Day 3 - The High Priestess
The Manga Tarot (Selena Lin) (French edition)
Twixt dark and light a maid serene
Weaves spells of fascination.
Spinning moonlight veils from strands of dream
To conceal your initiation.
The female is the catalyst.
The High Priestess’ decree is clear.
By virginity’s power you’ll be transformed
To greet the coming year
(Lon Milo DuQuette, The Book of Ordinary Oracles)
Description : With her eyes closed, the High Priestess is sitting between the black pillar Boaz and the white pillar Jachin, her back to the sea. A tattered red cloth hang between the two pillars. She is richly dressed, with a pink dress, a purple coat with a fur collar and what looks like a flower collar. An open book sit on her lap, and she has her hand on it. It almost look like she doesn’t have to look at it to read it. She is playing with one long strand of her blond hair. The moon is shining at her feet.
Keywords : Secrecy, wisdom, shadows, mysteries, oracle, divination, knowledge, intuition, teacher
From the LWB : Under Venus. She is this wise girl with authority, the one who always attract attention without doing a thing fr that. She represent relations between two people, but also between the physical and the spiritual world, and is the feminine pendant of the Magician, offering you sparks of intuition on your true potential.
My interpretation : I have a strange relation with this card. Sometimes, she appears to be totally focused on her task : reading her book, concentrating on every words, not seeing the world around her because she is too busy thinking and thinking and feeling the world around her, approaching the unknowable and trying to show the way to those who came to her. She is caring and kind in a cold, cold way, appearing as a very harsh person, or too detached from the world. She doesn’t care about what the people are telling about her. She is cold ? And ? It is not her work to be a warm and welcoming lady. She is the guardian of the secrets, the guardian of wisdom, and if she likes you, she likes your quest, and will do whatever she have to do in order to help you understand and access your wisdom, your words, she doesn’t think she need to be all motherly and cuddly and everything.
But sometimes… and especially this one… she seems to be a bit bitchy. A bit uptight. Her secrets are hers and if she does not want to share them, she will just shut herself and ignore you. It’s her secrets. She does whatever she wants with them, after all. People will keep coming to see her and try to know what she sees between the pages of her book. Sometimes, she will answer in a cryptic, sibylline way. Sometimes, she will just tell you to fuck off and go annoy someone else, she will not show you how to see beyond the veil. And, sometimes, if she is in a good mood, she will actually show you the unknowable. It is not bad. But yeah. She can be a bit bitchy. Don’t worry too much about it. It is her way. You will just have to do with this. And don’t yell because she isn’t in the mood to show you something or to answer. You will be blacklisted. If you are polite and accept her ways… it will be easier for you to be respected, you know. You respect her, she respects you.
And she is the seer, the diviner, the one who see beyond the veil. The one you should be consulting if you have a question for the Gods.
At her worst, well… I think she can divert people from the real truth, using it just for herself. Because fuck you. She has her truth. She doesn’t need to tell you anything. It will be more fun to use this information to let you go on the wrong path, eh ?