Looking at another major arcana card is long overdue (sorry!) so today, lovely people, we will look at The High Priestess. It is number 2 in the major arcana and comes after the Magician. The number 2 depicts yin and yang, balance and harmony. In the Rider Waite tarot deck, the high priestess is shown sitting in between twin pillars at the entrance of Solomon’s Temple. There are letters on the pillars, a ‘J’ and the ‘B’. These letters stand for Jachin, and Boaz. As the high priestess is depicted between the pillars, this gives the impression that she is a negotiator, sitting between the two and hearing both sides of a story. Not all tarot decks show the pillars, in some they are missing. In the Rider Waite image, the high priestess is wearing long blue robe over a white dress and many feel represents the Virgin Mary, she looks quite regal and serene. She has a crescent moon at her left foot symbolising inward reflection. She also wears a full moon crown on her head. A drape behind her is covered in pomegranates. It has lots of seeds indicating fertility. She sits on a stone throne. She holds a scroll saying TORA meaning ‘the greater law’.
She represents balance, intuition, knowledge and psychic ability. The high priestess is a strong woman who has secrets. The scroll in her hand represents knowledge and learning. She has inner feminine wisdom. Whilst the card shows a woman, as we know, the cards in tarot are for both genders and if this card comes up in a reading for a man, it shows a strong feminine side and can also indicate that there is a strong woman in this man’s life.
The card tells you that you should trust your own instincts as they will guide to to do the right thing. Don’t allow your instincts to stop you from making a commitment. Sometimes, dithering about things can mean you can lose something you really want in life so trust yourself with your feelings and go for what you desire. It also means that things are still yet to be revealed. There are secrets in this card.
The high priestess indicates change. In a career reading this card will mean that you need to gain knowledge to move forward. The job opportunity you hoped for could be on the cards.
As always in tarot, each card is open to your own interpretation. You may see other things in this card and that can only be a good thing. When I look at the High Priestess, I see an educated person who enjoys reading, good conversation and chooses to have only a few very close friends. They are reliable, trustworthy and can keep secrets, usually their own. They can appear bit aloof. You may see something completely different in this card. There are no rights and wrongs. Study the card and say it as you see it.