The High Priestess on the Path of Initiation

As we’re viewing the 22 Tarot Trumps as stages in the alchemical process of Initiation, we see The High Priestess II as the next step in the ‘awakened’ but immature Magician. She represents the Mysteries, but she is veiled, a virgin, and will not give away her secrets easily. The Magician must approach her with respect if he wishes to progress. At this stage in his journey he has not developed the power of discernment and may become ‘Moonstruck’ (for the Priestess is a Goddess of the Moon) and become obsessed with spiritual fads, and exaggerated ideas of his (or her!) magickal prowess, which will lead him away from the true path. The Priestess is the personification of Intuition and the aspirant must find a way to develop this faculty through meditation and deep contemplation. In the Rider-Waite card we see the Goddess poised between the two pillars of Solomon’s temple, they are also the left and right columns of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, ‘Severity’ and ‘Mercy’, she is Balance, the Middle Pillar. The Neophyte should strive to maintain this middle way ‘Mildness’. The High Priestess is then, the first glimmer of true power, The Divine Feminine. The Magician should attune himself to the ebb and flow of the natural world and observe the effects of the waxing and waning Moon. The High Priestess is the triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone. She is Isis but also her dark sister Nephthys. The Neophyte should strive to develop respect for the power of Magick, cultivate latent psychic abilities and set aside time every day for spiritual practice.

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One thought on “The High Priestess on the Path of Initiation

  1. I am Not sure if she’s the amateur magickian. Intuition is a very powerful thing and highly underrated. She is the Mystic. The Magus is the Magician. Both a important paths that tie together in the Empress path of Mother and Binah. Knowledge. Forbidden fruit.

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