The High Priestess

Filed in Tarot

The High Priestess Thoth DeckThe High Priestess in the Thoth Deck

In a Tarot reading, the High Priestess popping up means there is a secret, a mystery behind the query and/or a karmic situation that you cannot understand yet. It can mean that something clandestine is about to emerge. Of course there are way more esoteric interps for the High Priestess. I am tres simple with my Tarot readings. But it’s always bliss to see  her. It may also be a sign to be comfortable not knowing the meaning or outcome of a scenario but trusting that there is a cosmic intent behind it.

If you see The Empress as the sensual aspect of the Feminine Divine, then the High Priestess is her more mystical aspect. A.k.a La Papesse, the Lady Pope…this links her to the fascinating myth (?) of Pope Joan. In the classic Waite pic of her, below, there are pomegranates which link her to Persephone & the headgear a la the Egyptian Isis.

The High Priestess Rider Waite Deck

There is a statue of her in a Welsh village called Portmeirion

Portmieron magical mermaid statue

And even though he’s apparently gone bust,  Christian Lacroix managed to send a homage to her down the runway the other day; Nice as, actually, he is a Taurus & this is the astro correspondence most oft linked with the High Priestess.

Lacroix couture lady pope

Access Horoscopes, Insta-Tarot, Oracle and More

All Access Membership – This is not a recurring payment – you are not locked in.

Email Mystic if you would like to trial for a few weeks first.

62
Leave a Reply

avatar
17 Comment threads
45 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
18 Comment authors
Pi PiRosepostmodscorpfluid felineTriple Cancer Chick Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Lexicon Limbo
Lexicon Limbo

I love consulting The Oracle of Madame Marie. I was walking up Oxford St one night & had that “direction” into a 2nd hand store & found this book in bubble wrap with 2 dice enclosed. Bought it. Loved it! At the 1st page it says “this belongs to … ” and in the introduction it says that the oracle comes to those that seek it & if you don’t write your name it moves on to the next person…etc etc etc. It lists 100 questions, you look up the question you want to ask, throw the dice, it directs… Read more »

Baristagem
Baristagem

The high priestess is the most common card that comes up in my reading.

My most recent reading it came up with the heirophant over the home, I didn’t know how to read that??

Speaking of tarot cards in dreams…………..
I dreamt the other night I had the world card

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Ripper!

visual toro
visual toro

Someone tell me please what those B and J stand for? I always wondered…

cheshire cap
cheshire cap

The B and J represent Boaz and Jachin….meaning kingly an priestly which = stabitity….or more simply…….strength + establishment = stability..supposedly these two pillars stood in the porchway of King Solomn’s Temple…..one light, one dark

cheshire cap
cheshire cap

……and described as having pomegranates at the base and lilies at the top

leoxtoo
leoxtoo

OOOHHHH I love all the things to be learned here !!!!

visual toro
visual toro

I mean in the second image above.

whatever
whatever

Boaz and Joachim – polarity

whatever
whatever

The pomegranites and palm trees also represent polarity.

Sweetpea
Sweetpea

I’ve had a wonderful psychic read the cards (and her crystal ball….she sees symbols) for me since in my twenties. Haven’t seen her in the past 4 years though. Had already scheduled a session in ’05 when I broke it off with the Pisces a few days prior. Due to seeing her, she helped me hold my resolve when I might have weakened. In the early 90’s I got the H.P. card and she said the goddess could lead me to the door but not push me through. Many of the attributes of the card that Mystic outlines were very… Read more »

whatever
whatever

I found reading Dion Fortune’s fiction – in particular Moon Magic and the Sea Priestess were invaluable in assimilating the themes / energies of the high priestess / Isis. She also wrote non-fiction books on western / hermetic occult and the fiction then worked the theories into a story and voila Moon Magic and Sea Priestess were born.

davidl
davidl

Something i was told once was that with tarot specifically there is a ‘price’ that must be paid for the information, some type of payment is extracted from the enquirer. Not knowing much about tarot I would like to know if this info is correct.

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

i think i read something along those lines somewhere. I’ve dabbled in all things esoteric but never felt comfortable with tarot. I bought a pack when i was 14 but never used them much. Ended up throwing them out during a de-cluttering phase a few years ago.
I’m not a fan of mediums who use tarot either, especially when the interpretation is so literal. Saw two brilliant mediums recently who did the readings without any props.

