The priestess

The High Priestess (Thoth Tarot)

The High Priestess is the second card of the Major Arcana in Tarot.
  • Number: II 
  • Folk Names: The High Priestess, The Popess, La Papesse


All tarot cards appears differs between decks, the uniqueness of the deck reflecting on the cards.

The High Priestess is identified with the Shekhinah, the female indwelling presence of the divine. She wears plain blue robes and sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, "a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place," similar to the crown of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, but with the horns having a shape more like half-crescents, and a large cross on her breast. 


The High Priestess denotes great knowledge, shrewdness and perception. It is a symbol of intuition, mystery and psychic talents. It may signal that there is something hidden, something secret that is to be revealed. This card may show that there is great serenity in the situation or with the querant. The High Priestess can also express that the querantis hiding from or avoiding emotional relationships.

When inverted, this card is said to designante shallowness, ignorance or the choice to be ignorant, and it reflects poor judgment.


Commonly this card is associated with the card reader or the querant, because it is also focused on 'secrets' it also interpreted when a secret is kept or revealed, when you are holding on to the truth or revealing it, the card associated with mystery, when powerful feminine influences and support currently in force for the querant. It can also represent the perfect woman in a man's life, and to a woman it can represent being independently solo perhaps without a man.

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