A young woman is seated. The crescent moon is at her feet, symbolizing the
emotional nature. Her garments are aqua in color and flow down about her,
revealing the fluidity of feelings. She is holding a scroll with the word
"TORA" imprinted on it. The Tora(h) is the five sacred Books of Moses
found in the Old Testament. The High Priestess embraces Cosmic Law and is given
the understanding of the rhythms and patterns of the universe. On the tapestry
behind her are pomegranates and palms, which stand for fertility and creativity.
She sits between two pillars (one black and one white) of the "Mystic
Temple." On one of these columns is the letter 'B" for Binah, the
Hebrew word indicating the loving power of the World Mother, the feminine force
in the universe. The other pillar holds the letter "J" for Jehovah,
the father, the masculine face of divinity. My own interpretation (the cards
lend themselves to many meanings) is that the "B" can also represent
Buddha (mind) and the "J" Jesus (heart). Her position is midway
between them, telling us that she represents the Middle Path between these
natural opposites (heart and mind). It is in this way that she finds (and
bestows) balance, compassion, and illumination.
High Priestess is a card of understanding and wisdom. It reveals that the
querent is someone who knows the correct path to take in the current situation.
It reflects that the querent herself may be of guidance to others or is
currently in the process of receiving guidance from a wise woman (perhaps the
Tarot reader!). This person is someone who can teach a new rhythm and way of
life. The card deals with the revelation of hidden mysteries and the unfolding
of deeper sentiments.
querent or the situation is surrounded by unclear thinking and misjudgment.
The individual is not grasping what needs to be understood, nor is the person
teaching getting her point across clearly. A cloud of desires obscures the
issue, as the querent (or any other person in question) may be concerned only
with what she wants and not with the highest good for all. Emotions dominate,
and vision is blurred. The High Priestess in this position may also reflect a
co-dependent relationship, limiting one's potential for emotional growth.
and feelings are strongly involved (perhaps the primary motivation) in the
emotional nature of the personality can be transformed into a useful tool
for the intuitive and compassionate nature of the Soul.