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Friday, January 7, 2011

Card 2-The High Priestess

The High Priestess is a card of mystery. She represents the feminine mysteries, and is in her right the Great Goddess. She is the bearer of the Grail. She is the Lady in the Lake. She is the keeper of the veiled knowledge. In the progression of the cards she is the magician realized. She knows that she is responsible for all magick that she does.

When we view the High Priestess by herself in the drawing of the Tarot we are being given the guidance as it relates to our intuition, and our own connection to the mystery studies. We are also gently being reminded that our life should be balanced. The High Priestess is located between Keter (The Crown) and Tiperath (Beauty) on the Middle Pillar of the Tree of Life. She in a sense is the embodiment of the true balance of Mercy and Severity (Might). Though, as we can see her pathway is a downward movement from Keter to Beauty so her knowledge (D'aath) is hidden or mysterious and comes from the Divine. She is reminding us that all things must be lived in balance, but she is also teaching us to be open to those mysteries and to trust our knowledge that may come through dreams, astral travel, or deep meditations.

In application to the world outside of the ethereal plane the High Priestess is guiding us that we cannot be one extreme or the other. It is like parenting. A parent cannot be completely authoritative allowing his child to do nothing, but he can also not be so relaxed that he permits his child to do everything. It is reminiscent of the old teaching “everything in moderation”. So if this card is drawn one may need to take stock of their life and find out if there are any areas that are in need of balance.

In relationship to the ethereal plane this card is guiding us to use our gut instinct. In any given situation that one experiences in life one may get that sixth sense about it. The High Priestess guides us and encourages us to use that sense. We are all capable of tapping into that hidden sphere of knowledge to find our answers to the current situation at hand.

As with any reading the guidance depends greatly upon the surrounding cards, and the application of said card would depend upon the question asked.

1 comment:

  1. Do you see different meaning in the orientation of the card? Meaning, does each card mean something different to you if it is in the "upright" position or the "upside down" position in your layout?