Meaning of the High Priestess Card II

She is the classical female symbol; associated with the Moon and the element water. The High Priestess is No 2 in the Major Arcana as she represents the balance between the unconscious or intuition and the rational mind. It is this duality represented by this card and signified with the number 2 assigned to her. When she turns up in a spread secrets can come out. This card asks you to trust your intuition. She is seated. Not a card of activity but rather contemplation, waiting and potential. It is a card of wisdom and knowledge from a spiritual source. Study or the development of intuition is at hand. Secrets may be revealed. The power of the subconscious is at work. She is identified with the virgin moon goddess. This card is a balance to the masculine outgoing energy of the Sun.

Reversed: supressed feelings, unrecognised or unrealised potential.

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