The High Priestess (II) Upright

The High Priestess (II) Upright

The High Priestess Upright


Feminine Principle, Subconscious, Higher-Self, Spirituality, Deep Feelings, Understanding, Passivity, Non-active, Intuition, Reflection, Receptive, Retreat, Withdraw, Solitude, Space, Time Alone, Calm, Peace, Patience, Distant, Independent, Self-Sufficient, Inner Resources, Following your Own Path, Inner Voice/Vision, Insight, Inner-Work, Guardian, Wisdom, Esoteric/Occult, Knowledge – Teaching/Learning, Spirituality, Meditation, Pious, Wise/Mysterious Woman, Pious/Sanctimonious, Counselling, Advice, Mystery, Secrets, Hidden, Concealment, Undercurrents, Hidden Agendas, Motives, Confidences, Memories, Fertility, Birthing, Hormones, Women’s Cycles, Moods, Dreams, Past Lives, Imagination, Balancing Masculine/Feminine Aspects, Sowing Seeds, Germination of Ideas/Plans, Inner Potential, Realising your Talents/Gifts

Astrological AssociationThe Moon –  The Primal Feminine Principal, Unconscious, Intuitive, Mysterious, Memories, Past, Moods. Water

Sun Sign – Pisces – Together with the Hanged Man and Page of Cups, The High Priestess  represents the sun sign of Pisces.  Pisceans are connected with spirituality and psychic abilities. They are dreamers who often appear to be far away on another plane of existence.  Their challenge is to maintain their spiritual gifts whilst remaining and functioning in the physical.  The real world can often appear harsh to Pisceans. They need to find balance between the spiritual and the physical.

Kabbalistic Tree of Life – Walks the 13th Path from Kether (Crown/Source) to the 6th Sephira, Tipareth  (Beauty/Balance/Spirituality/The Son of God)

Hebrew Letter – Gimel – Camel (able to sustain itself in the desert and in times of drought by carrying its own resources within)

The High Priestess  is also associated with the Four Two’s of The Minor Arcana .  Both Justice XI (1+1=2) and The Judgement Card XX (2+0=2).

The Sixth Sephira lies half way between The Divine Source in Kether  and the physical or purely world focus of Malkuth (Kingdom/Physical World).  Tipareth’s role is that of the converter and harmoniser.  All spiritual energy from the source must pass through Tipareth  to become physical and all returning physical energy must pass through likewise to become spiritual.  The pure energy of each Sephira on its own is not possible. Tipareth  on The Tree of Life , is unique in the fact that it is connected to all the other Sephiroth except Malkuth (Kingdom/Physical World).  Tipareth  acts to balance and integrate all of the other Sephirot energies in order to create harmony.  Tipareth (Balance/the son of God) bridges the divide between The Divine God and the physical world.

The Fool developed Conscious awareness and the Masculine Force in The Magician as he traveled to Binah, but conscious awareness on its own is useless without a balancing Unconscious and Feminine Source, for that is how the Law of The Universe works.  The Fool was shown what he could do in The Magician, and told that he had all the tools available to him.  However, he must dwell on these matters now before making any hasty decisions.  He must think deeply about what it is he wants to do with his new-found knowledge.  To do this The Fool must now develop a new kind of knowledge.  He must develop his Unconscious Awareness, and in doing so will gain access to his intuition, inner vision and inner voice.  He must understand and utilise his inner knowledge and hidden depths if he is to succeed in his quest or indeed survive at all.  It is through his Unconscious Awareness and Higher-Self that he will maintain his connection to the source as he travels the road to Tipareth .

As he ventures along the 13th Path he encounters his Higher Self and Unconscious Awareness for the first time in the form of The High Priestess The Fool will come to rely on her energy and knowledge when he encounters dark and lonely times.  He will learn to understand that she may be the only one he can truly and honestly rely on after receiving ill advice and guidance from others and even his own ego.  After running down several blind alleys and after making some disastrous choices he will learn to trust her like he trust’s no one else; for she knows him inside and out like no other.  The High Priestess  is the guardian and keeper of all Esoteric and Occult knowledge.  However, The Fool must earn her respect and trust in turn, before she will reveal her arcane knowledge and share it with him.  He must deem himself worthy.

