The High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
II The High Priestess Correspondences:
Keywords & Phrases:
Secrets becoming known to you that will be to your advantage. “Aha!” moment. Intuition.
High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings
The High Priestess holds the secrets and mysteries of the Universe but she doesn’t give them up easily. She guards the veil between the worlds of the known and the unknown and encourages us to look beyond the ordinary and mundane to the deeper core of our unexplored potential.
The High Priestess Tarot card represents instinct and intuition and she asks you to be still so you’ll hear her when she whispers in your ear. This is a card of quiet reflection as we ponder the mysteries of the Universe or those matters as yet unknown to us. If we’re patient the truth will be revealed to us at just the right moment, but in her own time, not ours.
We often have to work for the knowledge The High Priestess holds, we earn her respect and trust through developing our inner processes and in turn she unfolds the path before us. Her domain rests in the deeper side of life, the complex aspects of higher thought and knowledge found within spiritual or esoteric matters, and she provides the ability to awaken your unexplored potential. When this card appears it represents a good time to study spiritual matters and for those who work in this field it can represent your work.
If the High Priestess appears in the final outcome position of your Tarot reading you probably won’t get beyond her, she’s letting you know that she will reveal what you need to know when you need to know it. It may be that the situation is still developing behind the scenes but I’ve found that if you try to move past her she takes you round in a circle!
Be patient and alert, listen to your instincts and intuition, The High Priestess will make sure the information reaches you, and it often comes from something you hear or are told in passing. It’s often like a missing piece in the jigsaw and suddenly something makes sense.
If reversed, it may indicate blocked energy, misuse of spiritual gifts, false teachers or superficial knowledge, not seeing the bigger picture, or emerging after a period of
Similar or opposing cards: The High Priestess has an enigmatic quality so is similar, yet different, to a number of cards, perhaps because of her mysterious complexity the nature is experienced slightly differently, so she’s quite difficult to pin down, for instance, quiet reflection and contemplation brings wisdom from The Hermit. The Hierophant is also a wise teacher, yet dispenses guidance and information openly. The unknown factor of The Fool. The Moon, Devil, and Five of Swords, all have aspects of secrecy, but are experienced differently.
Tarot Card Combinations: In free flow readings (or immediate future to outcome position) the card that follows her will be illuminating. For instance, if she appears before other secrecy cards she may help shed light on a situation that’s brewing in the background of which you’re unaware.
If The Fool and High Priestess appear together in a reading you may have trouble moving forwards with definite information, as they can take you round in a circle (due to the nature of the card meanings; the unknown factor).
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