Meaning: Camel . From the root Ger-meaning stranger.
a stranger dwells among you in your land,do not taunt him.The stranger
who dwells with you shall be like a native among you and you shall love
him like yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
old testament quote
(there are many in the old testament) reminds us
that we are "Strangers in a strange land". We are a free Spirit, who often
feels "enslaved'' by the world of economy as well as by the very bodies
we animate! We, as conscious energy, know how it feels to be out of our
element (Astral) and should remember to look kindly on the stranger in
our midst, after all, they are just another way to be you!
The Hebrew letter-Gimel,
also reminds us that although the Jews suffered, humiliation,
enslavement and oppression in Egypt, they also had a sense of
settlement there. So when the time came to journey to the "Promised
Land" (Higher Self) there was resistance to motion as the unknown is not
as comfortable as the known discomfort! Therefore the Path of Gimmel, on the Tree
of Life, reminds us that all the illusions are removed and on this
Path where the Supreme Mother Consciousness has removed her smiling mask and reveals the
cold, stern expressionless face of immortal beauty; like a perfect
On the Path of the High Priestess, all the maternal help of The Empress, the nurturing consciousness, has vanished and we
must face the crystalline reality of our own free-will; a most
difficult task of the Mysteries related to the crossing of the Abyss where we take consciousness into the Divine Collective Unconscious. We
must be as the camel, able to cross the most difficult of terrain that
is the desert where reality is just dust, and the Real is Darkness.
Gimmel, Samekh, and Tau (all explained in blogs) are Paths or aspects of the
same energy conscious which together make up the Middle Pillar of the
Tree of Life. These three Paths are related to the Moon and are Paths to
the "Dark Night of The Soul" where our personality is definitely a
"stranger in a strange land". All this may seem terrifying and negative.
But if you look at it from Qabalistic point of view, it makes positive
sense: Sometimes you need to lose yourself in order to find yourself; to
take the road less traveled to find the right path for you and
sometimes you need the chaos of the Tower in order to free yourself from
illusion so that you can travel the Path of Enlightenment, which
reclaims your inheritance as a Supreme Spirit Self. Gimmel (camel) is
about being a Traveling Stranger, fearlessly enjoying the unknown!
The Wisdom of THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is in regulation,
as Her fluctuation rates establish the direction for the "First Matter"
as it descends in to greater and greater density. Thus she is THE MOON,
that regulates the tides of the Waters of consciousness.
As before stated,
the four paths rising into the Supernal Triangle, each represent a
Alchemical element, each a composite of the "Garden of Eden". THE HIGH
PRIESTESS, is the Uniting Spirit, the Fifth element, symbolized as the
top point of the Pentagram. THE HIEROPHANT= Earth, LOVERS= Air, THE
CHARIOT= Water, THE EMPEROR =Fire.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS, represents the vessel for all operations of the Supernal
Triangle, she is the crucible where the Alchemical activity of Mercury,
Sulfur, and Salt take place; she is the first Magnetism. She is also the source of the Four Rivers of Paradise, The Pison (River of Fire), The Gibon (River of Water), The Hiddikel (River of Air) and the Phrath (River of Earth). Which goes a long way in describing her fluctuating nature, as rivers are often "waves of serpentine flow".
I have mentioned before, the journey up the Paths of the Tree of Life,
is about Remembering our beginning, a critical part of "Above all
things, Know thyself". THE HIGH PRIESTESS, conceals within Her
Vibrations, all the knowledge/memories of the Race, as well as, those of the Cosmos.
Behind Her resides Daath (Knowledge), invisible because of Vibratory Veils.These
veils, are shown as Light in vibratory form, on the Thoth Deck Card.
The Qabalist knows that it is Light that conceals the True Spirit---the
one we've called "The Fiery Darkness", because Dark Energy is the True
Light, as it is the substance of Supernal Potential.
