THE HIGH PRIESTESS: Third card of the Major Arcana
RULING PLANET: Moon (not a planet but you get it)
COLOR: Blue - the color of the Third Eye Chakra. “I See” Wisdom, Discernment, Loyalty, Tradition.
NUMEROLOGY: 2 - balance, duality, partnership. OR choice, a fork in the road.
DESCRIPTION AND MEANING:
From the Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite
“She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed with the word Tora, signifying the Greater Law, the Secret Law and the second sense of the Word. It is partly covered by her mantle, to show that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars--J. and B.--of the mystic Temple, and the veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palms and pomegranates.”
The pillars are Boaz (severity) and Jachin (mercy), which according to tradition are the black and white pillars that framed the entrance to Solomon’s Temple in ancient Israel.
The High Priestess represents intuition, psychic ability, gnosis, divine connection, hidden mysteries and deep wisdom. This card has always reminded me of the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” It’s the “wisdom to know the difference,” part that is key.
REVERSED MEANING: Obtuse, moody, self-doubt, superficiality.
IN A READING: The appearance of this card may indicate a need to look inward, to connect with, listen to, and trust the inner voice of your higher self.