Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth-ATU 2-The Priestess
For self is a sea boundless and measureless. -K. Gibran, The Prophet
[The Universal Womb with a view}
Dang Olsen's Dream Tarot- Key 2-High Priestess
The seed shield of the Thoth Princess of Disks (Persephone).
ATU 2, THE PRIESTESS, and the Dang Olsen-Dream Tarot-Key 2-High Priestess
are the images that represent an androgynous universal principle of intuition, independence, self-trust, self-knowledge, and self-resourcefulness. This is the androgynous figure that represents balance known to Chinese scholars as the Female magnetic force, curved, soft and receptive, that is Ying and from the navel down, on the Thoth Card, this androgyny is all straight lines, strong, dynamic, electric-Male Yang. The Ying Yang symbol is shown in the seed shield of the Thoth- Princess of Disks (Persephone), for souls begin in the Knowledge of the Priestess and Manifest in the work of the Princess of Disks. Therefore, this card reminds us that we are all composed of the powerful receptive female magnetic and the strong assertive electric forces of male. The Higher Self is the Greater Self, that all of us "selves" are conceived from.
In Qabalah symbology the Higher Self or Greater Self, is shown as Adam Khadmon, the Hominoid Archetype (Relm of Atziluth) and is translated into English as "The Heavenly Human".
The Thoth Priestess wears a sun and moon crown to remind us that we are all are committed to have and achieve an equal balance in strength and softness. The faceted crystal background of the Thoth Deck card reminds us of the multifaceted aspects of intuition that are present at each level of consciousness:
- Mental intuition (the triangular crystal).
- Emotional intuition (the round crystal).
- Spiritual intuition (the diamond crystal).
- Physically noted information (the octagonal crystal).
Intuition is the Great calm Sea of the Universal Collective Unconscious, which is reflective, deep, contained and always present, waiting to be accessed and trusted---A Womb with a View. However, we must first trust and love ourselves to be aware of this quiet power. The Priestess is a powerful symbol to use as a visual scrying affirmation to enhance self-trust, independence, and resourcefulness. This symbol reinforces the trusting of one's intuition, which is the Mind that is the High Priestess/ Priestess.
The Chinese Goddess-Kunti
The Priestess is not a literal return to the warm enclosure of the Cosmic Womb, as is THE EMPRESS. Rather, she represents the Supreme Mother, without her smiling mask, revealing a True face of cold yet beautiful countenance. All veils are removed, all illusion is dispersed, and we must face the crystalline reality of our own absolute free will, a task not for the weak. However, This Supreme Mother was easily shown in the earliest Western Tarot as La Papessa, "the Papess" who was Sister Manfred, a relative of the Visconti family, whose tarot deck is represented in my blog as The Golden Tarot. Sister Manfreda was a member of a small heretical sect called the Guillelmites who elected Sister Manfreda as their pope in accordance with their belief that the male-dominated papacy was soon to be replaced by a line of female popes. Hence, male authority which we know as the Patriarchy was to end. History has proven this to be a bit overly optimistic.
The High Priestess or Priestess is a significant archetype in Tarot cards, and she often draws upon various mythological and cultural influences. Here's a mythological report on the High Priestess archetype in diverse cultures:
Ancient Egyptian Influence: In many Tarot decks, the High Priestess is associated with the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis. Isis is a symbol of mystery, wisdom, and the divine feminine. She is often depicted as a veiled woman, which parallels the High Priestess's mysterious and enigmatic nature. Isis represents the secrets of life, death, and rebirth, much like the High Priestess's connection to hidden knowledge.
Greek Influence: The High Priestess can also be linked to Greek mythology, particularly to the goddess Persephone. Persephone's journey between the underworld and the surface world reflects the High Priestess's role as a mediator between the conscious and subconscious realms. Persephone's transformation and wisdom gained in the underworld mirror the High Priestess's association with esoteric and hidden knowledge.
