Mansions of the Moon
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card connects with many of the aspects of the High Priestess. It is the less visible side of feminine nature. She is not as obvious and noticeable as the more fertile Empress. But her presence and power is necessary and just as fruitful.
This High Priestess is our guide through our inner landscape. She connects us with our inner spirit, our lunar nature, our night selves, our dreamy side. Her influence in your life may be not as obvious at first glance but has just as much impact. She holds the keys to both hidden and revealed knowledge. She helps us leap through the different phases and aspects of our own spiritual lives. Whether you are male or female the High Priestess leaves her mark upon you. She is that secret side of ourselves that just “knows” things. She can speak the language of the birds and the beasts and she is the Moon which follows us home. She is the older aunt or female cousin who initiates us into secrets with which mother is uncomfortable. Her arms are wide open to welcome us into her world but she cannot hold and comfort us – that is not her function. She has other tasks that are more important that kissing a skinned knee or soothing an aching head.
She is Vivienne in Mists of Avalon, the Fairy Godmother in fairy tales, and such mystics as Hildegard of Bingen or Theresa of Avila. She is the archetypal lunar female – complete unto herself, distant and sometimes cold. But also strong, independent, and fascinating. She will guide you to places you never dreamed existed and which may demand that you stretch and expand your horizons beyond what you previously thought possible.
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