Images from the Rider Waite Tarot represent The High Priestess and Judgement birth cards.

Tarot Birth Card Meanings: The High Priestess and Judgement

Your path is all about the balance of public and private

By Staff

Your Tarot birth cards are special guides meant to help you find your way. Based on your birth date, these cards carry messages of encouragement and reminders to help you stay on track.

The High Priestess and Judgement are united by questions of showing up in a highly-visible way versus protecting your privacy, so if you have this pair in your Tarot birth card lineup, you have a special opportunity to explore these questions and make them your own.

The High Priestess Tarot CardJudgement Tarot Card

Intuition, Awakening, Wisdom
Gifts: Sense of purpose, Perspective, Enthusiasm
Challenges: Restlessness, Outsourcing your sense of self, Withholding
Advice: Draw firm boundaries -- and revisit them regularly. Let yourself ebb and flow. Recognize the difference between helpful criticism and pointless fault-finding.

Interpreting The High Priestess (#2) and Judgement (#20) Birth Cards

The High Priestess is the oracle of the Tarot, a gateway into your deepest wisdom, and a reminder that you know more than you give yourself credit for! It’s easy to get into a habit of asking for other people’s advice before even giving yourself a second to sense what you want to do, but with The High Priestess in your corner, you’re on a path of learning to trust yourself first and foremost. This is a card that invites you to turn within.

Judgement, on the other hand, is a card of awakening and showing up in the world. Many decks show Judgement as some sort of divine being blowing on a horn and raising people from their graves, bringing them new life. These figures are answering a higher call, representing our obligations to humanity.

Together, The High Priestess and Judgement Tarot birth cards inspire you to understand when you need to hide away from the world and when you need to let yourself shine.

The gifts of The High Priestess and Judgement

Each set of Tarot birth cards suggests certain talents and natural abilities. Here are a few associated with The High Priestess and Judgement:

1. Sense of purpose

Both of these cards indicate commitment to some kind of cause, goal, or belief. When you feel like your life is part of something bigger, you may find greater meaning in even your smallest choices. While this tendency can be overwhelming or stressful at times, overall, it allows you to experience incredible growth and connection with others who see the world in a similar way.

2. Perspective

Any situation can teach you a hundred different lessons, depending on how you choose to see it. The High Priestess and Judgement both have the ability to help you rise above the most superficial or obvious interpretations of a moment, allowing you to find important insights and draw unexpected conclusions. This quality should prevent you from getting too bogged-down in needless worries.

3. Enthusiasm

You have a way of diving head-first into the projects that inspire you. Judgement in particular suggests a zest for life and a desire to get involved in things that light you up inside. While The High Priestess may go about tasks in a quieter way by comparison, this card also indicates passion for what matters.

The challenges of The High Priestess and Judgement

Alongside the gifts, your Tarot birth cards can indicate some particular obstacles. Here’s what to look out for as you get to know The High Priestess and Judgement:

1. Restlessness

Your devotion to high ideals and lofty goals can leave you feeling a little uneasy at times! Daily life often requires us to focus on “insignificant” tasks – doing the laundry, changing the oil, paying the bills. If you ever wonder what the point of all this is, you’re far from alone! You may simply feel the meaninglessness more deeply than others because you see the potential for so much more. Finding a way to make changes where you can and make peace where you can’t will help you move through those frustrations effectively.

2. Outsourcing your sense of self

As you balance the needs of your private side and your public side, you may accidentally lean too far in one direction. Overemphasizing the public side, represented by the Judgement card, will have you waiting on other people to tell you who you are. This is a common mistake, but it’s definitely the wrong path for you! You are the ultimate expert on your identity, your values, and your story.

3. Withholding

On the other side of the coin, you might overemphasize your private side, represented by The High Priestess. This could result in keeping so many things secret that you never allow anyone else in. Protecting yourself is a worthy goal, but so much of life’s beauty comes from being witnessed and supported by those who love you. If you find yourself being a little more guarded than you’d like, look for small ways to express and build trust in others.

How to work with The High Priestess and Judgement

1. Draw firm boundaries -- and revisit them regularly.

Knowing what to keep private and what to share publicly can be tricky. This is simply an area where you have to learn as you go. Try one approach for a little while, then evaluate to see if you want to relax your boundaries slightly or tighten them further. Eventually you’ll get to a point where you know how you prefer to handle things, and you can make exceptions as needed.

2. Let yourself ebb and flow.

The High Priestess and Judgement are almost like two ends of a spectrum, and you’ll likely find yourself moving between them through the seasons of your life. Sometimes you’ll prefer to be alone with your thoughts, and at other times, you might want to get on a soapbox and proclaim your opinions for everyone to hear! These sides of your personality, while contradictory in some ways, are mutually supportive. Allow yourself to embrace the vibe of each moment, even if it leaves people scratching their heads.

3. Recognize the difference between helpful criticism and pointless fault-finding.

The influence of The High Priestess and Judgement can turn you into a trusted advisor for friends and family. You have some beautiful insights to share, but if you’re not careful, you may find yourself giving suggestions that you think are helpful even when nobody asks. Watch for the tendency to tell people all the ways they can improve, inadvertently making them feel inadequate. Those around you will have an easier time considering your wisdom when they’re in a receptive mood, so wait for their signal!

Birth cards are only the beginning! Reveal your ENTIRE Cosmic Profile now for FREE!Birth cards are only the beginning! Understand unfolding issues and optimize your outcome with a Timeline Tarot Reading.

Curious about other birth cards and what wisdom they hold? Use our Tarot birth card calculator to explore the possibilities!

Read About Your Tarot Birth Cards

The Magician +
The Wheel of Fortune
The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune
The Path of Power
The High Priestess +
The High Priestess and Justice
The Path of Knowledge
The Empress +
The Hanged Man
The Empress and The Hanged Man
The Path of Surrender
The Emperor +
The Emperor and Death
The Path of Protection
The Hierophant +
The Hierophant and Temperance
The Path of Tradition
The Lovers +
The Devil
The Lovers and The Devil
The Path of Freedom
The Chariot +
The Tower
The Chariot and The Tower
The Path of Change
Strength +
The Star
Strength and The Star
The Path of Vulnerability
The Hermit +
The Moon
The Hermit and The Moon
The Path of Hidden Truth
The Magician + The Wheel
of Fortune + The Sun
The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune, and The Sun
The Path of Cycles
The High Priestess +
The High Priestess and Judgement
The Path of Notoriety
The Empress +
The World
The Empress and The World
The Path of Connection

More Insight

The Latest Articles

More Daily Insight

Planet Tracker

Use this guide to see where the planets are right now! Click below to learn more: