The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning (Card 2)

Tarot, like astrology, has long been one of our favorite divination systems. Interpreting either takes practice. As you learn, we wanted to help you to quickly connect to the cards and use them in ways that are actionable and practical in every area of life. xoxo, Tali & Ophira

Co-authored by James Kerti

What does The High Priestess tarot card mean?

Like the watery zodiac sign Cancer, The High Priestess tarot card encourages you to look beneath the surface and listen to your intuition as you dive deeper.

This major arcana card reminds you that while things are not always as they seem, you can trust your intuition.

The High Priestess tarot card:

  • reassures you that in your heart you know what you need to do
  • encourages you to slow down and tune into your intuition—especially if you’re at a crossroads or feeling stuck
  • assures you that you can trust your inner knowing, even if it means temporarily pulling back from the action or leaving a situation that cannot currently be resolved

What is The High Priestess zodiac sign?

The zodiac sign of The High Priestess is Cancer

The High Priestess Tarot Guide

Keywords for The High Priestess: Intuition, subconscious mind, divine feminine, mystery, sexuality, sensuality

Yes or No: Yes

Planet of The High Priestess: Moon

Element of The High Priestess: Water

What does The High Priestess card mean in a love reading?

The High Priestess is a patient, sensual card. It reminds you to slow down and trust your own process in this area of your life.

If you’ve been pushing ahead with limited results, stop forcing it. Turn your attention inward and examine your feelings, beliefs and limitations. The High Priestess gently guides you back “home” to yourself.

The High Priestess tarot card:

  • reminds you that sometimes what you need isn’t the same as what you want
  • encourages you to be honest and present with yourself and not attempt to force things that aren’t meant to be

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What does The High Priestess tarot card mean for career, money and finance?

If you’re facing a big decision in your career, The High Priestess signals that you can trust your intuition in making your choice. While a pros and cons list can’t hurt, this decision is one best trusted to your gut, rather than pure logic. Visualization can help. Think about how you might feel in this situation in ten days, ten weeks and ten months. Will you still enjoy it when the proverbial bloom comes off the rose?

This card can also be a sign of an educational opportunity. Whether you’re considering going back to school, taking an online course, or meeting a potential mentor, the High Priestess indicates potential for expanding your knowledge.

For money and financial matters, The High Priestess’s general meaning of mystery could indicate that you need to keep your financial cards closer to the vest.

What does The High Priestess tarot card mean for health?

When it comes to health matters, The High Priestess tells you to slow down and listen to your body’s signals. If you feel fatigued, dig deeper into what may be causing it. Rather than chugging more coffee, you may be experiencing a food sensitivity (or allergy); perhaps an environment is more stressful than you’ve admitted to yourself. Now is a time to make adjustments that support your well being, inside and out.

The High Priestess can refer to femininity and sexuality. You may be receiving a message about hormones, fertility, or pregnancy.

The High Priestess Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning

Pulled in a reversed position, The High Priestess still advises that you listen to your intuition. But the card carries a more urgent signal that you are missing something of importance.

We all have seasons of our lives where we fall out of touch with our inner knowing. Sometimes life stresses get in the way, or we get caught up in pursuing something we desperately want, even if it’s not right for us.

The High Priestess in reverse reminds you that you need to slow down, return to center, and pay attention to an important message you need to hear. Rather than feeling guilty for a period of disconnection from your intuition, you’re encouraged to tune back in with kindness and compassion for yourself.

Is The High Priestess tarot card a yes or no?

The High Priestess clearly signals yes when asked a yes or no question.

Its general meaning also applies here, as it directs you to look a little deeper beyond the surface-level question.

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