I think it was in 1995 that I first became aware of the Tarot. A friend suggested that the High Priestess archetype was waking up in me. I had no idea what that meant so I went searching and somehow had a vague idea that it had something to do with the Tarot. All I knew was the Tarot was part of the forbidden world of “the Devil’s workshop” bringing eternal damnation to those who use it. I worked through my fears of a fiery inferno and bought a book called Living the Tarot by Amber Jayanti. I devoured the book and still use it as a treasured reference. No longer afraid for my eternal soul, I realized the healing and wisdom of the High Priestess and never looked back.
The High Priestess is the lunar goddess with the waxing, full and waning moon as her crown. She has the crescent moon at her feet showing her receptiveness to the subconscious. The moon holds the power of the tides, and this quiet and gentle goddess holds the power of the subconscious. Her beautiful blue dress becomes the river flowing to the ocean of the unconscious, the Divine Mind where we originate.
It is in silence that we access the subconscious, the place where the Great Mysteries lie dormant until we realize that our busy and noisy lives keep us from entering the inner worlds. These mysteries, the Wisdom of the Ages, are accessed between the two pillars, Boaz and Jachin, the entrance to Solomon’s Temple.
Our goddess holds the Torah, the book of law, the Akashic Record where knowledge and experiences are recorded; she doesn’t have to look at this book because she has a perfect memory. She holds the key to memory which is to sit quietly and let the remembrance of the eternal rise to the surface.
We use the Tarot as a system for recall; the 22 pictures of the Major Arcana go directly to our subconscious to help us remember the wisdom in the soul’s journey. When we remember we recreate like Isis “remembering” Osiris back to life. The High Priestess is Isis, Sophia, the Virgin Mary, beautiful, pure, quiet wisdom.
Call on the High Priestess to help you break subconscious patterning, cope with painful memories, worrisome situations or to become more neutral and therefore receptive. As you mature you will move from being controlled by unconscious behaviors to tapping into the world of the subconscious through mediation, self-reflection and deep silence.
I’m glad I was able to step over the threat of hell fire and my unconscious conditioning to open the doors wide for the wisdom of the High Priestess. She has been a constant companion in my life. When my girls where little I use to sing them to sleep with this goddess lullaby:
We all come from the goddess
And to her we shall return,
Like the drop of rain, flowing to the ocean.