The High Priestess is about serenity, knowledge and understanding. She is the guardian to our inner world and lifts the veil of awareness to show us our true selves. She guides us to enlightenment and divine knowledge. This week listen to and trust your inner voice.
The High Priestess is a spiritual card, so this week we are asked to find our balance through the connections of intuition and insight. This week its OK to rely on your ‘gut feelings’ – trust that what you believe you know, is correct.
Discovering and learning to work with our intuition is often avoided, as we fear the ‘energies’ we may be attracting. We all have experienced intuition and inspiration; sometimes it’s simply a ‘bright idea’ or something more profound in a ‘knowing’ of things to come. When we work with our inner knowing we are able to access the power within. Within each of us we have that still point, that place where we have absolute truth. How do we do that?
The simplest is working with our dreams. We all dream, it’s a question of remembering and decoding those dreams. I believe that our dream world is the ‘interpreter’ between our unconscious and conscious minds. That is why we dream in symbols. Some dreams are about us downloading the day and have no significance other than to make space for new thoughts and ideas. Some dreams allow us the opportunity to work through our issues, fears and situations without actually having to physically go through them. And some dreams are communications from our inner selves – these are the dreams we need to take note of for our growth and understanding.
More often than not we second guess that little voice inside, we make choices and decisions based on our intellect, and remember the brain always has an agenda, its information is all acquired, whereas our inner voice’s sole purpose is to protect us and keep us safe and on our paths of truth.
The High Priestess brings with her pleasant surprises and synchronicity. All of a sudden, what we have been chasing/pursuing all comes together. Perhaps even new opportunities, life may just feel simpler, easier when the Priestess is in play. There is also a sensual side to the Priestess, so those looking for love will find it in all the right places.
The lesson of this card is to begin working with your unconscious and learn to interpret through the subconscious so that you can live consciously each day. Make the right choices and have the right responses.
The Challenge of the High Priestess is to go beyond the obvious, surface information and discover what is hidden. She also asks you to remember the unlimited potential you hold within yourself. Sometimes goals can be achieved by simply being in stillness, by reading the signs and allowing the chance to develop within the fullness of time.
Start a dream diary. It doesn’t matter if you don’t remember your dreams, start with just asking yourself “what am I feeling”? Perhaps there is a residue of emotion, a smell, a sound or random visuals. Over time you will begin to recognise your symbols and archetypes, you will develop a map with billboards that explain what you are thinking and feeling.
An alternative is to sit quietly each day and meditate – remember meditation is a process not a destination, no need to push for some kind of ‘experience’, just allow the thoughts to arise, don’t get involved in the thoughts, take note and let them go. Anything that has arisen, make a note in your diary and look out for those thoughts in your dreams.
What I enjoy about The Taxi ‘Song in your Head’ segment is that this could also be an indication of messages from your unconscious. Keep a note of the song, the lyric or even the tune. Nothing is by accident, we are constantly being guided to acknowledge and act on our intuition.
Baobabs occur across the continent of Africa, and a line of Baobabs, spaced at approximately 96 kilometres from each other runs across the Kalahari Desert, North West of South Africa extending into Namibia and Botswana.
The Sunland ‘Big Baobab’ in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo Province, South Africa, is famous for being the widest of its species in the world and is carbon dated to be around 6000 years old.
The majestic Baobab tree is revered in African culture and is the undisputed monarch of the savannah trees of Africa. In ancient times, kings, elders, and leaders from the Limpopo region would meet under giant Baobabs to discuss matters of great importance. Not only did these trees provide shelter and sustenance, but tribal leaders also believed that the spirit of the Baobab (oracle*) would always guide them to make wise decisions.
Almost every part of the tree is useful to man. A single Baobab may hold as much as fourand-a-half thousand litres of water. Their white flowers are large and sweet smelling, often likened to the stars of the evening sky as they only bloom at night. The pollen of the flowers yields an excellent glue, and the seeds are pleasant to suck (rich in protein, calcium, oil and phosphates), or they can be ground and roasted to make a coffee.
The fruit pod contains tartaric acid (which is used in sherbet) and is often called the ‘cream of tartar’ tree. Elephants, monkeys, and baboons depend on its fruit (the vitamin C content of one fruit is equivalent to four oranges). A white pulp, inside the seed pods, when mixed with water, is used to treat malaria. Young leaves have high calcium content and can be used as a kind of spinach. The spongy wood is used to make ropes or paper.