Free associations from the High Priestess card.
Study and contrast the first three cards on this journey – The Fool, The Magician and The High Priestess.
- The background colours in the Fool and the Magician are yellow, whereas the background in the High Priestess is blue. Once upon a time I used to work in 1 hour photographic mini labs, yellow is the opposite of blue. This has no bearing on the cards, just something I noticed.
- The landscape in the Fool is devoid of any plant life. In contrast, the Magician is teeming with plant life. Then, looking at the High Priestess, there is plenty of flora, but it is all art work. (The lotus blossoms at the top of the two pillars and the pomegranates and palms on the veil).
- There is action in the Fool, the dog and the Fool himself appear to be moving. The Magician is standing, and the High Priestess is sitting. Moving, standing, sitting. (Although in the latter card there does appear to be some movement where the robes change into water at the hem).
- The Fool is allegedly androgynous, the Magician and the High Priestess obviously male and female respectively.
- The Fool is in a natural setting. The Magician is in a natural setting, but there is the table (made from wood), then the High Priestess is in an almost completely man-made environment. I realise as I write I’ve forgotten about the Magicians tools, but couldn’t they be what was used to make the pillars, plinth and veil? No, okay, well it was just a thought.
For the books, Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series strikes me as the High Priestess, she is strict, magnanimous and stern, with a dry sense of humour, and just like the Priestess, if you are caught acting the fool, she will turn to ice.
For the Song, I thought long and hard, Cold as Ice by Foreigner was one, but only for the title, Let It Be by The Beatles, but I couldn’t subject you to that. Also, for reasons I cannot explain, Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin‘. Then I decided on the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, (This track has very little to do with the card, it is awesome though).