The High Priestess represents someone who is self assured and inwardly focused. This is someone who is patient and who doesn’t rush into things, instead, they are willing to take a step back from a situation in order to assess the best way to progress. The High Priestess follows her own path, by listening within and acting upon her inner guidance, so is unlikely to be swayed by others thoughts and opinions. In this way she is very self-reliant.
The book she holds in her lap, otherwise known as the Akashic records, represents the knowledge that she has gained over many lifetimes. This is the wisdom of life experience that we can all tap into – if we can turn our attention away from outside distractions and back into our inner being.