Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The High Priestess (2)

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Visual Card Description:  Nefertari herself makes an appearance in this card.  She wears the royal vulture crown with two ostrich feathers and a sundisk, with a long, flowing, transparent white gown tied at the waist with a red cloth and a broad gold collar.  This is the same clothing she wears as depicted on the her temple walls at Abu Sembel. (dedicated to both her and Hathor/Hwt-Hrw)  These scenes are primarily concerned with life in the netherworld, meetings with netjeru and other semi-divine beings and entry into eternity.  On the top right and left background we have hieroglyphic gibberish.  She holds two jars out in offering, one of them white and black, the other white and red.  Behind her are two columns, one white and the other red, both of them with hieroglyphs on them.

Free association:  Divinity in the flesh, Contracts with deity, Purity, Devotion, Faith, Sacrifice, Service

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The High Priestess is a very spiritual card – often with sexual overtones. It can mean that the querent is in a phase where he or she is going to be much more physically attractive to others. She is tied to the moon, to femininity, and to inspiration.

This is a time to rely on your intuition and your inner knowledge, rather than your conscious mind or intellect. Pay attention to your dreams. Synchronicities are likely now. When the High Priestess appears in a man’s reading, she also often represents a woman that he will want badly; but whom he may not be able to get.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Study, severity of judgment, wisdom, intuition.  Occult sciences, platonic love, tendency to avoid ties.  Mature woman, the mysteries of femininity.

My interpretation:  Nefertari is the only Kemetic queen besides Queen Tiy to be deified during her lifetime.  She was especially devoted to Hathor/Hwt-Hrw, but this devotion did not express itself as a negation- on the contrary, Hathor/ Hwt-Hrw is a goddess of love, music and beauty; and fittingly, some of Nefertari’s titles include Great of Favors; Possessor of Charm and Sweetness and Love.*  As with most people who had the means to have tombs built for them, many of the scenes are devoted to her entry into eternal life.

This card seeks a balance between the everyday life and mystical, soul-feeding spirituality.  One can calculate  between one option or another, but sometimes it is as simple as searching our inner knowing, with the help of our deities.

Written by Bastemhet

May 7, 2013 at 6:47 am

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