Tarot Readings

High Priestess

Judgement Tarot Card
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?
  • By Gemma Irias
  • Published: 08/09/20 8:35 PM EDT
  • Updated: 11/01/20 2:39 PM EST
What does the Judgement Tarot Card mean?

High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning

As a pearl for a crown, the High Priestess is a symbol of wisdom. She sits on a throne between a black pillar and a white pillar, a sign of the beginning and end for everything. Behind the High Priestess, there is a tapestry brimming with rich grapes that represent fertility and prosperity. To emphasis her higher mind, she wears blue robes. In her right hand, you will just make out a Torah scroll protruding from her robe. To her left, there is a crescent moon, poised by her feet. The moon represents the part of us we don’t see, out instinct and intuition. But is she balanced by the moon, or it is the other way around? Behind all is an infinite blue sky.

The two pillars have a deeper meaning. The black pillar has the letter B, for Boaz and is one the right of the High Priestess, her righteous side and the beginning of all things. The white pillar, the end, has the letter J, for Jachim.

The wisdom and intuition that the Hight Priestess has gained come from within, rather from the world. Not only is she not reading the Torah, but she is also hiding part of it. This shows that while we can learn from reading, there is also some hidden wisdom. To reach the temple and the rich fruit, you must pass through both the pillars and the High Priestess. She wants others to know that it is essential to communicate with the physical world and the spiritual one.

If the High Priestess appears in a reading, it often means that you have a sense of peace and understanding and that you are feeling intuitive. You might have learnt to let things be as they are. You may have an inherent wisdom that you haven’t achieved from learning. This is your gut telling you what feels right. There is no need to stick to the rules but just to take the steps.

The wisdom of the High Priestess goes beyond linear thinking and this points to a part of your life that is unplanned or you haven’t completely thought it through because you have a sense that it is right. This could be particularly true when it comes to romance. This tarot card may represent a psychic ability, to see more than what is in words or even concealed. There is probably a person in your life who naturally understands you, and it is likely to be a female.

When Reversed:

In the upturned position, the High Priestess rejects her talent and power and can suggest that you are not paying attention to your intuition, often a disadvantage for you. Your gut feeling could also be so strong that it has left you paralyzed to act. There may be others influencing you and you are choosing to ignore your gut feelings.

In this position, there might be others who have too much power over your mind and your heart. As the High Priestess sits alone, she is only looking at you and it could be because you are seeking approval from people rather than following your own thoughts and emotions. It could be the case that you feel other people’s intuition has more value over your own.

You might be suppressing your creativity in order to choose sensible, down-to-earth options that others will grasp more easily.


There was a time or situation in the past that required you to show patience in order to move forward. This could be anything from studying unenjoyable subjects to waiting for an important answer.


In the present, this card is a strong indicator that you should avoid conflict and take a moment to consider what people are telling you. Something could be in your imagination, but it might be that a person is trying to show you the bigger picture.


You will soon find the patience that you need. You may overhear something or learn a secret that you have not been a part of.

Yes/No Question:

The answer here is not as simple as a yes or a no.

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