High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings 2016-10-15T04:55:47+00:00

HIgh priestess tarot card meanings

High Priestess: Intuition

High Priestess Tarot Card Meanings and Keywords:

The High Priestess tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The High Priestess tarot card can mean:


A woman with psychic powers.

A woman in your life influencing you.

Making the impossible become possible.

Your inner life.

Making plans that are right for you, rather than what suits other people.

Having a hidden talent.

Knowing the answer and the right thing to do.


Lack of insight



Fragile psyche

Symbolism in High Priestess tarot card

The High Priestess sits on a cubic stone, the alchemical raw material, on the edge of the sea of the unconscious. Her scroll symbolises ancient knowledge. The two pillars are the pillars of Solomon’s Temple, Boaz and Jakin. Boaz, the left pillar is the pillar of strength. Jakin, the right pillar is the pillar of the establishment. Boaz signifies ‘strength’ and Jachin ‘to establish’. The pillars are representative of duality and polarity, of positive and negative, good and evil, masculine and feminine. The High Priestess sits as a mediating force between them. one black and one white, forming the third pillar (possibly symbolising the tree pillars on the three of life). It symbolises the High Priestess being able to exist in both positive and negative environments, to her they are equal in a sense that there is wisdom to be gained and lessons learned in both places. Her blue robe symbolises that she has knowledge. She is wearing the crown of Isis which denotes she is a patroness of nature and magic. The solar cross symbolises being connected to the earth and its seasons. The crescent moon by her feet symbolises that she is in control over her own emotions. The pomegranates symbolise the use of plant medicine. It is also a symbol of the High Priestess ambition.

High Priestess tarot card and Astrology

High Priestess is connected to the Moon, which governs intuitions, mystery, instincts, cycles, the subconscious and emotions. The Moon is feminine by nature and often represents the female in your life, your wife, your mother, your sister and girlfriend, the yin principle and receptivity. The Moon rules your history and your emotional development. The Moon takes approximately 28 days to orbit the zodiac, so the changes occurring with the High Priestess often takes around 28 days to materialise and stabilise. The Moon rules Cancer, the astrological sign of the Chariot.

High Priestess tarot card meanings upright

High priestess in a general reading

High Priestess represents secrets, magic, mystery, intuition, wisdom and the art of making the impossible become possible. This card can represent a psychic connection between people, a psychic person or someone who is a complete mystery to you. It can also represent using your inner voice to navigate through life. The High Priestess can represent your subconscious, and/or connect to your subconscious. In a reading, she often represents the women in your life, your mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, female boss/colleague.

High priestess in a love reading

In a love reading, the High priestess often denotes an emotional affair that may never make it in the physical. The emotional connection can be so strong that the Seeker is unable to move on. If the Seeker is single, this card can mean the Seeker will dream about their soulmate before they meet. In a relationship, this card speaks of a strong psychic connection between the couple.

High Priestess in a career reading

In a career reading, the High priestess signifies academic work. If the seeker is job hunting, this card often encourages the Seeker to further their education.

Learn what the High Priestess tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types High Priestess tarot card

High Priestess tarot card speaks of someone with an intuitive and mysterious nature. This is someone who is highly intelligent and psychic, often well-educated and also very calculated. This is someone who needs to know what is going on and who needs to be in control, especially through gaining knowledge and working out the truth of a situation. High priestess is someone who has a hard shell and is not easy to figure out. Behind the shell is a very sensitive person who doesn’t always show you how they feel.

HIgh priestess tarot card meanings

High Priestess: Intuition

High Priestess tarot card meanings reversed

High Priestess reversed indicates blocked psychic abilities, and little to no awareness of the subconscious influences on our reality. Secrets are kept, answers are not found and instincts are wrong. She can represent an unpredictable woman in your life, with mood changes and hurtful remarks/outbursts. You might find it difficult to make decisions when this card turns up reversed. There is a loss of control and chaos often follows. There is a loss of knowledge and a kind of madness reigns.

Personality types in reversed High Priestess tarot card

High Priestess reversed is someone volatile and unstable. You’ll find yourself walking on eggshell around this person. This is someone who goes out of their way to be a victim, and who believes the world is against them. Nothing positive seems to manifest itself, often due to the person’s irrational thoughts and beliefs system. Mental illness and/or challenging behaviours are possible traits with High Priestess reversed.

High Priestess tarot card combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the High Priestess.

The High Priestess + The Lovers: Psychic connection.

The High Priestess + The Devil: An emotional affair. Emotional Blackmail. 

The High Priestess + The Moon: Menopause. Female energies. 

The High Priestess + Five of wands: 

The High Priestess + Seven of wands: Teacher. 

The High Priestess + Knight of wands: Secret admirer. 

The High Priestess + Seven of cups: Healing. 

The High Priestess + Ten of cups: Soul Family. 

The High Priestess + Knight of cups: Secret talent. Acting. Performing. 

The High Priestess + Six of swords: Spiritual travel. 

The High Priestess + Page of swords: A talented psychic. 

The High Priestess + King of swords: A woman in a man’s world. Psychic detective. 

The High Priestess + Two of pentacles: Bartering as a psychic. 

The High Priestess + Six of pentacles: Charity. 

The High Priestess + Seven of pentacles: Landscape gardening. 

The High Priestess + Eight of pentacles: Learning psychic skills. 

The High Priestess+ King of pentacles: A female boss. 

High priestess tarot card meanings summary

The High priestess tarot card denotes your inner life and psychic connections. The high priestess often shows up in your reading when you are furthering your own education, educate others or publish educational work. The High priestess also represents the women in your life. Sometimes the High priestess shows up in a reading when the Seeker discovers a hidden talent, and they change their perspective on what they can achieve (they make the impossible possible).

