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2. The High Priestess


Sometimes displayed as II The High Priestess, is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In many traditional decks it is also the second Trump of the 22 Trump cards.
 

 

 

 

 

 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords


 

 

 

The High Priestess

 


The High Priestess tarot cardThe High Priestess Meaning of the Symbols.
 

 The Tarot High Priestess represents the keeper of  feminine secrets, she is spiritual enlightenment and inner illumination, she holds the Tora, the book of divine law, to her body, half hidden under her shawl. This symbolises her willingness to share those secrets but only with those who are deserving of the knowledge.
 

The Crescent Moon lies by the High Priestess's feet, this moon symbolises feminine qualities and unconscious knowledge, it is the sudden intuitive realisations of realities that comes only to a woman in time of great need. The Crescent Moon can also represent the subtle darkness that comes before the dim brightness of the full moon.
 

The High Priestess sits upon a simple block to show she has no feelings of superiority over the people she helps, her serene pose shows her self confidence, she knows she is a figure of authority over all she surveys.
 

The solar Cross on the High Priestess's chest has four equal sides, this cross can symbolize many different thing, the four elements, north south east and west to indicate the High Priestess's domain over all earth, the Magicians tools, it also symbolises a union of male and female entities to unite with God and create a balanced cosmic energy. The Pomegranates also forms the top of the Tree of Life, with the solar cross representing Tithareth and just Yesod plus Malkuth hidden behind her gown.
 

When a Veil is decorated with Pomegranates it symbolises the hidden female aspect within us, when a veil is decorated with palm leaves in symbolises the hidden male aspect within us, in the veil behind the High Priestess there are both pomegranates and palm leaves to symbolize the potential to get together and procreate. The Veil here is hiding the secret knowledge which lies behind the two pillars of king Solomon’s temple.
 

The two pillars form the entrance to king Solomon's temple, (also known as the First Temple) the letters on the pillars stand for Jachim and Boaz, they symbolise the divine man and the earthly man respectively. They may also symbolise the entrance to the great depths of reality and secret wisdom or just complete opposites like right and wrong or night and day, left and right, white and black, positive and negative, light and dark, birth and death, build and destroy, good and bad, man and woman.
 

The Horned Crown symbolises the Goddess Isis, she is the Goddess of the Moon and the supernatural, it can also represent complete opposites like the two pillars,
 

The Crystal Ball sitting in the centre of the horned crown is a symbol of the mystical wisdom that can only come from within. Some say the ball is the full Moon, then it would represent the mysteries of the hidden places, things that go bump in the night, or mysteries that revealed themselves to her.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  The High Priestess Correspondences and Associations.


The Rune associated with the High Priestess is Uruz, this Rune represents both physical and mental strength, just as the Magician has all the tools he needs to succeed in life so this rune tells  us the High Priestess has all the inner strength and knowledge she needs to succeed in her life.
 

In a relationship spread the High Priestess has a passion rating of 14 out of 78. A good score, the High Priestess will guide you in your quest for the perfect romance, a true love between real soul mates is on the cards if you follow her guidance.
 

Ravens are guardians of the tower of London and its secrets just as the High Priestess is the guardian of the secrets of the TORA. Like the Magpie the Raven is also a collector of bright objects which in turn also represents knowledge, the raven also represents intense hunger just as the High Priestess has an intense hunger for knowledge and learning the secrets of life.
 

The Moon is also the High Priestess's astrology sign, this sign rules your personality, it signifies unconscious thoughts with flowing emotions and dark dreams, things that go bump in the night, how we think about ourselves. The Moon goes through all the zodiac signs every 28 days, this gives it more influence over our everyday lives than any other sign.
 

The High Priestess Keywords.
Self. Inspiration. Secrets. Insight. Illumination. Mysticism. Feminine intuition.
 

The High Priestess Tarot card Meaning.
The High Priestess tells us of unseen wisdom, she tells seekers to look first to their heart for divine inspiration, if inner conflicts are found then the answers can be found in the wisdom of wise older people. Sometimes she can be telling s of change or to watch out for insignificant looking offers that may turn out to be nightmares.
 

The High Priestess Reversed.
When reversed the High Priestess tells us there are no secret activities going on behind your backs, she can represent ignorance and superficial knowledge, the seeker should watch out for bad advice. She can also be warning of an injustice.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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