2 The High Priestess – Golden Dawn

2 The High Priestess - Golden Dawn Major Arcana

Divinatory Meanings of the High Priestess

Change, alternation, increase and decrease. Fluctuation.

MacGregor Mathers

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

Reversed meanings

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.

Liber 777

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.

Astrological Attribution

The Moon

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

Egyptian Gods


God of the Moon

Greek Gods


The evil Moon


The virgin Moon

Flora and Fauna of The High Priestess

Precious Stones


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

Magical Powers

The White Tincture, Clairvoyance, Divination by Dreams

Magical Weapon

Bow and Arrow

The Bow and Arrow are traditionally the weapons of Artemis and Apollo

Magical Formula


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.

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