Judeo-Christian Influence: Some interpretations connect the High Priestess with biblical figures like the Virgin Mary or the Shekhinah in Jewish mysticism. The Virgin Mary embodies purity, maternal love, and divine femininity, which are qualities associated with the High Priestess. The Shekhinah represents the presence of the divine in the material world, aligning with the idea of the High Priestess as a bridge between the mundane and the spiritual.
Chinese Influence: In Chinese culture, the High Priestess can be likened to Guanyin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. Guanyin is often depicted as a serene and compassionate figure, echoing the High Priestess's connection to intuition, empathy, and nurturing qualities. Both figures represent the feminine aspect of wisdom and healing.
Hindu Influence: The Hindu goddess Saraswati, associated with knowledge, music, and art, shares similarities with the High Priestess. Saraswati is often depicted in books and musical instruments symbolizing her connection to wisdom and creativity. The High Priestess's association with intuition and esoteric knowledge aligns with Saraswati's attributes.
Native American Influence: The High Priestess archetype can also be linked to Native American cultures, where spiritual leaders, often women, act as mediators between the earthly and spiritual realms. These leaders possess deep wisdom, intuitive insights, and a connection to nature, resembling the qualities of the High Priestess.
The High Priestess, as represented in Tarot, draws upon these diverse mythological and cultural influences, emphasizing the universal themes of intuition, mystery, wisdom, and the feminine divine. It reflects the idea that these archetypal qualities are found across various cultures and traditions, making the High Priestess a symbol of profound significance in the world of Tarot and metaphysical exploration.
Native American-Spider Woman
Dang Olsen's Dream Tarot-Key 2-High Priestess
The High Priestess is the self-impregnating womb of pure consciousness, something we call intuition. The baptism of a soul who approaches this Androgynous Goddess, will be washed in the Abyssal Womb cleansed of all that is unworthy of the Sun of God, restoring the Higher Self of the Source. We are a mystery of I AM, that is continually unfolding and is not an identity manufactured by humankind. I AM is Eheieh's (God Name of Kether) shouted "Word of God" that is Understood by the Goddess of Ten Thousand name's, Binah. That Understanding then gestates in Mother Binah and is then given birth by the Womb that is the High Priestess. All solar-self and/or Souls (People of RA) come from this "womb with a view" that is the High Priestess. Therefore, the Bright Yellow Orphic egg of the Solar Self, is shown flowing out of the waters of Life that come from the Abyssal depths of the High Priestess. Shown is the birth of You as a Solar Self/Soul, an Immortal Being of the Divine I AM.
Here the "Multi-colored" light is the final obstacle to full enlightenment and is this vision of Formless Effluence.
Since the High Priestess has power over life, she also has power over death: you can't have one without the other. This is a power we all have over material forms. Each of us is destined to be and that we cannot change; However, each of us individually controls our own fate...something that is called "freedom of choice" and is totally assumed. Since you are allowed by the Creatrix to "assume your identity", assume the best as she does!
The planet of the Priestess is the Moon, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life her Path is assigned the Hebrew letter, Gimel, meaning camel, which is most appropriate, as she is the one who carries our Personality across the vast desert/ocean of the Abyss (The Abyss Womb is Full of Energy, but lacking all sensation). She is often compared to Diana the huntress or a Norse Goddess such as Freya or Bridget of the Celts. Whatever the mythological image, there are 3 Qabalistic Paths that represent the same intelligence, although as different but similar aspects, they are.
- The Paths of Gimel (THE PRIESTESS),
- The Path of Samekh (THE ART).
- The Path of Tau (THE UNIVERSE) which together make up the devotional middle pillar of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Indigo Middle Path color in Aziluth (the highest of the Four Worlds) is Indigo, a deep-dark- water blue that suggests the Moon, as all three Paths relate to the Moon as "Maid-Mother-Crone".
The pure state of Intelligence that is The Path of Gimel, will carry those cleansed of desire thinking, across the longest and most important Path on the Tree of Life; A path which radiates down from the Supernal Triangle (The Archetypal World), composed of unimaginable potential, to the Ethical Triangle, the "actual" (Briah), also making this the path a position between the Unlimited No-Thing in Kether, and the Son/Sun (Solar Self) in the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth, a Path of the Highest Initiation.
