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Tarot Birth Cards – Justice/High Priestess

Justice/High Priestess (Papess)

Theme:

The theme for a 11/2 lifetime is bringing life into a sense of balance through the analyzing and synthesizing of ideas. Learning to trust in yourself, your intuition, and your psychic abilities.

Justice and the High Priestess (Papess) represent form the gateway into an 11/2 lifetime. Justice (ruled by the planet Libra) places focus on harmony, understanding others, and finding a sense of balance in life. Libra is by nature active and social, with the need to balance between nurturing self and helping others.

The High Priestess (Papess) is ruled by the Moon, which places focus on our inner selves, our inner needs, intuition, unconscious, and psychic abilities. Here we are looking at reacting, rather than taking action. The nature here is a passive one.

The path that the individual walks is one that addresses bringing a sense of balance to life through analyzing and synchronizing ideas.

Astrological Associations:

Justice: Libra
The High Priestess (Papess): The Moon

Keywords:

Justice: the need to bring balance, past lessons, debts paid, success in legal matters, refusal to recognize the need for balancing, past debts not addressed
The High Priestess (Papess): intuition, knowledge, in tune with inner self, connection with the feminine mysteries, anima (female sense of self), psychic ability, connection with dreamtime, lacking intuition, blocking information, negative nature, coldness, insincerity

How Does An 11/2 Individual Empower Themselves?

Personal empowerment is the ability to focus our personal and spiritual energy in a manner that enhances how we experience our life. As we define our true power, we actualize out potential and begin to live life from a core of inner confidence.

In empowering ourselves, we set the conditions so that we can:

* Find our inner voice … who we are as an individual.
* Take charge of making our own decisions … not allowing other people’s wishes/needs to over-ride our own.
* Understand why we are dissatisfied with our life, and determine what will give us a feeling of satisfaction.
* Take control of our life … make the impact that we wish to make on the world/
* Integrate ourselves within our local and global communities.
* Be proud to be the person behind the mechanics of our own life.
* Know that we have the power to manifest our own lives … in any area that we wish to manifest in.
* Make life transitions easily.

We are whatever we tell ourselves we are. If we don’t understand why we are making the decisions that we are making, if we find that our decisions/actions are not making us happy, that they are not taking us where we want to go, then we have a disconnect somewhere. Our Birth Cards help us to understand the landscape of each lifetime, to focus on what is important, to understand where our focus needs to be, and to understand what internal resources we have to draw from.

Questions to ask ourselves focusing on Justice:

* What is out of balance in your life?
* Where do you need to receive justice?
* Where do you need to make amends and bring about justice?
* What decisions are you currently making?
* Are you seeing the pros and cons clearly?
* What are the possible consequences of your actions?

Questions to ask ourselves focusing on the High Priestess (Papess):

* What wisdom are you seeking at this time?
* Where are you in the cycle of life?
* How connected are you with dreamtime?
* Where do you seek your answers?

Affirmations:

Justice is all about balance, and the ability to make decisions. When we focus on Justice for the basis for our affirmation. We want to keep this in mind. Sample affirmations for Justice are:

* All of my decisions are authentic to who I am, and to what I believe.
* I bring balance into my life easily and effortlessly.
* I expect to give justice with grace, as well as to accept it with same.
* I balance the pros and cons of each decision that I make,
* I try to see all sides of each issue/situation that I am faced with.
* Justice is a process that applies to me as well as others.
* I am held accountable for my thoughts and my actions.
* I set the foundation for my future with my present decisions and actions.
* I understand the difference between justice and revenge, and choose to seek justice.

The High Priestess is all about feminine mysteries, dreamtime, and connection with our intuitive/psychic abilities. Sample affirmations for the High Priestess (Papess) are:

*The wisdom that I seek is to be found within me.
* I use good judgment in all things.
* I honor the wisdom that comes tome in dreamtime.
* I experience a strong connection with the Divine.
* I pay attention to and honor the voice within me.
* I easily understand the wisdom coming to me.
* I place the wisdom that comes to me actively in my life.
* I remember my dreams with ease.
* My intuition guides me in challenging situations.
* I use my insights in all areas of my life to make better decisions and take more appropriate actions.