Card Description and Spiritual Lessons

The High Priestess sits dressed in a gown of pale blue over which is draped a dark blue cloak suggesting that her interest is in purely spiritual matter.  On her heart a cross is depicted.  The cross represents the Four Elements (Fire, Water, Air and Earth) or the four directions (North, South, East and West).  The cross also represents balance, and at the meeting place of the four arms is God.  The High Priestess  has deep knowledge of all Four Elements and Directions for she stands equal to God in the feminine aspect as the Goddess, the female presence of the Divine.

On her head she wears a horned diadem with an orb or globe in the centre, very similar to the crown worn by the Egyptian Goddess Hathor.   Hathor was the Goddess of love, beauty, joy and motherhood.  She also welcomed the dead into the next life.  This connects The High Priestess with the birthing process, and to those returning from the physical back to the spiritual. A large yellow crescent moon rests beneath her foot, which yet again is another symbol connecting her to the Egyptian Goddess Hathor of the night sky.  The crescent moon symbolises that by reflecting upon life or your situation, the necessary information or the answer will naturally filter through.

In her hand she holds a scroll which is only partly revealed.  The letters TORA are clearly visible.  This represents the Hebrew Torah which is the holiest book/scroll in Judaism.  The Torah is deeply respected and revered.  It is used only on very special occasions during Torah Ritual Reading and Ceremonies.  Much dedicated and highly skilled work goes into the writing and presentation of each one.  It requires patience, self-discipline and can sometimes take years to be completed.  Only those of the highest impeccable standard and skills are deemed suitable to embark on such a divine quest.  One slight mistake or error will render the Torah totally unworthy.

The High Priestess  conceals the last letter, H beneath her cloak. The Torah contains Jewish law in the form of the five books of Moses. Great spiritual knowledge and wisdom is to be found within the Torah. The fact that part of the name is hidden indicates mystery and concealment.  She would need to use her powerful psychic and intuitive abilities to discover its content, or remain for every ignorant.

When the Torah is not in use it is placed in the holiest place in the synagogue, the Aron Kodesh(Holy Ark).  It is stored in an ornate box which is screened off by a curtain   Here we see the curtain symbolically represented by the veil that hangs behind The High Priestess, suspended between two pillars. The High Priestess  is also guardian of this vast wisdom, but will only reveal its contents to those she deems worthy; to those who have put in the time and effort to fully understand and respect the nature of its meaning.  The Language of The High Priestess  is often vague and abstract; laced with metaphors, symbols and archetypes.  Effort and patience is required on the part of the seeker to decipher her code and unravel its mysteries. She reminds you that sometimes you need to go deeper to find the answers as not everything will be obvious at first glance to the casual observer.  You may need to dig deep to find what you are looking for.

One black, and one white pillar support the veil.  The black pillar carries the letter B written in white which symbolises the feminine aspect (intuition, imagination, creativity, receptivity, passivity, compassion – the subconscious). The white pillar carrying the letter J written in black symbolises the masculine aspect (physical force, logic, practicality, action, aggression – the conscious). The letters B and J stand for Boaz and Jakin which were the names of the two pillars in the mystical Temple of Solomon. The letters B and J written in the colour of the opposite pillar symbolises that neither the Feminine nor Masculine aspect is of any use solely on its own.  It is through blending, integrating and uniting these two powerful forces that real power and knowledge can be released.  The white pillar represents her masculine counterpart, The Magician.  Whereas he is the Master of Conscious Power and Self-Awareness or Worldly Knowledge, The High Priestess  is the Mistress of Unconscious Power, Inner Awareness and Esoteric Knowledge.  The Magician works with the Ego, while The High Priestess  works with the Higher Self bringing about a stabilising element to The Magician’s masculine force.  The High Priestess  introduces The Magician to his conscience, assisting him to reflect before taking action.  She maintains his connection to the Divine source.  When The Magician and High Priestess unite, real creation can begin.  Together they are a powerful force to behold.