Ice Queen-the reflection of the Purest Light
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The common description of the traditional High Priestess/Priestess is that she is the most pure essence of consciousness, symbolized in Tarot as the very source of all Water (Consciousness) and the purest light symbolized as the moonlight is reflected through ice; However, to the initiate, she is considered The Lower Chokmah (Wisdom), wisdom is being expressed here as both masculine and feminine (The Goddess Sophia of the Greek Gnostics-represents Wisdom) When applied to Chokmah, a female noun in Hebrew, the word Wisdom is a feminine receptivity in the masculine expression, for here it is "sent forth" and as the Seed of wisdom is ejaculated, it expands outward, and in this action the seed of expansion contains its own limitation (measurement and/or Time).
Therefore, she is the Diana who shoots his captured "Will to Force" out into the universe and it is her Understanding that limits the expansion of his “seed”. The Feminine Force is Formative. Here Wisdom is taken into the most Spiritual manifestation of the feminine and formulates it into herself as any geometrical point into which to contemplate any possibility, i.e., the “All Seeing I Am” of the original consciousness. Now I know this concept seems an impossibly difficult one to understand and the most descriptive of Qabalistic terms may seem nonsensical, but the Priestess is the Womb of Consciousness, and yet she is both Male and Female...much like a Hermaphrodite (Hermes-Aphrodite) that can impregnate itself. The human brain is a copy of the hermaphrodite phenomena as it both male and female in its approach to thought and can impregnate itself with logic that gives birth to emoted and limited thought forms and/or images, and even "feelings" as the body responds to the emoted thought.
The Higher Chokmah is a specific Sun (left brain), and the Lower Chokmah is a specific Moon (right brain). Thus, when viewing THE PRIESTESS Thoth Tarot card, you will see a slight feminine figure with arms raised in the shape of a cup, behind vibrations of light and a strong lower masculine leg section with the Diana's bow across the knees. Yet she is a virginal force because no "Outside" Male force fertilizes her. Thus, the myth of Diana adds understanding to this card. From her, the source of Water /Consciousness is the idea behind the idea of form, I think the great western Qabalist Dr. Paul Foster Case said this best in saying that,"... no matter how many forms develop from it, the virgin substance is itself unchanged. Like Water, which holds matter in suspension or solution, this substance remains over itself. Here is one key to the alchemical mystery of the First Matter. Here, too, one may find a clue to the inner significance of the Virgin Myths of all Religions."
The (High) Priestess is often called the Prima Materia, or Root Matter (First Matter) as she can be considered the result of Kether's God name-Eheieh, "I Will Be", the birthing of Self-Awareness/Consciousness and/or "I AM". In his text, THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr. Case calls the Path of Gimel, the Uniting Intelligence, because it is the "Essence of Glory" and/or "The Grace of God". No matter the terms, the fact is that your personality must be shed of all the sensual reality and desires that our indoctrinated false ego has constructed before she is able to carry one's consciousness across the Abyss, into the invisible Sephiroth of Daath (Knowledge) that is the well-known in Qabalah, as the invisible Chakra of the Tree of Life which resides below Kether on the Middle Path of the Tree and into the Dark Abyss of the Universal Collective Unconscious (Bottomless but filled with Energy and Data). It is that Knowledge that our conscious essence/Soul/Psyche is conceived of, so that it could become the operator of the Images of God/Self. [Daath is no longer invisible to one who has entered the Garden of inherited Knowledge that resides between the mother named Understanding and the father named Wisdom.]
