It has become so simple to search the Internet, dial the phone, or consult the media for answers when we feel the need for guidance. We have grown accustomed to asking questions for which direct, concrete answers are available at the push of a button. This process is convenient when a simple solution is all we need. Pizza for dinner or pasta? What time does the bus arrive? How much does an oil change cost? There is a finite solution to these mundane questions. The High Priestess is beyond this routine domain. Her guidance is there to speak to our intuition and guide our spirit. When we are faced with a situation that does not have a clear cut resolution, or seek answers not easily handed down, we are calling on the High Priestess for help.
Consider the very routine decision of what to make for dinner. The media, commercials, doctors, and even the influence of children and family may have an interest in guiding your decision. Your knowledge of nutrition sways you in one direction, while the input of your spouse offers other ideas. Your kids want you to lean toward junk food, and the influence of the day’s fast pace and pressure nudge you toward making choices that are convenient to save time. These are external factors that guide decisions. The kids will say “let’s have burgers and French fries again!” The spouse may respond by encouraging sandwiches which are less work, the nagging reminder of healthy eating may be prodding you to consider salads and grains, and the last twenty minutes of television are lulling you toward brand X, Y, and Z convenient frozen entrees. No one is asking what makes sense for you and allowing your intuition to solve this problem from the inside out. If this confusion stems from the process of making dinner, contemplate the murky web of influences and feelings entangled in more serious decisions.
Enter the High Priestess. She is not here to tell you the healthiest, quickest, most satisfying meal to make for dinner. Her role is to question what you want and need in order to solve the problem you face. She provides guidance, but her cues are prompts to return the focus to the inside. She is the Mistress of what is beneath the surface. If you have grown used to quick answers that remove personal accountability and block your need to access your intuition, you will find her style frustrating. She does not provide the solution, but reminds you of how to find your own answers. She is a spiritual guide and is constantly guiding you to seek beyond the immediate and be receptive to her many forms of help. She is the teacher whose impact was long lasting because she allowed you to experience your gains and losses first hand rather than giving you the answers ahead of time. She is the voice of inner knowing without needing a logical or rational explanation. She has spoken to you in moments when you made a decision based on an internal sense of right or wrong, regardless of external influences, and came out secure in your decision. She is the vague sense that something more exists that you must then seek out for yourself.
The High Priestess possesses great wisdom but also knows better than to cheapen her guidance by forcing it on others. She is a ready and patient guide but you must be open to approaching her and receptive to what emerges from her messages. She is guidance through unconventional lessons and teachings. You will know her influence when you are given the chance to obtain answers and wisdom from the situations around you but not from being told how to act. There is a sense of intuitive connection she brings as well and when this card appears it is time to remain open to dreams, meditation, the messages that are heard when the chatter dies down and we are forced to contemplate in quiet. The moment in the story of the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy realizes the true power of the slippers she has worn all along thereby accessing her ticket back to Kansas is reminiscent of the power of the High Priestess.
Article by: Angela Kaufman. Angela is a Priestess for the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven in Upstate, New York, and the co-author of Wicca: What's the Real Deal? She is a professional tarot reader. For more information about Wicca: What's the Real Deal? visit http://www.wwtrd.webs.com.