“She is so bright and glorious that you cannot look at her face or her garments for the splendor with which she shines. For she is terrible with the terror of the avenging lightning, and gentle with the goodness of the bright sun; and both her terror and her gentleness are incomprehensible to humans…. But she is with everyone and in everyone, and so beautiful is her secret that no person can know the sweetness with which she sustains people, and spares them in inscrutable mercy.”
― Hildegard of Bingen
This quote about the Divine Feminine is so rich and beautiful that I barely want to add more words to this post but let me elaborate for the sake of the Hero’s Journey Challenge.
When I turned over the High Priestess from the Tarot Decoratif, I realised that my second trial would be about the Shadow Divine Feminine – she who colludes with Patriarchy and who lurks within us all. The shadow across her face wasn’t intentional but seems so perfect for what is happening now.
My challenge is to be transparent about her presence in her my life and to also call her out when I see her at work in others so that we can all begin to wake up from this nightmare and stand strong as Sisters in Spirit.
With Her, the magic returns and the bleakness takes on colour again
Traditionally, the High Priestess is associated with The Moon and Mother Mary as well as Isis. She represents inner knowing, silence, secrets, mysteries, intuition and on the shadow side she can be a manipulator of emotions, take on the role of ‘the other woman’ or be in service to patriarchy.
She is the keeper of secrets and sometimes when she shows up, it means that the gentle light of revelation is about to fall on us so that we can see what is lurking in our own shandows – Her trials are of the quiet sort. Nobody sees them on the outside but they can can turn night to day and vice versa.