Poetry of the Tarot: The High Priestess

The High Priestess

Most sacred daughter of the Soul,
queen of the stars and high Eden,
she who tends the gate to eternity.
Deeply natural, the High Priestess
alone wears Hekate’s triple crown
and peacefulness upon her heart.
Under her left foot, waxing moon,
on her lap the noblest of all books.

Here we take an esoteric journey.
For after enchantment, only truth
will decide whether the poet gets
entry to pass by the guarded veil,
into the mystical goddess temple,
where dark foresights lay hidden.
She who surrenders to be herself.
She who meets with fate to serve.

In reversal this malevolent sister,
this lying bitch cannot be trusted.
Weak, no stamina, she lacks love
and no longer listens to her heart,
thinking only in black and white.
Out of touch from her empathies,
she relinquishes all womanliness
to howl her madness at the moon.

Seated upon her throne, Shekinah
divines silently in kindly wisdom
between dual paths of knowledge.
Not only mistress to clairvoyance,
she writes her poems knowing not
how to master them, longing only
to journey further with her words,
until she creates with the Empress.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2016

12 thoughts on “Poetry of the Tarot: The High Priestess

  1. Deborah, this is very beautiful – I can see her pondering in Mother Nature, seeing the unity inherent in all and being divinely guided to what is true. I love that She longs ‘… only to journey further with her words, until she creates with the Empress’. Her opposite – may the person who sees only in black and white, come to see the colours in between.

    I must check out my deck given to me a long while ago: The Ancient Egyptian Tarot, Clive Barrett. I don’t know quite how to use it, but I think it’s time –

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your wonderful reflections and kind-hearted words on the High Priestess. I was delighted to read that it may be time for you to dust off your Ancient Egyptian tarot deck and explore its richness within. As I’m undertaking the entire Fool’s journey it would be wonderful to journey with you. Three down, nineteen poems to go!

      I love seeing this divine lady in my spread, I imagine her soulful eyes, sparkling like diamonds! Such beauty and grace. ‘Pondering in Mother Nature’ oh that’s just perfect! Blessings always, Deborah.

  2. Thank you, Deborah. You take me to other worlds when the collective world hurts and damages. We need the High Priestess–in each action we take and each thought we allow in our mind. I love her moon. Last night’s New Moon – Venus conjunction was hidden by deep clouds here. I search for meaning anywhere, everywhere. Search for a way out of the predicament we’re in here in the U.S. We only pray our constitution will hold and the Dark Masculine will be stopped.

    The High Priestess comes with peacefulness in her heart, with kindness, her Hekate crown, and mystical darkness. It seems we’re living with the malevolent sister now. Such hard times. So hard to bear.

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for sharing your deep reflections and rich comments. I truly believe that by seeking counsel with the High Priestess herself, our higher selves, clairvoyance … we help ourselves to move away from a lot of the collective hurt that batters us, especially us introverted souls, who seem to feel everything with such depth.

      On the theme of the Dark Masculine, last year I found Laura’s (London) interview with Tom Lavin exceptional … it is based on his sell-out presentation, ‘The Trump Phenomena’ … if you haven’t already listened (90 minutes long) do offer up your ears, so worth it! Here’s the link: http://www.speakingofjung.com/podcast/2016/5/3/episode-17-tom-lavin

      Since I returned to writing at Christmas I have prayed, chanted, wept and pleaded for her guidance countless times, and in a moment this Tarot journey arose and I felt divinely inspired. I’m only three poems in, with 19 more to complete before the year’s out … I have no idea where the journey will take me, but I’m willing to find out. Blessings, Deborah.

  3. Another beautifully described card Deborah.

    Often when I have a feeling about a person or situation I tune into my intuition and know that it is this essence of the High Priestess that I am using to understand that person or situation. Yet it can be so easy to lose touch with this and just look at things from a more black and white standpoint…so your words are a good reminder of the need to keep in touch with our intuition and the essence of the High Priestess within.
    Looking forward to the next step of the journey!!

    1. Thank you Sophia for sharing your wonderful Tarot perceptions and generous comments, truly appreciated. In my poem I portray the High Priestess as natural, and intuitive fits extremely well too … for barefoot in the grass, and dark woods, she listens in deeply to the world’s, and other souls.

      You know I’m not entirely sure how this Fool’s (Poet’s) journey will end, yet I do know my journeying will be the reward. Thank you for all your support and encouragement with my poems and other poetic scribbling’s. Blessings, Deborah.

        1. Hi Sophia, Although I have several, incredible decks … for important readings, I somehow always end up returning to my original Rider Waite deck. Yes, they’re my favourite ones.

  4. The High Priestess happens to be my favourite card. She’s pure spirituality and keeper of secrets. Whenever things are not as they seem, I tune into her clairvoyance.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your lovely comment and sharing further insights. I agree, I love it when she turns up in my spread … as I feel profound love and respect every time I look upon her. Blessings, Deborah.

      1. Deborah, I forget to add – great structure together with beautiful lines. I’m looking forward to reading the whole series, Anna.

        1. That’s so kind of you, thank you once again Anna! I love the way the High Priestess knows the Fool so well. Hopefully will be posting next card, The Empress, in the next week or so.

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