Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 2-Priestess & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 2- The Seer
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 2-Priestess & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 2- The Seer

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 2- The Priestess & The Wild Wood Tarot- The Seer:

The Priestess or Seer, is referred to the Hebrew letter Gimel, which means Camel.  Hence, the psychic Path of the Priestess is represented as the Camel image on the Thoth card; a Path of 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". On the Path of Gimel She
  begins tearing apart our Soul's "personality belief systems"; 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 Priestess, is the virginal-most pure state of unconsciousness symbolized in the Tarot, as the very source of all Water. The Source of Water, is the idea of the idea behind form. She is the Pure Anima, or Divine Imagination.

Dr. 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 the feminine Sophia in Greek.) expresses itself as The 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 Priestess, our first Mother as we are all a geometrical point of possibility! 
Hence, each of us is an entity which in the Physics of Thermodynamics is known as a Point in Time and we are also the Knowledge born of Understanding (Daath in Hebrew letter meaning Knowledge) which is the Invisible Sephiroth on the Middle Pillar that is right on the Path of Gimel. To me, the Sephiroth-Daäth represents the invisible Womb of the Priestess; invisible because it was before there was visible light and therefore hidden by the veils of light that she weaves.  What is simply stated here, is that we are all inheritors of the First State of Conscious (The Unconscious is: The First state of conscious) and it behooves us to return to that State, with our personality software, so that we can clean out the masking trash-thought and "Know ourselves".

The Priestess, Key 2, also refers to the Moon which is the general symbol for the Divine Feminine or Creatrix, of the second order corresponding to the Sun as the Yoni does to the Lingam. In this case, the Moon is universal, and goes from the highest to the lowest. The 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". This is the purest and most exulted conception of the Moon which controls the tides of the unconscious.
The Thoth Tarot card The Priest represents the highest form of Isis the Eternal Virgin and is known as Artemis of the Greeks.
Her clothing is only veils of light for it is known to high initiates that light is not the perfect  Manifestation of Eternal Spirit but that which veils and hides that Spirit. Spirit is of the "Dark Energy", the Limitless light that cannot be seen and it is timeless (eternal=time without end) and infinite ( space without end). The Infinite and Eternal has no beginning nor end to see. That would also mean that the First Matter, is "Dark Matter", not light; However, the "first material" of the Mind is thought, which can also be considered dark, for it can't be seen in its original condition. 

As the clothing of light is dazzling in its brilliance, so it becomes a blinding form that cannot be seen past. So The Priestess is shown in veils of  dazzling brilliance thus making her form light and the body of light; her Force is unseen and she can be called the Soul of Light.  [Many young men have this problem in the world of form, and cannot see the beauty of the Feminine beyond the form.] Thus, the High Priestess is known as the Truth behind the veil of light.

Upon Her knees is the bow of Artemis (Diana)  for she is a huntress. The bow is also a musical instrument because she hunts by enchantment. The Idea that is the Priestess, is regarded by the initiates of Qaballah as the third veil of the original Nothing (No-Thing).   This third veil of "No-Thing" is often called the Menstrum of manifestation, and was known to the ancient Egyptians as the goddess Nuit (Dark Goddess) who is the possibility of Form.
In the Thoth Tarot, The  Priestess is shown softer and more feminine above the bow and more masculine and muscular below the bow. This dichotomy represents the fact that the Virginal Goddess takes on a masculine action/correlative by formulating within itself  any geometrical point in which to contemplate possibility. This contemplation produces the "Point in Time" that Physicists call, "Entity".  The virginal goddess is seen as the potential goddess of fertility. She is the idea behind all form (entity) ; through her the Idea flows below the Abyss (Dark Energy) and becomes concrete.
Hence, at the bottom of the High Priestess card, are seeds, pods, whorls, crystals, ( all symbols of the beginning of life) and the Camel that crosses the Desert of the Abyss. The Camel being the Force that transports the Idea through the Formless desert of I to the Am and from the Me to the Am I. Thus this Priestess is the link between the archetypal and formulative worlds.