The Trinity Goddess-Maid-Mother-Crone
Now the MAGUS, (Will of Kether), symbolizes a condition prior to Unconscious thought called the Primal Will. This powerful condition acts upon THE PRIESTESS/HIGH PRIESTESS in such a way, that the Path of Gimel becomes the mind capable of carrying the thought forms (information) of which the Universe will eventually be composed. Being that she is the source underlying all vibratory patterns that compose form, she is shown on the Thoth Card as a figure composed of vibratory waves of energy and on the Dream Tarot as multi-colored/multi-dimensional Holy cosmic vibration. A further example of this Trinity Goddess format is that nothing can grow in the Garden of the Empress without this wave structure that underlays energy. It is for this very reason that the Moon is assigned to this path, for it is a pattern of waxing and waning, fluctuation, dualities and tides, waves of magnetic energy in a vibratory pattern. Here, the Goddess is both Force and Form, and as a Moon she controls the tides of consciousness. Hence the Cresent Horned crown with a full moon center that is worn on her head.
The Dream Tarot-High Priestess is also shown with a pool of menstrual blood beneath her. This is an old and powerful image of the Divine Feminine, for it the blood of purification, which removes the unclean so that new nurturing blood of birth can be created. Every being is created out of Mother's blood.
The concept of the Sacred Blood of the Goddess is often associated with various pagan and Wiccan traditions, as well as some forms of Western Hermetic Qabalah and esoteric spirituality.
In these belief systems, the Sacred Blood of the Goddess represents the divine feminine energy and power that is believed to flow through the cosmos and all living things. It is seen as a symbol of the creative and nurturing aspects of the feminine divine. Here are some key points related to this concept:
Goddess Worship: Many pagan and Wiccan traditions emphasize the worship of a goddess or multiple goddesses. The Sacred Blood of the Goddess is often seen as a central aspect of these traditions, representing the life force and spiritual energy of the divine feminine.
Fertility and Creation: The concept of the Sacred Blood is often associated with fertility and creation. It symbolizes the cyclical nature of life, death, and rebirth, much like the menstrual cycle of women, which is sometimes referred to as "the blood of the goddess."
Ritual and Symbolism: In various rituals and ceremonies, practitioners may use symbolic representations of the Sacred Blood, such as red wine or fruit juices, to connect with the divine feminine and invoke her blessings. These rituals can be a part of worship and spellwork.
Mystical and Esoteric Interpretations: In Western Hermetic Qabalah and High Magick, the Sacred Blood of the Goddess can take on more mystical and esoteric interpretations. It may be associated with the sephira of Binah on the Tree of Life, representing the supreme mother and the source of all life.
Empowerment and Healing: For some practitioners, the concept of the Sacred Blood is empowering and can be used in rituals and meditations to heal, strengthen, and connect with the feminine aspect of the divine, promoting inner growth and spiritual development.
It's important to note that the interpretation of the Sacred Blood of the Goddess can vary among different traditions and practitioners. It is a deeply symbolic and spiritual concept that holds significance in the metaphysical and mystical realms.
In some esoteric traditions, particularly within Tantra and certain forms of sex magic, there is a belief that the combination of the sacred fluids of a woman and the seminal fluids of a man can be used to create a potent elixir or magic drink. This practice is often associated with the idea of harnessing and transmuting sexual energy for spiritual and magical purposes. Here are some key points:
Sacredness of Sexual Energy: These traditions view sexual energy as a powerful and sacred force. It is believed that this energy can be directed and transformed to achieve spiritual growth, heightened consciousness, and magical results.
Union of Opposites: The mixing of the sacred fluids from both the female and male is seen as a symbolic and literal union of opposites, representing the duality of masculine and feminine energies. This union is believed to create a harmonious and balanced energy that can be channeled for various purposes.
Alchemy and Transformation: This practice has elements of alchemical symbolism, where the combination of fluids represents the transformation of base matter into a higher, spiritual form. It is often seen to elevate one's consciousness and connect with the divine.
Intent and Ritual: The process of mixing the fluids is typically performed within a ritual context. Intent, visualization, and focused energy play crucial roles in these rituals. Practitioners may have specific goals, such as spiritual enlightenment, healing, or magical manifestation.
Privacy and Consent: It's important to note that these practices, when involving sexual fluids, should always be consensual and conducted in a safe and private setting between willing participants. Consent and ethical considerations are of utmost importance.
