The High Priestess is the tarot card that conveys a message of serenity, understanding, and knowledge. It indicates that we should not doubt what we know, as we have a connection with unseen forces, that guide our subconscious thoughts. We are encouraged to look beyond the obvious, and develop our intuition in a way that it becomes a guide, and not just a lucky guessing tactic. The High Priestess is the guardian of our unconscious mind, and represents a mysterious, yet knowledgeable, side to our personalities. Along with this great power comes a great responsibility to use it to our benefit, and enhance our psychic awareness. We need to be as aware of the workings of philosophy and spirituality, as of nature and science. A better period awaits us, so it is our duty to respect the forces at work, and to wait patiently. As we conceive goals in our mind, we are advised to not act on them until we have developed them; in so doing we may even allow the goal to culminate successfully.
The usage Arcana stems from the word Arcane. ‘Major Arcana’ means ‘the big secret’. The Major Arcana deck of Tarot comprises of the first 22 cards in the deck. These cards signify the major events in the journey of life of a person from birth to death, and rebirth. Each of these 22 cards has a particular meaning to convey, a definite significance. For instance, The Fool, the first of the Major Arcana cards, signifies the innocent baby embarking on the journey of life; The Lovers is the card of the heart and relationships; The Chariot signifies an ongoing journey; The Death is the card of eternal change, or rebirth; The Moon means the gaining of inner knowledge; and The World signifies the end of the cycle of birth and reincarnation.