High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil

High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil speaks to us about manifesting change into our environment.  The High Priestess absorbs the energy of the Moon that is reflected down to her.  The light of the Moon is an extended application of her powers.  In other words, the Light of the Moon is her tool.


High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil
High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil
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High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil

High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil brings to the eye of the advanced Tarot Card Reader, the Veil.  The advanced Tarot Card Reader then considers the Veil.  Whereas the beginner and intermediate Reader meditate (focuses) on all the other symbols contained in this Card, the advanced Reader turns to the Veil behind the High Priestess!

Hello there, fellow Tarot Readers, my name is Evergreen – of Tarot Reading By Evergreen.  I have read on Facebook, people talking about the Veil in the High Priestess Tarot Card.  Someone simply asked the following question:  What does the Veil on the High Priestess Card, represent?  And many gave excellent answers.  So I thought I would answer this question from my knowledge and understanding.

Of course, my answer comes from an esoteric perspective.  There are different esoteric schools of thoughts.  Mine is both the mystic’s, with a touch of the practical.

This perspective I learned as a girl from my mother and her father.  Subsequently, I followed through by meditating for many years on the question of the Veil.  The Veil can be mind-boggling at times.

I am not saying here that I am an initiate of any occult school of thought.  Such things are secretive anyways.  There are many esoteric (occult) teachers that teach many things.  For example, click on the Tarot de Marseille High Priestess, to read more about her.

In any case, to understand the Veil behind the High Priestess, is to become mind-boggled.  So I will try my best to keep it simple and to the point.  If anyone would like to attempt explaining it better than I, you are more than welcomed to do so…

We the audience

We the audience, are sitting before a play on a stage.  The High Priestess is up there on the stage.  She is up there, facing us as she sits on her throne.  To understand the Veil in the High Priestess Tarot Card, one needs to be a simple spectator of a play.

She readily informs us that she is giving us an audience with her, the High Priestess.  The reason why she is doing this, is so to give us instructions as how to go through the Veil behind her.  She reminds us, that our knowledge and understanding of manifestation is but human.  Nevertheless, with her guidance, we will be eventually let in through the Veil.

The High Priestess dutifully sits in-front of  the veil from this side, on the physical plane of existence.  That in the Veil, there is a guard to the astral and spiritual planes of existence.  And that the Veil prevents us from ‘manifesting our Will upon our physical and astral and spiritual existence’.  It’s as if someone had thrown a wet blanket over our knowledge and understanding of the plane of manifestation.

But now, we are sitting in her audience, and we will be given the knowledge and the understand concerning the Veil itself.  However, before she will ever give us her permission to even reach the Veil, she will teach us further about it, and give us a means test.

High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil invites us to enter the area where the Veil is situated, normally it is forbidden to us – unless we get permission to do so.  Getting the High Priestess’s permission to go there, is easier said than done.  But it is doable!

How is it doable?  By passing her means test!  Once we past the means test, then we must meet the person at the Veil.  Which is another story all together!

We cannot see in the High Priestess Card, the man in the Veil.  But he is there nevertheless.  When we reach the Veil, he will great us, and then let us through.  All the while when going through all this so to get to the other side of the Veil, we stay alive.  Once on the other side, we still will be alive.  And we are expected to return to the physical plane, once we are done manifesting.

Just like the High Priestess, we are human.  We have a human mind.  While going through the Veil, we keep our human mind.  Once beyond, however, we become even more aware of our human mind.  There, we need to let go of our human thinking.

Symbolism of the Veil

Symbolism of the Veil, is there to remind us how our human mind better understands the transcendent idea with symbols.  That region beyond the Veil is a region of consciousness “which transcends human thought”.  When we are faced with transcendental ideas, it is a good idea to transform our ideas into symbols.  Once we understand the symbol, we can formulate a ‘phrase’.  In a nutshell, this newly formulated phrase becomes powerful.  Powerful to manifest with!

