From the unity of card 1 of the Major Arcana, we move into the duality of card 2, the High Priestess who sits between pillars, one light and one dark. The High Priestess’ longing for, and deep, beyond-words memory of, the unity that came before separation puts in motion the search for healing and wholeness of the Major Arcana. She is the feminine principle crowned with the moon and clothed in watery blue, offering us an example of seeking through receptivity, connection to the unconscious, and the gifts of our intuitive depths.
Inspirations for the Meditation
In this meditation you visit the Temple of the High Priestess and her pools of healing. This idea comes from Marcia Macino’s Best Tarot Practices and her visual inspiration is the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. You will also encounter offerings from the High Priestess and see her through a veil, which comes from my own work with The Priestess of the Gaian Tarot.
Follow Up Activities
In addition to the 3 basic follow up tools, the High Priestess invites us to spend more time in meditation. Given her stillness, she invites meditative processes that invite quieting the mind and being receptive to what arises in the calm. I adapted a contemplative process from the Christian tradition to be use with the Tarot in quiet and calm.
Visio Divina for Tarot: Contemplative Viewing
Visio Divina is an adaptation of Lectio Divina, an ancient practice for praying the scriptures from the Christian tradition in which a text is read a number of times as a way to inspired movement in meditative thinking and prayer. Traditionally it is a 4 step process ofReading(or in this case Viewing), Meditating/Ruminiation, Prayer, and Contemplating.
Taking a Long Loving Look (Visio)
- Sit comfortably with the Tarot card (or any inspirational image) before you. Gaze at it. Take “a long, loving look.” Then close your eyes and let some part of the image come into focus for you. Spend a few moments with your eyes remaining closed to be with that image.
- Open your eyes and gaze again at the card or image for a moment or two. When you close your eyes again for a few moments perhaps a new image will come up for attention or the one from your first round will re-appear. Accept what ever comes.
- You may want to repeat the process a third time.
Take up your journal and write or draw/doodle about what you saw / experienced. Muse about what these images might mean to you. Explore now with words and/or doodles for a few minutes.
Insight and Prayer (Oratio)
Close your eyes and clear your mind with a few gentle breaths. Let some message of insight, gratitude, or supplication arise from your heart. Be with this message / prayer.
Connecting with the Sacred (Contemplatio)
Rest in what you have received. Be in the presence of what you hold sacred.
Sources and Resources:
You can hear me talk about and walk you through this process on Beyond Worlds – Your Tarot Tribe Podcast
Sage Cohen. Writing the Life Poetic (Writers Digest Books, 2009). The Lectio Divina section is on pp. 171 – 173 (Process for writers)
Wayne Teasdale. The Mystic Heart (New World Library, 1999) See pp. 129 – 131. (Interspiritual perspective.
http://www.visio-divina.com/ (Christian perspective)
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