The Thoth Tarot High Priestess-ATU 2, is shown in a more ethereal style than that of the High Priestess of the Old Path, key-2; for once again, the Old Path is more of Earthly magic
depictions and the Thoth Tarot is about the Supernal Triangle of the Tree of Life (upper triangle).
The Supernal is a very High Dimension of the Creativity Trinity, before form.
So Crowley wished to imply the vibrations of Higher Light (invisible light or Dark Fire) being woven into frequencies of visible light, thus the radiant straight lines that symbolize masculine-electric- energy and waves of curved feminine-magnetic- energy being shown on the Thoth Tarot card.
The Tarot of the Old Path High Priestess much like the Thoth Tarot Priestess, is dressed in a diaphanous gown, implying purity and virginity, as well as, the truth that visible light is but a veil, hiding the True Source, the Dark Abyssal Womb.
The light depicted in the Thoth Tarot, is the light directly above Tiphareth and before the Abyss. She is the Intelligence of the Invisible Sephiroth- called Daath, meaning Knowledge. Tiphareth is known as the "light so bright none dare look upon it", much like the Sun/Son born of the Priestess. This Sun/Son is the Soul/Psyche. Hence, many religions were based on the Sun-god, the "dying god", which is the entity of Tiphareth, the Sixth Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This light also serves to remind us that Electric Male force and Magnetic Female force are combined to make light, as the Priestess is Androgyny and was before the "separation " of the sexes.
The Tarot of the Old Path shows the Silver of the Moon as the silver bracelet around the wrist of the Old Path High Priestess, complete with arcane symbols. The Crescent of the Moon is shown in the upper corner reinstating the ancient symbol for the Goddess.
The Thoth Tarot- Priestess, has her arms elevated in a Crescent shape, implying the Moon of the Goddess as well. The Moon is the planet attributed to this card, as it is both dark and light and controls the waves of tides. Silver is the metal attributed to the Moon.
The Old Path High Priestess, wears a lapis lazuli necklace, promoting her clairvoyance abilities. She is also wearing a head dress of the full Moon. Her magic wand is ivory tipped with silver and blue crystal, all these symbols support Moon-Magic, as silver is attributed to the Goddess as well as the Blue of Water.
The Thoth Tarot- Priestess is surrounded in blue and silver colors and also wearing a Full Moon head-dress. Her upper body is that of Woman and her lower body is strong and sturdy masculine.
The symbols for the Goddess Diana or Artemis, also appear in both cards, as the Old Path Priestess stands on the edge of a magic circle (medicine circle) with her hand resting on a deer's head. The Deer is the sacred animal attributed to Diana.
The Thoth - Priestess , has the bow of the Huntress, Diana, across her knees which serves a dual purpose in the Thoth Deck Card as it is also attributed to the sign of Sagittarius, that is the Temperance card and is the lower extension of the High Priestess. The Paths of Samekh (Temperance), and the Path of Tau (The Universe) plus Gimel, the Priestess, all can be considered aspects of the same energy and make up the devotional and or Pillar of Mildness that is the Middle Pillar on the Tree of Life. The Thoth Tarot- Priestess is a Path, as a matter of fact, she is the first Path called Gimel (Camel) to come from the potential of the Supernal Triangle to the Ethical Triangle (the 2nd or "actual" triangle of Geburah, Chesed and Tiphareth) and is the state of conscious energy that carries one across the Abyss towards truth. Thus the camel image on the Thoth Tarot Card.
The Old Path High Priestess, also has a black cat, woodland animals and a snake about her feet. Snakes in Wiccan philosophy depict "keeper of secrets" while also symbolizing purity of mind and purpose. This purity is also supported by the Unicorn in the background. The birds, and butterfly flying about, all may imply the spiritual purity as well. For birds are often sacred to the Goddess and butterflies are symbols that both represent the soul and transformation. There is an inverted triangle over the head of the Old Path High Priestess, which is a symbol used to represent the earth element when it has a bar across it. Here the artist made it green to symbolize the element of earth.The upside down triangle can also represent the "below". The positive, white and negative -dark forces of the Moon, are shown as black and white crescents in the upper corners.
In the foreground, is the herb lore of the Old path, showing opine flowers that are associated with the Moon.
What is interesting to note, is that the Goddess, Ariadne, the caster and weaver of spells is represented by the cobweb in the corner. Implying the Weaving technique attributed to the High Priestess of the The Thoth Tarot Card as well. Indigenous peoples would call both the Old Path and Thoth -High Priestess, Spider Woman, the one who has woven a Universe out of crystalline Light and consciousness. The Weaver of Life threads.
The Thoth Tarot- Priestess also shows the woodland fecund fertility of the High Priestess, as various plants beneath her feet. The Pineapple being the symbol for wisdom and clairvoyance, as it represents the pineal gland.
As you may come to understand, both cards emphasis many of the same characteristics, but with different symbols.
The Tarot of the Old Path, also shows the beginnings of a river flowing in the back ground.This is "Grandmother River" to various indigenous peoples, who is the beginning of the Flow of Consciousness , this flow will end in the Star Card of the Thoth Tarot and in the Tarot of the Old Path.
The Divinatory meaning of the-key 2- High Priestess of the Tarot of The Old Path:
- A wise woman, who is an oracle, being prophetic and gives sound advice.
- A person of great perception and intuition.
- A positive, serene, guiding force, such as a teacher.
- Physic abilities, called Divya Sidhis, in Sanskrit-meaning "magic abilities"
- One who is cool and avoids emotional ties or emotionally in control.
If thrown upside down:
- Shallow, lack of foresight. etc. a reversal of the positive meanings.
- Would indicate cruel and vindictive in nature.
The Divinatory meaning of the Thoth Tarot-ATU 2- Priestess:
- Represents the second marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world, the spiritual bride of the just man, He reads the Law, she gives the Divine meaning.
- Insights into the inner mysteries of life.
- Balanced relationship between emotions and sexual energy.
- Balanced judgment through intuitive awareness.
- The Inner knowing of the heart, the receptive mode of feminine consciousness.
- Having the gift of knowing the collective past, present and future.
- The Independence inner "knower"
- The archetypal feminine receptive mode of consciousness of heart felt knowing..
- There is no upside down meaning to Thoth Tarot.
Negative connotations are supported by accompanying cards.
- A need to ignore illusions, delusion and abstractions of the physical world in order to tune into the Inner Wisdom.
- One who is caught up in the moment and can't see the necessary fluctuations and cycles.
- Lack of foresight.
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