The High Priestess  sits tall and proud in front of the veil.  Pomegranate seeds cover the veil symbolising the formation of plans, ideas, dreams, possibilities, potential and other forms of creation that are germinating within us.  Behind the veil we get a brief glimpse of a large body of calm blue water.  This symbolises the thin veil that lies between the conscious and the unconscious, as well as the veil or curtain that shields the Holy Ark and its contents, the Torah. The High Priestess  sits with her back to the veil facing out to the physical world. Her eyes are dark deep pools of ancient wisdom. She cannot see with her physical eyes that which is beyond the veil.  For her, eyesight is unnecessary because when she becomes still, she can sense its presence and relies on her inner vision to find her way.  The High Priestess  has gone deep within to access this pool of water in order to gain understanding of it.  The pool of water represents the unconscious world where all esoteric knowledge, wisdom and memories of times past, past lives and the future reside.  The pool holds clues to our true soul-purpose and is gateway to the divine.  The High Priestess  has swum the waters of this pool many times and knows every single aspect of it, even its darkest depths.

The pool also represents Universal Knowledge and the Akashic Records.  The High Priestess  provides the gateway or bridge to the divine and spirit world.  Therefore those with certain abilities such as psychics, mediums and clairvoyants understand her true nature, for they have encountered her on several occasions as she helped them relay information from spirit into the physical.

The High Priestess  sits motionless and composed.  She can sit for hours in this manner as she needs to be still both without and within.  She can sometimes appear to be in a constant state of meditation which reminds us that to hear our inner voice or access our intuition we must be still and go within.  She encourages us to learn the art of meditation so that we may hear her voice clearly.  She reminds us too of the patience that is much-needed when we first attempt to hear or listen to her internal whisperings.  The High Priestess  needs little action or movement, preferring just to be.  She also likes her solitude and privacy, for clamour and noise distract her from her true purpose.  Her appearance in a reading will highlight that now is not the time for action.  Better to retreat, reflect and meditate on your situation before making your next move.

The High Priestess  is associated with the Moon; both the light and dark sides of it, so she brings secrecy and mystery in her wake.  The Moon symbolises her deep imagination, feelings, reflections, memories, moods and unconscious yearnings.  The Moon also helps her journey into the dark by throwing its light on shadowy areas illuminating all that is hidden.  However, in her Dark Moon aspect she can keep secrets hidden for a long time.  The Moon also represents Dreamtime, when the conscious sleeps, allowing the unconscious, The High Priestess , to move forward and call to you. She asks you to pay attention to your dreams at present; to write them down or keep a journal for they contain the vital and important information she is trying to relay to you.

Like The High Priestess, the Moon is also feminine so it symbolises fertility, hormonal influences, women’s menstrual cycles and the mysterious side of femininity. The Moon affects the tides, and also influences fluctuations in our moods.  However, The High Priestess  has learned to work with the Moon’s magical energy rather than be controlled by it. The High Priestesses, and witches of all covens, access her knowledge so that they too can utilise the magnetic power of the Moon in their magickal workings.

As you can see from above, the appearance of The High Priestess  in a reading can sometimes be difficult to interpret.  That is her esoteric  nature.  She is mysterious, secretive, aloof and hard to engage with.  She does not readily give up the information you require.  On must approach her in a more reflective manner.  It is sometimes necessary to put yourself in her shoes by going deep within to find that which you seek.  She stares back at you asking “ why should you seek from me that which you have answers for within”.  Literally she tells you that “deep down, if you are honest with yourself, you know what you have to do and the solution to your problems.  Go figure it out yourself and be a little bit more self-reliant”.

Divinatory Meaning

The High Priestess  is a card of mystery, stillness and passivity.  This is not a time for action of moving forward.  Instead The High Priestess  suggests that at present you should retreat from your situation and all external distraction so that you can reflect on all aspects at play.  It would be wise to spend some time alone to allow things to settle and to get a better feel for what is really going on e.g.  Is it that I am not happy in my relationship or is it more than that? Perhaps it is me that is not happy within myself?  When she appears in a reading it is an indication that you need to dig deeper than the surface issues as there are certain things hidden from you right now.  There is more going on than you think and you need to find out what.  There may be deep undercurrents or a hidden motive or agenda that you unaware of.  These things may be either externally or internally related.

