The High Priestess

The origin of the High Priestess II

The High Priestess is the second Major Arcana card in traditional Tarot decks. The High Priestess is identified as the female indwelling presence of the divine. She wears plain blue robes and sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, and wears a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle. She is seated between the white and black pillars ‘J’ and ‘B’ for Jachin and Boaz of the mystic Temple of Solomon. The veil of the Temple is behind her, it is embroidered with palm leaves (male) and pomegranates (female). The High Priestess is a card of mystery, stillness, and passivity. This card suggests that it is time to retreat and reflect upon the situation and trust your inner instincts to guide you through it. Things around you are not what they appear to be right now. The card upright represents hidden talents, Intuition, Mystery, spiritual insight, and things yet to be revealed. The card reversed represents information withheld, inner voice blocked, self-awareness has already happened, no more meditation is needed, lack of personal harmony, and secrets. She represents the element of water and her ruling planet is the moon. It is also believed that her divine counterpart would be the hierophant. The Hierophant represents tradition and commitment and is considered one of the marriage cards of the tarot. Together they represent the most powerful couple coming together yet remaining individuals.

Meaning

A time to search for one’s inner self. A time of reflection. Intuition can at times, be more powerful than logic. Answers lie deep within and require much thought and soul searching.

Knows her value and her worth

Guided by Intuition

Mysterious

Stillness

Spiritual wisdom

Higher power

Feminine divinity