Wisdom, secrets to be revealed, and the development of intuition.
The High Priestess represents our subconscious powers, our finest senses, our intuitive perception, and an often inexplicable but deeply rooted certainty. She is the key to the mysterious truth that escapes the rationally thinking mind. She knows that the truth that we are capable of telling can never be the eternal truth. Seen from her favorable side, she is the expression of patience, understanding, goodness, and the willingness to forgive. As helper, healer, or prophetess, she uses the power of the subconscious for the good of others. However, her darker side represents the archetype of the "evil woman," the witch who uses her black powers to seduce, lame, and hurt other people. In reading the Tarot, greater emphasis is placed upon her friendly and helpful characteristics. She is traditionally one of the three protective cards, which correspond to Christian mythology, allowing no harm to come to the hero under the protection of the Virgin.