I like my Runes though.

davidl
davidl

I have a set of cards called The Secret Dakini Oracle, they are based on Tantric teachings, I love them, readings are done by placing cards in the positions of the key chakra points. I have enjoyed the runes also but never had my own set. I agree with you regards the Tarot, just a little suss about them, though I do love some of the cards and their meanings.

prowlncat
prowlncat

There is a myth I heard that the cards are inherited – they adopt you not you them if you know what I mean. Don’t know if that’s true but I do have some gypsy blood in there somewhere and they are renowned card readers. Have not heard about any strict payment rules David, though it is always customary to make a “contribution” to the reader … you know as a way of saying thanks.

pegasus
pegasus

OOOOps, Pegs really really had her peace to add..lol.

pegasus
pegasus

3 times a Cancer Babe, That’s cool with the numerology. As i mentioned what’s there is there, just about accessing it. In numerology, everything around I & I is 5. FIVE…..says travel & change, halfway between the physical & spiritual, always changing the Status Quo, asking peeps to make exeptions for me, changing the rules for individual circumstances, change change change. Even change clothes 4 times a day. Just when i think i know myself…i change. ………….and a 3 planets in Saggo persona as well. NB; High Priestess came up as i was peri -menses. Just read all the notes… Read more »

Triple Cancer Chick
Triple Cancer Chick

interesting about the sacred secrets when you turn 40. I have two years to go….

pegasus
pegasus

MotherPeace High Priestess: = ‘Paying Attention’. Polarity is ‘two in one’: = She represents the Egyptian Black Isis & Sophia Goddess of Wisdom. Inner balance & waiting for the knowledge she knows is within. Represents Water & the Moon & is the archetypal feminine receptive mode of consciousness, the inner knowing of the heart. The Guardian of the Gate & the Highest Teacher. In my deck she is shown as a Black African Isis & the pillars are tribal drums, she sits on a red mat with an exotic head dress similar to the Egyptian one but more feathers &… Read more »

Triple Cancer Chick
Triple Cancer Chick

This is my card. I have always associated myself with this card even before I was really into witchcraft and other practices. My current deck is the Golden Tarot which is beautiful. I started having visions about Jaguars and seeing one around me and with me and in my dreams and then I noticed that the priestess card in my new deck has a jaguar on it. To find out your major arcana tarot number you add your year of birth to your month and day and keep reducing until you get to the number. so for me 1971 +… Read more »

pegasus
pegasus

Of all the decks available, i prefer ‘MotherPeace’ Tarot for it’s all encompassing info. Have an aversion to the Crowley pack but beautiful illustrations, i admit. The Motherpeace are round instead of square so you have various degrees of the energy shown. If i want the truth that i understand with no doubts or ambiguities it’s The Animal Medicine deck i turn to & The Pathway placement of 7 cards. Strange how hey mix a Medicine Woman with the Archangels, FF. No heresy as no dogma. There was a rumour that it is better for someone to gift them to… Read more »

prowlncat
prowlncat

Court Cards Symbolises people involved or playing a part in the persons life, or can symbolise how the person is reacting to a given situation in certain positions depending on the spread. A court card can also show up which “signifies” the reader – they are generally always of this type either by appearance or temprement – personally I go for temprement over appearance but sometimes the cards just want to go for hair colour. They also have an alternate interpretation where they signify an idea (eg. Knights often symbolise movement, restlessness, change) or human institutions (lots of Queens might… Read more »

fluid feline
fluid feline

prowln, what are Angel cards, are they like the Tarot? Over 12 months ago I had a reading done while at a health retreat and drew 6 cards (which I have a photocopy of). The consultant(?) woman wouldn’t interpret one of them, she brushed over it and I’ve always wondered what that one meant. The cards were Sulis (bodies of water), Nurture (Archangel Gabriel), Ixchel (Medicine Woman), *Beloved One (Archangel Chamuel), Career Transition (Archangel Chamuel), and Mother Mary (Expect a Miracle) The Beloved One – Archangel Chamuel: “I am helping you with your spiritual soulmate relationship” is the one she… Read more »

prowlncat
prowlncat

ummm … my experience is tainted due to my crazy aunty who reads them. Put me right off. Doesn’t mean they don’t have merit though, however I have never studied them.

fluid feline
fluid feline

Just googled angel card interps and that put me off! Think i’ll stick to astro and read the two tarot books suggested.

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

FF – was the reading from straight Angel Cards, or the Archangel deck? I have both, and my parental also has the Goddess deck. From who you drew, sounds more like the archangel cards. I’m at work now, but when i get home, I will look at both my decks and read up on Archangel Chamuel. There is an interpretation book that comes with the cards, so will bring it in and if noone has answered your query I will post it. I love the Angel Cards in a way I’ve never loved Tarot. I like prowln’s comment above about… Read more »

fluid feline
fluid feline

Thanks postmodscorp! Yeah I think as draw included medicine woman, sulis and mother mary (who were not depicted as angels) must be angel as opposed to archangel pack.

