Today we call her the High Priestess, and she is one of the most favored cards amongst tarot readers. The High Priestess represents what we often call â€śother ways of knowing.â€ť That is, she employs methods that are not logical or rational. Instead, she is a practitioner of the intuitive and psychic arts. While the Magician illustrates the external expression of our magical and creative abilities by manifesting our will in the world, the High Priestess illustrates an inner connection with the Universe and a different sort of magic.
She is often an enigmatic card, sometimes frustrating, because we often say of her that she â€śknows but doesnâ€™t tell.â€ť She keeps silent. She represents that answer that you already know deep within your heart, whether you are ready to acknowledge it or not. This is why it can be so frustrating when it comes up in a reading. A person comes to the card for answers and the answer given by the High Priestess is â€śyou already know.â€ť
Historically, this card was called The Papess and generally not an admired character, as she represented either an abomination or a falsehood. That is, she either was something that shouldnâ€™t be (women could not serve as a priest, let alone a pope) or a lie, a woman pretending to be a man.
The image is from Ciro Marchetti’s Legacy of the Divine Tarot