Secrecy and Discretion: Many practitioners of these esoteric traditions keep their practices private and may not openly discuss them with others. They are often considered advanced and are typically not part of mainstream or widely accepted spiritual practices. These practices are called "High Magick" rituals and are not for the Human Stain and/or the Mundane. The kundalini must have risen in both parties and that practice alone is extremely dangerous to the mundane personality.
It's essential to approach these topics with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of spiritual and magical beliefs. These practices are not universally accepted or understood, and they should only be explored by individuals who are well-informed and consent to participate in such rituals. If you are interested in the complete release of your magick bodies abilities to transcend through ecstasy and high magick you must be without ego and have practice Tantra Yoga meditations for some time. Otherwise, you risk insanity!
Recommend text: A chakra and Kundalini Workbook-By Dr. John Mumford.
Now if you wish to scry this card, remember, she is Pure Virginal Conscious and without empathy; she is as Durga, the Hindu Destroyer Goddess or the Ice Queen, Hel, of the Norse. You will encounter what Dang Olsen called, "Brutal Holy Cosmic Vibration". Unless you have a mentor, who has been through the initiation of THE PRIESTESS/HIGH PRIESETS of the Greater Self, you may find her Cold Beauty shockingly destructive to your emotional sensibilities. For she strips your personality of all that is not worthy of Pure Self Conscious, including the sensuality and "feelings "you are so dedicated to and call "your Identity"; She is Pure I AM and what you think you are...is pure fantasy/nonsense. She Knows you into existence as the Sun of God, and/or Person of Ra. Pictured on Dang Olsen's High Priestess card she is wielding the cleaving sword of Kali Ma, this is used to prune away all that isn't really you. Her many hands, really represent the many attributes of this High Priestess of Ten Thousand Names. Lower Right hand, sword/dagger for pruning unworthy bits, the upper right hand opens the false veil of universal tapestry to reveal her many colored and/or true vibrational state, upper left hand pointing "above" into the Supernal Triangle of the Greater Self, and the lower left in the river of Life, showing the connection to the Will of the One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed (I Will Be)-Kether.
Oh, I know her as Elizabeth (Chosen of El), as She is permanently aware of her initiates and often renames them, she calls me Prometheus which I translated into the Qabalistic Eli Serabeth (Temple/House of the Fiery Daemon/Godman). She is a scary Beauty who will assist you in self-dissection.... often without permission even when familiarity is gained. To those who think bravery is an ego trip, don't try this, ever, if you wish to hold on to your false ego that enslaves your identity! Ask a Mother of many children, what bravery is, then do your best to incorporate that idea into your heart, for you as an understanding Soul may then survive the ordeal of the "Dark night of the Soul" where you must face the falsehood that is what you think you are and lose all desire, and the illusion of the senses before you have shed the veils of lies and/or mask of words and "feelings" that compose your false ego identity. In other words, she will strip you of all Identity, and then reestablish the Pure Identity of the Sun/Solar Self of the Divine Creative.
The Wisdom of THE PRIESTESS.HIGH PRIESTESS is in regulation, as her fluctuation establishes the direction for the First Matter as it descends into greater and greater density. Thus, she is THE MOON that regulates the tides of the Waters of consciousness. As stated before, the four paths rising into the Supernal Triangle each represent an Alchemical element, each a composite of the "Garden of Eden". THE (HIGH) PRIESTESS or THE SOPHIA, is the Uniting Spirit, the Fifth element, symbolized as the top point of the Pentagram. THE CHARIOT =Fire; Water= THE EMPRESS; LOVERS= Air; the HIEROPHANT=Earth. Overall, THE (HIGH) PRIESTESS, is the vessel for all operations of the Supernal Triangle, she is the crucible/womb where the Alchemical activity of Mercury, Sulfur, and Salt take place. She is also the source of the Four Rivers of Paradise, The Pison (River of Fire), The Gibon (River of Water), The Hiddikel (River of Air) and the Phrath (River of Earth), which goes a long way in describing her fluctuating nature, as rivers are often waves of serpentine flow.
