One can see the resemblance the middle pillar shares with the High Priestess tarot card. At the sefirah, Keter the Priestess adorns her Moon crown; Keter, meaning crown, coinciding with the crown chakra. At the sefirah Tiferet, there is a cross over the Priestess’s heart; Tiferet coincides with the heart chakra. At the sefirah Yesod, which is ruled by the moon, there is a large crescent waning moon. And lastly, the water at the Priestess’s feet, which pours from her dress and onto the floor, represents the sefirah Malchut.
It is advised to forgive anyone who has caused you pain or harm. Keep in mind forgiveness is not for others. It is for you. Forgiving is not forgetting. It is remembering without anger. It frees up your power, heals your body, mind, and spirit. Forgiveness opens up a pathway to a new place of peace, where you can persist despite what happened to you. It will also create the spiritual channel needed for the life-force energy to ascend the kundalini, directly up the center of the Tree of Life within, where the High Priestess obtains the ‘at oneness’ with the Creator. In this sense, the High Priestess represents the Shekinah, the divine feminine aspect of God, also referred to as the Holy Spirit or the divine presence of God.
In ancient times, when the temple still existed, once a year on the holiest of days, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement – the Cohen (High Priest) dressed in white would enter the Holy of Holies (the inner sanctuary of the holy temple), while the people waited outside the temple. The Cohen priest would say the 72 Names of God in a specific formula to bless and sanctify the Jewish people on this holiest of days. In Jewish tradition, there is a secret behind the word Devir (or Dvir) and its correlation with the 72 Names of God that fully defines God. It is a formula made of 216 letters, and its origin is Exodus 14:19-21:
19) And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
20) And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
21) And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. Dividing the 216 letters of these sentences (in Hebrew) to thirds will give us 72 three-letter combinations.
It was the only time the priest entered the Holy of Holies, known as the Devir, wherein lay the original Ark of the Covenant. The word Dvir in Hebrew gematria equals 216. While inside the Devir, if his heart were pure, he would live. If his heart were not pure, he would die.
To truly transform their ego-nature, one must find their center. They will reconnect with the soul and learn to speak from the heart. The High Priestess is pictured here holding a Torah scroll, which is considered the (instruction) or ‘book of the law.’ Coincidentally, Aleister Crowley wrote The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis, outlining the principles of Thelema, and which corresponds elegantly with the High Priestess card.