The High priestess is an archetypal feminine presence. She’s often represented by the goddess Persephone, because of Persephone’s constant return to the underworld. She is also associated with the triple-goddesses like Hathor and the Sumerian goddess Inana, powerful goddesses who were known in ancient times before they were split into maiden, mother and crone goddesses. She sits in front of the veil that hides the hidden information from the uninitiated. In the process of involution, or ensoulment, she represents the connection to the great collective unconscious.
Correspondences of the card:
Card number: 2
Zodiac or Planetary association: Moon
The 2nd century Roman writer Lucius Apuleius wrote in reverence of the moon:
“you whose womanly light illumines the walls of every city, whose misty radiance nurses the happy seeds under the soil, you who control the wandering course of the sun and the very power of his rays”
Lucius Apuleius clearly understood both the power and the mystery of the moon, with it’s reflective, mirroring aspect. In the neolithic world, the moon was worshiped as the Great goddess of life and death. Her cycles were representative of the cycles of all of life. The moon is often associated with being a receptacle, like a cauldron, or like the holy grail.
Symbols unique to the card:
In the Sage Tarot Deck, the goddess representing the moon is White Tara, the goddess of pure compassion. White Tara is not associated with compassionate acts, but the exalted and divine aspect of compassion, putting her in contact with the great unconscious, and she is the keeper of the akashic records.
For buddhists the conch shell, pictured on the card, represents the deep, and beautiful sound of buddhist teachings. For hindus, the conch (used as a horn) is one of the representatives of Vishnu, the hindu god of preservation and protection.
The High Priestess is associated with the moon, and with access to the collective unconscious. Balance and harmony are important to you, and you are as dynamic as you are receptive. You are also very tenacious, and have much in common with the White Tara, who is the goddess of pure compassion.
Known as the Librarian of the Unconscious, the High Priestess card represents an innate ability to bring things up from the depths. Being born under this card, you are able to reach through the veil without any judgment whatsoever. This means you are very perceptive and can easily assess, in any situation, what is working and what is not. Able to quickly see what is out of balance, you use your creativity to bring people, projects and situations back into balance. You would be an excellent negotiator, consultant or diagnostician, and would be a tremendous asset to arenas in which your perceptions, visions and insights would apply.
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