To meditate on this card is to contemplate that which is wholly feminine and virginal. The Priestess represents the means of manifestation ( or from below, attainment itself). The Priestess represents possibility in its second stage, without consummation. It is the Maid part of the ternary Goddess, Maid, Mother and Crone; and yet She is also Hermaphrodite, because of being able to "formulate within Herself" and is the reason behind the Myth of Virgin Birth.
The Wild Wood Tarot- calls this Feminine Power, The Seer. Will Worthington, the artist, has her wearing an owl cloak of wisdom that is decorated with totem animals of power and shamanic spirits. Instead of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the Seer, stands before the World Tree, with its roots buried deeply in the earth. Similar symbols, but the Qabalistic Tree is of both Macrocosm and Microcosm.
The Seer acts as an Oracular mediator of the feminine intuitive and imaginative principle, all based on her grounded energy and skill. Her power is symbolized by the feathered cloak, representing the flight of thought, and intellect that is matured through her deep- rooted power, grounded in the memory of the conscious Earth that many call Gaea.

The cup is water, the stone is earth, the staff is fire, and the arrow head is air, therefore, she is meditating on the four shamanic elements. Hanging from her staff is the crane bag, full of runes.  Here, her face is masked by half-light, so as the Priestess is masked by light so is the Seer so depicted. Seer's may speak in riddles, but if one listens closely, they are pointed toward new and wiser beginning's that may lead to what is called a "re-birthing".

For the Initiate of the Gnosis/Qaballah, this all must be understood before one is stripped of their own veils of light and taken into the "Dark Night of the Soul"....let me tell you, this is not just having a "nervous breakdown" which in itself is challenge enough; this journey upwards on the Camel, is annihilation of all self-conscious, where one revisits the Beginning of  Potential Self.

GIMMEL: The Priestess-key 2:
Meaning: Camel,  from the root Ger-meaning stranger.

When 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.
                 Leviticus 19:33-34
This old testament quote (there are many in the old testament) reminds us that we are "Strangers in a strange land". We are Spirit, who often feels "enslaved'' by the world, as well as by the very bodies we animate! We, as conscious energy; a Psyche,  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!

This Hebrew letter 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...the unknown is not as comfortable as the known discomfort!

The Path of Gimmel, on the Tree of Life, reminds us that all the illusions are removed and on this Path the Supreme Mother has removed her smiling mask and reveals the cold, stern  expressionless face of immortal beauty ...like a perfect black diamond. Therefore, all the maternal help of The Empress has vanished and we must face the crystalline reality of our own free-will....a most difficult task of the Mysteries, that is often related to the crossing of the Abyss. We must be as the camel, able to cross the most difficult of terrain that is the desert or wasteland of false self, where reality is just dust, and the Real is Darkness.

Gimmel,  Samekh, and Tau or Tav,  are 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 Priestess or Seer,  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 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.

Overall, THE PRIESTESS, is the vessel (mind) 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".

As I have mentioned before, the inner journeying up the Paths of the Tree of Life, is about remembering our beginning, a critical part of "Above all things, Know thyself".

THE PRIESTESS or SEER, 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 Card and the half light covering the face of the Seer. 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 Priestess or Seer one must become Virginal in nature, for it is a Light/consciousness "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. If the desire conscious is conquered, the Light/consciousness of the Seer or 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" of consciousness, one enters the Abyss of Dark Matter/Dark Energy , the Divine Collective Unconscious, where the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One.

Obviously, when 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. This truth is seen in the fact presented by neurologists,  that our consciousness (Mind of Light), is only 10% of our thought, while the Dark Unseen Unconscious, is over 90% of our thought processes.

As does the Moon, so does the Priestess or Seer, 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 are all considered the Priestess or Oracular Seer.