As I have mentioned before, the journey up the Paths of the Tree of Life, (called the Serpent path) is about Remembering our beginning, a critical part of "Above all things, Know thyself” …the Qabalistic axiom. THE HIGH PRIESTESS/PRIESTESS conceals within Her Vibrations, all the knowledge/memories of the Race, as well as those of the Cosmos. She is the circle/sphere in which all is created, the Womb of the Supernal Trinity. Behind her resides Daath (Knowledge), invisible because of Vibratory Veils as well-being subjective potential. These veils are shown as Light in vibratory form, on the Thoth Card and the flamboyant veil of The High Priestess as shown on the Dream Tarot Card as the background tapestry of the Macrocosmic Universe.
The Human Merkabah
The Path of Gimel/Priestess is shown on the white pillar above Tiphareth,
The Ice Queen=High Priestess
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The Qabalist knows that it is Light that conceals the True Spirit---the one we've called "The Fiery Darkness", because Dark Energy is the birthplace of visible Light, as it is the substance of Supernal Potential and has no measurement, (beginning nor end to measure) making it infinite.; hence dark. It is said that to look upon the Light of the HIGH/ PRIESTESS, one must become Virginal in consciousness (2=1). For it is a Light so bright one of mundane persona or material consciousness, cannot look upon it and keep sanity, and will also be shocked right back into their Malkuth realm of Race sponsored consciousness. If the desire conscious is conquered and focused, the Light of the Priestess is welcoming, and brilliantly beautiful...but without heat, thus it is a cool light resembling the dazzling brightness of Ice in full Moon Light. Passing through the "Light", one enters the Abyss of Dark Matter/Dark Energy of non-space where the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One who is All; also known as “the seed atom” (Theosophy) of your beginning as a Solar consciousness. Think of this as being comparable to reentering the womb and returning to the original "egg" of yourself, as True Spirit. In our Universe, it is known that a Black Hole, is concentrated gravity, which sucks up light at one end, dark and sinister, but empties out into another universe, as a White Hole, where visible light is now emptied and is comparable to the invisible Sephiroth Daath who is the High/ Priestess. He exists the Ice Queen of mythology.
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The Ice Queen is a character that appears in various mythologies, folklore, and literary works. While she may not be a central figure in a specific myth, her archetype often embodies themes of coldness, isolation, and power. Here are some common elements associated with the mythology of the Ice Queen:
Cold and Frozen Realm: The Ice Queen is typically associated with a cold and frozen realm or kingdom. Her domain is often depicted as a place of perpetual winter, where snow and ice cover the landscape.
Symbolism of Ice and Snow: The ice and snow in the Ice Queen's realm symbolize emotional coldness, isolation, and a sense of detachment from others. It can also represent purity and the passage of time.
Loneliness and Isolation: The Ice Queen is often portrayed as a lonely and isolated figure. Her cold demeanor and remote surroundings reflect her emotional distance from others. This isolation may be self-imposed or a result of a curse or tragic circumstances.
Magical Powers: In some versions of the story, the Ice Queen possesses magical powers related to ice and cold. She may have the ability to freeze objects or people, and her powers are often linked to her emotional state.
Transformation: In certain stories, the Ice Queen may undergo a transformation or character arc. She might thaw emotionally, rediscover her humanity, or experience a change in her icy nature due to the influence of a protagonist or an external event.
Conflict and Redemption: The Ice Queen is sometimes featured as an antagonist, posing a challenge or obstacle for the story's hero or heroine. However, her character can also be redeemed or play a pivotal role in the story's resolution.
Literary References: One of the most famous depictions of the Ice Queen is found in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen." In this story, the Ice Queen kidnaps a young boy named Kai and takes him to her frozen palace. The tale explores themes of friendship, love, and the power of warmth and kindness to melt even the coldest heart.
