Balance, psychic abilities, intuition, reaction, response, depth, undercurrents, serenity, knowledge, wisdom, mystery, feminine forces, magic, spiritual knowledge and wisdom, strength, understanding, truth, honesty, receptivity, passivity, potential, knowledge, secrets, something to arrive. 


Virgo, Cancer

The Moon, Venus




A thirst for knowledge of an esoteric nature; secrets to be revealed; potential abundance but as yet unfulfilled.

The Ankh Cross – the Symbol of Life



The Ruling Master of The High Priestess is the Master Lady Mary. The Master Lady Mary bestows the energies of intuitive wisdom upon females who aspire to leadership within the community and in world affairs. The Master Lady Mary gives females the courage to establish themselves securely in society.

Master Lady Mary is present with every pregnancy and birth, regardless of belief-sets.

The Master Lady Mary is willing to help humankind make a stronger connection with nature.

The Master Lady Mary gives her energies to the numbers 2 and 20 and corresponds to the Moon. 

Upon the Tree of Life on the Cabalistic Trestleboard, Pathway 2 connects sephira Kether (1) keyword: crown with Tiphareth (6) keyword: beauty

The energy of The High Priestess combines the creative flow with beauty to provide us with the secrets of the Universe.  These principles are available to us all  -  but some have chosen (prior to incarnating) to suppress this knowledge because of the particular life lessons and experiences they have chosen in this lifetime.

Peony relates to intuition, mystery, inner-knowledge, wisdom, beauty, grace and the ‘Yin’ or female principle. Peony is an anti-spasmodic and emmenagogue. Peony is the herb of ‘intuition’. It is commonly used in gynaecology. The root promotes internal circulation, and it relieves spasms. 

Peony is symbolically used for tension, nervousness, stress and for the relief of menstrual cramps.  Peony, emotionally, can be used to promote one to speak up for oneself. 

Yin and Yang is the symbol for Peony.

The High Priestess card symbolizes the unconscious, a concern with our internal worlds, spiritual forces, and the understanding of higher truths through dreams and intuition. The mysterious High Priestess jealously guards her secrets and occult wisdom.

As a wise woman, the High Priestess is the Goddess of fertility and is seen as a healer possessing intuitive powers and clairvoyance, and creating harmony and inner-balance. She emphasizes the necessity to get in contact with our inner-selves, to reflect and meditate, to trust our feelings and to let our dreams and intuition guide us.

Observing rather than participating, the High Priestess can also represent platonic love, manipulation, a pause in a process that was progressing, or even a standstill, causing doubt and confusion.

The High Priestess is known as the ‘silent knower’. The High Priestess’s realm is one of dreams fantasy and intuition, which cannot be clearly perceived by the conscious mind.

The High Priestess relates to the ‘Mother’ energies, and denotes one who works with their intuition on the highest levels.

The High Priestess indicates someone who has great intuitive abilities. It describes someone who is quite domesticated, and one who is drawn to nurturing and to being nurtured. The High Priestess describes someone who wants and needs a safe place to retreat when needed.

The High Priestess tells you that you possess natural intuition and psychic abilities and she inspires emotions and receptive understanding. 

The High Priestess is indicative of one who is a spiritually well-balanced person who is naturally diplomatic. This person has natural artistic talents and has the wisdom to allow the intellect to connect to the subconscious. She depicts one who is forever the seeker of knowledge.

The High Priestess is a complex lady who needs to remain very grounded. She must also be in touch with her emotional side and not be afraid to shown them.

The High Priestess wears the Ankh cross which is the Symbol of Life. She relates to balance  -  black/white, spiritual/material, male/female, esoteric/exoteric. 

The cross represents the positive forces in balance. The cross is the ‘Aquarian cross’, the cross of the Universe.

The pillars depicted on The High Priestess are the ‘Pillars of Jerusalem’ and represent the ‘Life Force’. The black pillar (BOAS) represents the ‘negative’  and the feminine characteristics of intuition and mystery, and the white pillar (JACKEN/JAKIN) represents the ‘positive’ and the masculine principle of reason. These pillars are also the columns of the Masonic Lodge, and indicate ‘balance’.

The High Priestess holds a scroll in her hand which contains ‘Esoteric Wisdom’ and ‘Divine Law’. The scroll is inscribed with the ‘TORA’ signifying the greater law and the ‘second sense’ of the world.

The veil with the pomegranates represents the female or feminine principle. The palms represent he male or masculine principle.

The crescent Moon depicted at the feet of The High Priestess indicates the consciousness and psychic/intuitive abilities and the energies of the Earth.

The crown upon the head of The High Priestess is the symbol of the feminine ‘ISIS’ and represents ‘illumination’ and the Moon.

The blue robe worn by The High Priestess indicates intuition, active and passive forces as well as higher learning.

The High Priestess is indicative of someone who is supportive and who makes for effective mediator. This woman is highly intelligent, with great psychic and spiritual abilities.