We can go through life for many years, doing the same thing over and over, day in and day out, without ever really stopping to think if we should be doing something else, whether we have realised our full potential, or are even remotely happy.  The High Priestess  has infinite patience and will sit for as long as it takes waiting for you to hear her whispers from within.  She assures you that the more you sit and tune out external distractions the louder her voice will become and the clearer her words.  However, her words and subtle nuances are not always easy to understand so we can often find The High Priestess’ presence confusing and frustrating.  We stare at her card imploring her to reveal what it is that she is trying to tell us, but she just silently gazes back at us letting us know that it is we who must solve her riddle.  We hear her in our head whispering to us “you know all you need to know, it is just that you don’t know that you know ” “You know exactly what the solution to your problem is and what or who is causing all the problems. So, why do you ask to hear it from others?” Basically The High Priestess  is telling you that the answers lie within and that there is where you must go to release them.

If you have the patience to allow The High Priestess  into your life she will help you find the inner knowledge that you seek.  It is not everyone who will pursue her or follow her advice for one must be brave and ready to discover, for good or bad, all that she will help you reveal.  You must also inherently trust that it comes from a higher source, and is for your highest good.  The inner work she speaks of is often difficult and trying, but she reminds you that perseverance and practice will bring about success.

The High Priestess  reminds you that she is the guardian of secrets and mysteries so someone may not be telling you the truth or at the very least holding back on all the facts.  It is up to you to work out what it is by employing your own inner wisdom, and by paying attention to any gut feelings you may experience.  She asks you to employ your powers of intuition when seeking the answer to your situation, and to trust your gut instincts, for all may not be what it appears.  Your personal intuition is a powerful tool and ally but needs to be accessed regularly in order for it to fully develop. However, her presence may relate to the fact that it is you who is withholding a deep secret from others, or keeping a confidence.  If she turns up in a Family Reading she may suggest that there is family secret that you are unaware of.

The High Priestess’ connection with the Moon can suggest that is a time for reflection, especially on the past, for somewhere in the past this situation or something similar has happened to you before  Her presence in a reading can also suggest that past life situations are influencing the present.  This is a card for memories too and she often appears to remind you that there is something very important that you need to remember.  The strong presence of the Moon in The High Priestess  may indicate that you, or someone you know, is experiencing a great depth of feeling or emotion.  Moods may be running high or low.  The High Priestess represents the feminine aspect so her presence along with the feminine Moon brings in women’s issues, menstrual cycles, fertility, pregnancy, birthing and the menopause.  Therefore mood swings or emotional instability may have their root cause in hormonal imbalances or disturbances. This may be affecting your perception of a situation.  In relation to pregnancy, The High Priestess’ presence can indicate high fertility.  The seeds on the veil that hangs behind her can symbolically suggest the implantation or sowing of the seeds that will mature or grow into something great.  If The Magician card appears in the reading along with other pregnancy related cards, the querant would be advised to take extra birth control precautions if she does not intend to get pregnant.  Her connection to the Egyptian Goddess Hathor, can indicate that the birth of a child is imminent.

In relationships she may suggest that you or your partner has withdrawn from, or need to, withdraw from the relationship in search of deeper significance, or your true worth.  A decision may need to be made.  Your partner is bound to find you aloof, distant or detached during this time.  You can appear unapproachable and hard to reach.  It can be a worrying time for the relationship, but is vitally necessary.  Once the period of withdrawal is over the relationship may reach a new depth or dissolve altogether.  Better to know now rather than waste each other’s time and energy.  If there is a decision to be made, The High Priestess  advises you not to act hastily.  Give yourself time to think and feel.  Remember, it is about you this time and you must follow your own guidance, seek your own counsel and not be coerced by others.

She may suggest that you have met someone you feel a strong psychic or spiritual bond with, or may feel that you knew them in a past life.  The High Priestess  suggests a time of solitude and privacy.  She can represent the woman who lives alone and keeps to herself.  She may also suggest that you are craving time on your own and personal space.  This may indicate that you need a break from your relationship.

She may be the mysterious woman you are drawn to; intrigued by her cool, aloof exterior. If this is your partner or the woman you seek a relationship with you must understand that you will never fully get to know her.  Regardless of how many years you spend together, there will be areas of her that are inaccessible to you, and times when she seems a hundred million light years away. This is because she is not fully of this world and can slip in and out of it at will.

