What does The High Priestess tarot card mean?

TAROT card readings open up rich conversations into someone’s past, present and future.

If you draw The High Priestess card, it can reveal a deep meaning and indicate being in a position of knowledge. 

What does The High Priestess tarot card mean?

According to Biddy Tarot, The High Priestess card indicates “intuition, sacred knowledge, divine feminine, the subconscious mind.”

The opposite meaning would be “secrets, disconnected from intuition, withdrawal and silence.”

The High Priestess is wearing a veil, which represents “the separate conscious and subconscious realms,” decorated with pomegranates.

The veil “serves to keep casual onlookers out.”

The outlet says the pomegranates symbolize abundance, fertility and the divine feminine, “sacred to Persephone who ate a pomegranate seed in the underworld and was forced to return every year.”

There are two pillars on either side of the High Priestess, symbolizing the gateway to this “sacred, mystical temple.”

One of the pillars is black with the letter B, meaning “in his strength” and the other is white with the letter J, meaning “he will establish.”

The reason for the black and white colors is to represent “duality – masculine and feminine, darkness and light – stating that knowledge and acceptance of duality are required to enter this sacred space.”

How can you get the most out of your tarot card reading?

It is recommended that you approach your tarot card reading thinking of it less as a mystical experience about your impending doom and more as a thoughtful way of getting in touch with your better self, TODAY reports. 

Try these helpful tips:

1. Present an open-ended question 

If you show up with a yes-no question, you can often “stump the reading” according to Ashley Collom, a tarot card reader in Texas said. 

She recommends showing up with a question that is less restrictive to invite a richer conversation.

2. You can change the outcome of your reading if you don't like it 

“Tarot doesn’t have any power over you,” Marguerite Gioia Insolia, a Los Angeles reader, reports.

She said: “The reading is a timestamp of what’s going on energetically around you, your circumstances and what you’re asking about."

“People might walk out thinking they have no power or agency over these events in my life, but that’s never true. You always have the ability to change how things are going to happen.”

3. Find a reader you like because they are all very different

It’s important to find a reader that matches your energy and purpose, as the reading is so much about trust.

Collom said: “There’s no one way to read tarot.

“Be willing to take someone’s lead. The reader has a strategy.

4. No need to hold back

It is recommended to be forthcoming during your reading.

Collom said: “There’s an element of people feeling like they need to be mystic or esoteric about the process, and if we could just get into the nitty-gritty faster — ‘This is what I want to know, this is why I want to know it and this is what I’m feeling’ — we can dig into it much faster. 

“It’s much more effective to have and communicate clear takeaways you want out of the reading.”

5. Steer clear from time-related questions

It may be hard for a reader to have answers to when a particular event may occur. Additionally, time frames may make you “feel stressed out or claustrophobic.”

“Time is tricky because time is a social construct,” Collom said. “There are ways to tell or give people hints about time, (and) there are certain suits that correlate to certain times, but I’m always hesitant to give people time frames just because it is such an ephemeral thing.”

6. Tarot cards oftentimes validate what you know or already feel

Insolia said: “For a lot of us, we already know the answers to a lot of our questions. 

“But what tarot can do is give you this beautiful affirmation to build confidence in yourself, to build intuition, to start trusting yourself. And sometimes that’s all we need.”

7. Don’t fret if you get a death or devil card

Don’t get anxious if you draw a death or devil card, it usually signifies a transformation. 

Insolia said: “The death card can be about physical death, sure, but that’s so, so, so rare.”

“It’s really about transformation…It’s that there’s a transformation happening and there’s going to be renewal on the other side.”

The devil card often refers to “temptations.”

“Any place in your life where you know you need to break that pattern and you’re not. “It’s more of a reminder of you being more authentic and true to yourself.”

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