The High Priestess tarot card can be described as the counterpart to the Magician tarot card. It is a card deeply rooted with “feminine” symbolic meaning. As the Magician represents outward energy manifested in everyday life matters, the High Priestess represents aspects of the self which are hidden in the subconscious. Furthermore, the two cards appearing together represent a balance between the ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ forces present within all of us, a yang and yin, or sun and moon relationship.
The High Priestess card shows a woman sitting peacefully, her upper face covered by a veil and a curtain behind her, concealing the background. This reinforces the essence of the unknown, the hidden depths of the psych and secrets which we cannot truly understand. These are all aspects of the ‘feminine’ and the powers which lay beneath the surface. These powers can be described as intuitive, life giving, life taking, and cyclical. The Fool may have his earthly needs met with the Magician but is now confronted with deeper, internal questions.
As a side note, those who study the Pagan tradition or more specifically, Wicca, (which is rooted in Pagan tradition), may come to understand the Magician and High Priestess as the God and Goddess figures present in nature or worship.
When this card appears in a reading it may symbolize a strong ‘feminine’ force, perhaps you or someone in your life who is strongly in touch with their intuition. They may seem to have that “Mona Lisa” smile, rarely letting on to what they know or understand. It may be someone strongly in tuned to nature, having a baby, or reversely, understanding/accepting death as a natural part of life.