Tarot Card of the Day

The High Priestess (Deck: Tarot of the Divine by Yoshi Yoshitani)

The High Priestess is the female spiritual leader of the deck. She is the keeper of wisdom and guardian of the veil between this life and the next. Her message is to tune into your intuition for answers, accessing the knowledge that is deep within your subconscious. The best way to do this is to meditate, allowing the stillness in you to free your intuition to speak to you. If you don’t have a regular meditation practice, start with this: Sit comfortably and close your eyes, your surroundings do not have to be completely quiet, but you need to be undisturbed. Take 5 deep, slow breaths, concentrating on your breathing. Then do a body scan, check to make sure each part of your body is relaxed, starting with your toes and working up to your scalp. Then think about your question or issue for a few minutes, looking at all sides of it. Then turn to your breath and focus solely on breathing. Don’t worry if stray thoughts pop up, just return to concentrating on your breath. Do this for 15-20 minutes a day, or longer if you can. Thoughts will come to you while you focus on your breath to help you with your issues.

The High Priestess in the Tarot of the Divine deck is represented by Scheherazade from the Arabic folktale 1001 Nights. You may be familiar with this story. A Shah catches his wife cheating on him and has her and the man killed. He no longer trusts women, so each day he marries a new woman and then kills her that night so she can’t cheat on him. Scheherazade, the vizier’s daughter, volunteers to marry the Shah. Her final request was to see her sister. Her wish was granted and she ended the day telling her sister a story, but didn’t quite finish it before bedtime. The Shah wanted to hear the rest of the story, so he let her live another day. This went on for 1001 nights and the Shah finally learned love and compassion from her stories and let Scheherazade live. I’m not sure how this ties in with the High Priestess card. She was tricky in her attempt to stay alive and change the Shah’s heart. This could be considered wise. She helped the Shah overcome his anger through soft words and stories, not by battle or arguing. The soft, quiet approach to the problem tamed the Shah’s sense of betrayal and brought out the love and compassion in him again.

What can you do today to use the energy of the High Priestess in your life? Start a daily meditation practice if you don’t already have one. There are many ways to meditate. If the procedure I outlined above doesn’t work for you, Google it. You’ll discover many techniques. And meditation is free!

-MAJK Mom (majkmom.com)
(Resource: Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani)

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