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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 three pillars on the tree 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 your subconscious beliefs. 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.

The High Priestess as feelings

The High Priestess speaks of feelings that often change. The Seeker doesn’t know what he or she is feeling, and/or the feelings seem to be inaccessible. The Seeker is riding the highs and lows of their feelings and they have a hard time explaining how they feel or understand themselves. The Seeker wants stability and they are seeking their divine soulmate. Their divine soulmate is the one that makes them feel stable and secure.

If you are asking how someone is feeling about you and you get the High Priestess, this person is feeling a soul connection with you, but there are emotional waters that need to be crossed before they know if you are the one they can feel safe with. Emotional security is the most important thing when the High Priestess show up.

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 + 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.

  19. Reyna May 13, 2017 at 4:17 am

    What about the high priestest the lovers and the tower

  20. Inger Bråthen May 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Hi, this can mean there will be some new information revealed in a relationship that will shake up your world a bit on an emotional level

  21. Kriti May 14, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Hi …i m living separately from my husband and want to reconcile but my husband wants separation and got these 3 cards in the future reading … knight of swords,high priestess and six of swords

  22. Inger Bråthen May 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This card combination can mean that there is miscommunication that is causing feelings not being expressed in the right way. Maybe you can receive help from a third party, a counsellor?

  23. Yery June 7, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Hello, Ms Inger!

    First I wanted to thank you for this site, I am a beginner at Tarot reading and this has help me a lot.

    I did a “What does he feel about me romantically” Spread and got

    1) The World
    2) The Wheel
    3) The High Priestess
    4) Ten of Earth
    5) Page of Air
    6) Two of Water
    And 7) Nine of Earth.

    Could you please help me understand it? I used the spread you gave. The person I asked about is just a friend right now.

    Thank you so much,

  24. Inger Bråthen June 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Hi. I feel his feelings will warm up since you get two of cups how he will feel about you in the future 🙂

  25. Cody June 14, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Hi, I did a tarot reading for myself asking who am I now and how I really feel now in this part of my life. I got the high priestess, the tower, and the devil all in reverse positions.. it would be really nice if you could give me some details on what they mean for me.🙂👍

  26. Inger Bråthen June 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I feel you will begin to awaken to your highest potential, and you will be financially and emotionally independent. Things might have been difficult lately, and I feel you will be making the necessary changes and protect your assets. I feel you have talents in the business world.

  27. Angie June 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I would like to greatly thank you for taking your time to help lots of people including me understand more about the meanings of tarot.

    I did a reading for myself for the question ” what action is a person who I am interested going to take towards me ? ” and I got KING OF PENTACLES and THE HIGH PRIESTESS

    Would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    Thank you so much.


  28. Inger Bråthen June 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Hi. This is a great card combination. It means you will have a strong psychic connection, but he might not tell you what he is really thinking and feeling, as the High Priestess likes to keep things to herself.

  29. A July 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Hi Inger!

    I just want to say thank you for answering our questions. I really appreciate it. I have another reading for the month of the August. This was the overall theme.

    Overall theme was the strength card.

    The clarifying cards were

    The high priestess
    Page of cups
    4 of cups

    I would love your interpretation of them. Thank you!

  30. Kay July 13, 2017 at 2:03 am

    HI Inger,
    I did a 3 card reading about what may be holding me back. I have many different things happening in my life, divorce, complications with a new love interest to name a couple. It was a general question, encompassing any of these areas as I feel overwhelmed by all of them.

    1. What’s holding me back? High priestess
    2. Why am I being held back? Wheel of Fortune
    3. What can I do to move forward? 3 pents reversed

    I thought the first 2 could mean that a strong subconscious feeling about destiny could be holding me back. Or maybe something to do with all the changes. But I really don’t understand the 3 of pentacles reversed as advice at all

    I pulled one more card to see if it would provide more info, it was page of cups.

    Any thoughts? Thanks, as always.

  31. Inger Bråthen July 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Hi. I feel you are being blocked so you don’t move forward with the wrong person.

  32. Morgan July 14, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Hi Inger! Thank you so much for providing us with such an insightful website on tarot! It is super helpful! I was hoping you could help me with this card combo? The question was “What is energy/connection between two estranged lovers?” And I picked up:
    The High Priestess and the King of wands, and as clarification Ace of Swords.

  33. A July 14, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Hi Inger!

    I just want to say thank you for answering our questions. For the month of August, the theme for the month was the strength card.

    Overall theme was the strength card.

    The clarifying cards were

    The high priestess
    Page of cups
    4 of cups

    I would love your interpretation of them. Thank you once again!

  34. Inger Bråthen July 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Hi, Morgan. You both could have a realisation that will bring you back together. There seems to be a strong emotional connection between you.

  35. Morgan July 20, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Oh wonderful! Thank you!

  36. Jane July 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Hi Inger! Im so new in tarot card reading. The cards i got was The High priestess, King of wands and The lovers. What do you mean by this.

