The High Priestess is associated with the sacred feminine. Some see her as a depiction of the goddess archetypes like Persephone, Artemis, Isis, and many more. She is often depicted sitting on a throne with two pillars, which represent duality between important things like good and evil and masculine and feminine.
The high priestess often wears a crown and has a crescent moon at her feet. She is level headed and ambitious and a keeper of the knowledge of both the physical and the spiritual worlds.
Upright: intuition, higher power, and the unconscious
Reversed: hidden motives, confusion, repressed intuition
The High Priestess Upright
The High Priestess encourages you to listen to your intuition rather than to your conscious mind. This card encourages you to connect with your spirituality and to search within yourself for answers to your question.
She may also denote a connection to the other world in some way. To receive your answers, you may need to follow the high priestess into the unknown.
The High Priestess Reversed
When seen in reverse, the High Priestess carries a warning that you are repressing your intuition to your own detriment. You may find that you are facing a confusing situation where your actions, or what you’re being told to do, contradicts your own beliefs. In that case, remember to ask questions.
The High Priestess in a Love Reading
Upright: The appearance of the High Priestess in a love reading points to changes in one’s emotional state and deep passion under a calm surface. In many cases, the changes are difficult to detect at first glance. If you’re asking about a relationship, the High Priestess calls for intimacy, honesty, and openness.
Reversed: When the High Priestess appears in reverse during a reading that is focused on romance, this is a reminder to trust your feelings and to be honest with yourself and in your relationships. The card warns you that doing things just to please your lover may lead to resentment.
The High Priestess in a Career Reading
Upright: In career readings, the High Priestess denotes a period of education or higher learning. There may also be inspiration coming your way for a new project or new work venture. If you already have a new opportunity on the table, the High Priestess reminds you to listen to your intuition.
Reversed: Seeing the High Priestess reversed in a reading about career or a work situation means that you may not have all of the information about a given endeavor. Are you being kept in the dark or out of touch at work? There may be a situation where you may be doing something despite your intuition. If you’re getting a bad feeling about a new offer or a job situation, trust your intuition- it may be warning you of trouble to come.
The High Priestess in Finances
Upright: In a financial reading, the High Priestess warns you not to reveal your financial situation to others and to follow your intuition when presented with a potential financial opportunity.
Reversed: When seen in reverse during a financial reading, The High Priestess warns you to carefully examine the details. Even if you think that you have everything figured out, the card invites you to go over the facts one more time.