Gifts/Abilities/Challenges:

Justice:

Gifts: balance without prejudice, ability to adjust quickly, ability to fair decisions, making amends, being true to one’s own beliefs

Abilities: to be able to bring a sense of balance to life

Challenges: not accepting responsibility for the consequences of your actions, making decisions without looking at all of the factors, being illogical, being disconnected from your higher self

High Priestess (Papess):

Gifts: connect with intuition/psychic ability, connection to the feminine mysteries, aligning with the cycles of life, accepting/believing in your own intuition

Abilities: working with hidden wisdom

Challenges: spending too much time in the mental realm, inability to listen to or accept intuition, fear of the unconscious/unknown, acting in a superficial manner

Template For Working With Gifts/Abilities/Challenges:

* Define the area or issue being worked with.
* Define which Birth Card energies are involved.
* Define where on the spectrum of the Birth Card the energy is manifesting. (Very positive to very negative.)
* Define whether the energy is being manifested, blocked, or simply not being recognized.
* Define what type of energy is needed to bring the Seeker back into balance.
* Looking at both of the Seeker’s Birth Cards, determine which gifts/abilities can best be used to return the Seeker to a balanced state.

Summary:

In an 11/2 lifetime, Justice and the High Priestess (Papess) act together to help you find the truth in your life. Justice asks that you slow down, that you take your time with the decisions that you need to make. With Justice there is a need to find where your balance point is, where you will find harmony in your life. The High Priestess (Papess) asks that you listen to your inner wisdom, that your decisions be based on a deep inner knowing.

Justice asks that we accept responsibility for our thoughts and actions, and for the consequences of same. With Justice we see the process that got us where we are, and are able to bring a balance to our conscious and unconscious thoughts. The High Priestess (Papess) asks that we turn inward for our answers, that we align ourselves with spirit.

In this lifetime, information is processed. Justice does so in an active manner, gathering information, then discarding everything not connected to the core issue. Everything must be brought out into the light of day, in the name of bringing a sense of balance to the Seeker. Justice can appear as a very abrupt archetype, stating its case in no uncertain terms. The scales of justice and the sword of truth leave no room for compromise.

The High Priestess (Papess) takes a more passive, internal path to the truth. Her voice is the silent voice of spirit … a voice that is like an all pervasive mist that surrounds the Seeker. The High Priestess (Papess) looks for truth through spirit. She is attuned to the natural rhythms of life.

Note: Scans are from the Tarot Lovers Tarot (Karyn Easton, Schiffer Books, 2013).

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

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Birth Card Pairs – Justice/High Priestess

Justice/High Priestess (Papess)


Theme:

The theme for a 11/2 lifetime is bringing life into a sense of balance through the analyzing and synthesizing of ideas. Learning to trust in yourself, your intuition, and your psychic abilities.
Justice and the High Priestess (Papess) represent form the gateway into an 11/2 lifetime. Justice (ruled by the planet Libra) places focus on harmony, understanding others, and finding a sense of balance in life. Libra is by nature active and social, with the need to balance between nurturing self and helping others.
The High Priestess (Papess) is ruled by the Moon, which places focus on our inner selves, our inner needs, intuition, unconscious, and psychic abilities. Here we are looking at reacting, rather than taking action. The nature here is a passive one.

The path that the individual walks is one that addresses bringing a sense of balance to life through analyzing and synchronizing ideas.

Astrological Associations:

Justice: Libra
The High Priestess (Papess): The Moon

Keywords:

Justice: the need to bring balance, past lessons, debts paid, success in legal matters, refusal to recognize the need for balancing, past debts not addressed

The High Priestess (Papess): intuition, knowledge, in tune with inner self, connection with the feminine mysteries, anima (female sense of self), psychic ability, connection with dreamtime, lacking intuition, blocking information, negative nature, coldness, insincerity

How Does An 11/2 Individual Empower Themselves?

