by Carolyn Agis
The High Priestess ushers in the month of November with quiet grace and knowing. The High Priestess is the 2nd card of the Major Arcana, right behind the Magician. While the Magician introduces male energy, standing with arms outstretched to heaven above and earth below, the High Priestess presides over the feminine, seated, passive and receptive.
Ruled by the moon, the High Priestess represents the subconscious and wisdom at its deepest level. She sits between two columns--Jachin and Boaz, the two pillars of Solomon’s temple--where she guards the portal to the ocean or the collective unconscious. Behind her, veiling the ocean, is the tree of life, where each sphere is represented by a pomegranate respectively. In her hand she holds the Tora, the law, and on her head rests a crown like that of Isis and Hathor. Water flows from her dress and weaves itself through the entire deck. Whenever you see water in the Tarot, you can be sure that it comes straight from the High Priestess.
But how do we apply the immense symbolism the High Priestess has to offer? What is her wisdom that we can relate to this week? The High Priestess represents memory, stillness, and intuition. We have just passed through three significant holidays spiritually: Halloween, Dia de los Muertos and All Saint’s Day. Regardless of what path we choose to follow, these days cluster around each other at this time of year because it is the season of Scorpio, a time of deep transformation.