Artist: Meredith Dillman
Intuition, wisdom, secrets, trusting yourself
“The High Priestess represents a doorway to veiled mysteries, wisdom and knowledge. She swings between twin pillars of silk with her veil flowing out behind her. She is crowned in moonlight and carries a key and scroll of knowledge on her belt. The pomegranate in her dress references the goddess Persephone. Behind her are stars mimicking the shape of the tree of life. Luna moths gather around her, drawn to the presence of the moon. I didn’t want to create the usual depiction of the card in all blues. I chose an Indian and Pakistani styled costume in gold hues to stand out against the sky.”
The High Priestess is a daring acrobat, suspended serenely in the sky. Her aerial ribbon forms two pillars, one on either side of her. Her headdress creates a ranslucent veil, tantalizing us with a slight view of the heavens behind her. Lunar moths fly, entranced, toward the crescent moon, just as we gaze towards her in wonder, desperate to discover more about the mysteries she hides.
This card represents a time to hold back and listen to your subconscious, to your inner wisdom, rather than rush in, fueled by emotion and intellect. It is strongly influenced by the moon, and as such, intuition plays a major role, but also reminds us that things are not always as they seem – reinforcing the advice to pause for reflection.
Astrological Element & Association
Water / Moon
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