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Tarot: Intro to the Cards #2 The High Priestess

Hi, there all you magnificently mystical peeps!

How are we all doing this Wednesday? I hope it's all going great for all of you. Everyone stay safe and happy out there.

Welcome back to class, my dears! I'm super excited you're here and that we're continuing on this journey through the Tarot together.

Today, as the title suggests, we're continuing to go through the Major Arcana with #2 The High Priestess. As with the previous weeks, we'll be going over the standard upright and reversed meanings. I'll also be providing you with a few examples of The High Priestess card from different decks and intuitively read them.

Let's jump right in!

Here is the traditional Rider-Waite Smith Deck's High Priestess:


Upright: Intuition, subconscious mind, sacred knowledge, mysteries, divine feminine, wisdom

Reversed: A disconnect from intuition, repressed feelings, secrets, withdrawal, silence, surface knowledge

The High Priestess is all about spiritual enlightenment, intuition, and the subconscious mind. She usually appears when you need to listen to or reconnect with your intuition and unconscious mind. Or she's telling you to get in touch with your own divine feminine energy.

Let's look at a few other cards.

Here's Serenity, my The Good Tarot Deck's High Priestess:

  • This High Priestess looks like she comes straight to us from our deepest dreams. She has a golden emblem with wings upon her forehead, where her third eye sits. This shows us her profound psychic abilities and the connection she has with intuition. Her gaze looks unflinchingly forward and directly at you, peeling back all of your layers to find the truth at your core. Beneath her face, you'll find the symbol of the divine feminine and the triple goddesses in the triple moons with the Celtic double triquetra.

  • This card tells me to open my mind and heart up to my intuition. I must listen to my inner voice and follow down the path of wisdom it sets before me. Mysteries will be made clear and knowledge gained not through sheer intellect but through trusting in my intuition and personal experiences. Doing this allows me to find my inner peace and have confidence in my knowledge and self.

King's, Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot, High Priestess:

  • This High Priestess, in particular, has always seemed... unmoving and indifferent to me. She sits and waits as cold and impassive as a god, regarding us from behind her veil of mysteries with her hands calmly folded, as though weighing out her options. The Priestess wears bright pomegranate flowers in her hair, which symbolize feminine fertility. Above those, she wears rams horns, between which a crystal ball floats. This shows her strength, determination, intuition, and psychic ability. It also brings to mind once again the triple moons and goddesses, reminding us of the divine feminine nature in us all.

  • This card tells me not to rush to judgment or make hasty decisions that could be impulsive. It's time to sit back and watch things unfold while gathering all the information I can. I must wait for the right moment of action. When it comes, I will trust my intuition to show me and guide me down the correct path, utilizing all the information I have gathered.

And lastly, we have Willow, The Wildwood Tarot's The Seer:

  • Willow's version of The High Priestess is The Seer. Personally, I favor it over The High Priestess, but that's only because it's my own preferred title. I "see" things in other people that they, themselves, do not and that I couldn't easily explain. And I "see" certain things in the cards when I look at them, and they speak to me. So, I prefer Seer to Reader, but it's just a preference. In particular, I feel like this deck resonates with me because of representations of paganism and the natural world. Unlike other decks that have a great deal of church symbolism, which... is so not my thing.

  • This Seer is powerful and determined. She has an intensely stern focus for her craft. She's cloaked in the wisdom of the owl and stands at the base of The World Tree before a scrying bowl. Upon her staff, she holds a bag of runes ready to be cast. Strength and power seem to radiate from her image, and she's to be heeded whenever she speaks to us.

  • She tells us it's time to focus our energies and listen to what the universe is telling us. She brings the sparks of inspiration, creativity, and wisdom to be gained. I feel the pulses of the Earth and let its power and wisdom move through me to gain clear insight and balance. I concentrate on opening my third eye to see things as they actually are in order to move forward with clarity and confidence.

What did you see in the cards? Was it different from what I saw? Let me know in the comments below!

If you're someone who's just starting out in Tarot, I highly encourage you to start from the beginning with Tarot Class: Intro to the Cards. I go over some general information on the cards and break them down for you a bit. Another good one to look at would be The Three Card Spread and its Many Uses. It's great for beginners and experienced readers alike.

Friday, I'm going to be doing a post on the whys and hows of Tarot journaling. Stay tuned in for that.

Monday, of course, we'll have our Weekly Divination Outlook.

Next Wednesday, we'll be going over the next Major Arcana Card, #3 The Empress! So be sure to come back to class and learn all about it. I certainly look forward to it!

Next Friday, I'm not too sure what I'll be covering. Hopefully, I figure it out by this Friday!

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