A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Magician card and The High Priestess card together in particular.
The The Magician card and The High Priestess have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Magician and The High Priestess mean together?
The Magician and The High Priestess are two very different, but equally powerful tarot cards. The Magician is all about focused creativity and taking your visions and making them into reality. This is a card that encourages you to take action and be inspired. The High Priestess is a card of secrets and mystery. It is about intuition and trusting yourself. This card can be helpful when you need to make decisions that you are unsure about. It can also help you to understand yourself and others better.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2-card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
Yes or No meaning
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Magician and The High Priestess mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.
What does The Magician mean?
Health: The Magician Tarot card indicates good health and vitality. It is a time to enjoy life and take care of your health. This is a good time to start a new fitness program or eat healthier.
Finances: The Magician Tarot card means that your financial situation is stable. You have the ability to manifest your desires into reality. This is a good time to invest in yourself or your business.
Relationships: The Magician Tarot card means that your relationships are strong and supportive. You have the ability to communicate your needs and desires. This is a good time to connect with your loved ones.
What does The High Priestess mean?
For health, The High Priestess Tarot card means that you should trust your intuition and listen to your body. Secrets may be hidden from you, but if you trust your instincts, you will be able to find the answers you need. You may need to take some time for yourself to truly understand your own body and mind.
For finances, The High Priestess Tarot card suggests that you should be careful with your money. There may be hidden expenses or debts that you are not aware of. Be mindful of your spending and be sure to save for a rainy day.
For relationships, The High Priestess Tarot card means that you should listen to your heart. Your intuition will guide you to the right decisions. Trust yourself and your instinct, and you will be able to maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Magician and The High Priestess has helped you.