The Papess Tarot Card Meaning and Art Marseilles Pattern Tarot Deck
About the Deck
Marseilles Pattern Tarot Deck
A typical French tarot pattern.
France, 18th Century
According to Many Schools of Thought
A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings
The High Priestess, the Pope Joan, or Female Pontiff; early expositors have sought to term this card the Mother, or Pope's Wife, which is opposed to the symbolism. It is sometimes held to represent the Divine Law and the Gnosis, in which case the Priestess corresponds to the idea of the Shekinah. She is the Secret Tradition and the higher sense of the instituted Mysteries.
S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education
Conceit, Ignorance, Unskilfulness, Superficial Knowledge.
Papus's Divinatory Meanings