Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Awesome August Giveaway

Image from the Wildwood Tarot
I have been inspired by Magic Mentha offering giveaways the last few months!   This week marks two years of me hanging up my tarot reader sign on the web (my reading site, as opposed to this blog which is less than a year and a half old) and I decided that was a good excuse to run a giveaway myself.

So, the competition will run between now and the end of the month.  As it's a 2nd birthday related to intuition, to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post describing your favourite II High Priestess card and why you like it. 

As for what the winner will receive, it'll be a secret - the High Priestess is, after all, renowned for being able to keep silence ;)  What I will say is that it'll include an unopened tarot deck and an unopened oracle deck (thank amazon for their sometimes dreadful product descriptions which saw me accidentally buying doubles).  There will also be some other bits and bobs - even I don't yet know exactly what will be in there ;D

So, what's your favourite High Priestess card?

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31 comments:

  1. For sheer charm, the vampiric High Priestess in the Halloween Tarot by Kipling West. But I have to say I "get" the High Priestess in the RWS deck best - it's what I learned on and it's a classic.

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  2. The High Priestess is a funny one. She often seems so removed that it is difficult to build a relationship with her. My first thought was The Intuitive in the Gay Tarot. I haven't had the deck for many years, but I related to the young guy in the card when I did. The HP became what was inside him (and us) rather than something external. Out of all the High Priestesses I have known, the one that came to mind as slightly more open and willing to let one in than others was that of the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot - showing Marie Lavea as the Priestess.

    http://stregalamia.multiply.com/photos/album/27/Gay_Tarot#photo=5

    http://stregalamia.multiply.com/photos/album/204/New_Orleans_Voodoo_Tarot#photo=4

    PLN

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  3. I really like the Spiral Tarot HP best: in general, a card full of little details; and there are so many extra layers in the Spiral version. In this, she is also less ... formidable; she has 'softer' edges ....

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  4. Aw. I'm touched that you were inspired by my giveaway! Hehe. Grats on your blog anniversary.

    I am having a hard time thinking of high priestesses, even after looking them up.

    I would say, just off the bat, that the High Priestess from the Tarot of Transformation (a deck I had but gave away) is very pretty and the artwork plays up the universal mystique part without it being too cold.

    XOXO,
    MM

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  5. Hi Kirsten, know what you mean about the RWS, tho I also see the Halloween HP's charm :)

    Hi PNL, oh my, how could you let go of the Gay Tarot?? Love that deck! Not so sure about the Voodoo - definitely a learning curve on that one ;b

    Hi Viv, well would you believe, that's one I haven't got ;)

    Hi MM, I got the Tarot of Transformation after seeing it on your blog, I think. Very pretty. Did you not connect with it, then?

    Well, you're all in the draw - good luck :)
    Chloë

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  6. I just looked back at the Gay Tarot and like what they have done with some of the cards. I traded it a good seven years ago and don't think I really appreciated it so much then. There's much more to it than I thought.

    PLN

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  7. I have two, which isn't quite fair, but I really cannot decide between them!

    The first is The High Priestess from Cilla Conways' Intuitive Tarot. She was the inspiration behind Priestess Tarot having the Priestess part of the name. There's something captivating about how Cilla drew her that I just cannot let go. On the mobile I use for Tarot, this card is my background.

    Then the Wildwood came out and The Seer arrives on my desk... and I fell in love with her and her surprising ability to speak to me the same way The Lord does in my Wiccan workings. This is the first time the female aspect has spoken to me in such a way right off the bat. Usually I struggle with the female archetypes, not this time, not with this Priestess.

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  8. Hi Chloë,

    You know, I don't remember why I got rid of that deck. I do like it--I just felt like I didn't use it enough to justify keeping it. I do that sometimes. I gave/sold it cheaply to someone who liked it. But I do enjoy it and think it's a good deck. Sometimes I end up getting a deck again later on that I used to have. I like to purge decks now and again. I end up giving a lot away as presents or as parts of giveaways or whatnot. :)

    Hugs,
    MM

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  9. I do like the Victorian Romantic one, The Napo has a nice HP called The Priestess as well. Druid Craft HP is lovely too.

