The Daily Draw: The High Priestess

Deep and Flowing

The High PriestessAt the top of the tarot deck, just past the fool, are the archetypes of male and female energy in their purest form—The Magician and the High Priestess, and they are apparent opposites. The Magician ‘s realm is the conscious mind, the power of taking action, exerting will to shape and change the elements around him. The High Priestess ‘s realm of deep unconsciousness, the power of knowing without acting, sitting back to let whatever happens unfold on its own accord.

The High Priestess is abundant in feminine symbols. She sits before a tapestry adorned with pomegranates. She wears the familiar triple moon as a crown.  She wears a white cross against white clothes, and holds a partly hidden Torah in her hand. She also sits between the pillars of Boaz and Jachin from King Solomon’s temple, all of which are nods to patriarchal religions. However overall is a blue gown, encompassing the various religious trappings—they are within her but none are her entirely.

That gown that seems to flow like water as it nears her feet, where there is a large crescent moon.  And from what we can glimpse behind the tapestry, thee is even deeper water beyond. This is the wisdom of her emotions, her intuition. We long for a better look behind the tapestry but we cannot simply part it and walk through. The High Priestess has the patience of eternity to wait for us to find our way in.

In her passive gaze is a truth we cannot always grasp, in our eagerness to shape our worlds, to fix their problems, to go, to do, to be. That is, sometimes the best course of action is no action at all. That instead of pushing out, we should focus in and see how deep we can submerge into our own bodies of water where we can see what is hidden, where we can understand what we have forgotten, where we can know and be one with all, and thereby know ourselves.

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