A Deeper Look Into This Tarot Card

High Priestess

The High Priestess is a tarot card that represents intuition, mystery, and the subconscious. It is often depicted as a robed woman sitting behind a veil, holding a scroll and the Book of Law. The veil symbolizes the unconscious mind and the secrets it holds, and the scroll represents the hidden knowledge that is waiting to be uncovered. The High Priestess represents the power of intuition and the ability to understand things on a deeper level without relying on logic or reason.

In readings, the High Priestess often signifies a need to trust one’s instincts and to rely on one’s inner wisdom. It may indicate that there is hidden information or knowledge that needs to be uncovered, or that someone should pay attention to their dreams and intuition in order to gain greater insight into a situation. The card may also represent a woman in the querent’s life who is a mentor or guide, or who has a strong influence on their decision making.

The High Priestess also represents the balancing act between logic and intuition. She reminds us that sometimes our instincts can provide a better understanding of a situation than our conscious minds, and that it is important to find a balance between the two. The High Priestess suggests that we listen to our inner voice and be open to the unknown, even if it may be frightening or uncertain. By embracing our intuition and tapping into the power of our subconscious, we can gain greater insight into ourselves and the world around us.

Historical Reference

Go back in time to what the creators of the deck had to say about it.

She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed with the word Tora, signifying the Greater Law, the Secret Law and the second sense of the Word. It is partly covered by her mantle, to shew that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars–J. and B.–of the mystic Temple, and the veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palms and pomegranates. The vestments are flowing and gauzy, and the mantle suggests light–a shimmering radiance. She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world; she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the borrowed light, but this is the light of all. She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the Supernal Mother.

In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself–that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah–the co-habiting glory. According to Kabalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is MaIkuth–that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.

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