Today we’re looking at how The High Priestess can be used to judge the timing of a future event.
The interpretation is the same for the Marseille Tarot and the Rider Waite Tarot.
In many respects the High Priestess is the last card you want to see drawn when trying to judge the timing of a specific event. Why? Because she is all about the unknown, things that you are currently unaware of, and things that you are not supposed to know about at this point in time. Oh great, that is really most unhelpful.
She may sound like a pretty useless card for timing things, but she has an up-side. In life we are not meant to be forewarned about everything, or always shown the specifics. If we do then the surprise and adventure is taken out of our journey.
The classic case of the High Priestess coming up is when someone asks, “When will I meet that special someone?” The answer, “You’re not supposed to know, at this point in time.” Now that may sound like a truly disappointing answer, but the truth of it is, that if you knew when, and where, and how, that you would act differently and miss the moment. There’s always a right time to meet that special someone, and if we interfere, then we run the risk of upsetting the natural flow of things.
One example of this was a client of mine who related a story to me about what happened to her years before. As a teenager she’d consulted a psychic who told her that she would marry a man with the initial ‘M.’ Now, that is very specific. After a while she met a man named Michael and within a few months had married him…she pushed for the marriage because the psychic had said that she would be extremely happy with ‘M.’ He was supposed to be the love of her life, no less. After two years she divorced Michael, because they fought and really were not compatible. Several years later she met and married a wonderful man, who she’s still with to this day. His name is Mark.
So, let’s put it like this. If she’d turned the High Priestess, who told her she wasn’t supposed to know, then she may not have pursued Michael and become locked in a loveless marriage. She might even have met Mark sooner.
People do strange things when they have been convinced by a psychic that they will find love somewhere specific. Which is why we have the High Priestess as a warning that you are not supposed to know the answer.
When reversed the High Priestess means that you do know, but that you don’t realise that you know. For timing an event it’s best to draw another card as a modifier, so that you can work out what it is that you know, but are unaware of. Confused? Most people are when I saythis to them during a reading.
Here’s an example.
A client asked me, “When is the best time to speak with a business colleague about an important issue.”
Up pops the High Priestess reversed, saying, “You know when.”
“No, I don’t,” he replied, “or I wouldn’t be asking.”
He drew a second card which was The Chariot, representing a car, vehicle or journey.
“Ah yes, I remember now,” he said. “We’re travelling to a business meeting together next week.”
“Then that is the time to speak with him,” I replied.
Before taking the second card it hadn’t even occurred to him that this was a prime opportunity to speak with his colleague.
Interpreting the High Priestess with regard to timing is never straightforward, but always deeply fascinating. By asking for the ‘when’ on an event we are trying to push aside her veil, and see into the unknown, before she is ready to share her secrets.