The High Priestess
The High Priestess is the most intuitive figure of the deck. She stands for clairvoyance and knowledge that go far beyond our conscious realm. She is the guardian of spiritual revelations.
She can access a higher realm of consciousness and is the ultimate female intuition representation.
The High Priestess Meaning & Messages
The High Priestess is the most balanced and spiritual figure of the deck. She is the ultimate representation of female intuition and knowledge that has been passed on from mother to daughter for centuries.
The High Priestess is directly related to the subconscious mind and knowledge that is not directly available through regular channels. She encourages you to connect to your divine feminine energy, to meditate, to trust your intuition and to follow your own higher path.
Her darker side is the keeper of many secrets, sometimes bordering on personality issues and poor mental health.
Positive meaning: The High Priestess stands for a deep connection that goes way beyond the physical.
Marriage, soulmate and divine connection.
Negative meaning: secrets, withdrawal and lack of communication. A negative influence.
Positive meaning: A woman of power is playing a role in your career. Often representing a woman older than the sitter with a great power of influence. This can be a boss, head hunter, donor or mentor who is highly beneficial to the sitter's growth.
Negative meaning: unemployment, lack of necessary skills. Imposteur syndrome.
Positive meaning: The High Priestess has everything she needs and more, but she does not work hard: she attracts naturally. Her power of attraction lies in her trust that she is enough and has access to the energy of money from a higher plane.
Negative meaning: fraud, a mindset of lack, poverty and poor judgement.
Positive meaning: The High Priestess is often a woman over 40, a motherly figure or a highly intuitive person. She traditionally was a mother, grandmother or spiritual guide.
Negative meaning: mental health issues, disconnection, secrets.
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The High Priestess & the Minor Arcana
The energy of the High Priestess is very different to that of the Wands. When they show up together, they usually speak of a very specific person in your social or work circle with the H.P's characteristics.
Negative/Reversed meanings: a woman of power you should not trust.
Associated with Cups (excluding the 8 and 5), the High Priestess speaks of intuition and feelings that run deep. She can be announcing a marriage, a spiritual connection with a soulmate.
Negative meanings include: poor intuition, clouded judgement, lies and secrets in a relationship.
In a positive spread, this association speaks of great balance between the material and spiritual realm.
In a negative spread: bankrupt, delusions around money and/or excessive spendings.
The Swords with the High Priestess mostly present two options based on neighboring cards. We are either looking at extremely sharp intuition and clairvoyance or severe emotional pain (grief and despair).