02-The Priestess – Upright Thoth Deck

Your Chosen Card – The Priestess Upright Thoth Deck

When upright, the High Priestess represents feminine intuition and empathic sensitivity. She gives you access to hidden knowledge (symbolized by the body of water on the card), and she encourages balanced judgment through intuitive awareness. Now is the time to quiet your mind and open yourself to the inner wisdom that lies within. Pay special attention to your dreams and intuitive hunches. In this way, you can gain access to something unrevealed or not yet known about your future plans. In the words of Einstein: ‘But there is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance, and this Einfühlung is developed by experience.’ 36

Keywords Upright: Secrets, the future not yet known, the revelation of hidden matters, spiritual wisdom, occult knowledge, intuitive awareness, lunar consciousness, one’s inner voice, sacred space, listening to one’s dreams, extraordinary knowing, lifting the veil, walking to the watering hole, seeing beneath the surface, the seed of an idea, mystery, fluctuation, psychic intuition, piercing the veil of the unconscious; a woman who interests the querent.

Key II: The Priestess (Female Pope)
Myths/Archetypes: Persephone. Cassandra. Pope Joan. The Virgin Mary. Sor Juana. Matris Spirituale. The Oracle at Delphi. Gestation in the womb.
Astrology: the Moon (ruler of the Water sign Cancer, the Crab)
Numerology: 2 (High Priestess) ~ 1 + 1 (Justice or Strength) ~ 2 + 0 (Judgment)

Hebrew letter: Gamal or Gimel (foot, or camel; a Hebrew word meaning to come together at a drinking hole, to walk to the watering place, to deal, to recompense)

When The Priestess is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If The Priestess is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The Priestess is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for The Priestess using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: Finally, I should mention that for many contemporary tarot readers, the High Priestess is a symbol of the wisdom of the tarot. Originally called the Female Pope (La Papessa), this priestess represents an unorthodox, nonpatriarchal approach to knowing. In the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, she sits in front of a body of water, signifying our emotions and the unconscious. Behind her stretches a veil that obscures the entryway to the inner world of hidden knowledge. Either side of the priestess stand light and dark pillars, suggesting that she can help us to reconcile apparently conflicting dualities. As an unorthodox wisdom figure, La Papessa offers us access to extraordinary ways of knowing, including the various occult and esoteric sciences. Her astrological symbol is the Moon, a feminine planet linked to cycles, sleep, dreams, intuition, goddesses, spellcasting, shapeshifting, and ceremonial magic.

Tarot Books

World of Psychics: You don’t have to be given your first Tarot deck – that’s another myth. You can go out and buy it if you like. I use the Thoth deck – you can use whichever one you want!

Complete Book of Tarot: Although the tarot originated as a deck of playing cards, it is commonly used today for divination, which we might define as ‘brainstorming with the help of the gods.’ Some people may be put off by the idea of divination, so it is worthwhile to explore the meaning of this term. In Latin, divinus is a word referring to the gods. In ancient times, people believed that certain information, such as knowledge of the future, belonged exclusively to divine beings. Mortals, for their part, developed various methods to petition the gods to share their divine knowledge with humankind, and such methods were called divination.

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Complete Book of Tarot: Most likely the Arabs who came to Spain during the second half of the fourteenth century carried the Mamluk deck with them so they could continue to play the Egyptian game of na’ibs or ‘deputies.’ The Arabic na’ib means someone who is second in command. The Spanish called the playing cards naipes after the game, and the word naipe eventually became an official part of the Spanish language.