Prairie Tarot, by Robin Ator, we are faced with a rather buttoned-up High Priestess.
What a contrast to yesterday's Star card! Not only does she wear uncomfortable-looking clothes that cover her from neck to toes, but she stands behind a cloth-covered table, with drapes above her and pillars behind. There is a strange suggestion, though, that these pillars and drapes give out onto a lake and sky, or perhaps it's just a painted wall. She holds her hand over a glowing crystal ball, and her wire-rimmed glasses reflect its light, hiding her eyes from us. Her hair is pinned up in a tight bun - very schoolmarm-ish Once again, that sense of hiddenness, coveredness.
I guess the covering up of secrets might be something the High Priestess knows a lot about, though I associate her more with keeping silent than with actively hiding things. The magical glow of her crystal ball and glasses lends an air of the paranormal to this image. Somehow, I associate that more with Victorian parlour tricks than with deep knowing. Altogether, this isn't an image of the High Priestess which I warm to, though it's normally one of my favourite cards in most decks.
Still, today I would like a little of her insight, her seeing beyond the apparent. I have to write a verbatim - a report of what went on in a client session. Normally, I try to do these as soon as possible after the session, but I've been too ill to focus. So now I need to cast my mind back and see the session in my mind's eye. I hope this High Priestess will be willing to lend her help in this endeavour.
I am grateful for the marvels of memory.