Personal empowerment is the ability to focus our personal and spiritual energy in a manner that enhances how we experience our life. As we define our true power, we actualize out potential and begin to live life from a core of inner confidence.

In empowering ourselves, we set the conditions so that we can:

* Find our inner voice … who we are as an individual.
* Take charge of making our own decisions … not allowing other people’s wishes/needs to over-ride our own.
* Understand why we are dissatisfied with our life, and determine what will give us a feeling of satisfaction.
* Take control of our life … make the impact that we wish to make on the world/
* Integrate ourselves within our local and global communities.
* Be proud to be the person behind the mechanics of our own life.
* Know that we have the power to manifest our own lives … in any area that we wish to manifest in.
* Make life transitions easily.

We are whatever we tell ourselves we are. If we don’t understand why we are making the decisions that we are making, if we find that our decisions/actions are not making us happy, that they are not taking us where we want to go, then we have a disconnect somewhere. Our Birth Cards help us to understand the landscape of each lifetime, to focus on what is important, to understand where our focus needs to be, and to understand what internal resources we have to draw from.

Questions to ask ourselves focusing on Justice:

* What is out of balance in your life?
* Where do you need to receive justice?
* Where do you need to make amends and bring about justice?
* What decisions are you currently making?
* Are you seeing the pros and cons clearly?
* What are the possible consequences of your actions?

Questions to ask ourselves focusing on the High Priestess (Papess):

* What wisdom are you seeking at this time?
* Where are you in the cycle of life?
* How connected are you with dreamtime?
* Where do you seek your answers?

Affirmations:

Justice is all about balance, and the ability to make decisions. When we focus on Justice for the basis for our affirmation. We want to keep this in mind. Sample affirmations for Justice are:

* All of my decisions are authentic to who I am, and to what I believe.
* I bring balance into my life easily and effortlessly.
* I expect to give justice with grace, as well as to accept it with same.
* I balance the pros and cons of each decision that I make,
* I try to see all sides of each issue/situation that I am faced with.
* Justice is a process that applies to me as well as others.
* I am held accountable for my thoughts and my actions.
* I set the foundation for my future with my present decisions and actions.
* I understand the difference between justice and revenge, and choose to seek justice.

The High Priestess is all about feminine mysteries, dreamtime, and connection with our intuitive/psychic abilities. Sample affirmations for the High Priestess (Papess) are:

* The wisdom that I seek is to be found within me.
* I use good judgment in all things.
* I honor the wisdom that comes tome in dreamtime.
* I experience a strong connection with the Divine.
* I pay attention to and honor the voice within me.
* I easily understand the wisdom coming to me.
* I place the wisdom that comes to me actively in my life.
* I remember my dreams with ease.
* My intuition guides me in challenging situations.
* I use my insights in all areas of my life to make better decisions and take more appropriate actions.

Gifts/Abilities/Challenges:

Justice:

Gifts: balance without prejudice, ability to adjust quickly, ability to fair decisions, making amends, being true to one’s own beliefs

Abilities: to be able to bring a sense of balance to life

Challenges: not accepting responsibility for the consequences of your actions, making decisions without looking at all of the factors, being illogical, being disconnected from your higher self

High Priestess (Papess):

Gifts: connect with intuition/psychic ability, connection to the feminine mysteries, aligning with the cycles of life, accepting/believing in your own intuition

Abilities: working with hidden wisdom

Challenges: spending too much time in the mental realm, inability to listen to or accept intuition, fear of the unconscious/unknown, acting in a superficial manner

Template For Working With Gifts/Abilities/Challenges:

* Define the area or issue being worked with.
* Define which Birth Card energies are involved.
* Define where on the spectrum of the Birth Card the energy is manifesting. (Very positive to very negative.)
* Define whether the energy is being manifested, blocked, or simply not being recognized.
* Define what type of energy is needed to bring the Seeker back into balance.
* Looking at both of the Seeker’s Birth Cards, determine which gifts/abilities can best be used to return the * Seeker to a balanced state.

