High Priestess as a Person Tarot Card Meaning Sibyl Tarot

The High Priestess is the card of inner balance, intuition, and duality. Her number is 2, balancing two sides to everything. She sits between light and darkness, black and white, sun and moon, masculine and feminine, yin and yang, life and death, conscious and unconscious. In love, she represents a soul connection that transcends karmic cycles. 

The High Priestess sits peacefully between two pillars, one white, one black. She is in perfect harmony with the material and spiritual worlds. She asks you to look within yourself for the answer, because your intuition and feelings will guide you to the truth. 

Upright High Priestess as a Person

If the High Priestess appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is discreet despite knowing many secrets. They know when to speak up, and they know when to shut up. They are also the mystics, the keepers of esoteric knowledge. This person is very tapped into the Universe, empathizes and connects with the collective consciousness, and may even have access to the Akashic records. It is astrologically associated with the Moon and Pisces. Because the Moon and Pisces represent feminine energy, this card carries a passive, receptive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as. Because this is a Major Arcana card, some of these defining traits make up a major part of their identity. So, for example, being a mystic will play a major role in who they are, or how they view themselves. Note that they may not reveal this side to you at the beginning stages of your relationship, to others, or ever.

For physical characteristics, the High Priestess as a person represents someone who carries an aura of mystery and allure about them. They’re not necessarily the mystics, although they could be. Regardless of their gender, this person can be sensual, and maybe even sexy, but never vulgar. In fact, they’re masters of subtlety, and may enjoy wearing attire full of symbolism, especially if they’re witchy. Everything about the way they choose to present themselves has meaning and depth. They’re usually unseen to the naked eye, however, and you’d have to know them well to get it.

For emotional characteristics, the High Priestess as a person represents someone who is subtle. But don’t be fooled, they feel very strongly. One of the main traits of this person is they are very intuitive and empathic. You may notice they’re loners, but that’s only because they need to recharge as taking on other people’s energies can be very exhausting for this person. Even if they’re outwardly abundant in the material sense, they understand the impermanent nature of material wealth. They may appear to be perpetually calm and serene, and it’s because they know what’s up when it comes to life. 

For careers, the High Priestess can represent someone who works with esoteric knowledge. They may or may not be in the spotlight, but even if they are in the spotlight it will usually involve some sort of esoteric knowledge, for example they could be a Tarot or astrology YouTuber. They may be some sort of energy worker, such as a reiki healer. Unlike the Hierophant who teaches all, a High Priestess may or may not impart everything that they know. If they do share, they will do it wisely and with discretion. Other professions may include artist, detective or private investigator, secret agent, or any work that involves secret information or working in the shadows. Because the High Priestess is astrologically associated with the 12th House, she may be a therapist or any type of mental health professional. Because they are usually spiritually ascended, they have a healthy ego, and they’re pretty okay with not getting acknowledgement or credit for what they do.

The High Priestess as a person represents someone who makes you feel heard and understood. They’re excellent listeners, and you can trust them to keep your secret. They carry themselves in a “je ne sais quoi” manner, but really they’re all-knowing. This is the type of person who will subliminally support you. Because the High Priestess represents strong feminine energy, if you’re inquiring about a woman, this is the type of woman who fixes other women’s crowns without telling the world it was crooked. They are a great friend, strong but selfless, who never expects to be acknowledged. Don’t take them for granted.

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High Priestess Reversed as a Person

If the High Priestess reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is a tattle-tale. They spill all the tea unnecessarily. Unlike the upright High Priestess, who knows when to share insights and when to keep privileged information to herself, the High Priestess in reverse doesn’t know how to keep a secret. In fact, she may cruelly leak secrets for malicious reasons. Because this is a Major Arcana card, some of these traits will be inherent aspects of their identity. Good or bad, nobody is perfect and people can change, if they choose to.

For physical characteristics, the High Priestess reversed as a person represents someone who is flaunty. They don’t understand the art of being subtle. Whereas The High Priestess in the upright position is somebody who has depth and great understanding of things, The High Priestess in reverse can be shallow and superficial. For example, they may follow a trend even though they’re not really feeling it. They may wear an accessory that has historical meaning to certain cultural groups, just because they like the aesthetics. Their social media feed may consist of things that they copied from other people, and you’ll notice that they don’t tend to have original thoughts or ideas.

For emotional characteristics, the High Priestess reversed as a person represents someone who lacks empathy. This is the type of person who will selfishly pursue a person who is already taken or in a steady relationship, because they could never empathize with their partner being cheated on. And even if they could sympathize or empathize, they’re cruel enough that they don’t care. They may be sneaky and secretive, but present their suspicious secretiveness as “being private”. Whereas the High Priestess in the upright position is calm and collected because they know how to trust the universe, in the reverse, they are frantic and panicky. They’re impatient and pushy in their need to get answers, even when the Universe thinks they’re not ready for the truth.

For careers, the High Priestess reversed can represent someone who works as an exploitation of secrets and privileged information. This person may not even have an official job, because there’s a chance that their job isn’t even legal. This could be a professional blackmailer or some type of con-artist. If you’re in the public eye somehow, and you’re doing a reading about a potential employee, this is a warning that they will spill internal information to the media! This is somebody who does not respect clients or patient confidentiality. Because this card sometimes signifies beauty and seduction, this person may try to exploit their looks and sexuality in an industry where physical appearance is irrelevant. 

The High Priestess reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel wary. You know in your gut that you just cannot trust this person. Because this card is often considered a symbol of platonic relationships when drawn upright, a reversal may represent somebody who is inappropriately coming onto you. Additionally, because this card is the symbol of a mistress, or basically anybody who needs to be hidden, you may feel suspicious about this person. This could be your best friend who is uncomfortably flirtatious around your partner. You may feel like there’s just something that you can’t trust about this person, but you can’t put your finger on it.

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Conclusion

For love readings, The High Priestess is full of duality. It can indicate the highest highs and the lowest lows, connecting them both into a perfect circle and unending cycle. No matter what, the lesson of the High Priestess is to look within yourself for the answers. Your intuition knows. Trust yourself. Believe in yourself. Your truth is powerful, and it knows no bounds.  

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