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  10. I want to give something away, too! I think I will wait until you two finish your giveaways, though. So generous, and I love the mystery aspect of both of them!

    I laugh every time the High Priestess comes up because I often have to read it like the Magic 8 Ball- "Ask again later." That being said, one of my favorites is from the Legacy of the Divine. I love the pomegranate, the owl, the regalia she wears. All of it speaks loudly to me.

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  11. Oh yeah--I like that one a lot, too, Manda. The LOTDT is one of my favorites--I seem to connect with it easily, I mean...usually.

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  12. Ha ha, asking you guys to pick just one each was obviously totally unfair :D

    I have never purged my decks, and don't plan to. Even the decks I don't like all that much still have something, and I reckon one day I might see something different in them. Like the Haindl - love the Majors, hate most of the pips (2 of cups is an exception, and all of the aces). When I worked the phone lines I cycled through almost all my decks, and still vary decks for email readings too. So I've used 75% of my decks for professional readings, and at least another 15% for blogging - makes me feel less guilty about them ;)

    Anyhow, Louise, Manda and Helen, you're all in the draw, too :)

    I'll look forward to your giveaway also, Manda! Fun :>

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  13. I think my favourite High Priestess is from AnnaK. She seems the most human and accessible to me, reclining in an easy posture agaist a gnarled tree, representing her connection to the earth, beside water representing the unconscious, 'other world', observing the moon cycles, which begin and end in her lap, which associates her more with the physical cycles of the earth and her femaleness than most depictions I've seen. Her face is turned away from me, toward the moon, but I feel if I came up to her, she'd turn and smile and answer my questions, whereas other High Priestesses would give me an enigmatic grin and suggest silently that I go figure it out for myself.

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  14. Beautiful description and reasons, Carla - she came alive in my mind :)

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  15. I love the High Priestess in the Inner Child Tarot! She is the Fairy Godmother. Not very traditional I know but it is such a great card!

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  16. Hi Priscilla,

    Well, though I don't normally associate the High Priestess with granting wishes, the fact that the Fairy Godmother seems to contrive for us to learn important lessons perhaps fits the High Priestess' deeper knowing. With the Fairy Godmother things never seem to go to plan, and when things go wrong you have to just trust your intuition...

    Thanks for joining in, you're in the draw :)

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  17. Oooh a give away!

    So many fab choices made already, including some of my own (love Cilla's HP!) but I thought I would go for the Housewive's Tarot. I love this deck, it is superbly kitsch, tongue in cheek and yet very insightful. The High Priestess is depicted as a bottle of secret syrup, with the tag line "the universe's mysteries are sweeter than you know!". I love the idea that she represents a secret ingredient, that extra something inside of us all (or in the case of this deck, that can be added to pancakes!) yum!

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  18. Hi Anya,

    Did you run a workshop at the TABI Conference 2006? If so, you inspired me to get the Housewive :) Welcome, and good luck in the draw.

    Chloë

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  19. Hi Chloe!

    Yes that was me! So glad I inspired you to get the deck, it makes me smile every time I pick it up.

    Anya

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  20. My favorite high priestess card isn't actually a high priestess card, in the traditional sense. My favorite one is the "Faerie Godmother" card from the Faerie Oracle. I have always loved her since the deck was first given to me and I recognized her as the High Priestess.
    I have always been fascinated by the HP in any deck, because I see her as a part of myself. The moon, the actual moon in the sky, has always been a powerful ally to me, and I feel that the High Priestess is the sort of like the mouth piece of the moon. She speaks her secrets, or keeps her secrets.
    The reason I fell in love with the Faerie Godmother card is because she looks like she is made of pure moonlight. She just glows and sparkles, she looks old and wise, yet timeless. And she has so many layers to her. She holds an apple in one hand, which represents wisdom or in the case of the evil witch of snow white, a challenge and a crystal ball in the other... her ability to see the mysteries. In the background is an owl which is so powerful to me. The Owl has been a symbol of wisdom and searching to me for a while. She is so beautiful and radiant....crackling with energy.
    I don't know if that counts... but I wanted to share it any how. :)

    Very kind of you to do this... all the best! And congrats on your site and readings!!

