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The High Priestess

Updated on November 20, 2009

The High Priestess

The High Priestess

The High Priestess, symbolic of the esoteric, hidden meanings, secrets yet to be revealed, the Number Two (duality), the letter Gimel, a complex card to study.

The Priestess rests between two pillars, symbolizing balance and strength. She is wise and balanced as represented by her being situated between the two pillars which are symbolic of Boaz and Jachin as defined by the letters B and J, referencing the pillars that held up King Solomon’s Temple. The colors of black and white, the eternal balancing of opposing natures, male and female, yin and yang are the essence of this card.

This card vibrates to the powers and attributes of The Moon, see the Goddess Crown she wears? It is symbolic of the waxing, full and waning cycles of the moon, also the maiden, the mother and the crone, the cycles of womanhood. Feminine energy at its purest form is expressed in the High Priestess. She is celibate as her journey here is spiritual, not physical.

Note the crescent moon rising at her feet. Cancer is ruled by The Moon, think of the secrets the depths of the ocean hold, this is the depth of the secrets The High Priestess guards. The wisdom of the ocean is the wisdom of this archetypical image, having birthed all life, the original source of the genesis of man, thus, the omni-mother of all on earth.

Emotive, yet secretive, withdrawn, perhaps hidden, cyclical, feminine, balance, physical abstinence are all energies present when she appears in a spread.

When The High Priestess appears, there are deeper hidden influences governing the situation you are inquiring about. The High Priestess is again, celibate, so physical desire and sexual activity are absent regarding the divination of this card. Her blue robes symbolize purity in love.

The High Priestess is host to hidden knowledge that at times we are not yet meant to know. She has control over the four elements of fire, earth, air and water, reflected in the cross she wears, which unlike the Christian symbol, is of equal horizontal and vertical length.

The scroll she holds is the Akasha, believed to be the record of the collective unconscious, of all that ever was or will be, and all we ever were or will be. The waters of knowledge flow at her feet and run throughout the entire deck of Tarot Cards. She indeed is a potent card, and when she appears in a spread, close attention must be paid to the cards that surround her.

When the High Priestess is active in a spread, more information exists that the Querent is not yet aware of. At times we are not given all the information concerning a situation, as we are not yet prepared to process it. Interpret her as “secrets yet to be revealed”. Be aware that more knowledge will be forthcoming over time when the High Priestess is present.

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