The High Priestess guards access to the Inner Realms. She is the Lady of the Veil of Illusion. Her powers are attractive and hypnotic, and her gifts are profound intuitive wisdom and enlightenment. She represents the Inner Life, that fecund, intuitive, imaginative world which all artists and poets inhabit. The High Priestess is as deep as the ocean of the unconscious that lies behind her. She represents the Anima or Soul Image protecting the hidden treasures of the collective unconscious.
“Truth without error, certain and most true;
that which is above is as that which is below,
and that which is below is as that which is above,
for performing the miracles of the One Thing;
and as all things were from One,
by the meditation of One,
so all things arose from this One Thing by adaptation.”
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes
The first day of the first month of the year seemed like a good moment to post the Magus.
So begins the year of the birth of the cards.
Happy New Year!
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Feeling pleased with myself today having finally produced an Emperor I really like. It’s my third go and a very late addition to the pack, but I’m very glad I made the effort.
The Emperor is my personal card and seems to me to symbollize my own manifestation in the world, so to finish on this card means I am ready to emerge from the cocoon of creation.
Writing about the Tower too so feeling very Martian and intense.
Whether writing or painting, working on the Tarot is always a highly transformative experience.
The process of writing a book is proving a useful tool for refining the images. Each painting is worked on extensively in photoshop, especially the Majors, and the flexibility of this approach is fantastic.
The early Majors are all hybrids of different versions and bits of other paintings, the only criteria being that the material must be painted in my own hand on rag paper. But the Emperor is his own man, the first real manifestation card (not saying he won’t be tweaked). This is of course all very appropriate but you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
I’ve made a decision of sorts, to jetison the name Magdalene. I just feel the associations are too limiting. People might assume it’s Magdalene themed, and it’s definitely not. It is it’s own beast and currently defying all definitions.
I just want to go forward now into publication with as little baggage as possible, so I’m using my real name, and I am still thinking about what to name the deck…or if it even needs a name.
Still writing the book and believe it or not even painted a new card the other day. lol
But hoping to publish quite soon.
My facebook is now called Sarah Wheatley and I’ve bought the domain.
I’m going to start posting some of my past work over on Facebook, and hopefully get onto making a whole new blogsite very soon.
Thank you all so much for following.