The Tarot – Major Arcana – The High Priestess
Astrology: Moon – The planet of Intuition, Subconscious, Premonition and perception
Keywords: Clairvoyance, premonition, intuition, mysticism, secrets, perception, feminine, divine, moon magic
In it is strength. He shall establish.
According to Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews, Boaz (Hebrew בֹּעַז bōʿaz “In him/it [is] strength”) stood on the left when entering Solomon’s Temple, while Jachin (Tiberian Hebrew יָכִין yāḵîn “He/it will establish”) stood on the right, and were made by Hiram. These are the same pillars which are depicted in the high priestess card, and are often inscribed with a B and a J initial, with pomegranates and palms on the cloth behind the high priestess.
The pillars had a size nearly six feet thick and 27 feet tall. The eight-foot high brass chapiters or capitals on top of the columns bore decorations of brass lilies. The original measurement as taken from The Torah was in cubits, which records that the pillars 18 cubits high and 12 cubits around, and hollow, four fingers thick. Nets of checkerwork covered the bowl of each chapiter, decorated with rows of 200 pomegranates, wreathed with seven chains for each chapiter, and topped with lilies.
The pillars did not survive the destruction of the First Temple; Jeremiah reports: “The Chaldeans broke up the bronze columns of the House of the Lord”. II Kings has a similar account. The pillars were carried away in pieces for ease of transportation. When the Second Temple was built, they were not returned and we have no record of new pillars being constructed to replace them.
The High Priestess represents wisdom, intuition, knowledge and understanding. She is the guardian of the subconscious mind. She sits in front of the mysterious veil of awareness, which is all that separates us from our intuitive selves. The High Priestess has the magical gift of how to access these realms. She represents spiritual enlightenment and inner illumination, divine knowledge, intuitive powers and wisdom. She has a divine, mystical, intuitive understanding of the Universe and is able to harness the intuitive power of the moon. She appears in a Tarot reading when you need to go within and trust your inner voice.
The High Priestess Tarot card represents a link to the subconscious mind, which cannot be accessed through the everyday world but through intuition, dreams and symbols. When this Tarot card appears in a Tarot reading, pay attention to your dreams and intuition. Look within to gain insight and wisdom. Your intuitive senses are providing you with useful and helpful information and will assist you in becoming more in touch with your subconscious mind.