 It cannot be overstated that the Thoth Tarot Card Shows THE 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 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 PRIESTESS acts upon the First Matter of the MAGUS, causing it to function in the pattern of a figure eight lying on its side, called the lemnistrate. This represents 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 Priestess or Seer, represents what Carl Jung called the "virgin anima", related to "virgin milk" which he called the "life giving power of the unconscious."
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 Priestess or Seer, relates a concept so subjective, that much repetition of information, in differentiating perspectives is required.

  • When the Thoth  Priestess or Wild Wood-The Seer,  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 or Hooded 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.

Thoth-Tarot Correspondences: 7-The Chariot & 2-The  Priestess. For those who wish to apply powerful magic.
The Chariot's astrological sign is Cancer and the astrological planet of the  Priestess is the Moon.. Remember, the Tarot is about polarities; Will to Form (female- magnetic) and Will to Force (male-electric). In this association, the Chariot is the form of I feel.

The astrological Motion of the Moon (High Priestess) is I seek myself through what I feel.
It also helps us to remember that all the cards are receptive form (female) and fiery motion (male) and are thus androgyny. In correspondence the Form of one card will correspond with the motion or Force of another.
There is also an association with Rune-stones (another popular divination). For the Chariot, the Rune correspondence is Ehwaz, the rune of movement, gradual progress, dwelling places, and horses.

The Rune for the  Priestess is Othila , the rune of retreat, separation, inheritance, and the home.

Primary colors are, Orange-Yellow; with secondary colors of gold,white and silver.

The corresponding Chakra is the Orange Spleen Chakra (second chakra) which governs emotion, movement, pleasure, polarities, nurture and nurturing, socialization, sexuality, choices, pride, fear of rejection,  and provides our life energy and vitality.

The corresponding stones/minerals are gold, silver, platinum. Also amber, pyrite, golden beryl (topaz), citrine, all orange-yellow chalcedony, clear quartz crystal, diamond, moonstone, pearl spinel, white coral, opal, zircon, and gray or white fluorites and chalcedony.

Musical notes: Chariot-D# and the  Priestess is -G#

The Qaballah or Hebrew letters are: Chariot-simple letter-Speech while the  Priestess is -Double letter-War-Peace (note;I have no symbols on my key board that will type Hebrew letters so the English equivalent is given). 

The Tree of Life Paths are: Chariot- Cheth, the House of Influence.
For the  Priestess the path is: Gimel, the Uniting Intelligence. Mean of the letter Gimel is camel and the meaning for Cheth is -Fence or Enclosure. Therefore, by meditating/Skrying both cards, one's Psyche is enclosed in the Chariot's protection while crossing the Abyss.

The plant essences: The Chariot-Coriander, carrot, labdanum, Roman Camomile and for the Priestess-Camphor, lemon, and jasmine. 
The psychic energy (magic abilities) generated by this magic correspondence is; Clairsentience (clear feeling) which is the ability to feel other's emotions. Since this can be perceived both consciously or sub-consciously, often the clairsentient can become moody and confused without knowing why. By applying all the above correspondences (one stone or mineral) with the Mandala that is the Tarot Cards, meditation/ skying can be greatly charged to enhance oracular "magic abilities".

When the  Priestess or Seer Card is thrown during an divination she represents;
  • Change, alteration, increase and decrease.
  • Fluctuation in identity; either for good or evil as defined by the dignity of the accompanying cards.
  • There is a Oracular gift here of knowing the Past, Present and Future and an awareness of the Greater Self that expands  into Intuitive-Awareness.
  • The gift of a Seer. This gift must be attained before one can see Auras. and Chakras, which are normally "invisible light". 
  • Intuitive sight---is "I" sight rather than the crude sight of eyes, that only see reflection and are blinded by reflection. This is a very Feminine Force of Magnetism/Will to Form that is projecting the very masculine Will to Force.

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