The High Priestess  can suggest that you become aware of your potential.  She asks you to remember the talents you brought into this world with you.  She asks you to let the seeds of your potential germinate like the pomegranate seeds on her veil.  She asks you to think of your future so that you may start forming ideas and plans.  Be open to all possibilities and to know your individual greatness and power.  Cultivate your talents and let them naturally blossom.

Like her masculine counterpart, The Magician, The High Priestess  is also the student and teacher but this time of the esoteric, spirituality, mysteries, inner-self and intuition. She is the feminine influence, and he the masculine influence. Together in balance, symbolised by the two pillars, they are powerful and all-knowing. In metaphysical realms, her presence may indicate that you are developing psychically or are seeking knowledge in this area.  You may be studying or teaching meditation, mediumship, Tarot reading or spirituality.  The High Priestess  is the all-knowing all-seeing Wise Woman or Seer.  You may be the woman who people turn to, or she may suggest that you are getting advice or counselling from her.  She could be the Healer, Tarot  Reader, Psychic, Medium or Clairvoyant.

The High Priestess  along with The Hanged Man and the Page of Cups can represent a Piscean person even if reversed. One of Pisces spiritual lessons is to make real their dreams and ideas by taking them past the seed stage.  Many Pisceans are gentle, sensitive, imaginative and creative people, who often possess strong psychic abilities. They can sometimes find the world a harsh place to be in.  They can have a tendency to withdraw when things get tough or unpleasant. They need to learn the lesson of balance in order to curb this trait so that they can survive in the real world without sacrificing their sensitive side.

Sometimes The High Priestess  turns up in a reading when you just want to be left alone or to be by yourself.  There are times when others do not understand this need for solitude and quiet.  They misread it as loneliness, especially if you have just been through a tough time, ill-health or bereavement.  Acting out of compassion and love, they can force their company on you so that you are not left on your own, and to let you know that they are there for you.   All you want is to be left in peace to stare at the wall in front of you, or to let tears silently fall, yet you are surrounded by well-meaning people who want to fill the heavy silence and hold your hand.   I think we have all experienced such times.

The High Priestess  is not present enough in society today, and The Magician too much so. The need for balance in one’s life, and the balance between your feminine and masculine side can be called into question when she appears.  Women today often suppress their feminine side in an effort to compete with men in careers, sport and relationships.  As a result, they can lose their natural gentle, nurturing and feminine side.  Men can feel that it is either unacceptable or uncomfortable to sense any of her presence at all within.  This results in too much aggression, force and a lack of compassion.  If The High Priestess  was more evident in society today there would be less war, less crime and less cruelty. She asks you to go within to examine this balance and see if you are wanting in this area.  She asks you to take a look at her card once more and study the meaning of the temple pillars behind her.  The feminine and masculine aspect must be suitably balanced and integrated in all of us if we are to be successful human beings.

Now Go To  The High Priestess Reversed


The Fool Upright  The Fool Reversed

The Magician Upright  The Magician Reversed

The High Priestess Upright   The High Priestess Reversed

The Empress Upright   The Empress Reversed

The Emperor Upright    The Emperor Reversed

The Heirophant Upright    The Heirophant Reversed

The Lovers Upright     The Lovers Reversed

The Chariot Upright   The Chariot Reversed

Strength Upright     Strength Reversed

The Hermit Upright   The Hermit Reversed

The Wheel of Fortune Upright   The Wheel of Fortune Reversed

Justice Upright   Justice Reversed

The Hanged Man Upright   The Hanged Man Reversed

Death Upright     Death Reversed

Temperence Upright     Temperence Reversed

The Devil Upright   The Devil Reversed

The Tower Upright     The Tower Reversed

The Star Upright     The Star Reversed

The Moon Upright    The Moon Reversed

The Sun Upright     The Sun Reversed

Judgement Upright      Judgement Reversed

The World Upright     The World Reversed

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21 replies »

  1. Hello! I wanted to quote something you wrote here and share it with other thoughts on my blog. Is it ok I do that, of course adding your link/giving you credit for those words? Thank you for this blog! ❤


  2. Hello, hello, Vivien. What would the HP Upright indicate in a work situation? I did a Past ( Devil R.,) Present (HP Upright), and Future (6 of Wands Upright) reading for my current job, which I despise. In fact, most of my coworkers share the same sentiment. Is she saying to continue developing my writing and the the SOWs could mean recognition in the future and I can finally quit?


