The Papess Tarot Card Meaning and Art Visconti B Tarot Deck Fragment
About the Deck
(aka Pierpont Morgan Bergamo Tarot Deck) One of the earliest Tarot Decks, the Pierpont Morgan Deck is entirely gilded, with fine paintings upon it.
It is estimated to have been produced around 1451 or 1452, possibly for a triumphal event in 1453.
Italy, c. 1452.
According to Many Schools of Thought
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.
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education
Conceit, Ignorance, Unskilfulness, Superficial Knowledge.