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

Hi FF – I haven’t forgotten to get this for you, but home life imploded, and so am managing that, and my own V dark moon emotions, and doing some major grieving over shite end to happy household due to one bats woman. Am still committed to getting interpretation to you!

postmodscorp
postmodscorp

Additional Message: Love is in and around you right now. You don’t need to search for it. Rather, by holding loving thoughts and conducting loving actions, you attract and manifest love in all aspects of your life. Call upon me to guide your thoughts and actions, to bring romance into your life. Converse with me regularly about your love life. I can help you fall in love with your life, and heal and manifest wonderful relationships. Working with Archangel Chamuel: Chamuel’s aura is pale green, like a springtime leaf in the morning sunlight. You can feel close to Chamuel’s loving… Read more »

fluid feline
fluid feline

This is weird. I saw the Lacroix gone bust article with several images on line the other day and I remember thinking of the third pic above, I’m sure that will feature on one of Mystic’s posts!

I know nothing about Tarot, and will have to get reading as many of you here are so knowledgable and it seems to be of the same language as astro. I note the book Uber mentions co-authored by Liz Greene, thanks Uber, anyone recommend any others??

prowlncat
prowlncat

The Tarot Workbook by Juliet Sharman Burke, goes beyond just interpretating each card and helps to build a more holistic relationship with them. By studying each card you build conscious and subconscious associations with them.

prowlncat
prowlncat

Or you could just get a big A4 notebook and dedicate 2-4 pages per card. Start with the Major Arcana – look at image, note down first impressions and intuitions that come up. Stick it under your pillow and ask for a dream about the essence of the card then write it down in your notebook. Draw any imagery or key words you associate with the card.

fluid feline
fluid feline

WhoaH! Thanks prowln, i’m glad i asked, you do love your tarot indeed.

prowlncat
prowlncat

And since I’m in the mood and LUV my tarot …. Major Arcana – symbolises all the major archetypal human experiences. Major Arcana turning up in a spread are significant as they point to big picture processes at work and give an overall impression of where the person you are reading for is at. Minor Arcana – colours in the info of any Major Arcana present. So if a major change process is underway, the Minors will show where via the suit and card number. Suit Elements Wands: drive/passion/life force/creative expression Cups: emotions/inner processes/relationships Pentacles: wealth, security, the physical world… Read more »

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

prowlers love yr work – how do I get me a reading with you? LOVING yr knowledge share!!

my intro to astrology, yonks ago, was genius guru whose clients were visual learners…..her reading room floor laid out HUGE natal chart. she read & taught her clients at the same time.

you remind me of her xox 😉

Uber Virgo
Uber Virgo

Funny, the Liz Greene one was cowritten with J Sharman Burke.

Prowln, you are the tarot priestess! I like your methodology.

prowlncat
prowlncat

I just adore Tarot Uber! Been reading since I was 15 and always find it interesting how people are drawn to certain esoteric tools. For me it’s tarot and astrology. Always has been. Crystals and runes et al leave me cold – not that there’s anything wrong with them, I just don’t have any connection with them you know? …. always wondered why that is.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

The High Priestess is easily my favourite card, and I love the Persephone myth: the woman who spends half of the year fearlessly appeasing the dark forces of Pluto in the underworld, and whose return to the daylight world augurs the warmth and blossoming of spring. A woman for all seasons, depth and light.

I just love being a woman!

And I strangely WANT that Lacroix gown. OMG, what a work of art, very Spanish Madonna icon. Please Goddess Lacroix continues to create.

scorpalicious robot
scorpalicious robot

and what a damn fine woman you are Über. 🙂

Uber Virgo
Uber Virgo

Thanks robotsweetie! I’d love to wear that gown to the next eclipse. Woohoo.

fallen angel
fallen angel

Absolutely Uber! I so understand your joy in womanhood, for all its travails and sorrows, it does hold amazing delights. And like you I have embraced Persephone aside from the obvious commonalities, but also as an approach to the dualistic aspects of life, i.e. she loves both, rather than just one vs the other. It is in fact very much how women approach life wholistically. Whereas I tend to think the nature of men is to seek perfection in one or several things. I’m sure La Lacroix will still create, who could stop him, no? And yes, you are a… Read more »

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Gosh, thanks!

The male gods are so brutish and one dimensional in comparison to Persephone.

