Exploring stories the Tarot tells, one card at a time
The High Priestess
Today we will look at the card known as The High Priestess (originally called La Papesse, or “The Popess”). It is the second of the Major Arcana cards in most traditional Tarot decks.
The High Priestess indicates intuition, mystery and sensuality, in conjunction with grounded sensibility. If you draw this card, the High Priestess is appearing to show you that you should trust your instincts. Watch for dreams, signs and symbols.
The High Priestess appearing in your reading may signify that you will become infatuated with an attractive person (who could be unattainable) or that you will be desired, possibly by more than one person.
The High Priestess Tarot card indicates inspiration for creative souls. For students, it can mean that a good teacher may assist you in your studies. It can also mean you may soon become privy to information that will benefit you.
The High Priestess Tarot card is one of spirituality and wisdom. When it is drawn, it is a call to trust your inner voice and your belief system.
Reversed Meaning Interpretation
In the reversed position, this Major Arcana card shows that you are not hearing your intuition and may be more focused on the opinions of others than your own. It can also indicate that you are neglecting your own needs to favour others. Step back and listen to your inner voice. Trust yourself.
In short, the appearance of The High Priestess in reverse suggests repressed intuition, uncontrolled feelings, lack of self-belief and unwanted attention.
By Marz Marchant (with additional research by Nyo Hara)