Priestess holds bow and arrows in her lap – makes me think of direct path from Tiphareth to Kether; also association to Diana and Artemis which just sort of came automatically - and upon reflecting I realized both are lunar Goddesses, both use bow and arrow. I also get a strong association with Isis - who is also a lunar goddess and is associated with fertility, just like the Priestess. Her crown is featuring full moon potentially. She is sitting on isosceles trapezoid which is often used in ancient architecture (the white color of her seat is white and reminds of stone slab). For instance Temple of Dendur – Egyptian temple dedicated to Isis – is a isosceles trapezoid - the very form upon which Priestess is sitting. Her lower body also holds the posture of typical Egyptian deities.
Her face seems to me to be that of an oracle (Oracle of Delphi?). Her eyes are covered and she wears Lunar headdress: she is somewhat hidden, she can see past what eyes can see and past external appearances, she uses her intuition as a means to knowing. Her face holds meditative expression or that of trance - again connecting to Delphi Oracle.
Lunar presence refers to the subconscious mind; strong watery presence in the card which connects to the idea that Moon affects the waters (tides) - both waters in a literal sense and psychologically - tides within one's psyche. Then there is also influence of Moon on a woman and her menstrual cycle.
Kether – which is light that can’t be beheld in an embodied state is translated into its closest counterpart on a lower/physical plane – that of Sun - by the virtue of the Priestess - which is kindness and protection of her nurturing energy: she provides an opportunity to behold the spirit of God while preserving the embodied state. Since Tiphereth is the Son - male - it makes sense that the path Gibel is of the feminine attribution - bearing forth the son.
The bow (on her lap) with her legs forms the shape of the female reproductive system - her bow curling on each side resembles woman’s Fallopian tubes; her feet labias potentially.
Her body is white and shiny like Luna - cooling and healing - reflecting the light of the Sun/Tiphereth; but also reflecting the light of Kether - of the ultimate.
Camel – secure transportation through the dessert of one’s spiritual path; camel embodies qualities of resilience and endurance.
Indra's net - holding the thread of all the parts that compose the whole – net of interconnectedness. Indicating to me the following - just like mother (one aspect of the Priestess) is connected to the child with invisible thread/bond – so are we all connected to one another - Priestess might be a reminder of this – there is no nourishment/fruit/productivity without cultivation and nurturing. Growth comes from care, application of loving action – which is metaphorically portrayed by the image of fruits and flowers which only come forth when all that is necessary is present – all material causes and especially intention to nourish and cultivate. In this net of interconnectedness all becomes One and the foundation for this understanding is rooted in Love, openness and connection.
The net could also in a way be strings of the instrument, something harp-like I imagine. Over the net there are patterns that could also indicate vibrations of the strings (especially how they manifest in water), forming beautiful, geometric patterns - the interference pattern of the waves. Geometry which is the basis of the physical universe is evident in the card also by spotting the pentagram at the center of the flower on the left; furthermore geometric crystal forms, acorn which is a reflection of the Fibonacci's sequence, etc.
If the net may also represent space and time - then here she can be seen bending space and time – by her blessing can a practitioner find a spiritual shortcut or a more swift path from one point to the next - spiritually speaking - Gibel presenting a direct path from Tiphereth to Kether can be one way to interpret this -
symbolizing that one may pave shortcut to the highest through development of the quality of uninhibited and indiscriminate Love.
Shape of the upper part of the “net” forms the bottom and sides of a vessel – indicates receptivity, and inside are the blues and greens of a liquid with subtle patterns that indicate interference pattern of the waves.
She is quite stunning and sublime in her representation. She is graceful, elegant, fluid like water, yielding, not blocking; skillful as she is not blocked by any obstacle – like water – and still continuing to “flow” without interruption. She is cooling and radiant. She nurtures and overlooks/cares for all things. Her gardens are abundant and beautiful. All under her wing prospers and is headed toward ripening. She is surrounded with riches as she takes care, hence growth causes more growth and she never lacks. She is generous. She contains things in herself – she bears and holds all life – supporting it – yet gives it space to expand.
There is something else - she doesn’t feel like a mother in a regular sense to mem. She embodies qualities of a mother yet there is a sense of purity within her as if she is a Virgin in some sense – untouched, unstained… Her title is Priestess and aren’t priestesses supposed to be virgins?
I sense the connection with Sirius – the blue star (also connected to Isis)
She feels like an intermediary between the cosmos and the earth realm - somehow. She reminds me of a Bird of Paradise - a mythical woman-bird.
"As long as space endures, as long as sentient beings remain, until then, may I too remain to dispel the miseries of the world." - Arya Shantideva, Bodhicaryāvatāra