    Shaheen

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  21. Hi Shaheen,

    That most definitely counts! What a lovely, thoughtful description. The card sounds beautiful, and so multi-layered :) Thanks for sharing and good luck!

    Chloë

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  22. Hi Chloe,

    I just found your site today and had to peek in! What wonderful thoughts and musings are here...I plan to return often!

    I also had to share with you my favorite High Priestess card. It is the one from the ever amazing Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Losche. So why is it my favorite? Well, for one thing the card is predominantly a shade of blue I have never seen anywhere else...sort of teal and acua..just lovely. The color makes me feel so serene and peaceful at once. I love the fact the almost the entire card is the face of a beautiful woman with the most mysterious gaze ever seen. She looks as though she knows everything and has been through it all. She has much to tell but it seems as though it won't be easy to get anything out of her...as though you would have to earn it to learn it.

    I also love all the symbolism in this card...the yin and yang symbol on her forehead...the alpha and omega Greek symbols in the book...the stars, sun and the crescent moon energizing the water and waves in between them. There's a plethora of energy in this card that just makes my head spin when I look at it. This is an extremely powerful card. To me the HP embodies the secrets of the universe and the ever-changing aspects of our lives and life in general. She reminds us that the beginning and end are one and the same. I really love this card.

    I hope you liked my choice!

    Ann

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  23. Hi Ann,

    Welcome, and hope you enjoy the blog.

    What a beautiful description of the Cosmic Tarot HP - your passion for this card shines through :) I've added you to the draw - results on the 1st of September. Good luck!
    Chloë

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  24. Ooooh the High Priestess.

    I have two favourites, one from the Druidcraft...working with the earth and the ancestors, connected to the "whole" yet knowing and keeping the mysteries, and the HP from the Gilded Tarot.

    I think if I had to, really had to, select one of these two it would be the Gilded High Priestess. She seems to be in a state of ecstasy...she floats above a lake of glistening water, calm emotions she has learned to tame, the crescent moon shines behind her making the diamonds on her diaphanous gown and head-dress sparkle. Two pillars hold mechanical objects, you feel that she is the one who knows how to make them work, there is mystery there but it is a joyful hidden thing, I think the only problem with this High Priestess would be figuring out how to bring her down from her rapture long enough to talk to you ;)

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  25. Hi Sara/Sage,

    Thanks for sharing that, your comment made me laugh. Yes, the Gilded is a gorgeous one - are you tempted by the Gilded Royale when it comes out? Anyhow, enough enabling, you're in the draw :)

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  26. I don't know which deck this High Priestess is from and so would welcome a steer if anyone knows, but I rather like this one :)
    http://perfumepharmer.com/organic-perfume-skincare-remedies/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/high_priestess_card_41.jpeg

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  27. Hi Ania,

    I can see why you like her: bold colours and she's got a sword! No messing with her :D

    I have no idea which deck she's from. Hmm, you could run a "Guess The Deck" competition on Facebook and get all those Tarot-holics to help you find out ;)

    Anyhow, you're in the draw :)

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  28. Good idea, Chloe, the Tarptholics are bound to know :D

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  29. Nooo! Dont tempt me!! ;)

    Ania...I've had a look for that card and tineye.com only has one match on a Spanish (I think) blog. Intriguing!

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  30. My favourite High Priestess card is from the Sacred Circle deck. I think it represents all that the High Priestess is about and the colours/mood of the card really appeal to me. :)

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  31. Hi Patsy,

    Another purple fan :) I have to agree she's quite lovely, and I like the little purple pool at her feet, as well as the Sacred Circle behind her.

    Good luck in tomorrow's draw :)

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