Summary:

In an 11/2 lifetime, Justice and the High Priestess (Papess) act together to help you find the truth in your life. Justice asks that you slow down, that you take your time with the decisions that you need to make. With Justice there is a need to find where your balance point is, where you will find harmony in your life. The High Priestess (Papess) asks that you listen to your inner wisdom, that your decisions be based on a deep inner knowing.

Justice asks that we accept responsibility for our thoughts and actions, and for the consequences of same. With Justice we see the process that got us where we are, and are able to bring a balance to our conscious and unconscious thoughts. The High Priestess (Papess) asks that we turn inward for our answers, that we align ourselves with spirit.

In this lifetime, information is processed. Justice does so in an active manner, gathering information, then discarding everything not connected to the core issue. Everything must be brought out into the light of day, in the name of bringing a sense of balance to the Seeker. Justice can appear as a very abrupt archetype, stating its case in no uncertain terms. The scales of justice and the sword of truth leave no room for compromise.

The High Priestess (Papess) takes a more passive, internal path to the truth. Her voice is the silent voice of spirit … a voice that is like an all pervasive mist that surrounds the Seeker. The High Priestess (Papess) looks for truth through spirit. She is attuned to the natural rhythms of life.

(c) 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Thursday Night Tarot – Justice/High Priestess

This is the second in a series of conversations between the Birth Card pairs and Jason C. Lotterhand, through “The Thursday Night Tarot”, (edited by Arisa Victor). The host for this series is the Fool, representing the individual taking the journey. The second Birth Card pair up are Justice and the High Priestess.

Fool:  Welcome to the second episode in this series of conversations. Information discussed here is based on Jason C. Lotterhand’s work, as presented in “The Thursday Night Tarot”. Something to keep in mind before we enter into this conversation is the theme for the Justice/High Priestess duo: “Bringing life into a sense of balance – analyzing and synthesizing of ideas. Learning to trust in yourself, your intuition, and your psychic abilities.” To my left is Justice, to my right is the High Priestess, and to the High Priestess’s right we have Mr. Lotterhand. Thank you all for being here. Justice, you may begin.

Justice: I would like to thank Mr. Lotterhand and the High Priestess for being here, and the Fool for hosting this series. As we all know, Birth Cards work in pairs. However, we all carry our own identity. Through Mr. Lotterhand’s work, we hope to clarify who we are to those who carry our energy.

Mr. Lotterhand, you talk about my purpose as that of holding equilibrium, and that I am the exchange point through which the other Birth Cards transmit their energy. What exactly does this mean?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Justice (Key 11) deals with the concept of equilibrium as being of great importance. Spirit works through Justice to direct everything within ourselves, and within the physical world. Justice acts as our subconscious … it is always there for us, often to save us from ourselves. Work and Action are two of your keywords. The Sword of Severity is a tool given to us to define what we want in life.

Justice: How do we find out what it is that we really want in life?.

Jason C. Lotterhand: It is very simple – through the process of elimination. What we see as obstacles we eliminate. This is how we learn discrimination. Discrimination allows us to know what we want, and to define it in a very precise manner.

Justice: You state that when obstacles are in our way, we are not happy, and that when we are not happy, it is the same as being ill. How do we cultivate happiness – i.e. wellness?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Wellness underlies the total experience of the Tarot. Through Justice, we learn to nurture our health by being careful. This means eliminating anything in your life t hat run s counter to the laws of nature. You can, of course, ignore this, but there are consequences!

Justice: Do you have any last words for our audience?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Bringing balance into our lives means not cultivating any one aspect of yourself at the expense of other aspects. The key is to approach life as a gourmet, not a gormand!

Fool: Thank you, Justice, and you, Mr. Lotterhand. High Priestess, I am turning the podium over to you.

High Priestess: Thank you, Fool. I would like to thank Justice and Mr. Lotterhand for being here, and the Fool for acting as host. Mr. Lotterhand, you indicate that I represent the Divine Mother on the Tree of Life, and the feminine principle in the Cabala.  (Note: This is the spelling from the book, “Thursday Night Tarot”.). How does my energy work in people’s lives?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Interesting question! Energy means very little if it is not applied. In the Cabalistic world, the universe is mind-centered, mind-constructed, and mind-supported. This is the nurturing principle – our minds are supported by the Great Mind. The power in Key 2 (the High Priestess) represents the subconscious, and the feminine element. This energy is meant to respond to the self-conscious, male oriented energy typical of Key 1 (the Magician). The relationship between these two archetypes is crucial.

