The Priestess and Tower
Thoth Deck/Aleister Crowley & Lady Frieda Harris
I burned my first Tarot cards (the Thoth Crowley) at the Scorpio eclipse. Why? Many cards were missing, and it held the energy of obsession -- when I was dependent on my cards. I have another newer, large-size Crowley deck. I actually like the visual power of the Thoth minor arcana -- the elements are enough without a pictorial scene. I saved two -- The Tower and The Priestess.
The Tower, the 16th Major Arcana, is the messenger of matrix busting. This card dropped out relentlessly on Monday Sept 10th, 2001 as sat in a matinee in Chelsea, NYC, trying to find escape from a sense of impending doom. I was feeling the waves of a close event -- a day that would change everything. It was the beginning of an initiation for me, the shattering of illusion to see the occult underpinnings of culture and shadow power.
The Tower is about shattering times, when the glass enclosure breaks -- the one you didn't know you were in. It is about waking up. Shocking events designed to set in a new reality are one dimension of the Tower -- shock and awe. On a personal level, I'm relieved when this shows up, especially when I've been asking spirit for a breakthrough.
Thoth Deck/Aleister Crowley/Lady Frieda Harris
I've noticed The Priestess often appears in readings when women are undergoing a change to be self-directed. It's the profound shift from living by adapting to external demands, to establishing a direct line to their knowing voice.
So often, we deny that voice, and adapt to the rhythms of others. It's often the training, even now -- subtly imprinted.
The Priestess in a spread (upright) is a good sign that guidance is there -- within -- and to trust your instincts. It's a card of wisdom, and harmonizing different intel to make strong choices.
It's been a week of taking risks, some growing pains and some momentum. I feel weird, but that's a sign of moving out of my comfort zone. I see room for change already, and will be altering my offerings in the week ahead. This is right for the moment, and it also feels like a transition to something not yet in view.
Sandor and I are off to collect bees today! Enjoy your weekend....
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