The Ice Queen archetype is a rich and versatile character that has been adapted and reimagined in various cultures and literary works. She represents complex themes of coldness and warmth, isolation and connection, and the potential for transformation and redemption. The specific details of the Ice Queen's mythology can vary widely depending on the cultural context and the storyteller's interpretation.
Elaine-The Moon Goddess
Obviously, when considering Light, the Qabalist must rethink the essence of Light as Self. It is apparent to the researcher that all religions which stress "the Light" as a high state of consciousness, are based on Tiphareth-The Sun/Son. For instance, religions based on the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Apollo, Osiris, Ahurda-Mazda, Mithra, etc. However, the Gnostic Mysteries, unlike organized religions, states that Light conceals, rather than reveals, by its very brilliance. Thus, visible light is measurable (186,000 miles per second) and finite. As does the Moon, so does the PRIESTESS/HIGH PRIESTESS go from brilliant light to absolute darkness. Hence, the Mythology of the Moon and her deities, such as, Dianna-Artemis, Hecate, and He- el-Aine (Later as Helen, Helena, Elaine, and Eleanor), better known to those of Celtic origin as Elaine the Moon-Goddess and to the Norse as Hel the Goddess of the Underworld (Ice Queen). In all cases, expressing an image of Mystery and rebirth.
The Thoth Deck Card Shows THE PRIESTESS as Hecate-Selene (The Triple Goddess as described by Hesiod) which means -The Far Shooting Moon and is an aspect of Artemis. Artemis is also known as the "maiden of the silver bow", suggesting the lower aspect of THE PRIESTESS, (The ART card), which is Sagittarius, the archer. That is why she is illustrated on the Thoth card, with a bow across her knees. Artemis is the triple Goddess, represented as the Maiden, then the Orgiastic Nymph, then the Old Crone. As some say, Maid, Mother and Crone.
To reiterate, THE PRIESTESS/HIGH PRIESTESS acts upon the First Matter of the MAGUS (Lord Python first husband of the Goddess Lilith the High Priestess), causing it to function in the pattern of a horizontal figure eight (lemniscate). This represents a unified energy cycle of both opposed and duplicated vibration; that forms twin circles in an unbroken line; therefore, infinite. This holding, enclosing, unbroken and duplicating function is that of the first female womb quality on the Tree of Life. Making 0 equal 2 and/or the duplicating of Mother-Binah (Understanding) and Father- Chokmah (Wisdom) in all things.
Lady Lilith and Lord Python
She is the Goddess of Ten Thousand names.
The Zodiac signs and their elemental attribution
The High/Priestess can provide knowledge, patience, and fruitfulness all of which are attributed to the Higher Self. Here skill is represented as acquired through study, experience, or long gestation, all of which are the real weapons that help us drive out the demon-virus of the False Ego that we have all nurtured with our lives and that has become a profaned veil of lies between us and the Psyche/Soul/Solar-Self.
When the HIGH PRIESTESS or PRIESTESS, is thrown during a reading: for the non-initiated (who haven't experienced the dark night of the Soul-Her Pruning):
- The querent is experiencing the principle of self-trust, indicating an easily working state of harmony and inner independence.
- A self-knowing.
- Accessing hidden Knowledge from the unconscious.
- Self-sufficiency, self-trust, and intuition.
- Good judgment.
- Platonic love.
- Spiritual evolution.
- To the initiated male.
- She represents the Spiritual Bride of the Just man (The Prince, no longer of this world) When he reads the Law, she gives him the Divine Meaning/Understanding.
- The Arcana is revealed, the Mystery is unfolded, and futures are seen.
- To the Initiated Female.
- She is the Papess, associated with St. Mary Magdalene, or the Great Shakti of the triple Hindu Goddess Kali, or the Greek Gnostic Sophia, the original Mother of the Holy Trinity.
- Considered one of the Highest and Holiest of the Major Arcana. Complete development of the Creatrix Feminine Powers (Womb rite) that go deeper in meaning than the words, intuition, or insight, can convey.
- She is the Law of inherited Wisdom.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- A time for action.
- Escape from reality.
- Existential dread.
- Proud and arrogant behavior.
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