Without an exchange between male and female principles, nothing happens in life. Nothing. The principles are equal to each other – one is not stronger, or above the other. The High Priestess protects us, and always reminds us that we are born of mind, and that we ARE mind.

High Priestess: Please explain to our audience how the element of water come to represent my energy.

Jason C. Lotterhand: Water represents the unconscious – as water flows, so does our unconscious. It is one of the main symbols for the High Priestess. Water contains everything in solution, and can precipitate anything out of itself. Mind does not change … it holds all things in potential. (This is the mystery of the High Priestess. My thought, not Mr. Lotterhand’s.) The mind is endlessly fruitful, but we have to learn how to use it.

High Priestess: Alchemists are among my favorite people. Could you talk about them for a moment, please?

Jason C. Lotterhand: There are two types of people. One type of person will find extraordinary things within themselves. The second type of person is referred to as an alchemist – they are interested in knowing the nature of Reality. This is, indeed, the spirit of science, and is at the heart of every scientist. Their wisdom comes from intuition. From the point of view of the Tarot, their wisdom comes from the High Priestess, the guardian of the mysteries. The key to connecting with the High Priestess is to still the mind … then information will flow from her to us.

High Priestess: My crown is representative of the phases of the moon. Please tell ou audience why this is important.

Jason C. Lotterhand: The phases of the moon represent cycles … in this case, the cycles of life. Within the High Priestess is the principle of duplication – necessary for any type of reproduction. Her law insures continuity of life.

High Priestess: Do you have any last words for our audience? Jason C. Lotterhand:  We create the life around us. We are creating illusion. Through the use of meditation we can access the energy of the High Priestess. Through her, we see the whole picture of ourselves, who we are, where we came from, where we are, and where we are going. We come to an educated response to “What is it that I really want?”

Remember – the Divine Mother loves and guides us all!

Please note: These are, of course, imaginary conversations. The information has been taken from “The Thursday Night Tarot”, Jason C. Lotterhand, edited by Arisa Victor, Newcastle Publishing Co. Inc, 1989. Any errors in translation are mine, and mine alone.

Images are from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, by Karyn Easton (http://paranormality.com)

 © September 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Thursday Night Tarot

 

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Conversation Overheard – Justice/High Priestess

Conversation Overheard –

Justice/High Priestess

I have been trying to think of ways in which I could make the Birth Card pairs come to life. I thought that it might be fun to have a Birth Card pair chatting over coffee or drinks. I was going to work with the gentlest Birth Card pair that I could find, just so the conversation would be, shall we say, a “nice, quiet one” Best laid plans, and all of that. The first two individuals that choose to speak were the ones that were the hardest for me to write about – The Devil and The Lovers. They choose to speak over drinks … fair warning! Today’s Birth Card pair are Justice and the High Priestess. These are two calm, dignified ladies. We join them over lunch at . The High Priestess is represented by Jaqueline Lefevre, dark haired, with deep brown eyes. Justice is represented by Edith LeCroix, blond, with gray eyes.

Scene: The Baguette Cafe, in Las Vegas. It is a noon on a weekday, and the cafe is humming with activity. The decor is in subtle shades of cream and pale blue, the tables covered with gleaming white cloths. The atmosphere is one of “doing business”. You just know that serious things are happening at these innocent looking tables! Two women are seated at a table in a bay window overlooking a gardened terrace. The shorter woman, Jacqueline Lefevre, is seated on the left hand side of the table. Her dark hair tumbles over her shoulders, and her light pink suit is complimented by gold earrings and a gold necklace. She is wearing mauve open toed heels, and carrying a mauve clutch purse. Sitting opposite her is Edith LeCroix. Slightly taller than Jaqueline, she has short blond hair, and is wearing a light blue business suit. She is wearing light gray heels, and carrying a light gray clutch purse. Both women favor French nails, cut short.

