The High Priestess Tarot Card: Meanings and Symbolism

The High Priestess Tarot Card: Meaning and Symbolism

The High Priestess is the third card in the tarot deck. Her role is to remind us that males and females are and should be equal. The High Priestess tarot card tells us we can not move on in life without first having an understanding that males and females are equal. By understanding this, we can then understand both ourselves and the people around us better.

The High Priestess tarot card symbolizes the mystic, active, female and male principles, and the hidden. In medieval legends, the king was always balanced by the high priestess. This was the balance of the physical world and the spiritual world. Consider the stories of King Arthur and The Lady of the Lake, Nimueh. In short, The High Priestess tarot card shows us what we need to inside ourselves to find a balance so we can move on with question the reading is to help with.

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The High Priestess Tarot Card Divinatory Meanings: Upright and Reversed

When upright, The High Priestess aids your creative ability, helps you to see that was hidden from you before. She can show you a new and intuitive insight. This insight can simply mean that you need to take a step back and look at the problem a little slower. This way, you can find a detail you may have missed the first time.

Tarot Card Readings
In a reading, the High Priestess tells you to wait. What will be, will be.

When reversed, however, she shows that you might not be stable enough emotionally to deal with a problem. She may also imply that you are not getting enough insight on the issue. The High Priestess card can also be trying to direct you to see where a woman is being treated wrongly in the ordeal.

The High Priestess Tarot Card

General Meaning

Generally speaking, The High Priestess card means the future is not clearly known. Sometimes, this card means that whatever is coming next should be met with careful suspicion. There is something unclear going on and you need to be aware of it.

Other times, this card simply means that someone is keeping a secret. It will not be much longer until the truth or the whole story becomes known to you. The High Priestess hides things from people sometimes as well.

Whisper, Couple
This card often tells that there are secrets around.

If this card appears as a solution, it means you need to piece things together for yourself. The future will play out as it does. You need approach without bias and with an open mind.

Love Meaning

When doing a love tarot reading, The High Priestess is neither good nor bad. If you are asking how someone feels about you and you see the High Priestess card, it simply means you need to learn what they feel for you on your own. Simply put, The High Priestess tells you that it is not the cards’ place to say.


If you are asking how a date or relationship is going to end and you get this card, it is saying the same sort of thing. You should enjoy things as they come. Have an open mind and an open heart. You do not need to know the end because you should be focusing on and enjoying the now. The future will show itself to you when you get there.

Career Meaning

As far as a career reading goes, The High Priestess is like the “ask again later” of a Magic Eight Ball. Yes, things are changing but no, you do not need to know how. If you are worried, then wait for things to settle down a bit before doing the reading again.

Alarm, Clock, The High Priestess Tarot Card
Sometimes you just need to wait to see what will happen.

When it comes to the workplace, there are times when you need to make a choice for yourself. That is what this card is telling you. The Tarot deck can not give you help on this outlook because it does want to influence your decision or have an impact.

Keep in mind, The High Priestess is still a good card to see here. Even though the deck can not help you on what to do, The High Priestess tarot card still shows you are going to see personal growth. Also, if you work in a spiritual field, then The High Priestess means you are going to be well known before long and others will know your work.

Health Meaning

Sadly, The High Priestess is not of much help as far as health goes. This card does not say whether or not you are going to fall ill or have trouble with your mental health. Essentially, this card just means that you might need a doctor. If you have a traditional, hospital working doctor you should listen to their orders as well as your holistic healer if you have one.

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It might be best to see a doctor if you see the High Priestess in your reading.

This does not mean that you are going to be seriously ill and need help both. Remember that The High Priestess stands for balance. Maybe your regular doctor can help you with your ailment while your holistic healer keeps your spirits up. This way, you can heal in peace.

Family and Friends Meaning

The High Priestess could be telling you that your family is going to have a new child or a family member is going to have a psychic ability. Whichever outcome you see depends on the reader and what feeling you get from the cards.

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A baby might be in your future.

The cards around The High Priestess also have an effect on which is true. In some cases, the child is the one with the psychic ability. The High Priestess, when doing a reading about your friends and family, like in a career reading, means you need to see and discover for yourself. While your heart could help you to see and decide, you might have to follow your gut rather than your heart.

The High Priestess Tarot Card: Conclusion

The High Priestess tarot card is one of the most confusing cards in the entire deck. While this card tells you there are secrets, it can hide things from you as well. It can be a little baffling.

If you see this card, you need to find balance in what is going on or you need to wait for the future to show itself to you rather than trying to find it. There are things you need to answer and find on your own without any sort of intervention and with a clear mind. Sometimes, the only help you need with a problem is to be reminded to take a step back and look over the details again a little slower.

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