Exploring The High Priestess

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring The High Priestess and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.


Introduction of the Card

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The High Priestess is card number 02 in the deck and the third card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of this card below.


Card Examples

 

L-02Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.


My Analysis of These Cards

These are all depictions of mysterious and wise feminine entities. In the Mythic Tarot, we have Persephone who is the queen of the Underworld. In the Dragon Tarot and the Tarot of Dreams we have two feminine masters of the arcane arts. And finally in the Universal Tarot we have a priestess waiting for all those willing to come to her to receive the ancient spiritual knowledge she knows.


Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • NONACTION
  • UNCONSCIOUS AWARENESS
  • POTENTIAL
  • MYSTERY

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:

  • INUTUITION
  • HIGHER POWERS
  • MYSTERY
  • SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.


What this Card Means to Me

This card is the yin to The Magician card. While he acts and imposes his will upon the world around him, The High Priestess waits, observes, and absorbs knowledge from the world around her.

This is how we are all born to learn and we start doing it from our first breath. It is through this accumulated knowledge that we form the choices we make. So one side of us gathers it and the other uses it. As we make choices in life, we learn from it. As we observe others making choices in life, we learn from it.

However, what is knowledge without wisdom?

Let’s go back to the concept of yin-yang for a moment. We can not be all one or the other. If we are always action and never truly learn from what we do, we are doomed to repeat the same patterns over and over again. In the same token, if we never act then we are doomed to a fate of always being acted upon.

So it’s not enough to merely understand what these two cards represent. We need to bring them into balance within ourselves in order to find a healthy way of life. It’s not enough to just learn from our choices. We need to understand what we’ve learned.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: POWER OF UNDERSTANDING.


Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.


The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.


I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!


Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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