II. The High Priestess
My self-study of Tarot continues with The High Priestess. Or, as I just heard, “the lady in waiting.” Right after that came the word “passive.” hmm…
Balance of power; dark and light; patriarchal and matriarchal; meeting in the middle; spiritual; diplomatic; virginal
Cross, Torah, moon, palms and pomegranates, water, sky, columns
Blue, white, black, yellow, red, green
What the Guide Says
“Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed, the woman who interests the querent (if male), the querent (if female), silence, tenacity, wisdom, science. Reversed: Passion, moral or physical ardor, conceit, surface knowledge.”
What Spirit Says
“We see a moral person. We see a person who exemplifies inclusivity. We see a person who minds a diplomatic pretense.
“We see a woman who is strong of faith. We see a woman who is able to see both sides. We see a person who is judicious. We see a person who is in balance with his or her beliefs.
“We see a person who is working at his or her purpose. We see a woman who values her sexuality. We see a woman who understands a mystery..”
“We see a person who suspends disbelief in religious ordinances. We see a person who seeks truth.”
I fee a resonance with Mother Mary. The phrase “original religion” comes to mind.
This is a person who has access to the secrets of the universe, whether they know it or not.
The person could be a priest or justice of the peace or another type of spiritual leader.
There’s a great impression of moral and spiritual strength. (Think Pope Francis for context.)
This person is or could be an effective mediator; a guardian ad litem or similar.
There’s a sense that he or she honors right relationship as prescribed in Buddhist texts. Also, there’s great importance for this person on their relationship with themselves and with others.
If the querent is a woman, she may be menopausal and/or a wise woman.
There’s a good chance the person has a strong connection with their spirit team and intuition.
I get the sense that this is a very cut-and-dried person. There’s little to see in terms of shades of gray. They know who they are and what they’re about and what their place is in the world and for the most part they embrace it wholeheartedly.
Ooh… And here’s an interesting tidbit that just came out of the spiritual ether: This person is likely walking their final human incarnation.
There’s an ancient quality present here. There’s “as above, so below” in the sense that the person is in tune equally with the Earth and spirit self.
There’s fruitfulness in the sense that the person has done much work throughout their lifetimes, and their karmic debt is no longer impactful, and the time has come for them to enjoy the fruits of their labors through their final enlightenment.
About Those Columns
The columns represent the legendary Temple of Solomon. The B on the black column stands for Boaz, which means negation or, as I hear, “nullifying.” The J on the white column stands for Jachin, which means beginning.
For me, the energy of this card resonates most with Lady Sclareol essential oil blend.
Did anything come up for you around The High Priestess?