Inverted High Priestess


Inverted High PriestessThe Inverted High Priestess cannot access the mystical feminine or her intuition. Sometimes this card is interpreted as a buttoned-down, completely rational woman. At other times she is insecure and acts out sexually. She could be flaky.

Some people fear their own intuition. They fear knowing something bad before it happens. Others fear losing relationships with people who might label them as witches or crazy. These people try to tamp down or shut off their naturally-strong intuition. Doing so is their attempt to “feel normal.” Unfortunately, like suppressing anything in life, it can take its toll. It can manifest in disrupting internal reactions to natural hormonal or lunar cycles.

Intuition is a natural survival tool. Denying it can limit your ability to defend yourself. If you are afraid of your intuition, try to slowly make friends with it. Start small by letting yourself try to guess who’s calling when you hear your phone ring. Let yourself talk freely (in private) to someone you loved who has died. Choose not to get on the elevator with the person who makes the hair on your neck stand on end. You don’t have to share this with anyone, just try it. It will give you a new sense of calm.


In a spread, the High Priestess can add a veil of secrecy or the occult.

Major Arcana

Magician: If the High Priestess comes after the inverted Magician (Cobbler or Magus in other decks), it suggests occult power wrongly used.
Hermit: If the High Priestess comes before the Hermit, a secret will be discovered. If the High Priestess comes after the Hermit, the secret will never be revealed.
Wheel of Fortune: When the inverted High Priestess is in a spread with the inverted Wheel of Fortune, it means the loss of stability and possibly a violent upheaval.
Justice: If the inverted High Priestess is in a spread with inverted Justice, there will be a miscarriage of justice.
Temperance: If the inverted High Priestess comes before Temperance, it indicates very dark prospects, bewilderment, and difficulty finding a solution.
Tower: If the inverted High Priestess comes after the inverted Tower, it can indicate a brain injury, mental breakdown, or stroke.
Moon: If the High Priestess is found in a spread with the Moon, it suggests deeply internal and intuitive work.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 2

Two is a number of duality, balance, and choices.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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