Deck Location: Major Arcana
Sun Sign: Virgo
Attributes: Psychic wisdom, mystery, magic, secret knowledge
According to Merriam-Webster the term psychic can be defined as “a person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces.” Essentially any highly sensitive human or empath could be deemed to have psychic abilities. Some believe we are all born with this gift and it’s slowly, but surely, beaten down with years of rules, societal constraints and ‘correct’ paths to follow.
The High Priestess is the remembrance of Self before it was tainted with false belief. It’s a step inward back into the infinite Vortex of abundance, knowledge, and unconditional love. A great mystery, many have feared her through the centuries and have tried to hold her down. This great oracle can not be stopped. She waits there patiently on her throne for The Fool’s return. She’s ready and waiting for him to enter her temple to the heavens so she can whisper the secrets of the universe in his ear.
She is a relic from ancient Egypt. I’ll let Antonie Court de Gebelin (Evalyne Hall as translator) explain, “It is known that among the Egyptians the Heads of Priesthood were married. If these cards were the invention of Moderns we would not see The High Priestess, much less as The Popess as the German Card Makers ridiculously named it.” With this understanding, it seems as though this regal woman is a call back to a time when the divine feminine was in perfect balance with the divine masculine. The male and female complemented each other and neither strove for domination over one another. They had more important work to do: to share their gifts with the world. Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to that energetic exchange?
Many times you’ll see this wondrous being seated before two pillars, said to be situated in front of the Temple of Solomon, the first temple in existence according to Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. She stands before good and evil, black and white, light and dark. Before we step into the abyss of knowledge the universe provides we must first recognize it’s basic principle of duality.
Other symbols that often grace this divine intuitive are pomegranates, to signify fertility; the moon, to represent her affinity with the feminine; a scroll or a book; recognizing her profound wisdom; a crown, demonstrating her godly stature; and a horn or ankh to give reverence to the Egyptian Goddess, Isis, ruler of the matriarchy, healer of all and wizard of magic.
If you have pulled this card recently please ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I honoring the divine gifts I’ve been given?
- What is hiding in plain sight?
- Is the path I’ve chosen in alignment with my highest Self?
- Am I standing in my feminine power?
- What are my preconceived notions about the female archetype? Do they need to be smashed?