I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Wild Unknown High Priestess tarot card shows a tiger. She sits under a black sky and a crescent moon – the first of many crescent moons we will see in this deck. Before her chest sits an sphere colored with blue and purple. This provides the only splash of color in the otherwise black and white card.
Her expression seems both serene & alert as she gazes to the left of the card. The Magician looked to the right. In one symbolic interpretation, the ‘right’ direction represents light & objectivity. The ‘left’ direction of the High Priestess, in this interpretation, represents dark & subjectivity. This interpretation seems even more apt when I consider that the Magician was surrounded by glowing, sun-like rays, while the High Priestess is enveloped in a dark sky.
The sphere contains swirling blues & purples, colors that represent spiritual receptivity & intuition. This brings to mind the ethereal energy of dreams, mysteries, and spiritual knowledge. Instead of the energy emanating from without and being channeled, as in the Magician, the energy is channeled inward and concentrated in this sphere.
The High Priestess does not try to ‘pin down’ the sphere. Rather, her paws are spread out around it, suggesting complete confidence in her inner knowing. Notice again the contrast with the Magician, who rested his paws on the pentacle. He also stood upright on his haunches, with his neck turned. She is laying down with a relaxed posture.
This shows that the High Priestess knows how to be immersed in dreams, visions and the world of the psyche without letting them overcome her – but also without her needing to overcome them. While the Magician’s ultimate ideal is “doing,” we see here the ultimate ideal of the High Priestess is “being.”