The High Priestess

The High Priestess in the Tarot of Marseilles

Card description:

A priestess sits regally on her throne, a triple-tiered crown on her head. A gossamer veil is draped across the space behind her. Her blue cape flows down and around her like flowing water. A small crescent-shaped pin holds her cape closed. In her hands, she holds a text of sacred wisdom.

The High priestess sits before a veil because she is a guardian to the way of wisdom. The triple crown on her head represents her authority in the physical, mental, and spiritual realms.

Her purity is the key to her sovereignty, and it is symbolized by the white veil that is draped under her crown. Her blue robe which flows like water and pools at her feet is a symbol of spiritual refreshment. It is held closed with a crescent pin, a subtle hint of her lunar nature.

She holds a sacred text as a visible reminder that she is the embodiment of wisdom. She is the gatekeeper that gives the seeker access to higher knowledge. She is available to anyone, ready to help any soul who is searching for self-knowledge and divine insight.

Card meaning:

The High Priestess is a virgin representative of the Moon. She is ever pure yet always available to anyone who seeks her. She is the eternal gateway to wisdom and teaches us the path of yielding receptivity.

Her way is not the way of conflict or confrontation. Her inner knowledge flows in, around, and through things, permeating them with her influence. She swims in a sacred sea, waxing and waning with the influence of the Moon, yet always present.

She provides guidance for those seeking to access their psychic abilities and enhance their intuition. This card is an indication that it is time to yield to the forces around you, to absorb them and let your intuition be your guide. She is the representative of the sacred feminine, ready to show you the way to wisdom.


It is time to listen rather than speak. And though it is important to listen to those around you, it is even more important to listen to your inner voice. Pay attention to what your intuition is telling you. Get lost in your dreams and explore your inner landscape. Yield to what is going on but know that the ability to yield is a special kind of strength that will lead you to the correct path.

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