Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 2-The High Priestess & The Jungian Tarot- The High Priestess-The Daughter
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 2-The High Priestess & The Jungian Tarot- The High Priestess-The Daughter

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 2- the High Priestess, is referred to the Hebrew letter Gimel, which means Camel. The Path of the High Priestess is the Camel, Path of unconscious forces that carry the Personality and traverses the Desert of the Abyss into the "Dark Night of the Soul". Here the High Priestess can seem very vengeful as she removes all that is not worthy of the "Truth of you" but in fact, she is returning "her child" to its full glory.
On the initiatory Path of Gimel The High Priestess begins tearing apart our Soul's "personality belief systems" that mask our truth; However, we haven't reached the end and have not seen the Whole Truth of Self as of yet. This initiation is done through the auspices of the "Lower Chokmah", where Chokmah (Wisdom) expands outward; the seed of expansion carries its own limitations. 

The High Priestess, is the virginal-most pure state of unconsciousness symbolized in the Tarot, as the very source of all Water/Consciousness. The Source of Water, is the idea of the idea behind form. She is the Pure Anima, or Divine Imagination.

Hermetic Qabalist, Paul Foster Case said it this way,"...no matter how many forms develop from it, the virgin substance is itself unchanged. Like water, which holds matter in suspension or solution, this substance remains over itself. Here is one key to the alchemical mystery of the First Matter. Here, too, one may find a clue to the inner significance of the Virgin Myths of all religions." 

As you may see, this is a difficult idea to grasp for in this case, Chokma (is a Feminine noun in Hebrew--as the word wisdom is Sophia in Greek.) expresses itself as The High Priestess, and is now feminine. The act of expression is ejaculation, and obvious male symbol, the act of suspending or encompassing an idea, is to begin Understanding---which is a feminine concept, for to understand, is to "give Birth" to its form.

Crowley put it this way, " This first and most spiritual manifestation of the feminine takes to itself a masculine correlative, by formulating in itself any geometrical point from which to contemplate possibility." This point of contemplation is the High Priestess, our first Mother as we are all a geometrical point of possibility! Therefore, each of us is an entity which in Thermodynamics is known as a Point in Time . Hence, we are also the Knowledge born of Understanding (Daath in Hebrew letter) which is the Invisible Sephiroth on the Middle Pillar of Mildness, that is right on the Path of Gimel. What is simply stated here, is that we are all inheritors of the First State of Consciousness and it behooves us to return to that State, with our personality software, so that we can clean out the trash thought and "Know ourselves".

The High Priestess, Key 2, also refers to the Moon which is the general symbol for the feminine, of the second order corresponding to the Sun as the Yoni does to the Lingam.

The Mystical Moon is universal, and goes from the highest to the lowest, but in this case, The High Priestess is the first card that connects the Supernal Triad (Supernal Triangle) with the Hexad; her Path-Gimel, directly connects the Father in his highest aspect (Kether) with the Son (Tiphareth) in his most perfect manifestation. Thus the old axiom," Through Her shall ye know Him"...or  "There was no Father god until She called Him Father". This is the purest and most exulted conception of the Moon which controls the tides of the unconscious where Understanding causes waves of "calling" that Form into "names" and/or images.
The Thoth Deck card the High Priest represents the highest form of Isis the Eternal Virgin and is shown as Artemis of the Greeks.

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 and THE HIGH PRIESTESS= Spirit.
{Illustrations from the Book{ THE QABALISTIC TAROT by, Robert Wang]

Overall, THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is 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 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". These "rivers of manifestation" are shown as the masculine straight lines and the feminine curved lines emanating from the High Priestess.
As 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 of electric (masculine) and magnetic (feminine), on the Thoth Deck Card. Therefore, the High Priestess is the "Original Divine-Hermaphrodite" that the separate sexes radiate from. This is also illustrated on the Thoth card as Upper delicate feminine and lower muscular masculine.  

