Have you ever had opportunities come your way that didn’t excite you? It doesn’t make sense to your friends or family members and it doesn’t really make sense to you. In your right mind you should be delighted. But something doesn’t feel right. This card with the fellow sitting under the tree in contemplation, some would say meditation, who has chosen to ignore the three golden cups standing at attention by his feet or the one being offered by a hand coming out of a cloud in the sky (very much like the hand of God) signals a state of ambivalence. His arms are folded across his chest in a defensive posture. He’s chosen to retreat within himself. Perhaps he seeks a deeper alignment with his true self. Will you meditate this week and ask yourself the question, “What do I want?”
A knight in armor rests on a bier in a church. His hands are in prayer position. Three swords hang on the wall pointing downwards, one sword rests horizontally underneath. We feel this is a time of rest and stasis. A nurturing scene of a woman and child is illustrated in the stained glass window. Have you been going and going? Perhaps to finish a project, or start one? It is now time for a rest, especially in the realm of mental activity. This card reminds us that after much activity, perhaps tension and stress, it is necessary to step back, be silent in solitude and re-charge one’s battery. Some meditation to clear your mind would be very good at this time…and always.
Whenever I pull a Major Arcana card reversed I tend to interpret the reversal as a call to take the message of the card inwards. We know the Major Arcana is a group in the tarot deck having to do with great life lessons. Therefore it stands to reason that the reversal points to an internal focus rather than the customary delays or postponements of everyday situations. Perhaps there is a resistance or lack of awareness of a certain energy or practice. The High Priestess sits on her throne wearing beautiful blue robes the color of spiritual knowledge. She guards the veil to the unknown and those wishing to see beyond are instructed to look within. And so I dedicate 5-10 minutes daily THIS WEEK to meditate and listen to my inner voice. If I don’t hear anything I will look for signs in other phenomena. I will abide within and wait upon my soul. For the High Priestess encourages me with her mystical gaze to peer within for the answers I long to find. Will you join me in this practice?