II - the High Priestess
A regal-looking woman, perhaps the legendary Pope Joan, sits
on a throne with a Papal tiara and staff. She is flanked by
columns, one light and one dark. A cheetah sits obediently at
her feet. Her robe is decorated with gilt doves, and she cradles
a large red book.
awareness, and acceptance of life's mysteries. Secret
knowledge, intelligence and intuition. Beware
of overenthusiasm, and consider all factors before making an
Misguided passion, adultery. Stupidity and ignorance. Conceit)
composition of this card is similar to the Rider-Waite
card, although their card departed from the traditional "female
pope" figure and made it more of a Golden Dawn magick priestess.
I've reverted to the literal tradition, as I love the medieval
legend of the female pope (Pope Joan). I think this is similar
enough to be familiar to RWS readers though - there's still
a dark and light pillar. I've used doves on the robe instead
of a crucifix for the christian symbolism, and a cat and the
colour red instead of a moon for the feminine mystery theme.
I'm happy to name it The High Priestess, though, as that name
is more familiar to modern readers than The Papess or The Female
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