Tarot Meditation: The High Priestess
The High Priestess
You have chosen The High Priestess, the second major arcana card of the Tarot. This guided visualization will help to deepen your trust in your own intuitiveness and insightfulness.
In his journey The Fool meets The High Priestess whom he looks upon as his spiritual mother. She is receptive to anyone who seeks her counsel and guidance, for knowledge is revealed to those who seek it out.
The High Priestess is symbolized as the archetype of intuition, the unconscious, the healer, and feminine power. She represents all that is unknown, and yet can be accessed through stillness, and silence.
The High Priestess guided visualization begins with the creation of your own Peaceful Sanctuary. This is a place you can always come to, to find peace and calm in your life. In your Peaceful Sanctuary you will meet with The High Priestess.
The Fool is a soft breeze blowing everywhere in space. The Magician is a mighty whirlwind reaching from earth to sky. The High Priestess is the quiet within the wind, the peaceful eye within the storm. She dwells in a place where the air stirs not and even thoughts are quiet. This vestal is a child becoming almost a woman. Her days of protection and trust are with her yet. With her also is the first bloom of the mysteries of the Moon, the mysteries of later spring turning to summer in her body.
Look at the picture on the High Priestess card. See the priestess. Let your eyes meet hers. Her eyes flicker and then still. They look deeply into yours. In your heart a question grows. It slowly rises to clarity. The Priestess waits to answer it.
Close your eyes to the outside world. Let the blue and white of the little goddess shimmer before your mind. From your heart a need has reached out. From the temple of the Priestess a soft answer comes. The answer is not in words, for the need surpasses words. Let the soft blue and white of the goddess dissolve in silver moonlight. In the radiance find meaning.
Moving with the breath now into the mysteriousness that brings you in touch with the High Priestess.
And remaining with your eyes gently closed, visualize yourself now following a path. Look down at the path as you imagine yourself walking along it … what sort of path is it? This is the path that is leading you to your peaceful sanctuary. Enter now into your peaceful sanctuary … it could be a warm cozy room … it could be some special place in nature that you love, like the beach, the forest, a lake or some other place. This is the place that you can always come to where you can relax where you can experience peace and calm, a place where you are always safe and protected. A place that you love to be in.
Being in your own special haven, look about you and acquaint yourself with your surroundings. What do you see here? Touch the things that you feel drawn to here and that you love. Smell the scents and aromas that are uplifting to your senses in this special place. And, listen to the sounds that are unique to your wonderous peaceful sanctuary.
See before you a special seat that you can sink into and feel cozy and relaxed. This can be any kind of seat in which you can sit in comfort and safety. Go now to your special seat and make yourself comfortable there.
Now as you wish, invite the High Priestess to enter your sacred space. Visualize in your mind … turning your head to the right and seeing this feminine vision enter your abode. She may appear in the form of a figure familiar to you, or a light being, or someone else that is right for you. As she comes closer and closer to you … see her deep beauty … her gentle smile … her lovingness towards you … and greet this archetype of feminine power that is wise, intuitive, mysterious and understanding.
Feel her sensitivity to you and how much she loves you.
The High Priestess represents secret knowledge, hidden feelings, intuition and mysterious influences.
Watch as she seats herself before you, her garments flowing about her. She may be dressed in the flowing blue robes as depicted in the tarot … adorning her head is an Egyptian style headdress symbolizing the waxing moon and the waning moon … on her lap is a scroll or book of ancient wisdom … and at her feet, the lunar crescent.
The High Priestess conveys to you that she is associated with the Moon, which symbolizes the hidden and mysterious lunar cycles and psychic revelations.
Perhaps the High Priestess seated before you may have appeared in a different form. See what that is now for you.
The High Priestess waits with eternal patience before you, so just allow yourself to merge with the depth of her awareness, with the depth of her presence. See how she gazes at you with encouragement … how she accepts you unconditionally.
When someone accepts you unconditionally, can you feel that growing confidence within you? For in her presence, you are able to tap into your own source of compassionate power, intuition and wisdom. The High Priestess is conveying to you that you, too, are a compassionate, powerful, intuitive and wise being.
So, taking in a deep breath … breathe in the Knowing and Understanding that you are indeed compassionate, powerful, intuitive and wise. And, as you breathe out, soften and deepen … and embrace these qualities more and more … and continue to breathe naturally.
Looking into the face of the High Priestess, see there the ancient understanding of knowing life’s dualities … of knowing good and evil, light and dark, summer and winter … knowing all of these things … understanding all of them … accepting all of them as they are. Feeling again and again that depth of understanding that is conveyed to you by the High Priestess for she is aware of the ups and downs of life … she is aware of all the viscissitudes of life … remaining calm and peaceful as they come and go.
If there is something or someone in your life that you need more clarity around … perhaps a problem you may be facing, or a decision that you are in the process of making … ask the High Priestess now for her help. Speak to her as though she is a very close friend … listening to her inner guidance. It may appear to you as a symbol, a word or a thought.
Perhaps some aspect of your life may be out of balance … it could be your health, a relationship, your finances, or something else. Ask the High Priestess now what you need to do to bring greater balance and harmony back into your life … listen for the answers within your heart, letting go of logic, and trusting the intuitive response to your questions.
Sitting in the presence of the High Priestess, you can trust her counsel to seek new paths and hidden paths to Wisdom … your intuitive insights will suggest new solutions to the issues you may have in your life at this time, so trust your intuition.
There may be something else that you may need counsel about … and, if so, take this time now to communicate more deeply with her. The answers may come to you in the forms of a symbol, a word, or something else … and if not at this time, that is okay. Revelations may come to you as you go about your daily life.
The High Priestess symbolizes inner unity. Perhaps at some point in your life you may have felt separate from others … you may not have always been able to express your feelings because you may have been afraid of rejection … You may not have always been able to say what was right for you because you were afraid that speaking your truth might upset another … you may have cut off parts of yourself so that you could fit in and be acceptable … you may have secrets in your heart that reveal to you what you really want and where you are going.
Now, draw in a long, slow, deep breath … breathing in the essence of the High Priestess: calmness, sensitivity, stability, silence, deep understanding. And, as you slowly breathe out, let go of all the struggles in you that displace love … and continue to breathe naturally.
It is not by accident that you have chosen the High Priestess at this time, for she is inviting you to go inward in your meditations … to uncover your truth through inner sensations, images and flashes of insightful knowing.
Immerse yourself in the mysteriousness of the High Priestess, sometimes called the Daughter of the Stars … and sense or feel or see her being reflected back at you as she sits before you, and make an intention to yourself to release old patterns of conditioning that no longer serve you … simply by starting with, “I intend to release old patterns of conditioning that no longer serve me,” is a way of bringing that intention very clearly and fervently into your life.
By doing this each day, you can live with an open and loving heart.
Now, take in another long, slow deep breath, breathing the breath all the way into your belly, all the way into your body … breathing in soft healing blue light and filling your whole body with soft healing blue light … and as you breathe out, letting go of the patterns that no longer serve you … and continue to breathe freely and easily.
The High Priestess rises gracefully before you and bids you farewell. You may wish to express your thanks and gratitude to her. As she leaves, hear her assuring you that she is always there if you have a yearning to be in her presence.
It is now time for you to leave your peaceful sanctuary … and so you stand and visualize yourself now exiting from your safe place and being back on the path once more. You know that you can come here any time you wish.
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