EP 121.5: Tarot Analysis: The High Priestess | Major Arcana | Mysticism and Motherhood

Updated: Feb 11



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Summary:


My High Priestess tarot card features Rukhel from "Scale, Blood, and Bone" by @tete.depunk, which is the AU version of my @tapas_app graphic novel, "The Book of Joel."


Unlike her canon version, Rachel Farber, Rukhel does have more spiritual leanings and more connections to magic. Subscribe to "Scale, Blood, and Bone" using @tete.depunk's link in bio or using this URL: https://tapas.io/series/Scale-Blood--Bone/info


For full view of this tarot card, check out my Patreon, Artstation, Artrepreneur, Ko-Fi (all linked in bio) or my blog post with all the tarot cards so far: https://www.fortunusgames.com/post/sam-in-new-york-tarot-cards


Transcript:


Hi, everyone. This week we're going to take a look at number two of Major Arcana, The High Priestess.


I chose to represent The High Priestess as Rukhel, who is the alternative universe (AU) version of my character Rachel Farber from my Tapas graphic novel, The Book of Joel.


Rukhel is from Tete’s fantasy series, Scale, Blood, and Bone, which you can read on Tapas. “Scale, Blood, and Bone” is an AU fantasy reinterpretation of some of the events of my “Book of Joel.”


Like Rachel, Rukhel suffers from a number of neuroses. She loves her son dearly, but she is afraid to express her feelings directly since she has been burned many times in the past and she is not good at expressing her feelings vocally. She has a fiery temper and she also ends up saying things that she doesn't mean to say.


Nonetheless, she does have a connection with the spiritual and this is why I chose her as The High Priestess.


In most representations of The High Priestess, you can see her sitting in front of a vein with pomegranates. The veil represents the barrier between the unseen and the scene, the subconscious and the conscious. It also serves as a barrier to outsiders.


If you've read the first few chapters of Tete’s “Scale, Blood, and Bone,” you will remember that Rukhel has a special connection to the Old God. In fact, she makes a deal with the Old God so that her people can survive. Only she and Channah had the special privilege to talk to the Old God this way, so they are, in a way, initiated, while the others are uninitiated and cannot

communicate with the Old God.


On either side of her are two pillars. One of the pillars is black and marked with a B, which stands for the Biblical character, Boaz, meaning “in his strength” (in Hebrew) and the other has a J on it which stands for Jachin, which means “he will establish.”


The black and white colors represent duality, darkness and light, masculine and feminine, stating that the acceptance and knowledge of duality are needed before you can start communing with the Old God. As The High Priestess, Rukhel also has a scroll, which indicates knowledge and she also has a lunar lamp below her feet. The lunar lamp represents her connection to the divine feminine and the natural cycles of the moon. And as you can see, she also has a moon on her headdress.


And that’s it for this week. To learn more about Rukhel and “Scale, Blood, and Bone,” check out Tete.Depunk’s Tapas novel, “Scale, Blood, and Bone.” You can see it by clicking Tete’s link in her bio (on Instagram).


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