The 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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".
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
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.
does the Moo
n, 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.
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
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.
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
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 Chakr
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
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.
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".
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
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