The High Priestess

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anais Nin

When two connect, there I am.

The High Priestess bears an expression of mystery and her surprising and unexpected revelations are keys to resolving matters in the immediate environment. She exists in silent passivity, containing a power of her own.

She also represents a deep, somewhat dark or hidden aspect of the female archetype, one that suggests elements that we have not learnt to recognize within ourselves, such as psychic abilities or intuition. The moon illuminates our subconscious. Only when retiring from the world, can we allow our subconscious to rise, listen to our inner voice and recognize our spiritual power.

At times the strangest thing can happen, and someone might just say the right word at the time that you need to hear it. This is also synchronicity. Synchronicity is somewhat mysterious and elusive like the High Priestess, sending light from her presence into a world that we cannot always see. We learn to identify ourselves as a key to establish spiritual power or spiritual identity. Synchronicity also needs harmony as an ingredient, a little magic so that we can restore balance within ourselves.

The High Priestess is the keeper of the gate through which all must come and return. The pillars behind her are usually translated as Strength and Unity and pomegranates sometimes represent Persephone, goddess of the underworld, mother goddess.

The underworld represents the state of our minds, how we feel when we are going through serious changes, ascending or descending the stairs of awareness we cannot always see within ourselves; this is why we need to seek consciously the truths about illumination and knowledge. We might come up with even more mysteries, but this is how we learn to establish within us a personality that is unique to us - our Identity that we are often looking for.

Sometimes we dream of being inside a house with stairs or rooms that we go through. At times it feels aimless and other times there is a purpose. The High Priestess is found when the seeking stops. We hear when we listen or stop talking.

We have come to a place where we are ready to receive guidance or higher knowledge, tapping into the “I AM “of who we are, something that can help us grasp the current situation. This is the path towards knowledge and self-empowerment. We can only find this inner stillness when we release our fears and our insecurities and connect to our subconscious or our gut feelings.

Our instincts are very powerful when we recognize who we are. This internal process or illumination is very challenging in our societies, and often results in the suppression of the subconscious. We are more than the sum of our physical existence.

When the High Priestess is in a reading, be mindful that guidance will come through suggestions of the deeper world, such as dreams or synchronicity, advice or a suggestion for introspection or meditation. This card may often represent the situation and how to go about it. Traditionally, she represents knowledge, modesty and discretion. We are shown all the possibilities of what it is that we can become and how to use discernment, to recognize feelings of despair or fear, to shed light on these and to release them from ourselves.

When we see this card we recognize the feelings of our inner beauty unhindered and free from all interference and destructive controlling frequencies. We are urged to connect with the subtle synchronicity and things that move us deeply, to tap into our inner wisdom that we cannot always rationally express or explain, but that we know is alive and fully functional, if we only notice it. We are urged to acknowledge the power to use and express our knowledge in a constructive manner.

At times of imbalance we may react in an aloof manner, but it can also mean that we keep our distance. The High Priestess can also express passivity, where we act in an overly-emotional manner, either too quickly or too slowly. This can always be rectified when one steps away from the situation and learns to become still and observe objectively the situation at hand.

Our Medicine: The desire to find our inner guidance and awareness of the wisdom from the subconscious, intuitive knowledge, patience.

At times of Imbalance: Day dreaming, changing moods, doubts, out of present time.

Mantra: I am balanced.