The High Priestess tarot card shows a beautiful woman sitting on a throne between two pillars, with a crescent moon crown and a moon at her feet.
This card represents the inner wisdom deep within all of us. It is a feminine, receptive, and inwardly-focused card, with hints of mystery and deep secrets.
The High Priestess is paired with the masculine, active, and outwardly-focused Magician, which precedes it in the Major Arcana.
Keywords for The High Priestess Card
- Intuitive insight & wisdom
- Secrets, mystery
- Trust yourself and your instincts
Keywords for The High Priestess Card Reversed
- Blocked sight/insight/intuition
- You’ve lost touch with yourself
- Keep your secrets – don’t share quite yet
The High Priestess Card Explained
The High Priestess is known as “The Wise Woman,” and this is an absolutely feminine card. (I mean ‘feminine’ as in yin of the yin/yang dichotomy, not as in absolute femaleness).
When you see this card, something – maybe many things – remains hidden. There is a mystery here, and it can only be uncovered by trusting your instincts and intuition.
There is wisdom within each of us. Wisdom comes from our past mistakes, lessons, and experiences, but it also comes from deeper within us – encoded into our humanity by thousands of years of existence. The High Priestess card is that deeper understanding.
I often do a mirror meditation to communicate with my future self. This future version of myself is wiser, calmer, much more centered than I am, and I consider her my inner mentor and guide. She always gives me unusually perceptive, simple, and intuitive advice. The High Priestess represents this inner mentor.
Patterns and Correspondences of The High Priestess Card
- Major Arcana = the story of your life’s lessons and spiritual growth
- Zodiac signs = Pisces and Virgo
- Planet = the Moon, which is only half seen and understood
- Element = water
The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings for Love
If you are single and looking for love, The High Priestess shows up to guide you to go within to find what you really want. Are you looking for a committed relationship with a true partner? Or just a little bit of fun? Both answers are perfectly okay, but only one of them is the right answer for you.
In a relationship, The High Priestess is calling for you to trust your ‘feminine’ instincts. Be receptive to the love you are being given, and give open-hearted love in return.
In all relationships (not just romantic ones), keep the secrets you are given and don’t go blabbing or gossiping about someone else’s business. Being the secret-keeper in an honor, so be worthy of that responsibility.
The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings for Work
At work, things may not be what they seem. Something about this situation remains hidden, and it might not come to the surface for awhile (if it ever does).
Even if you don’t have all the information you need, you probably already know the answer anyway. Go within yourself, and let your intuition and instincts guide you.
The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings for Health
You have everything you need in order to make the decisions that are right for you. Follow your instincts in all matters of health and fitness, and do what needs to be done.
This is the card of mysteries, secrets, and hidden information. If you are struggling with your health, get a full physical exam from head to toe, including blood tests and whatever else you need to get a true and complete picture of your health.
The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
When it comes to financial decisions, The High Priestess is here to tell you something remains hidden from your understanding. Do not make rash decisions without fully understanding the consequences. Be careful of who you trust, but always trust your own instincts.
The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
The High Priestess is the first of your spiritual guides. She is here to help you give birth to your deeper instincts, and to show you the mysteries of your subconscious.
This would be a great time to begin keeping a notebook by your bed, so you can record your dreams immediately after awakening. What patterns repeatedly show up in your dreams?
Journal Prompts for The High Priestess
I’ve found the best way to remember the meaning of each card is to record it in my tarot journal, using prompts that remind me of people and events I’ve experienced. Here’s a few journaling prompts I’ve used for The High Priestess card:
- “What secrets (and shameful things) would I be mortified to have someone else find out about? What lessons have I learned, tied to those secrets?”
- “Where in my body does my intuition live? What does it feel like?”
- “If this card represents feminine wisdom, what does that look like? What does masculine wisdom look like to me?”