The Papess Tarot Card Meaning and Art Tarot Genoves Deck
About the Deck
A reproduction of an authentic Genovean Tarot exhibited at the Fournier Playing Card Museum.
Genova, Italy. 1887.
DescriptionA woman crowned with a high mitre or tiara (her head encircled by a veil), a stole (or a solar cross) upon her breast, and the Book of Science open in her hand. She represents Science, Wisdom, or Knowledge.
Meaning of The Papess from the Tarot Genoves Deck
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education;
Conceit, Ignorance, Unskillfulness, Superficial Knowledge.
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.