    • Hi Lyle,

      Sorry to hear you are still battling with your work situation. This is just an off the cuff response but I would see the High Priestess as encouraging you not to make any major moves at present. Sit on your situation and get on with it. The Reversed Devil in your past is acknowledging that even though you are stuck in a negative situation right now, you have not sold out to the Devil and he does not own you. The High Priestess asks you to keep your own counsel right now and not be so outspoken. Maybe you should keep your feelings about your job to yourself at present and focus more positive intentions on the future, your six of wands. You may be wasting too much energy loathing your job right now when you need to be working away in the background with your writing. Shake off any negativity as much as you can as it will have a subconscious impact which may taint your writing.




  3. Such a mysterious and wonderful card. I keep a dream journal and had two dreams two nights in a row about my ex-husband. I often pull cards after dreams and record my findings. In the dream I was trying to get information from him and he was really vague in the dream. I pulled The High Priestess, Magician (R) and the 7 of Cups. The next day I checked online and all of his social media accounts are gone! Google+, Linkedin, everything!


    • Oh that is significant isn’t it. The Magician may not want everyone knowing what he is doing, or is taking a complete break from Social Media. I would see the 7 of Cups as all his social media outlets. Something may have happened to prompt him to delete his accounts. With the Reversed Magician it is likely he was up to something. Could the High Priestess suggest a mystery woman or secret he is trying to conceal from the prying public? He can’t delete your psychic abilities as easily as deactivating his social media accounts! Are you worried about him if this is out of character for him?


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      • He was always secretive (even when we were married) he kept numerous mistresses throughout the duration of our marriage and would often chat with women online (he did this to his second wife as well) I suppose he’s up to his old tricks. He friended me on Google+ but I’m hardly on there.

        I just find it odd that he visited me in a dream. We divorced in August of 2005 lol


  4. Hi Vivien. I am very new to Tarot but I really like it from the first stage. I have a problem with my work, I took a spread last week with 1. Reversed Page of Wands, 2. Reversed Seven of Cups, 3. Reversed Three of pentacles and outcome was the High Priestess. I have read some about the High Priestess but I dont get it much. Could you please guide me some info? Thank you so much
    I enjoy reading your blog very much ^^


    • Hi Max,

      Welcome to the world of Tarot. Now interpreting these cards without knowing what you were asking about may be tricky as they can be interpreted in many ways. It is important to focus the interpretation in the direction that is relevant to the question asked. However, I am going to go by my gut reaction, so here we go.

      1. Reversed Page of Wands, 2. Reversed Seven of Cups, 3. Reversed Three of pentacles tend to suggest restlessness and being unsure of what it is you want or should be doing.

      The Reversed Page of Wands gets easily excited and motivated without giving much long-term thought to the ins and outs of what is involved. He gets bored easily and interests wanes when problems or challenges occur,or when the hard slog work part has to be endured. He can change his mind from one day to the next and can get quite negative when things don’t work out as he expected. As a Page it suggests the immature aspect of his Element Fire. In the upright, he has a vision and will go chasing after it fired up with enthusiasm and vigor. He can be quite determined and relentless, but even in his upright aspect he can lack staying power or follow through. When reversed this can become a repetitive pattern.

      When I see the Reversed Seven of Cups sitting beside the reversed Page of Wands, it reinforces the above for me. The Reversed Seven of Cups suggests multiply distractions that excite and engage the Reversed Page of Wands who has dreams and visions about many great things. However, this card also suggests that the Reversed Page may continuously fail to hit success because he hasn’t taken time out to identify exactly what it is he needs or wants in life. His power can become diluted. It brings in a lack of solid foundations and the Reversed Page may consume a lot of time and energy trying this that and the other, only to feel disillusioned by the reality of it. This can also be a good thing if the Page is very young and wants to try out several different paths in order to discover the one he enjoys the most. Unless he puts some sort of time frame on it, he could become a jack of all trades, but master of none (metaphorically speaking). He may be spoiled for choice and finds everything extremely tempting but he is very impressionable so discipline needs to be applied.