The waiter appears at their table. “Are you ladies ready to order?”

“Yes, please”, Jaqueline responded. “I would like an omelet pannini, with a small salad and coffee.”

Edith smiled – “Ever the omelets!”

Jaqueline laughed. “I know, I am very predictable!”

Edith looked up at the waiter. “I will have the soup of the day, a side salad, and a croissant.”

The waiter responded “And what would you like to drink with that?”

“Please bring me coffee.”

As the waiter hurried away to place their order, the two women looked at each other.

“Jacqueline, I am so glad that you could make it for lunch. We never seem to have much time to check in with each other any more.”

“I know, the world seems to be moving so fast. It is sometimes hard to stay grounded, and yet do what we need to do. It was a wonder that we found this place – a bit of a respite in the busy world of day to day life. I have never seen so many people in one place who know who they are, why they are here, and where they are going.”

“And here I thought people came here for the food!” Edith laughed.

Jaqueline raised her eyebrow in mock severity. “I know very well that you can see the lights dancing around most of the people sitting here. This café is a point of contact for those ready to move into the future, and those who have made the agreement to help them get there.”

“And here I thought that I was the serious one!” Edith picked up her delicate coffee cup, inhaling deeply of the rich scent. “My guess is that many, if not all of the people here have worked with you.”

“Yes, they have. Either that, or they have worked with people who have worked with me. The mysteries can be accessed in many different ways, but it has to be direct access. There really is not need at this time for an intermediary. The Prophets and seers of ancient times were there because people were not ready to access the wisdom directly. They needed the sense of “one off” to be comfortable.”

Both women were silent for a moment, reflecting on times past. “Access to the mysteries has actually made my job a bit easier.” Edith smiled as she said that. “The human race knows that is needs to be accountable for itself, for thoughts and actions. And they are recognizing that this is on a global, country, city, local community, and individual basis. Blaming the individual or entity above them for the consequences of some action no longer holds true. Fairness and equality are spiritual qualities, only reflected through the laws of the land. We still see different versions of “As Above, So Below” in different countries, but the thought is there.”

The waiter brought their lunch, placing it before them with a flourish. “Is there anything else that I can get you ladies?”

Both women indicated that they were fine, and began eating their lunch. The Baguette was known for the quality of its food – calling itself a café was a misnomer. The menu had a decidedly French flair, and the food was always fresh and plentiful.

“Is there any way that I can be of help to you? Anything that I can make known that would increase the consciousness of accountability?”

Edith responded “No, I don’t think so. We don’t want to make too much available too soon. This is a very precarious time for humans – they are taking in wisdom at an enormously accelerated rate, but we still don’t want to overload them.”

“I agree. I am pleased to see that they are taking accountability. They are floundering with the greening of earth, but they will learn. Mother Earth has a way of speaking up for herself – she won’t allow the balance of nature to get too precarious. What was will never be again – many species are extinct, many more about to be – but that was written into the Master Plan. It is simply that it can go no further.”

Their waiter was standing at their table, ready to clear the lunch dishes. “What would you ladies like for desert?” he asked.

They both spoke at the same time: “The sampler plate, please!”

The waiter smiled. “Would you like more coffee with that, or perhaps a glass of wine?”

They both asked for more coffee, which was immediately refilled. In the blink of an eye they had a lovely blue patterned plate in front of them. It was covered with a lace doily, upon which were placed several small cakes and bon bons.

The women drank their coffee and devoured the pastries. This was heaven! Every day should have a respite like this!

The check was paid, and Jacqueline and Edith exited together. It would have been of interest to anyone watching them that as they turned to walk down the sidewalk there was a sparkle of energy in the air, then nothing. Both women had vanished. The waiter smiled – he knew they would be wherever they needed to be, and that they would with certainty grace the café again.

The images shown are from the “Tarot Lovers’ Tarot”, by Karyn Easton (http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml).

© July 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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