I have meditated upon the Veil, and the phrase of manifestation for many years now.  I have not had many students, but those I have had usually prefer to go learn about colors and candles rather than phrase composing.  This is because, a phrase to manifest with – will not work for you if you don’t know how to compose it yourself.  Your energy is not my energy…

Some people have knowledge and understanding of how to put an impression into a phrase;  a phrase containing ideas that are at a higher level than our our own knowledge.  Some people experience great difficulty mastering phrase composition.  While other are but average at it.  That is because of their own, personal knowledge and understanding.  You need to know and understand the symbolism so to go beyond and reach the next level of knowledge and understanding.


High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil
High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil
Thoth High Priestess


Some Tarot Book authors are better than I when teaching about the Veil.  MacGregor and Crowley are superb teachers of it.  However, I much prefer Dion Fortune’s book on “Mystical Qabalah”, in so far as her describing the Veil in the High Priestess Card is concerned.  Because, Dion teaches it in her own writing style which is a fine writing style that I can easily understand concepts with.

Whereas I learned it through my mother’s teachings and through my own meditations upon it, Dion Fortune gets right to it and without any traps.  So it goes without saying, that the mystery of the Veil is no big secret anymore as many Tarot Masters have written a lot about the secrets of the Veil!

Understanding the Veil

Understanding the Veil requires that your mind be able to capture its concept.  Take the time to meditate on what it stands for.  What it’s symbolism means to you, not just about what it means to other Tarot Readers.  And then, you will get “impressions” of what it may mean.  Through meditating on its symbolism, the Veil becomes a symbol for your human mind that is capable of manifestation.

High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil
High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil

High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil is actually a “STOPGAP measure”.  When you see the image of the Veil in your astral mind’s eye, see the word “STOP”.  This stop prevents us from going somewhere in the astral or Astral Chakra world by combining sets of Majors Tarot Cards that are antagonistic to one another) that we simply cannot grasp with human understanding.  Suffice it to know, that the Veil (STOP) serves to stop the human subconscious from getting to the “origin of the idea that manifests what does not already exist”.

To paraphrase Dion Fortune (who took it from both MacGregor and Crowley), the Veil is erected at a certain point – so to block the Magician’s human mind from thinking about ‘the absolute’.  There is nothing the human mind cannot understand.  Our understanding knows no bounds.  But first, we need to meditate upon the Veil of Negative Existence so to fully grasp what it is all about”, Dion Fortune.

When we want to make manifest something into our environment, the Veil of Negative Existence becomes a “psychological convention” only.  It actually stands for the limits to our human knowledge and understanding.  When we want to manifest our will into our environment, we need to know and understand first, that both the physical and astral worlds we live in – is all set up the way that it is set up – so to support the human condition.

Once the Cosmos senses that we humans have manifested Chaos in our own astral and physical worlds, it gets to work right away so to restore it back to how it has always been before we changed it.  Nature does not tolerate we changing it in either the macro, nor the micro level.

When our human mind travels to the ‘Plane of Manifestation’, it unavoidably meets up with what is called “The First Cause”.  We enter the Plane of Manifestation (through the Veil), so to manifest our Will; the ego wanting what the ego wants.  And when entering the Plane of Manifestation, we become face to face with the previous existence!

By erecting our Veil (STOP), we get very strong impressions of our powers.  We are in an area of “finite consciousness”.  Our astral mind realizes that it is in need of knowledge and understanding.

To go beyond the Veil, is to go beyond the limits of our human knowledge and understanding.  It is to go beyond and into our pre-existence.  and this is well represented in the Tarot.

In Tarot, this concept is further represented by the later Majors Cards that come after the High Priestess Card.   The Veil in the High Priestess Card, is a STOP to the human mind; so it does not combine sets of Tarot Majors cards that are antagonistic to one another.  The High Priestess Tarot Card – Veil, is where the High Priestess goes to once she has drawn-down to her the light reflected upon he by the Moon.

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