The High Priestess is sometimes known as the ‘Popess’ as well as the ‘card of Cancer’ as it relates to the number 2  -  the number of the zodiac sign Cancer.

The High Priestess is a 2, and twos in a reading indicate a period of gestation and of anticipation of great success in the future. There is a focus on waiting, gathering knowledge and balance.

Being related to Cancer, the Cardinal Water Sign, which states, ‘I seek myself through what I feel’, it tells of a woman who is a nurturer.

The High Priestess is ruled by the Moon, which is associated with emotions and water. Because of this, The High Priestess indicates a great need to bring emotions into balance. The Moon brings the understanding that everything is inter-connected and inter-related. It indicates psychic abilities and power, the mystery of the unfathomable and all things mysterious that hold fascination.

Because the High Priestess is related to Virgo there is a need to be down to earth, practical and intelligent. Relating to Virgo, which is a Mutable Earth Sing which states, ‘I seek myself through what I learn’, it is the sign that turns within and criticizes, analyses and discriminates against the self. As Virgo is the sign of service, The High Priestess has an immense task.

When The High Priestess appears in a tarot spread it may be an indication of activity beneath the surface. You are unable to view the whole picture at this time.

The High Priestess tells of an ability to use your intuition to glean spiritual insights and inspirations. She asks that you always endeavour to see the larger picture so as to not become caught up in the details of a project or situation.

When The High Priestess appears in a spread, it may be telling you to listen to your intuition and subconscious as The High Priestess tells of the power of the unconscious. The High Priestess signifies guidance and wisdom of a spiritual and moral nature, which comes from unconscious sources  -  intuition, dreams and fantasies.

The High Priestess appearing in a reading suggests that it would be wise to keep your ideas, plans and intentions to yourself at this time as you are to have complete faith in your own abilities, rather than taking on the advice  and opinions of others.

When The High Priestess appears in a reading, it may be implying that there are two separate situations to consider that will require a firm decision. You have two options.

The High Priestess asks you to remove the barrier between your inner and outer being. Often we feel inadequate not knowing which way to turn. Once we learn to attain an inner-peace we are able to recognize the constant flow of positive and negative energies around us, accepting the conditions in our lives.

The High Priestess indicates the importance of using this time wisely to acknowledge inner changes and wait until one’s energies are released.

The High Priestess may be indicating that assistance from feminine spiritual guides, and tells of an inner-awareness of the Laws of the god/goddess and the Universe. It tells of knowing that you and all life forms are ‘love’.

The High Priestess asks you to maintain faith even through the hard times you may face during life’s journey.

ignorance, warnings, mis-use of abilities, surface knowledge, conceit, immoral nature.

When The High Priestess appears reversed in a reading, it may be telling of someone who is shallow and conceited. This person may be selfish and has a weak character and may lack stamina.

The reversed High Priestess tells you not to place your trust in someone or a situation until you have completely analyzed it/them from all angles as it could adversely affect an important relationship or support base.

Reversed, The High Priestess indicates a distinct lack of commitment. It can suggest a lack of inner-harmony resulting from the suppression of feelings and the failure to acknowledge unconscious guidance and to go against your own intuition.

The High Priestess, when it appears reversed in a reading tells of a superficial situation involving someone who has a weak character and who lacks enthusiasm, stamina and strength. This person will not be supportive of you.

The High Priestess reversed may be implying that you are looking for support or a commitment from someone close, but it is not forthcoming.

The High Priestess appearing reversed in a reading, may be asking you to examine all aspects of an issue or situation. Be careful in who you confide and analyze everything.

When The High Priestess appears reversed, it indicates strong tendencies towards mood swings and unstable emotions that can impair your judgement, resulting in jealousy and lack of insight and tact. At this time it is difficult to accept advice or counselling from others. The desire for secretiveness combined with the inability to share can lead to a waste of knowledge and skills.

The High Priestess reversed depicts unrevealed and/or hidden truths and influences. Things may be going on that you are unaware of at this time.

Reversed, The High Priestess may also be warning of misguided psychic talent/s.

When The High Priestess appears in a reading reversed it may be a warning to remain vigilant as there are hidden secrets and/or a mystery afoot.

If the reading is for a male and The High Priestess appears reversed, it can signify negative feelings towards women or that feminine qualities in himself are being ignored.

Joanne Walmsley
Sacred Scribes

NUMEROLOGY - The Vibration and Energy of Numbers


1 comment:

  1. I asked the cards (using the Celtic Cross spread) about the consequences of not paying my rent in order to accumulate enough money to move to live somewhere else. High Priestess (reversed) crossed with Ace of Pentacles (reversed) at the centre of the cross summed up my faulty reasoning. The card signifying the short-term future was the Fool (upright) but that was followed by the 8 of Pentacles (reversed) for the longer term consequences. Needless to say I will be paying my rent in full and on time as per usual and will look to more honest means of accumulating money!!!