made of. From a psychological perspective, the pillars represent the conscious and unconscious mind. Since The High Priestess sits directly between them, she is capable of reaching into the realm of the unconscious and delivering its wisdom to the conscious. Her world is that of dreams, visions and the embodiment of all the mysteries of the universe. Her wisdom helps us to tap into the collective unconscious.

In Tarot reading, one of the negative Tarot card meanings associated with The High Priestess is a warning of emotional instability. She can represent a disconnect between the unconscious and conscious mind. Too much unconscious material can flood rational thought. Consequently, one may find him or herself in a world dictated by their feelings without the capacity to alter their reasoning.

Upright High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In a Tarot reading, the High Priestess always informs us that something is going on beneath the surface. A search is required for hidden knowledge. She appears when you need to listen to your inner voice and steady yourself in the face of fear and consternation. This is not a time to act quickly. Rather, there is something more you need to learn about the situation. You may find yourself triggered or agitated as something is stirring in your unconscious. You may even find that your sex drive is low. Your intuition is your best guide. In a Tarot reading, the High Priestess may mean that you literally need to deepen your understanding through the actual study of a particular skill to find new harmony


•Trusting your gut

•Hidden issues

•The unconscious


•The need for mediation and contemplation

Reversed High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

Should the High Priestess come up reversed in a Tarot reading, she may suggest that your are not listening to your inner feelings. If you tend to be overly intellectual, this could hamper your problem solving abilities. Your unconscious may be trying to convey something to you that you are unwilling to hear. Often this occurs when something painful needs to rise to consciousness. In these circumstances, you must be willing to feel its significance and not attempt to think your way out of it. Hidden knowledge or misinformation may sway your decisions, so make sure you get all the facts before proceeding with an opportunity. Most importantly, do not say yes to a situation or person when you really mean no.

•Not listening to your inner voice

•Saying yes when you mean no

•Internal conflict

•Ignoring your own feelings

•More will be revealed