2. H I G H P R I E S T E S S
2. H I G H P R I E S T E S S The High Priestess turns her face to the sky. She basks in the radiance the stars cast upon her upturned cheeks. She soaks in that tremulous incandescent light, feeling it glow within her mind, opening corridors and dancing into filigree patterns. The stars chant: we were here when the mountains were young and the sea was only a dream we've seen the hills bloom with countless millions of seasons we've watched the clouds paint their visions in a slow language across the centuries let us speak At the light brush of a moth's wing across her palm, she turns her gaze to it. "Take this as a present to your mistress," she says. She plucks the filigree orb of light from the air and holds it out to the emissary of the Moth Queen. "I know my sister appreciates tales. Tell her that this holds the stories of the stars." The little orb pulses with a fiery heartbeat, and the moth flutters as if to acknowledge. Meaning: Wisdom, knowledge, learning, intuition, purity, virtue. The Owl is a keeper of knowledge, and he bears a key to unlock mysteries. The pomegranate is an icon of Persephone, who tasted the seeds and thus tied herself to Hades -- it is a fruit of fertility and death; and the moons embroidered upon her garments wax and wane. The new crescent, and gibbous moon that create the full cycle, embraced in one.