Archetypes & Symbols
The High Priestess Meaning - Major Arcana - Ancient Alchemy Tarot
The High Priestess lives in the 8th house ruled by Scorpio and the planet Mars. She connects with you through the 5th Chakra.
She represents the spiritual, feminine power. The High Priestess is passive, attentive, and thoughtful.
I'm using the Marseille Tarot deck because it's the first Tarot that we know about, and it was brought to this planet by Nicolas Flamel in the 14th century. It's a tool of personal development used in the secret school of alchemy. If you have any prior experience with Tarot, I invite you to open your mind to a new way of interpreting the cards. Hopefully, this information will add up to your current knowledge.
Notice that behind her head, there is a colossal veil; it’s as if she has giant ears because when we listen, we use the archetype of the High Priestess.
She is card number 2 in the Tarot deck.
Why is the High Priestess the number 2?
Because to become the Magician, card number 1, you need to transform yourself. Therefore, the High Priestess represents the Power of Self-Development.
The transformative power of the High Priestess
Notice that she is holding a book, but not just any book. Next to the book, there is a cross or key, which means that this is a holy book.
She holds the transformative knowledge of alchemy. Through it, she understands reality and can use the sacred self-judgment to improve herself, to transform herself.
Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.Bernie Siegel
Contrary to popular belief, she is not intuitive. Intuition is a trait of the Empress. On the other hand, the High Priestess possesses the knowledge and applies it to her life in a very rational manner.
Despite representing spiritual power, the High Priestess does not need believers or an audience. She observes and listens, and the Hierophant speaks.
While the High Priestess needs criticism, the Hierophant needs praise, and she doesn’t seek the approval of others as the Hierophant does.
It is through the characteristics of the High Priestess that the Hierophant grows. The Hierophant is a great speaker and the active spiritual power, but the one who holds the sacred knowledge is the High Priestess, and she teaches him.
The wisdom he learns from the High Priestess he passes on to his faithful followers.
The Hierophant has many devoted people who worship him, but without High Priestess’ self-criticism, he will get lost in vanity and trap himself in fame.
The Hierophant risks becoming the Devil’s card. More on this in the Hierophant post.
However, the High Priestess needs the Hierophant’s action because she is passive, and only applied knowledge is power.
If the High Priestess doesn’t connect to the Hierophant’s vibrant energy, she will start to make superficial judgments, disconnecting herself from her diplomatic and thoughtful essence.
It’s crucial to notice that the Hierophant and the High Priestess are complementary forces. As the Empress and Emperor, they are Yin and Yang.
When they are integrated and balanced with one another, the resulting harmony allows you to attain outstanding results in every aspect of life. Balance is the key to a fulfilling life!
Keywords: Faith, transformation, listening, diplomacy, reasoning, balance, sacred knowledge.
Bring the sacred knowledge and the transforming power of the High Priestess to your life and live your true essence.
Let the magic happen!
Major Arcana Card Meanings Alchemy Tarot
The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot represents the journey we all live. The card numbers are a logical sequence, and therefore I recommend that you study in the series from 0 to 21.