The High Priestess

Divinatory Meanings: Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science. Reversed: Passion, moral or physical ardour, conceit, surface knowledge.

Description: 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.

UPRIGHT: Secrets, mystery, wisdom, science, the future as yet unrevealed; also, the woman who interests you, if male, or you, if female.

REVERSED: Passion, conceit, surface knowledge.


Tarot - Major Arcana Index

Please choose any arcana card below to find the meaning of each individual card.

The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor
The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance
The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun
Judgement The World      

 

Tarot - Minor Arcana Index

Please choose any minor arcana card below to find the meaning.


Ace of Cups Ace of Pentacles Ace of Swords Ace of Wands
Two of Cups Two of Pentacles Two of Swords Two of Wands
Three of Cups Three of Pentacles Three of Swords Three of Wands
Four of Cups Four of Pentacles Four of Swords Four of Wands
Five of Cups Five of Pentacles Five of Swords Five of Wands
Six of Cups Six of Pentacles Six of Swords Six of Wands
Seven of Cups Seven of Pentacles Seven of Swords Seven of Wands
Eight of Cups Eight of Pentacles Eight of Swords Eight of Wands
Nine of Cups Nine of Pentacles Nine of Swords Nine of Wands
Ten of Cups Ten of Pentacles Ten of Swords Ten of Wands
Page of Cups Page of Pentacles Page of Swords Page of Wands
Knight of Cups
Knight of Pentacles Knight of Swords Knight of Wands
Queen of Cups Queen of Pentacles Queen of Swords Queen of Wands
King of Cups King of Pentacles King of Swords King of Wands

 

 

 

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