To look upon the Light of the HIGH PRIESTESS, one must become Virginal in nature, for
it is a Light so bright one of mundane persona can not look upon it and
will be shocked right back into there Malkuth realm of Race sponsored
consciousness. However, if the desire conscious is conquered, the Light of the
High Priestess is welcoming, and brilliantly beautiful but without
heat, thus it is a cool light resembling the dazzling brightness of Ice
in full Sun or Moon Light. Passing through
the "light veil", one enters the Abyss of Dark Matter/Dark Energy and/or The Divine Collective Unconscious of the Universe, where
the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One.
considering light, the Qabalist must re-think the essence of
light. It is apparent to the researcher that all religions that stress
"the Light", are based on Tiphareth-The Sun God. For instance, religions
based on the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Apollo, Osiris, Ahurda-Mazda,
Mithra, etc. However, the Gnostic Mysteries, unlike organized
religions, states that Light conceals, rather than reveals, by its very brilliance.
does the Moon, so does the HIGH PRIESTESS go from brilliant light to
absolute darkness. Thus the Mythology of the Moon and her deities, such
as, Ishtar-Inanna, Dianna-Artemis, Hecate and Hel-Aine (Later as
Helena), better known to those of Celtic origin as Elaine the
Thoth Deck Card shows THE HIGH PRIESTESS as Hecate-Selene (The Triple
Goddess as described by Hesiod) which means "The Far Shooting Moon", an
aspect of Artemis. Artemis is also known as the "maiden of the silver
bow", suggesting the lower aspect of THE HIGH PRIESTESS, (The ART card),
which is Sagittarius, the archer. That is why she is illustrated with a
bow across her knees.
is the triple
Goddess, represented as the Maiden, then the Orgiastic
Nymph, then the Old Crone. As some say, Maid, Mother and Crone. Therefore, she is the Virgin Conscious, The life giving Conscious, and the Death dealing Conscious.
, THE HIGH PRIESTESS acts upon the First Matter
of the MAGUS,
causing it to function in the pattern of a figure eight lying on its
side. This represent a total unified energy cycle of both opposed and
duplicated vibration. Therefore this holding, enclosing, and duplicating function
is that of the first female quality on the Tree of Life. She is Androgen, for both anima and animus are conscious concepts generated by her, therefore the Thoth Card shows the curved lines of feminine, in the upper part of the card, and the straight lines of the masculine vibration, in the lower part of the card. This is also shown by the feminine upper half of the anthropomorphic body, and the lower sturdier masculine legs.
HIGH PRIESTESS represents what Carl Jung called the "virgin anima",
related to "virgin milk" which he called the "life giving power of the
To the inquiring mind, I really
recommend one gets the book: THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND
SECRETS, by Barbara G. Walker and looks up the Moon Goddess Myths. The State of the Conscious, that all consciousness radiates from is the THE
HIGH PRIESTESS. She relates a concept so subjective, that much repetition of
information, in differentiating perspectives is required.
The Connolly Tarot-High Priestess,
is reminiscent of Medieval stain glass window art. She is sitting between two pillars that represent the Negative pole and Positive Pole of Magnetism (Some would call this the Positives and negatives of life).
At her feet,
is the deep pool of Spirit/Conscious and the glowing Crescent Moon of secrets. Behind her are the golden gates enclose the Wisdom, that we must encounter on our Path, the "color" of wisdom is blue and the cold Spiritual-logic of the High Priestess is show as white Crescent Moon in the blue sky . Upon her breast, is the equal armed cross that depicts the four Alchemical elements.
The key here isUnseen Wisdom.
the HIGH PRIESTESS, is thrown during a reading for the non-initiated:
- the querent is experiencing the principle of self-trust, indicating an
easily working state of harmony and inner independence; A self
- Accessing hidden Knowledge from the unconscious.
- Self-sufficiency, self-trust, and intuition.
- Activity beneath the surface, the whole picture is not yet seen.
To the Qabalistic initiated male,
- The Spiritual Bride of the Just man (The Prince, no
longer of this world) When he reads the Law, she gives the Divine
- The Arcana is revealed, the Mystery is unfolded, and futures are
To the Initiated Female:
She is the Papess, associated with St. Mary Magdalene, or the Great
Shakti of the triple Hindu Goddess Kali, or the Greek Gnostic Sophia, the
original Mother of the Holy Trinity.
- Considered one of the Highest and
Holiest of the Major Arcana.
- Complete development of Feminine Powers
(Womb rite) that go deeper in meaning than the words, intuition or
insight, can convey.
- She is the Law of inherited Wisdom.
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