The High Priestess represents the deeper, more subtile aspect of the female
archetype - the darkness, the mystery, psychic power, the might of the moon to
enlighten the subconscious. The High Priestess is silcence, passivity, containing a
power of her own. Only when retiring from the world, can we allow our subconscious
to rise, listen to our inner voice and recognize our spiritual power.
Most people never rest like this, as our society supports the total surpression of the subconscious, but without it we will never understand ourselves. The High Priestess is inner wisdom at its deepest, a wisdom that cannot be expressed in rational terms. Trying so, we would already falsify and restrict it
As a symbol for deeper knowledge, the card can express a feeling of darkness, which might also be a feeling of fear, but also a feeling of beauty. We know there is more inside than we can see.
In a negative aspect, the High Priestess could stand for passivity at the wrong time, leading to weakness and a fear of life. It could mean that a person is very sensitive but unable to touch their feelings or just live with their feelings.
Drive: The desire to find the inner sources, the own springs
Light: Being one with the beginning of all, aware of the wisdom from the subconscious, intuitive knowledge, patience
Shadow: Dreaming, changing moods, doubts, ignoring of reality