II – The Priestess / Die Hohepriesterin Tarot
2 – duality
symbols: the well or the mysteries of the inside sources
sign and planet: moon in scorpio
path of gimel from kether to tiphereth
This is a silent card.
So I will only give references to the meaning of the symbols not to their conclusion.
On the left:
the decaying tower, a reference to so many mysteries comp. 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 which hides what lies beyond the veil. Behind the veil the book which is guarded by the toad which represents the Hecathe-principle who tends to eat all the flies who took this luring but wrong path.
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 it’s 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 dual nature.
Together with the toad and the masked daughter she is forming a triangle which should represent the main aspects of the „divine female“.