The Qabalist knows that it is Light that conceals the True Spirit who is the one we've called "The Fiery Darkness", because Dark Energy is the True Light, as it is the substance of Supernal Potential and is the source of all reflected light, which masks it.

To look upon the  Dark Light of the HIGH PRIESTESS, one must become Virginal in nature, for it is a non-reflected Light so bright one of mundane persona (World crafted identity) can not look upon it and will be shocked right back into there Malkuth realm of Race sponsored consciousness that is masking the true self.  If the desire conscious is conquered, the Light of the High Priestess is welcoming, and brilliantly beautiful but without heat, as there is no energy loss. 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 where the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One and which is the only "I" that can view such.

Obviously, when considering light, the Qabalist must re-think the essence of light for it is known in physics that the electromagnetic spectrum is "light", but only .4% of that spectrum is visible to the human eye. It is therefore apparent to the researcher that all religions stressing "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.

As 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 Moon-Goddess.

The Thoth Deck Card Shows THE HIGH PRIESTESS as Hecate-Selene (The Triple Goddess as described by the Greek- 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.

Artemis is the triple Goddess, represented as the Maiden, then the Orgiastic Nymph, then the Old Crone.  As some say, Maid, Mother and Crone.  
To reiterate, 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. This holding, enclosing, and duplicating  function is that of the first female quality on the Tree of Life. 
THE HIGH PRIESTESS represents what Carl Jung called the "virgin anima", related to "virgin milk" which he called the "life giving power of the unconscious." What we may have figured out by now, oh so vaunted consciousness is merely a mask worn by the Unconscious!

For the most perspicacious of us, 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 HIGH PRIESTESS  relates a concept so subjective, that much information, in differentiating perspectives is required.
The Jungian Tarot of Robert Wang, shows the High Priestess holding a mask, demonstrating the Hermetic Qabalistic principle of "light conceals by it's very brilliance".
As an archetype, She is the Eternal Woman, the Divine Anima ( Latin:Spirit), who holds a book that represents the ultimate secrets of the Unconscious which is represented as water.

Therefore she is often shown as the Moon, who creates the tides of universal consciousness.

What is known to the Hermetic Qabalist, is that everyone has an inner personality and an outer personality. When masculine, the outer personality is Animus and the inner personality is Anima. When one is outwardly female/Anima her inner personality is Animus/Masculine. However true you think a personality is, it really is only a mask that we show to the public. In fact, the word personality is based on the Greek-Persona, which means "mask".
The reason the Anima is often called the antagonist to the Animus, is that her activity as an antagonist is always at work in a man; she brings softness, emotionalism, love of beautiful things, and home life etc. Which are some of the many qualities Western society delegate to females.
There is also an antagonist Animus, in females, and he brings arbitrariness, strictly rational thought, combativeness, cruelty, and deception...traits usually applied to maleness in Western society.
However, the social concepts of male and female are obviously evolving, and when the Hermetic Marriage of The Anima and Animus are completed, they are united as one "Divine Hermaphrodite". The social masks fall away, and one is now Mentally Strong in both aspects of conscious and unconscious.

The concept of sexes, is but a mask as we are all Souls (Animus) and Spirits (Anima). This may surprise those of us who believe the Soul is most sacred, few understand that the Soul is comprised of experiences in consciousness, while the Spirit is The Universal Collective Unconscious, and creates souls.
Themany lit candles floating on the Water of Unconscious, illustrates the birth of consciousness and/or light from the Dark Matter.  Lovely card.

When 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 knowing.
  •  Accessing hidden Knowledge from the unconscious.  Self-sufficiency, self-trust, and intuition,
To the initiated male, She represents:
  • The Spiritual Bride of the Just man (The Prince, no longer of this world) When he reads the Law, she gives the Divine Meaning.
  • The Arcana is revealed, the Mystery is unfolded, an futures are seen.
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.

Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!

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