Hades/Pluto doesn’t do tenderness. He kidnapped Persephone because he couldn’t charm her with any kind of good grace, but he needed her to lighten his darkened world, to give him the tenderness he lacked. For her, it annihilated her innocence but gave her depth and understanding of the dark, an appreciation she was able to take to the world of light and that gives her a mature wholeness that becomes her mystical power.

xox rockstar libran publicist xox
xox rockstar libran publicist xox

OMG the gown be astounding, he’s genius!!

Ram Tormented by Librans
Ram Tormented by Librans

Greetings, davidl. How are you, chook? From your previous posts about where you have lived and worked, I must assume that your bedouin great grandmama has passed on her wandering gene to you. I have always loved that word “bedouin” – so exotic.

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Feeling a bit better now tormented Ram? Things looking up?

Ram Tormented by Librans
Ram Tormented by Librans

Dear UV, yes, I am feeling more hopeful now. I can feel that this eclipse is going to be awesomely powerful. I think I need to be ready for a pace more hectic than what I have now – but I am feeling this will be in a good way. My dreaming last night was terrifying but I know my current cycle is ending and a new one beckons. Are you well, pumpkin?

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

I’m good. I think my Aries moon gives me a kind of turbo charge even when I’m a bit Virgoed out. Sounds like your inconquerable Ariesness is on the way back! All hail the fired up Ramette!

davidl
davidl

I knew her quite well, lived with her when I was young. She was magical and mysterious, married at 14, her family grew pistachio near Baghdad and travelled each year to Cairo by camel train to sell them. They all got thrown out of their homes and came to Australia..lived in Maroubra, can you imagine how odd that would have been for her?

Pi
Pi

That would be an enormous 9 th house shift for her. DL your fam does sound fascinating.

starstrokes
starstrokes

I never noticed the camel before in the Thoth version until now & love how they resonate with my inner Bedouin. I have camel dreaming, its such a THING for me. Bliss, yes Mystic, bliss.

davidl
davidl

my great grandmother was a bedouin..

matthew-minerva
matthew-minerva

The High Priestess! wow now ive had a few dreams bout this card – and i didnt realise it till i saw the first image: Last night i had a dream (it was really odd, feelt like more of a memorie flashback than a dream) but anyway.. all of the world religions had since disappeared and everyone was getting into what is now refered to as the “new age” from crystals to tarot it was really odd! anyway i was talking or being shown around by the first image ^ ^ and a secong man who was carring some form… Read more »

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

Matt, you’re such a powerful dreamer and you seem to resonate so strongly with the tarot! You must study it! (Homework first please tho) Look for a few books and varying interps, so you can get into the intuition of it. My fave book is the ‘Mythic Tarot’ cowritten by astro-priestess Liz Greene.

matthew-minerva
matthew-minerva

aww thanks Uber & scorpion_tongue!
my dreams do seem to link into the tarot but im still very cautious of it… i dont know why im not very comfertable with it as i am with astrology, numerology & other holistic practices.. does that make sense?
Matt

scorpion_tongue
scorpion_tongue

You’ll do just fine. You are starting young and have a natural curiosity and love for it.
Look forward to following your career as a SAGG astrologer extraordinaire!

Anonymous
Anonymous

oh yes, the mythic tarot is a truly fantastic book…….of all that I have I seem to always return to this one……….and after mystic, Liz Greene is my favourite astro minds…..

Über Virgo
Über Virgo

That reminds me, Matt, that when I was in high school I got a bit freaked by the tarot. Bought a deck and started doing readings for schoolmates with the little companion book, but found that I was almost automatically expanding on those readings as if I knew what I was talking about. I didn’t understand where the knowledge came from. Also the death card and the tower etc used to freak me out. Gave me the heebie jeebies and I didn’t come back to tarot for over twenty years. In hindsight, I think I was only experiencing the power… Read more »

scorpion_tongue
scorpion_tongue

powerful dream.
I’ve had a few dreams about future healing/learning centers that are holistic in nature. Seemed peaceful.
It would be nice to see religious dogmatic types relax and enjoy life and even love astrology and tarot- just for fun.
I also love mugwort.
Have only really used it in acupuncture.
Do you burn it as incense or drink as tea? or both? I need to dig up Medusa’s mugwort posts she made a month ago or so.

year of the fox
year of the fox

Moxa (mugwort) can be taken internally, burned on/near your skin to warm it therapeutically, or extracted into an oil/fat base for topical use.

scorpion_tongue
scorpion_tongue

thanks, fox! 🙂

Rose
Rose

I dreamt about this card. I know nothing about tarot cards…. What does this mean???

Mystic Medusa
MENU