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High Priestess

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1_The High Priestess – Thoth Deck by Crowley & Harris

Key Words:

Moon; access to intuitive powers, healing, independence, inner equilibrium, increased self-confidence.


The desire to find the inner sources, the own springs

Alchemical attributes

Moon in Scorpio in house 12, the moon as symbol for the lunar consciousness, Scorpio standing for the powers of the unconscious. House 12 stands for the mysteries.

Tree of life: Kether going to Tiphareth ( Gimel ג )
Element: Water
Number: 2 as the symbol of duality (female)


The High Priestess represents the deeper, more subtile aspect of the female archetype – the darkness, the mystery, psychic power, the might of the moon to enlighten the subconscious.

The Priestess is represented by the Moon-goddess Isis. She is surrounded by a fine network of light rays, an expression of her spiritual nature. Her essence is unrestricted independence.

She is in touch with her intuitive abilities, and can trust them completely. She perceives and is connected with her own inner voice, the internal guide and healer. This shows outwardly in her trust in and responsibility to herself. Like the camel, which can travel long stretches in the desert without water, you, when you have discovered your own inner spring, also radiate a satisfied sense of self-sufficiency. You find fertile oases (flowers and fruits at the bottom of the card) in the innermost reaches of your being. The more you accept yourself and share with others, the deeper the clarity of your perceptions will become (represented by the crystals). The Priestess is one of the strongest cards for balance, equilibrium and harmony. The upper half of her body expresses the feminine-receptive. This is accented by the upward-swinging lines and the upward-pointing crescent-moons behind her head. The crown is the Moon which receives light from the Sun.

From the navel down, her body expresses the male principle. The lines are straight, dynamic, direct in purpose. The bow and arrow in her lap accentuate this concept.

The Priestess can indicate extra-sensory perception and intuitive abili- ties, such as clairvoyance, telepathy, creative visualization, empathy, intuitive knowledge, and healing powers. These abilities arise in harmony with, and in service to, the ultimate cosmic laws.


1_ The Priestess by Ina Audeirieth


Tarot Cards

The Major Arcana ( Trump )


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