Tarot Card of the Day
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The High Priestess
Traditionally called the High Priestess, this major arcana, or trump, card represents human wisdom. She can be viewed as a kind of female Pope, the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even older snake and bird Goddesses, the Greek Goddess Persephone, or the Eve of Genesis before the Fall.
For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, she symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity.
In the sequence of cards in the major arcana, the High Priestess appears as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magus. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the Inner Life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of Nature and the Holy Mysteries.
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Most classic Tarot decks are comprised of 78 cards, divided into a Major Arcana (22 cards) and a Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards, also called trump cards, are important because they represent significant life events on a large scale, or they can stand for literal people in your life — sometimes you’ll draw a card that even resembles the person in question!
In general, Major Arcana cards impart messages of greater weight than the Minor Arcana cards, so beginning Tarot readers should learn the meaning of these cards first. It’s wise to note when your Tarot reading turns up many Major Arcana cards, because that’s a good indicator you are going through a dramatic period in your life.
Each Major Arcana card is numbered, following a sequence of archetypal life stages from the beginning (the innocent and eager Fool) to the end (The World, a card of completion). The cards depict universal characters and situations, moving through the ups and downs of life, and they take on different meanings depending on what type of question you ask, where they turn up in your spread and whether they display right-side-up or reversed.
As you learn more about Tarot, you’ll want to explore the deeper hidden messages within the symbolism of every card and how to work with reversals in your spread.