Of all the Major Arcana cards in the tarot, the High Priestess is one of the wateriest. In some decks this is portrayed in the artwork of her card by showing her sitting near or looking into a pool of water. Some decks, like the classic Waite-Smith, don’t actually include any water in the imagery, although the High Priestess’ robe often looks like water as it pools around her feet. Regardless of the imagery used, the High Priestess invokes the water in her meaning and her medicine, and that medicine is the power of intuition.
The High Priestess asks us to take a deep dive into ourselves and listen to that small voice that whispers to us from our core. She invites to spend some time alone and examine our Truth, the Truth that drives us in everything we do. She offers wisdom, but she asks for trust in return. She doesn’t ask for trust in her or in a higher power but in ourselves.
Often the High Priestess will appear when we’re filled with doubt and anxiety about who we are or where we’re going. She shows herself when we need to hear that we’re on the right path and that we already have all the answers we’re looking for. She reminds us that we have the power to be as confident and powerful as we need to be if we just listen to that inner voice and trust our gut. You know that feeling that you can’t quite put a finger on but that’s always there? That’s the High Priestess inside each of us.
She is our intuition personified, and she wants to be heard.
Many of the pieces in the Oceanic Collection are seashells, which is the perfect thing to wear when you need to remind yourself to listen to that voice inside you. When you put a seashell to your ear, air resonates inside of it and creates a sound like the waves of the ocean. When you listen to a seashell, you know the ocean isn’t physically there, but you hear it anyway. That seashell is exactly like the High Priestess, offering a conduit for you to hear your intuition. They both magnify something that is always there but can’t always be seen or heard. It’s only when we reach out and look for that sound, whether of the ocean or of our intuition, that we can suddenly hear it loud and clear.
Another animal used in the Oceanic Collection is the sea urchin. Although sea urchins have no eyes or eye spots, they are sensitive to light, touch, and chemicals. So even though they can’t see in the technical sense, their whole body functions as one large compound eye of sorts. They use all their senses to see, and that’s what the High Priestess invites you to do; she invites you to see. She asks you to look with your inner eye and to use your sense of intuition to move forward.
One particular piece in the Oceanic Collection which embodies the High Priestess is the Call of the Ocean necklace. Made of abalone, which in Karuk belief is worn during ceremonies and represents the feminine form of wealth, it amplifies the divine feminine aspects of the High Priestess. It is also formed in the shape of a crescent moon, which is found on most interpretations of the High Priestess card. The moon, like the High Priestess, is synonymous with intuition. It is yet another symbol of what is always there but can only be seen under the right circumstances.
As we move into 2018, many of us are shifting gears and making resolutions and working on bettering ourselves. We can’t do any of that successfully, though, if we don’t really know why we’re doing it. So before you make any concrete decisions, search for the High Priestess. Harness her energy. Find your intuition, and listen to what it has to tell you.