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The High Priestess (II)

The High Priestess (II)

The High Priestess (II)

RWS Tarot 31 High Priestess
The High Priestess is the second Major Arcana card in the Rider Waite Tarot deck.

In the RiderWaite Tarot deck, The High Priestess is identified with the Shekhinah, the female indwelling presence of the divine.

She wears plain blue robes and sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, “a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place”[ similar to the crown of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, but with the horns having a shape more like half-crescents, and a large cross on her breast.

The scroll in her hands, partly covered by her mantle, bears the letters TORA (Torah). She is seated between the white and black pillars—’J’ and ‘B’ for Jachin and Boaz—of the mystic Temple of Solomon.

The veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palm leaves and pomegranates. The motif that hangs behind the High Priestess’s throne, veiling whatever mysteries she guards.


Drawing this card can relate to Knowingness and Love and Relationships in your life.

It can also mean Wisdom and Sound judgment and Serenity

Also Common sense and Intuition

Other meanings when placed with other cards are, Mystical vision, introspection, and otherworldliness

Commonly this card is in the spread, because it is also focused on ‘secrets’ it also is interpreted when a secret is kept or revealed, when you are holding on to the truth or revealing it, the card associated with mystery, when powerful feminine influences and support currently in force for the client. It can also represent the perfect woman in a man’s life, and to a woman it can represent being independently solo perhaps without a man.

The High Priestess Reversed

The High Priestess when reversed can be read as ignorance and short sightedness. It can show a lack of understanding . It can represent selfishness too. Also improper judgement, shallowness and conceit.