I shuffled and pulled a tarot card for today, barely looked at it, setting it aside to answer a phone call from my sister. Our conversation eventually led to the subject of guilt and catholic confessions to a priest; she’s a practicing catholic—me, not. I just returned to my desk and realize now that the card I pulled for today was The High Priestess!
Part of our talk included Jung’s view of Christianity, something that was refreshed in my consciousness yesterday after viewing a video. Roger Woolger, Ph.D. who is a Jungian analyst and past life regression therapist was commenting on Carl Jung’s Red Book and according to Woolger, after Jung deeply studied world religions while residing countries in the East, he drew some dramatic conclusions regarding the divine feminine being left out of western Christianity, to its demise. If I remember correctly, he quoted Jung as stating that western Christianity is diseased because of its lack of recognition of the feminine form of divinity (or the demotion thereof).
My thought is that it is hardly an accident that the High Priestess card—the card of The Divine Feminine–aligns with my recent connection with Woolger, Jung and conversation with my sister on this very topic. The divine messengers broadcasting today seem to be sending me a signal to correlate this for today’s cosmic communiqué (or so goes my illusion).
I note on the image of this card the symbols of the Moon on the priestess’s headdress as well as the cross on her chest, but most especially am drawn to the scroll in her hand. Looking at the scroll which keeps catching my eye, it’s speaking to me of the missing esoteric gospels that I’m thinking of—the gospel of Thomas and the gospel of Mary Madeline.
The Secret Knowledge is always what I think of when I see this card–the ancient teachings from Egypt, etc. I also think of the Divine Feminine as the intuition that is within all of us which is our personal connection to divinity, which I personally see as lying outside of the pope in Rome and the local parish male authorities. Of course, that is my own opinion and judgment and how it is for me (and many others, I’ve noticed—an understatement). Many agree that our personal connection to the divine remains dormant until we awaken it deep within through personal effort. Religion, if used properly, can be like scaffolding around our personal spiritual growth.
That’s the High Priestess archetype–personal spiritual effort via meditation and other personal devotions which part the veil to the world of the subconscious and divine levels of mind. A priest and church cannot do that for you, although they might facilitate it, providing the atmosphere. That’s what I see the purpose of any church to be—a quiet place to gather one’s thoughts and to be devotional until one can achieve that state on one’s own.
Of course, I’m not talking about hell and brimstone preachers or screaming jezuz-freak churches—the catholic mass (church service) is much more passive, muted and quiet than those types of churches (I think). I’m no expert on churches per se, so I can only half-speculate about that. Anyway, searching deep within is what the High Priestess archetype is about and some organized religion may be able to aid in the initiation of that search if one can release attachment to dogma or move beyond it to true personal spirituality.
In astrological terms, The High Priestess relates to Moon energy and the feminine principle, intuition. Males carry Moon energy as well as females, of course—we all have a Moon somewhere in our psyche and natal astrological chart. The Moon rules the 4th house and is often associated with “emotions”. We often say that men who are able to allow themselves to be emotionally sensitive and compassionate are “in touch with” their feminine side. Women have a male side as well and when the male/female energy is balanced-within in either men or women, we are said to have attained “the marriage within”, merging the anima and animus, as Jung would call it.
Jung identified the anima as being the unconscious feminine component of men and the animus as the unconscious masculine component in women. Jung stated that the anima and animus act as guides to the unconscious unified Self, and that forming an awareness and a connection with the anima or animus is one of the most difficult and rewarding steps in psychological and spiritual growth. Jung reported that he identified his anima as she spoke to him, as an inner voice, unexpectedly one day.
The High Priestess and the Moon itself represent the archetype of knowing that there is a uniting consciousness to all of life—this unity consciousness includes the subconscious and intuition. We find that many religious institutions (i.e. patriarchal religions) fear this unity part of individuation—thus the purpose for dogma. Why? I don’t have time today to list all the reasons–I defer to history which speaks for itself.
My sister mentioned reading some catholic religious propaganda over the weekend which outlined the types of sins to confess to a priest in a confessional—one of those being having used tarot cards. This troubles her a great deal and we talked about it; she is right on the verge of individuation and truly spiritualizing, yet the dogma still has ahold of her. Of course, most people who read this blog would know what The High Priestess would say about what my sister read!
The deeper wisdom is within my sister and she will gradually tap into it and her own High Priestess; she may then find the role of the catholic priest and confessional less important and have a more joyful and uplifting guilt-free experience in her church-going efforts. She’s not quite ready to cut out the middle-man and stand on her own spiritual feet, so-to-speak.
When the subconscious is allowed to move and flow, we can get in touch with our true nature. Guilt and fear (two major religious power and control mechanisms) keeps us from being in tune with our inner knowing.
Today’s message is not about christian-bashing; it’s more to do with getting in touch with the feminine Moon energy, the emotional side, so that a heart opening can occur, the unity of life can be revealed, and the answers within can be revealed. One needn’t call upon a catholic priest for this, but The High Priestess within.
Oh, I tell you! An entire book could be written on this subject/topic, and many already have been. The few paragraphs above are not all-inclusive on this subject matter, of course, nor intended to be. For now, this is just a wave and hello from The High Priestess and the Moon reminding you that the feminine is just as important in spirituality as the masculine or patriarchal. Balance the two and the veil is removed and the “bride and bridegroom within” become one.
Bottom Line: Be receptive to your intuition, trust your inner voice, let what is within flower–go beyond dogma, go deeper and be still!