Tarot Tutorial: The High Priestess
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Tarot Tutorial: The High Priestess

June 22, 2024 by Pathforward
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When it comes to tarot's leading ladies, the High Priestess is definitely a VIP. This regal figure sits draped in flowing blue robes, holding a sacred scroll of knowledge and wisdom. She's surrounded by an air of mystery and speaks to the importance of tuning into your intuition and higher self.

No matter what area of life the High Priestess turns up, her core message is to go within, listen to your gut, and have faith in your intuitive insights. She encourages you to embrace ambiguity with patience and poise. While her energy is undeniably mystical, she affirms the value of your own deep inner wisdom as a guide. Follow her cues to unlock the spiritual truths you've been seeking.


What is the Meaning of The High Priestess in a Love Reading?

If the High Priestess shows up representing your partner or love interest, it can indicate that they are spiritually minded or some sort of healer. Their idealism can be inspiring. This card could also reveal their tendency to be an enigma – wise but closed off on an emotional level. They follow their intuition closely but also keep their own thoughts and feelings under lock and key. Getting them to open up may prove challenging, but it will be worth it.

When the High Priestess represents you in a love reading, it’s like the tarot is sassily flipping your question back on you. It’s asking you to connect with your own intuition about how YOU feel about your relationship (or lack of one) and ask yourself what it is you really value. The real answer might be hidden under the noise and busyness of daily life. It also might surprise you. While surrounding cards may yield more information, the High Priestess is calling on you to get real with yourself and tune into your heart's truth.

If the High Priestess appears reversed in a love context, passion and intimacy issues may be stifling the connection. One or both partners is distant, emotionally and/or physically. It can also indicate that someone is not being totally honest about their emotions and relationship needs. Even if it isn’t a conscious choice, some part of you (or your boo) is closed off or withholding. Try reigniting the spark through vulnerability.


What is the Meaning of The High Priestess in a Future Reading?

When showing up for your overall environment in a future reading, the High Priestess signals impending opportunities that will require you to embrace ambiguity and follow your instincts. Remember, she’s part of the Major Arcana, so chances are you’ll be asked to take a leap of faith involving a life path issue. We get how that can feel a little scary, but connecting to who you are at your core and trusting your intuition is the best way to handle the situation in front of you. The road ahead is unclear but your inner guidance system will be essential.

If she depicts you specifically, a period of soul-searching and going inward is on the horizon. Seeing the High Priestess in a reading is a sign that it's time to get in touch with that inner voice and embrace what you instinctively feel is right. Don't shun this self-exploratory phase as it will ultimately lead to greater awareness. Try taking up a new spiritual hobby or setting up a home altar to support your exploration. The High Priestess represents pure spiritual enlightenment and encourages you to go within to access your subconscious insights. She's connected to the moon's cycles and the natural, feminine energies of life – think intuition, psychic abilities, and mysticism. Her appearance is a nudge to trust your gut, embrace the unseen, and stop underestimating the power of your instincts.

In the reversed position focused on your future, the High Priestess cautions against staying stuck in illusion. You may be closing yourself off from important intuitive nudges and your spiritual side is being neglected. Take some time to realign with your values and stay alert to signs from the universe that will help point you in the right direction.

It can also be a warning that you are using your spirituality as an escape from the real world. We obviously love and encourage spiritual deep dives, but properly done, spirituality helps you live in this world, not hide from it. Finally, if the High Priestess appears reversed, there’s a chance you may be engaging in spiritual bypassing or acting more “spiritual than thou”. Those kinds of behaviors come from a place of ego, not spiritual connectedness.


What is the Meaning of The High Priestess in a Career Reading?

In the workplace or representing job prospects, the High Priestess can reveal there are unseen forces and unacknowledged dynamics at play professionally. Stay woke to any undercurrents or office politics. Practice discretion and do a lot more listening and a lot less talking while you are still figuring out the general vibes. Patience and attention will tell you everything you need to know.

When the High Priestess appears in a position representing you, it signals that this point in your career journey involves some soul-searching around purpose and passion. Don't just follow the conventional path if it doesn't align with your inner wisdom. You are going to be much happier in a field or job that lines up with your values. Journaling might be helpful in figuring out what needs to change.

If the High Priestess appears reversed regarding your professional life, it implies you've become reckless, arrogant, or abandoned your spiritual values. Check yourself before your integrity is compromised. And if you find you’ve already crossed some lines, the great thing about life is it gives us chances to change direction, which included changing jobs. If you continue working in a job that regularly asks you to act in ways that are in opposition with who you are it will wear you down, fast.


Still wondering what deep wisdom will be brought to the surface with the High Priestess’s energy? We gotchu! Our tarot experts have got the skills to go deep when you need answers about love, career, or anything else that’s been weighing on your mind. See how their insight can have you moving in the right direction to manifest the life of your dreams.


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