The High Priestess' Mystery looks at the influences of the present and predicts the occurrences of the future.
The reading focuses on the hidden levels of the human mind. At the same time, the awake consciousness with its objectives is also brought into play. At the end the cards offer a glimpse into a possible future, which is further enhanced by a secret.
Meaning of the positions
The first card expresses the current situation. It shows what is really crucial at the moment. It also gives a hint from which additional position one should perhaps perceive the situation.
At this point of the spreading pattern the starting position is again reflected. Here, however, a further influence is shown which could have a beneficial or detrimental effect on the whole scenario - depending on which card is involved, what else has been drawn and what the questioner's state of mind is.
The most important influence of the present. The things that are currently dominating the question or the topic of cartomancy reading and that have a decisive influence on fate.
This influence is becoming increasingly important. At the moment, it may not be noticeable, but in the future it can have a strong impact on fate.
This effect used to be guiding in the past and probably still is a little bit today, but this will change in the near future.
At this point the high priestess points out things that are not conscious at the moment and that work in secret. But one may feel that something is having its hidden impact. This can be fears, hopes or attitudes towards life. Perhaps you will soon realize exactly what it is all about. However, it is also possible that everything remains in the dark.
This position of the spread presents important factors of which one is fully aware. They affect the whole context or the question.
The future is developing in this direction. Ultimately, everything leads to this point. The card may express what follows immediately. But it might also indicate a development that takes time.
With this card the high priestess gives a secret key. It can point out the solution to a problem or give an answer to an important question related to the whole reading. But perhaps one should first listen a little to ones intuition in order to fully comprehend this secret.