Great Arcana – Tarot Interpretations
0 – The Fool I I – The Magus I II – The Priestess I III – The Empress I IV – The Emperor I V – The Hierophant I VI – The Lovers I VII – The Conqueror I VIII – The Witness I IX – The Hermit I X – The Wheel of Fortune I XI – Passion I XII – The Hanged Man I XIII – Death I XIV – Art I XV – The Devil I XVI – The Tower I XVII – The Star I XVIII – The Moon I IXX – The Sun I XX – The Aeon I XXI – The Universe
II – The Priestess
“the custodian of veils”
2 – Duality
Symbols: The well or the mysteries of the inside sources
Path of Gimel: Kether – Tiphereth
This is a silent card.
I will only give references to the meaning of the symbols, not the conclusion to draw out of them.
On the left:
The decaying tower, a reference to so many mysteries. We find this motive in the left pillar, Binah and the axis of the multiverse.
On the top of the tower the tortoise, a reference to the great mother, time and origin.
Below and also hiding the tower – the masked mother of serpents and queen of death and the temptation through her 7 daughters.
On the right in the desert: temptation through matter/the fruits of earth.
On the path: The enduring camel on a long journey. Behind it the temptations, before it the mysteries of the chessboard/great game, the curtain that hides what lies beyond the veil. Behind the veil the book which is guarded by a toad. It represents the Hecate-principle: All those flies that choose this luring, but wrong path tend to get eaten.
In the middle: The camel directs it’s view to a cave – a symbol for the inner sources, the path inwards or back to the well/nature (instead of the obvious path ahead)
A hint to the importance of the cave you can find in the letter „G“ above it, which not only means gimel but also gnosis. Behind the cave there is the hidden lunar mother, the great priestess or, in her deeper symbolism, the suffering Sophia. She not only weaves the veils but is also guarded by them.
The displayed breast is both a symbol for her nurturing attributes but also for her dualistic nature.
Together with the toad and the masked daughter she is forming a triangle which represents the main aspects of the „divine female“.
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