Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Awakening Your Psychic Muse

©  Chanel Bayless
The High Priestess in the King's Journey Tarot is one of the many non-traditional images in this deck. I like Tarot images that sway from the norm as they offer fresh ideas, new insight and a different perspective to a card you may otherwise felt stuck in a rut with.

In the traditional Tarot image, the High Priestess is usually portrayed sitting passively in front of a veil holding a book, but here she is more active, standing up, trance-like, summoning a ghostly figure rising from a cauldron behind her. At first sight she looks as if she is lifting a veil. With her open arms she is welcoming and receptive to messages from her subconscious, the otherworld or the universe.

It's a night scene illuminated by the full moon. In the background we see two gnomes tending a field, perhaps sowing seeds, suggesting the process of germination or conception.

There is a close connection between the High Priestess and the Moon card in the Tarot. Whereas the Moon symbolizes imagination, dreams, emotions and illusions, the High Priestess is using her intuition and introspection to make sense of the lunar influence and its messages lingering in and surfacing from our unconscious.

Key Meanings: revealing mysteries and what is hidden; lifting the 'fog' to see more clearly, knowing deep down the answer to your question, dream interpretation; be patient, all will be revealed at the right time; divination, psychic abilities, reflection, spiritual awareness and guidance, psychology, psycho-therapy, listening to your inner voice, trusting your intuition

Working with the High Priestess: 
The spirit of the High Priestess is within us all in the form of intuition, instinct, sixth sense and our higher wisdom. If you feel drawn to this card, or it comes up in a reading, you can start using and developing her powers; summon your own inner psychic muse by enjoying her favourite activities:
  • Start developing the power of your intuition to help you make the right choices. 
  • Create your own sacred space, where you can read, write, reflect and meditate. 
  • Observe the moon cycles and pay more attention to the messages you receive at the time of the full moon. 
  • Spend time in nature, especially in parks, forests and woods, where you can listen to the ancient wisdom of trees. When walking on the roots of the trees, you can connect with your own roots.
  • Still your mind with meditation exercises such as yoga and T'ai Chi. 
  • A congested body also creates a congested mind; reduce consumption of alcohol and junk food to avoid energy blocks.
  • Nurture your soul by enjoying simple pleasures such as smelling your favourite flowers, listening to relaxing music or taking a dance class. 
  • Pay attention to your feelings and emotions. Making a sensible decision may not be right, if you don't listen to your heart.
  • If you are approached for guidance and advice, ensure you see the big picture, so you can  provide wise counsel.
Affirmation: My mind is tuned in to my environment, and I am receptive to all possibilities.

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.”  
- Alan Alda

“Intuition comes very close to clairvoyance; it appears to be the extrasensory perception of reality” 
- Alexis Carrel

“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” 
- Michael Burke

What is the High Priestess inspiring you to do today? How can you best use your intuition at this time? What dreams have you had lately that make you explore their deeper meaning?

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Warmest wishes,


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  1. Lovely commentary. I really grew to love this card when I was studying it. The sense of flow and movement really speaks to the movement of Spirit in us. How it is so elusive and yet right in our face at the same time. I also enjoyed how she is parting the veil over her face - really powerful interpretation!


  2. Hi Alec,
    yes, I do love this image of the High Priestess; the parting of the veil above her is very symbolic of lifting her deepest mysteries to the surface. And the sense of movement in the card does indicate action but in a spiritual, intuitive way. This card is indeed a powerful representation of the High Priestess. Thank you for your comment ;)

  3. Yes, a lovely picture of her in this deck, I've always found the traditional picture a little outdated and impersonal :-)

    1. That's true, Jane. On the Rider Waite deck she looks more like a nun..I prefer her to look less inhibited ;)


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