      With The Reversed Three of Pentacles we get the result of lack of focused attention in the Reversed Page of Wands and the scattered energy of the Reversed Seven of Cups. The Reversed Page of Wands is not putting his best work into whatever the subject the reading is about. It can be half-hearted or not up to close inspection. Now this does not mean that the Reversed Page is lazy or useless, but rather he is not doing what he should be doing in life. He could be in a boring career, or possibly drifting from one job to another just to pay the bills. He is not really interested in what he is about and one way or another it will become obvious, both to the Reversed Page of Wands, and to those around him. If he has chased off in pursuit of what he thought was the ultimate dream, the Reversed Three of Pentacles could suggest he is not getting out of it what he had hoped for. There may be very little reward or recognition for what he has done or is trying to do. This will make his frustrated and restless. However, this could also imply that the Reversed Page of Wands may be letting someone else take the glory for his efforts. General disappointment in what the Page of Wands had hoped for in The Seven of Cups. His bubble has burst and reality may be hitting home.

      The High Priestess arrives with sound and solid advice in the Outcome Card for she is acknowledging there has been too much activity with little deep thought given to its success or outcome. The first two cards suggests distractions and restlessness. There may be little time spent alone or in contemplation. Life may be very busy for the Reversed Page of Wands or with the Reversed Three of Pentacles he could be burnt out from constant running in all directions at the one time. The Reversed Three of Pentacles suggests the Page of Wands does not seem to be making productive progress with his plans or goals. He needs to take a step back and sit in the energy of The High Priestess for a while where he can slowly tune in to his inner self to determine exactly what it is he should be doing. The High Priestess is a ‘Press Pause’ card and she calls a halt to the party and dispels chaos from the Reversed Page of Wand’s environment. She is the calming voice of reason and intuition. She allows the dust to settle and the path to true vision, clear. She suggests you avoid any impulsive actions until you are clear about what it is you want. You may have been giving of yourself too much and need to pull back a bit.

      If this is a relationship reading the High Priestess could suggest the Reversed Page of Wands is a bit out of his depth with this person as she can be a hard nut to crack and can appear aloof or emotionally detached at times. She may be hard to figure out and indeed could be out of reach.

      So, there you have it. This interpretation is just one of many and could be worked in a different fashion depending on the nature of the question asked. Sit with it a while and see if it stirs up any meaning for you.

      I hope it helped,



  5. Wow, Vivien! What an insight!
    Sorry that I forgot to tell you my questions. 1. How does my current work look like? 2. What are real problem I am facing? 3. What should I do with this? 4. How my work in future?
    I am reading your reply and thinking about my current works. I found this is quite close. Do my questions above can lead to different meanings others above?
    Thank you so much xxxx

    Max ^^


  6. Hi Vivien,
    I’m new to this site and have found it to be very informative. I recently quit my job, because I have been very miserable for the last 2 years. I found that since I have a little more free time, my dreams and intuition have really kicked in. I also have been feeling this strange connection to this boy, who I dated as a teenager, which was 24 yrs ago. I woke up today and I pulled the Queen of Swords, The High Priestess, and the Page of Wands. I also google the old boyfriend and i’m pretty sure he is in jail. I should tell you that i’m happily married with an 11 year old. Any thoughts?


    • Hi Martha,

      Very interesting. I wonder if the cards are a reflection of the wise choice you made in the past. The Queen of Swords has a strong sensible head on her and in comparison to the Page of Wands she is light years ahead. The Queen of Swords and High Priestess could possibly be hinting at a case of ‘told you so’. I think you might have seen the way the Page of Wands was heading many years ago and decided that it was not for you. The High Priestess might simply be pointing this out to you and showing you the blessings of your lovely young son. Your life may have taken a completely different path years ago if you had not listened to your inner voice and made sensible choices. It is possible this boy from your past has been reflecting on his past and may have thought of you, prompting a connection in energy on a level that would prompt a dream. Did you 24 years ago see the writing on the wall through the influence of the High Priestess? Yes, very interesting.



