Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Don't you love it? The High Priestess herself (of New Orleans) seems with me now ;-)) Posted by Picasa

12 Comments:

Blogger mythosandbios said...

Yes I do ... and in fact, since first seeing that card, I have been eyeing such 'veils' for the back door of the house. You can get some great-painted ones. It feels so right!

11:12 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Can't you just hear those cowrie shells click as she pulls them apart? Do they have "cowrie shell veins"? Hang on, I want one too! Not to hang on the doorway though, rather, between lounge/bedroom area and kitchen, if wide enough ;-))

2:55 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Check her name too: triple "mem" ("mar", "lav", "eau" in Latin and French respectively)... Perhaps the path of "mem" really equates to the High Priestess path up the middle of the Tree?
;-))

2:57 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Oops, I meant that second post to read, "cowrie shell veils"... d'oh! lol

2:58 pm  
Blogger Flavio said...

I know nothing about Voodoo but this deck looks interesting for the pics you had posted recently.

My first impression was appearance is pretty much like the World Spirit.

This a completly different high priestess for what I've seen but remains mysterious, this one really made wonder what is behind the "veil"

6:41 am  
Blogger Flavio said...

Oh my gooddess! I've just learn she actually exsited!

6:43 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Must check out the World Spirit for comparison, Flavio; nice pic you have there, by the way! ;-))

6:59 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

What made you say that, Flavio? I see very little resemblance, from what I have seen of the World Spirit! ;-P

7:14 am  
Blogger mythosandbios said...

For a long time I wore a cowrie shell necklace ... just loved it. It fell apart - gotta stop showering with my jewellry on LOL. But, to cut a long story short, a couple of the shells have ended up on my Holy Man banner - which you, of course, have seen at it's full size.

I know what Flavio means about really wanting to see what is behind the veil. I have not experienced that with any other HP.

Check her name too: triple "mem" ("mar", "lav", "eau" in Latin and French respectively)... Perhaps the path of "mem" really equates to the High Priestess path up the middle of the Tree?
;-))

Now there is a truly interesting observation ... in my yet to be painted version I want that waterfall behind her, and the pool at her feet. She is so watery so the letter 'mem' really does relate beautifully, and I can feel the water pouring down the middle pillar into manifestation.

8:34 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Interesting that she also came up in both a feng shui reading, and as the outcome in a 'straight' Celtic cross for a new tenant here: I feel I must respect her as such, although we must both jealously guard our space, at this point! (I carried out the readings in the lounge-, common-room, as there we have more table-space, and room to sit down comfortably together)... But with the HP, you get the feeling that she will reveal her 'mysteries' when and as she sees fit; 'energy' also a critical issue, because I found myself not only falling asleep after the readings at Tarot Cafe, but also drained and nodding off relatively early last night, and did in fact have to excuse myself to crash... Fine after a good night's sleep, and some ruthless kitchen feng shui this morning though! ;-))

Interesting connection between the HP and the Hierophant, though: the HP as the original, esoteric 'receiver of the mysteries', and the Hierophant as their exoteric, dogmatic expounder, as official head and representative of the hierarchy? Funny, that the HP finds herself a generally accepted member of the hierarchy, seeing as you can also group her with the 'wild' or idiosyncratic cards of the Fool and Magician - as the official representative of the 'wild' or unseen Empress/Goddess? ;-))

Of course you cannot see the full revelation of the HP's mysteries in the official, public Hierophant version; hence the few remaining cowries officially preserved there... probably best known only to the HP herself ;-))

9:52 am  
Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

Very, very cool conversation thread here. Marie Laveau certainly got everyone talking, didn't she ? I'm now off to check out Mythos' blog, and will drop in to say hello to Flavio too.

And don't forget that it's Sunday today, which is www.postsecret.com day. Enjoy.

11:47 am  
Blogger Flavio said...

The resemblance I found between this deck and the World Spirit is the drawing technique, the WS was made carving into some plates the "negative" of the actual drawing, this Voodoo deck looks pretty much like that.

On the other hand, the Magician of the WS is handling the 4 suit tools while doing Voodoo, take a look at it, hope you find it interesting.

5:21 am  

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