2 The High Priestess
Positive: Intuition. Inner Wisdom. Esoteric Knowledge. Insight.
Negative: Secretive. Deceptive. Irrational. Promiscuity.
Qabalah: Gimel (Camel).
Archetypes: Anima. Virgin. Priestess. Witch. Wise-Woman.
Herbs: Musk, Verbena, Acacia, Anise, Heliotrope, Lemongrass, Sandalwood.
Crystal: Moonstone, Rose quartz.
Introduction: The High Priestess is a very spiritual card – often with sexual overtones. It can mean that the querent is in a phase where he or she is going to be much more physically attractive to others. She is tied to the moon, to femininity, and to inspiration.
General: This is a time to rely on your intuition and your inner knowledge, rather than your conscious mind or intellect. Pay attention to your dreams. Synchronicities are likely now. When the High Priestess appears in a man’s reading, she also often represents a woman that he will want badly; but whom he may not be able to get.
Work: It’s possible that a pleasant surprise will be coming your way soon in regard to work. This could even be a new job opportunity. You may come up with some new systems or processes that make your work life simpler and less stressful. Ignore workplace gossip and certainly don’t get involved in it.
Love: This can be a magical, mystical time for love. If you date women, you could well be interested in a woman who is distant and unapproachable. Trust your instincts. If you are a woman, you may well find people basically literally throwing themselves at you. Use this power wisely- it’s potent!
Finances: Someone may not be being completely honest with you in regard to finances. You may not have all the information that you need. Don’t be afraid to dig deep, and to do your own investigating. Be sure, when it comes to financial transactions, that you give out only the information that is needed and no more.
Spirituality: Messages can come to you from all sorts of places. Make a point to look at spirituality in ways that you have not done before. Talk to people whose experiences and beliefs are different than your own. Move out of your comfort zone. You’ll be all the richer for it.
Health: There may be information about your health that has not yet come to light. If you feel that something is amiss with your body, believe in your concerns and advocate for yourself. You may need to see a different health care practitioner. Trust yourself. If a procedure or test that is suggested to you doesn’t “feel right,” don’t feel that you have to go through with it. Be sure that you are supporting yourself as best you can with diet, exercise, and vitamins/minerals.
The High Priestess Reversed
Introduction: In general, even reversed, the High Priestess is a very spiritual card – often with sexual overtones. In reversal, however, it can be somewhat more difficult for you to see and/or to tap into the powerful, intuitive, and attractive energy that is flowing when the High Priestess appears. The energy is there. Look for it. Allow yourself to feel it.
General: You may be finding it difficult to “hear” what your intuition is telling you. If that’s the case, it’s a clear signal to quiet down, spend some time in meditation, and spend some time alone. Try different approaches, including journaling, or even yoga or walking meditations. The information you seek is there. Trust yourself and your instincts.
Work: When the High Priestess appears in reverse with regard to work questions, you may be very confused about what is happening in your working life. If it’s possible to do so, don’t hesitate to ask your supervisors or co-workers for clarity about what is happening. On the other hand your instincts may be telling you to “lay low.” If that’s the case, follow your intuition. Things will become clearer later.
Love: Even with this card in reversal, there is a strong likelihood that others are finding you much more attractive than usual. Don’t ignore this, if you are looking for love! On the other hand, with the High Priestess in reversal, you may be finding it difficult to understand where others are coming from with regard to love and romance. If you’re not sure, ask. Don’t jump to conclusions.
Health: When the High Priestess appears in connection with a health question, it’s important to realize that you may not yet have all the information you need, and that you shouldn’t necessarily accept without question the first opinion you are given. If you are under treatment for a physical problem, it makes sense to get a second opinion now. Trust your instincts, but of course, follow medical advice that you are given. If you feel something is not right with your physical being, keep seeking help until you are given some. You may need to see a different health care practitioner. Trust yourself. Support your good health as best you can with a proper diet, sufficient exercise, and vitamins/minerals.
Finances: A group of people or a particular person may not be being completely honest with you in regard to finances. Be very careful what you sign when this card appears in reverse. Do not hesitate to get more information and advice when it comes to large transactions that you may be considering. When the High Priestess appears in reverse, you can be sure that all is not as it appears on the surface.
Spirituality: When the High Priestess appears in reverse, it can be telling you that spirit has been sending you messages – both in your waking and sleeping life – which you may have overlook. Consider any synchronicities or odd occurrences that have happened lately, or very vivid dreams that have stuck with you. What might they be telling you? Give yourself some time and space to meditate and you may well find that you’ll understand the message.