The High Priestess
The High Priestess holds a box in her hands and a scroll under her arm within which are many secrets. She stands in front of an arch which leads to the hidden world of the subconscious. Through the arch behind her we see the night sky lit by a full moon. She wears the crown and garb of a fairy queen.
Meaning of the High Priestess: The High Priestess is the feminine archetype who sits as guardian and as a veil between the conscious energy of the magician and the inner self. She holds the secrets of the subconscious realms that are seldom brought to the surface in daily life. The High priestess shares her feminine energy with the empress who represents woman’s role as mother and wife, but she represents the mysterious and unknown aspect of the feminine principle.
In a reading: The High Priestess tells us to look beyond the obvious situation and see what might be hidden and obscure. There is a secret that eludes you. Are you looking only on the surface of things? The reason may be because you are self absorbed or preoccupied by your own concerns. Think of this situation as the box she holds in her hands and find out what is inside. Delve deeper into the moment and into your own psyche and to listen to that inner voice. Pay attention to the signs around you as they all speak. You must forget yourself in order to open your receptors and receive the truth.
Regarding occupation: You may be surprised by a promotion or new job opportunity or a raise if you set yourself apart as a person who is serious about your work. A woman at your workplace who listens intently to everything and reveals nothing about herself may be gathering food for gossip. Don’t reveal too much of yourself to her expecting her to do the same. When things are slow at work people tend to entertain themselves with gossip. Don’t participate. Take care that your contribution stays focused on work and not the office gossip.
Regarding Romance: You play the waiting game because your significant other seems to have their attention elsewhere. You feel you aren’t hearing the full story. The mystery confounds you. You would like to have all of the attention and know everything about what is going on. The High Priestess can also represent a mysterious woman in the picture, or a detachment towards romance in general. It is difficult to trust someone who seems to be holding something back. Take care that you are not slipping into being too obsessive about it. Direct your attention to and energy into another direction. Create some mystery of your own. Follow your own inner voice.
Regarding your health: If you aren’t comfortable with the prognosis then get a second opinion. Accept nothing at face value and don’t panic or rush into anything. You may not have all the information you need to make decisions about your treatment. Question everything. Pay attention to how you feel. If it doesn’t feel right at the gut level, don’t go through with it. Heed your dreams and be aware of messages and alert for synchronicities that pertain to your health. Do some deep breathing and request a healing from your higher self. Relieve stress in your life everywhere it pops up. Have faith in yourself and your body to direct you to the answers.
Advice: Learn to distinguish your inner voice from the mental chatter in your brain and trust your intuition. That voice is the part of you that sees more and knows more than you can realize consciously because her view is from a different vantage point. This is the energy of the High Priestess. She is the link between your conscious thoughts and the subconscious.