Divinatory Meanings of the High Priestess
Change, alternation, increase and decrease. Fluctuation.
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.
Conceit, Ignorance, Unskillfulness, Superficial Knowledge
The High Priestess has mysterious, fluctuating energies of the Moon. The
emphasis is rhythm, change and movement. The cards around her will
reflect this as instability.
She represents the feminine inner intuition. She is a woman who chooses
to go her own way; not for her the crowds. The High Priestess shows that
you can navigate your way through life with few clues. It is as if you
have your own internal satnav switched on.
Golden Dawn Title of The High Priestess
Priestess of the Silver Star
Attributions of The High Priestess
Correct design of The High Priestess
A crowned priestess sits before the veil of Isis between the pillars of Seth
She is reading intently an open book.
Hebrew letter Gimel – G
The Virgin. The Holy Guardian Angel is attained by Self-sacrifice and Equilibrium
Gimel = The Virgin. The Holy Guardian Angel
Mem = Self-sacrifice
Lamed = Equilibrium
Gimel the Camel, reminds us of the position of the Path on the Tree of Life as joining Kether and Tipareth, and thus the means of travelling through the wilderness of the Abyss.
Gimel is associated with the Moon and The High Priestess, and has the value of 3.
Path of Wisdom
The Thirteenth Path is named the Uniting Intelligence, and is so called
because it is itself the essence of Glory. It is the Consummation of the
Truth of individual spiritual things.
Deities associated with The High Priestess
God of the Moon
The evil Moon
The virgin Moon
Flora and Fauna of The High Priestess
Crystal is given to the Moon for its suggestion of purity.
The Moonstone is a direct image of the Moon
Pearl is given for the suggestion of purity.
The Camel as the actual meaning of the letter Gimel. It conveys
travellers across the desert as the path of Gimel crosses the Abyss from
Tipareth to Kether. See also Book of Lies, Cap XLII.
The Dog, as baying at the Moon and the natural companion of the huntress Artemis.
The Alder has a soft spongy wood which gives very little heat when burned. It haunts watery spots.
The Hazel is suitable for the wand of the black magician whose typical
deity is the Moon just as that of the white magicians is the Sun.
The Pomegranate is attributed to the Moon as a symbol with reference to menstruation.
Magical Attributions of The High Priestess
The White Tincture, Clairvoyance, Divination by Dreams
Bow and Arrow
The Bow and Arrow are traditionally the weapons of Artemis and Apollo
Colour Scales of The High Priestess
Knight Colour Scale
Queen Colour Scale
Prince Colour Scale
Cold Pale Blue
Princess Colour Scale
Silver, rayed Sky Blue
The original chastity of the Moon is tinged with Love.
Pure, exalted and gracious influence enters the matter. Hence, change, alternation, increase and decrease, fluctuation
Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science.