What does the high priestess tarot card mean?

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The high priestess is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

Card II

The High Priestess, sometimes referred to as the ‘female Pope’, sits between the two pillars of Solomon’s temple; Jachin, the Pillar of Establishment; and Boaz, the Pillar of Strength. Her position between these two pillars represents the balance of masculinity and femininity, good and evil, and the darkness and the light. In her hand she holds the Torah, signifying her higher knowledge and ancient wisdom.


The High Priestess represents inner knowledge and wisdom. If you encounter her upright, it is a sign to trust your instincts. She symbolises a strong, powerful woman. This could be somebody in your life who is there to offer you advice or support in reaching your potential. The card also shows spiritual knowledge and a link to the subconscious; you should pay attention to your dreams and your intuition. Practice meditation and focus on what you want to achieve. Trust your gut and don’t let outside influences affect your decision-making.

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the High Priestess suggests that you are not listening to your instincts and are allowing other factors to influence your decisions. Take some time to reflect about what you really want, and what feels right to you. You may be suppressing feelings and allowing others to weigh in and overrule your instincts with their opinions. It’s time to stop asking others for advice as this is likely confusing and conflicting, and instead turn inwards. Trust yourself and your intuition.

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