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The High Priestess

The High Priestess

Today’s card is the High Priestess, number two of the Major Arcana, also known as the Priestess of the Silver Star. Each of the Major Arcana cards represents a principle in occult worship or enlightenment, with this card being the 22nd and final card of the Majors, which are numbered 0 – 21. When studying these principles, one would start with the number 0, The Fool, representing innocence, the beginning of a journey, and the initiate, and ending with number 21, The Universe. Having traveled through the theoretical concepts of Magick, therefore, one would need only to apply these principles in real life to move forward on the path of enlightenment.

This card speaks to us the occult principle of ‘knowing’. While scientific knowledge, also known as ‘Rational Truth’, can be obtained in many ways, the type of knowledge refers to by this card is often referred to as ‘Knowledge of the Heart’. You can’t learn this from others, but it is felt, deep in the heart or core of a person. One who ‘knows’ believes that something will come to pass, or that a decision made illogically is the ‘right’ one because they just ‘know’ in their heart that it is true. This card also refers to a level of self-knowing that is attained through meditation and reflection. Thus, a person ‘knows’ when a situation, attitude, or ‘fact’ is not in line with their inner truth. This is especially important in today’s society, where almost everyone claims to be an expert or ‘in the know’ about any number of things that seem wrong to your heart, although you have no empirical evidence to the contrary.

On the flip side, this card is a sign that some people may be following a stronger personality into some realm that is wrong for them simply because they don’t have the personal inner strength or awareness to go against a more dominant personality. This is evident on the news every evening when you see the mob mentality of those who would follow blindly the ones who claim to have ‘all the answers’. If you have been feeling uneasy about being involved in an activity that goes against your inner truth, now is the time to break away from that influence and think for yourself.

May you ‘know’ yourself better today and may your decisions be clear!