  7. Thanks so much Vivien! That makes perfect sense. I did see the writing on the wall 24 years ago, and knew where he was heading in his life. I think this is also a lesson in trusting myself and intuition.


  8. Hello Vivien,

    first of all i would like you to thank you with all my love for sharing all your knowledge.
    I started studing the Tarot for a month now and it’s making me finding myself in a lot of different ways, and you are helping me a lot. But, last week, something really disturbing happened. I had a really powerfull dream.

    I’ve always had lucid dreams, sleep paralysis, and, sometimes, even dreams that seemed to predict the future. Last week i was sleeping and found myself laying in my bed facing the ceiling. I could not move my body. So, in a few minutes, i notice it was a dream, but i could not awake. I tried hard to get up cause i was feeling something really powerfull. Suddenlly, my hands were moving really fast against my will. It seemed like they were looking for something aroud me. My body still couldn’t move. So, one of my hands reached at something: a card. It took the card and started moving it to my sight till i could see it. It was The High Priestess. As soon as i reconized the card i started hearing steps. That really scared me so i tried more than ever to awake. I tried to scream but wouldn’t hear any sound coming out of my mouth. Suddenly, i awoke. A friend of mine who lives with me was in my room shaking me, he said i was screaming loud, so he awoke me. I notice that i was is the exactcly same position of my dream! And my room was just the same. The same light, the same objects. Everyting was just like i the dream. The only thing different was that the card wasn’t with me. I’ve been trying to unsderstand this dream, but sometimes i feel afraid of it. Do you think it could be trying to tell me something? I feel like is telling me that are forces i do not yet understand but are moving my life.


    Thank you very much for all!

    PS: sorry for the grammatical errors, english is not my first language (i’m brazilian)


    • Hi Gabriel,

      Firstly your English is great. Gosh, that sounds like a very interesting dream and I can understand why you might be unnerved by it. However, your description sounds very like sleep paralysis, or borderline Out of Body Experience. If you have been absorbed in studying the cards and were working on The High Priestess, your subconscious may have brought this to the surface in your dream. I have had sleep paralysis as you describe and it is very scary. Google it for better explanation.

      Regarding The High Priestess, she is the guardian of Arcane Knowledge. She is the feminine principal, the psychic, medium, clairvoyant. She may be acknowledging an awakening on these levels if you have opened to studying tarot. If you are nervous, be sure to do lots of cleansing, protection and grounding. You will probably a gifted reader with strong intuition and psychic input.

      Thank you for sharing your experience. Maybe some site viewers will see your comment and offer better explanation.



  9. Hello Vivien,

    I had a breakup with my ex boyfriend and I asked my friend who knows a little bit about tarot to do a reading to get me a closure. Each question got one spread. I found out the reason he left me was another girl that he had feelings for. I asked if he was my soulmate and unfortunately the 2-card spread said Yes (ouch).

    There’s one spread that troubled me: “When will get to witness, or at least see karma hit him for the emotional pain he has caused me?” and I got the High Priestess, Knight of Swords and 3 of Swords, all upright. My friend deciphered that this doesn’t show when he will get his karma, but it tells how karma hit him. With the High Priestess represents his action – he strongly believes in his wisdom, intuition, and decision no matter it right or wrong (he believes his feelings for the other girl is real). The Knight (facing towards the Priestess) describes the ‘she’ that he will be with, a lot like me but more idealistic to him. And 3 of swords eventually leads to breakup due to betrayal, we don’t know who will cause it.

    I just want to know if there’s more to this spread that we couldn’t take notice of so I pledge your insight.


    • Hi Megaera,

      You seem to be working the cards out well on your own. Your interpretation may be close to the truth, but I have to advise you are straying into unethical territory by asking when you will witness your ex-partner will be hit by Karma for the pain he caused you. If you have broken up, you no longer have control or rights over who he sees. I know you are hurting but asking to find out when he will be punished may be counterproductive. Which cards did you pull to determine him being your soul-mate? You may be placing too much emphasis on the cards. In all honesty, if you came to me for a reading and asked me to find out when Karma would hit him, I would decline to draw cards and instead encourage you to seek cards for personal empowerment.

      I do hope you understand the reasons I would be reluctant to give my opinion in this instance.

      Blessings Be,



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