Tarot Saturday 2: The High Priestess & The Empress

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Hey crew, we continue to dive deeper into the meanings of the Major Arcana cards during this ‘Tarot Saturday’ series, as we study the leading ladies of the Major Arcana. Below is a compilation of the notes I made while perusing the booklets of my 13 tarot decks <3. Hope they can help inspire your divination practice! Also please check one of my previous posts, which I wrote to reflect about what it means to stand in your feminine power based on these two tarot energies: https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/spiritualsocial.wordpress.com/322

The High Priestess (linked to the Moon – the Remote & Virginal Divine Feminine)

The High Priestess card in the classical Ryder-Waite Tarot, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith
  • The female side of God – she is Isis, Maria or Sofia (and the Maiden in the Gaia Tarot). Ultimate intuition card, high (self and other) awareness, the keeper of esoteric knowledge, real depth of character and analyzing messages from the unconscious mind; a multitasker. Skilled with using prayer beads and chanting mantras, an abbess (a religious female authority). Serenity, objectivity and platonic relationships. Goals can be achieved though tenacity and study but be aware of envy as success has its price.
  • Silencing the rational mind to uncover mysteries; the triple Moon symbol (in the Good Tarot) stands for lunar goddesses such as Hecate, Artemis, and Diana. Also often used to represent the three phases of the goddess as the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Gaining wisdom through surpassing life’s trials. Virtue, scholarly, wise beyond her years.
  • A prim and proper woman with an aloof and unreachable air, patient, kind-hearted, intelligent and cultivated, a teacher. Self-isolates to study and analyse texts. She is the mouthpiece for science, the duality without which nothing would exist, easily blending opposites; clairvoyant. Trust what you know to be true.
  • Suggests a period of waiting and isolation during which we uncover what we need; beware of closing off your heart and being too passive. Value what you are spiritually accumulating. Seek your own answers, act with empathy, focus on self-discovery, handle the unknown with patience and grace. Explore your budding sexuality.
  • She is the feminine Da’at, the fertile nothing, the primordial womb, that creates by merging opposites; she is likened to the Magician but I see her as the counterpart of the Hierophant (she governs over number 2 in the suits – 2 of wands the birth canal, 2 of swords cold separation, two of cups union, and two of pentacles as transition).

She is a wild, tangled forest with temples and treasures concealed within.

John Mark Green
A 4-minute video I created describing this card my YT channel ‘The Spiritual Social’

The Empress (linked to Venus – The Warm & Fertile Divine Feminine)

The Empress card in the classical Ryder-Waite Tarot, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith
  • Fertility, connection to nature, the abundance of land and a prosperity mindset. Feeling rich and ripe with possibility, feeling loved by life and brimming with potential. Excellent time to give birth to a baby or new ideas and creations. An endless source of life-giving power.
  • Emotional leadership, a nurturing and maternal presence that can put on an armour and hold her ground if she has to; soft power; the anima, the sensual wisdom of Mother Earth; loving wisdom and feminine strength, wholeness of spirit and body, cycles, an excellent caretaker, encouraging the growth of self-worth in others. The prototype of the housewife. In the Chinese Tarot (she holds a peony which is the flower of riches and honours) and represents accomplishment and fruitfulness, motivating others – the Scorpio/Taurus axis. Overflowing with inspiration!
  • All of nature is connected and you are part of that whole, earth angel, the intelligence of living matter, the ruler of evolution and the bounty of nature, she who bears and transforms nausea to desire. Life is a journey of love without age limits, the Empress sets the emotional tone.
  • An explosion of creativity, passion and intuition merged, she dominates through seduction and shines with happiness and health; in the Gaia Tarot she is represented by the Youth – make the most of your experiences in life, have a plan to allow things to bloom. Relying on the love and support of your family, being clear and set in your ways.

If you judge people you have no time to love them

Mother Teresa
A 4-minute video I created describing this card my YT channel ‘The Spiritual Social’

Finally (and combining the wisdom of both cards), by studying the Mary-el Tarot it was brought to my awareness how the Empress and the High Priestess energies equate with the Chesed and Gevurah branches of the tree of life: the first one represents Emotional Empathy/Mercy, and the other represents Mental Judgement/Clarity.

The Chesed and Gevurah cards from the Angelarium Oracle deck

Just some food for thought, for you my loves!

With universal love,

Lexi ❤

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