  37. Inger Bråthen July 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Hi, Jane. This seems to be a love reading. It can mean you will meet someone when you least expect it.

  38. Jennifer September 2, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hi my name is Jennifer. I got 3 cards in a reading.
    • The High Priestess (Reversed)
    • The Chariot
    • The Star
    I was wondering what could exatcly mean to you. Thanks!

  39. Inger Bråthen September 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Hi. The high priestess shows up to make the seeker pay more attention to their inner life and how they are feeling. The chariot speaks of self-love and the star speaks of a new future filled with love and optimism.

  40. Jaimee September 17, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Greetings. My name is Jaimee, and I got the knight of swords, high priestess and 9 of swords in a love reading. Can you please advise? Thank you!

  41. Inger Bråthen September 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    The high priestess shows up when we need to really listen to our inner voice. When between two cards like the knight of swords and 9 of swords it can mean this situation is causing you a lot of stress, and it could give you sleepless nights. I feel things will work out well, but there will be a few ups and downs first.

  42. Rickey October 17, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Hi Inger, i promise you i’ll stop bothering you(lol) if you can just give me one last insight as this spread i did this weekend has me puzzled. I did a 10 card love celtic cross spread regarding my love interest, and this is what i got(it should be noted this is the second time i got the high priestess in the “long-term potential” outcome position in regards to my potential mate) 1. Self(The Emperor) 2. “Situation”(Ten of Cups) 3. “Challenges” (Page of Wands) 4. “Recent Past”/Crossing Card-‘it crossed the ten of cups in the situation position'(King of Swords) 5. ” Higher Power/Above/Crowning Card”(The Sun) 6.”Near Future (Two of Cups) 7. “Issues/Blocks/inhibitions/Hopes & Fears” (Four of Swords) 8. “The Loved One/Other person/Significant Other”(Knight of Wands) 9. “Advice” (Six of Pentacles) 10. “Long-term Potential.Outcome (The High Priestess). it should also be noted the last time i did a spread on her i had the moon come up as the card representing her; i also had the high priestess represent her before also, bit not the same spread. your insight will really be helpful.

  43. Anna October 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Dear Inger, thanks so much for the great website. It is one of my main sources of learning.
    I was wondering if you could help me with a 3 card spread: High Priestess, Five of swords and King of wands (all of them upright, I am pleased about that as recently I have been getting lots of reversals).
    Basically, I suffer because I feel stuck and unable to achieve stable, solid things. I have a job which I am grateful for, the colleagues are great too, but it is also a dead end job and I wish to do something more challenging and rewarding, and also more secure. I live in a nice house but one day I will have to move out, as the property will be sold.
    I feel like my life is based on very temporary things and sometimes I get very anxious and depressed. I have tried to change job but without success so far. Sometimes I wonder if there are karmic reasons for my life to be the way it is, I have what I need but there is no sense of certainty in the long shot.
    Yesterday I have been very worried thinking and rethinking, and this morning the sequence of cards above came out. I have a feeling it is somewhat positive and I would like to hear your opinion. Thank you so much!

  44. JAN October 21, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Hi Inger-
    I pulled a 3 card past, present and future spread for a relationship that I am involved in that is currently on shaky ground. I selected High Priestess, Hanged Man and Judgement. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance.

  45. Inger Bråthen October 21, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Hi. The high priestess means you have a strong emotional connection. Page of wands as a block can mean unnecessary drama potentially ruining things, or one of you being very sensitive to stress, and avoiding drama at all cost, needing very harmonious situations/environments. This is someone who needs a very stable person, which you are since you are represented by the Emperor card. 🙂

  46. Shay October 22, 2017 at 3:27 am

    What does it mean to have the high priestess in the work position clarified by the ace of wands i am new at tarot?

  47. Shay October 22, 2017 at 3:34 am

    You can leave a message under my question i really need help i received the king of swords in the unexpected position clarified by the hanged man scary

  48. Inger Bråthen October 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hi, Anna. I feel you have very specific talents and skills, and you thrive when there is competition around you. I also feel there is old grief inside of you that you must face and clear out. I laid out some more cards for you and they show me you have very good communication skills and I feel you are a very adventurous spirit as well. I feel you will go travelling for a while, and I also feel you will do more study.

  49. Anna October 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Many Thanks!

  50. Inger Bråthen October 23, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Hi, Jan. Judgement often shows up when a relationship is saved just before it is too late. You are learning now what is really important to you in a relationship.

  51. Inger Bråthen October 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Hi. High priestess often speaks of intellectual jobs. Ace of Wands speaks of a new enterprises and you could be wanting to work for yourself.

  52. Inger Bråthen October 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    This speaks of being studious and innovative.

  53. Ha Hoang June 1, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Hi there, what do you think about HP & 6 of cups as relationship outcome? Thank you very much & i really appreciate your site.

  54. Ingie from TW June 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    It is a good outcome, just make sure you don’t end up mothering this person 🙂 You have a strong nurturing side.

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