II. The High Priestess
Inner wisdom, knowledge of the mysteries of life and death, patience, seclusion, independence, self-reliance, calm serenity, the rhythm of ebb and flow, descent into the well-spring of the self, secret power and hidden forces, a guardian and protector.
The High Priestess guards the mysteries of life and is the archetype of the wise woman and the anima. In a spread the card can signify that we are ready to connect with our subconscious, that we can rely on our intuition or discover our female side. Patience will overcome obstacles, rather than brute force. Unrevealed forces may be at work or we may find ourselves retreating from reality and into dreams.
Exploring the Card
Traditionally the High Priestess is seated between a light and a dark column with a veil suspended between them. She holds an open book in her lap and shows that there are secrets and revelations, and that we will only gain as much insight and understanding as she wishes us to have. For this deck the High Priestess is Minerva McGonagle, head of Gryffindor house and someone who protects Harry from the very first. Minerva works a lot of her power and influence in secret and not necessarily through the official channels. She rarely has to stand up out in the open, but she will do so if pushed to extremes, like when she defends Sibyl Trelawney against Umbridge… Her animagus from as a cat works well with the feminine and lunar aspects of this card.
Bộ bài Harry Potter Tarot – Eleonore Pieper