Learn what the High Priestess tarot card means as a final card in a love reading. 


  1. Natalie November 11, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Hi,What do you think HP devil and knight of cups means In a relationship reading

  2. Inger Bråthen November 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I think this relationship has a lot of love and potential (HP and knight of cups), the pitfalls are fear and control. Trust that it is going good and you deserve it!

  3. Mi December 16, 2015 at 3:42 am

    High Priestess – as moving towards
    I had the 6 of swords as the outcome card in a CC love relationship reading.
    When I pulled a card to see where the boat (with the three passengers in 6oS) where heading towards I drew the High Priestess. This had me stumped.
    It feels like they are heading towards something wich is hidden. Maybe a family secret (there are 3 people on the boat) – but I just can’t understand this as a relationship outcome.
    It’s not an “ending” card – wich hade made is easier to interpret. Nor is it a reciprocal card – or is it? Do you have any inputs on this one? Ps. The Devil was also in the reading, position 6 – future, and that card can mean anything from obsession to powerful bonds, I think. Thank you in advance, love your page.

  4. Inger Bråthen December 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    If you are in a relationship Six of swords often means you will work at the relationship and come through stronger. The High Priestess often shows up when the couple will have a stronger emotional connection, and sometimes a psychic connection.

  5. Ava November 28, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Well done on all the helpful advice you give. My relationship recently ended after the interference of a third party who claimed he was only trying to help. This 3rd party claims that although he is in love with me, he didnt think the man I was in a relationship with had the best intentions.
    We were happy until he interfered and I drew 4 cards to determine if he was responsible for the break up.
    The cards I got were:

    High Priestess
    Hanged man

    Can you please help me better understand this?
    Thank you.

  6. Inger Bråthen November 28, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Hi, Ava. Did you only use the Major Arcana cards or the whole deck? You get a lot of number 2’s showing up, which can mean someone over-reacted and was overly sensitive, leading to a miscommunication.

  7. Ava November 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for your response Inger. It was an online reading. I really need clarity on this because I’m at a loss as to what to believe and how to proceed.

  8. Inger Bråthen November 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Hi, Ava. Have you got a deck of cards? I believe it is better to shuffle the cards and them out, using your own energy 🙂 Let me know what cards you get…Cheers, Ingie

  9. Ava November 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I see what you are saying, Inger. I don’t have a tarot deck… I’m somewhat new to tarot practice. Is there anything else you recommend?

  10. Inger Bråthen November 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Keep practising…this is how every tarot reader begins their journey, and most begin learning tarot when they are working out their relationship issues 🙂

  11. Ava November 30, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Alright. Thanks Inger. I will keep you posted ☺

  12. Susan February 6, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Hi Inger! Today I asked what would bring me peace of mind and happiness in my life. I drew the High Priestess, Queen of Pentacles, and ace of swords. I am having trouble putting the meanings together for these cards. What do they mean together? I’d appreciate your insight on this! 🙂

  13. Inger Bråthen February 7, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Hi, Susan. This can mean having a balance between career and home life is very important. I also feel like you would enjoy working from home. Ace of swords means in you need someone in love that really knows how to communicate with you.

  14. Sue March 24, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Hi Inger I need some help as i;m really worried with this recent spread I did I got the HP with the moon which as above means menopause so now I am really worried I am 42 and have no children, I will e 43 this year, I would like to have a child or children at some point. I am aware that time and my age is not on my side. Can have a look at my spread and tell me what the future may hold, i am single have been for a while, I am intending to do the soul mate course I also get the six of swords a lot in my readings, Recently the moon keeps showing and I have watched your moon tutorial, however as its next to

    High preestess
    Five of Wands
    Ten of wands
    Four of pentacles
    King of swords
    Six of swords
    King of cups
    Seven of pentacles

  15. Inger Bråthen March 24, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hi, Sue. Check out this video about the Moon: https://youtu.be/K44U7Isg1UU I feel like you will face your fears and overcome it, and you will see that you can have success in getting pregnant. I feel like you will meet someone you feel very attracted to, and this person has the same qualities as the Magician tarot card. Six of swords indicates you will move into a better situation and you will be able to have success. I drew a card for you and got the Sun card which confirms the reading. 🙂

  16. Sue March 25, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Thank you so much Inger honey x

  17. Mandy March 30, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Hi Inger,

    I recently did a soul mate spread below, the 5th position who is my soulmate I got 2 aces ace of swords and ace of pentacles air and earth, which is intellect and money in position 5, how I can best attract my soul mate I got king of cups and queen of swords I am a libra. I wanted to know how you work out the major acna numbers for example the world is 21 what number do I narrow it down to 2+1=4 or is it 2. Please can you give your opinion on the below spread i understand most of it. Thanks
    Soul mate spread 2
    Card 1: How can I best King of cups Queen of Cups
    Card 2: Block Five of wands Four of Swords
    Card 3:Recognise Emperor The Wold
    Card 4: Who is my SM High Priestess King of swords
    Card 5: How will we meet A of Swords A of Pentacles
    Card 6: When will we meet Page of cups Six of wands
    Card 7: Destiny of relationship Lovers Empress

  18. Inger Bråthen March 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    The world is the 22nd card which would have been a 4, however, since the major arcana starts with the Fool being a 0, the world has the number 21 which is a 3 in numerology. I feel like you could meet in a work situation due to the Ace of swords and Ace of pentacles in the how you will meet position. Your soulmate is in some kind of Authority role, as you get the Emperor with the world in how you will recognise your sm and also in who is your sm you are getting King of swords. King of swords can also mean your Soulmate has higher education.

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