The High Priestess: general, standing and reversed meaning

The High Priestess, general description

The High Priestess is the 3rd card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

The High Priestess denotes our unconscious powers, our tenderness, intuition and often the unexplainable but deeply rooted certainty. She is the key to the mysterious truth that can’t be approached with a logical mind. She knows that the truth we express is not the ultimate eternal truth. Her bright side is patience, understanding, excuse, kindness and the ability to forgive who uses the unconscious powers as a helper, healer or visionary.

Her dark side, however is the archetype of the dark sister, the incarnate of the witch who uses his mental power to seduce, paralyze or hurt others. The Tarot interpretations only emphasize her friendly and helpful attitude. Traditions say that this is one of the three cards for protection that in Christian mythology equals with the invulnerability of the hero protected by the Virgin

The High Priestess, standing

Pure, elevated, benign power. Education, knowledge, wisdom, esoteric teachings. The forces of nature: intuition, foresight, spiritual revelation, even in hidden cases.



The High Priestess, reversed

Confusion and going wrong. Spiritual or intellectual mistake. Officious and shallow search of mysterious things. Uncertainty, self-importance and self-destruction. Nature’s forces have broken free.