Tarot of YA Lit | 2: The High Priestess

Tarot of YA Lit
Tarot of YA Lit
Ever since I got really into YA, I’ve been daydreaming about putting together my own tarot deck inspired by characters from the books I read. Here we have some fruit from all that daydreaming, as I attempt to teach you the tarot using the familiar faces we’ve met in our favorite young adult novels. (I will be using the traditional Rider-Waite tarot as my base, and illustrating with my own versions, quickly-sketched on my iPad.) If you intend to join me on this journey, I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed the whole process. Cheers!

The High Priestess: Traditional

The High Priestess - Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

  • Card Number: 2
  • Suit: Major Arcana
  • Keywords: intuition, inner wisdom, meditation

THE HIGH PRIESTESS is a card of trust in oneself. The traditional card shows her sitting amidst a balance of darkness and light. Her robes flow down like water, as if she allows emotions to wash past her as she delves deeper into her own inner widsom. She holds the book of ultimate knowledge. She is a woman you might seek for direct, deep wisdom and advice — no beating around the bush, no emotion.

Things to remember: This card is ultimately about soul searching — seeking and trusting your own inner self and the knowledge you already possess. Take the opportunity to meditate on what you know and trust that your intuition is leading you in the right direction.

The High Priestess: YA Lit Character

  • Character: Paige Mahoney aka Pale Dreamer
  • Series: The Bone Season
  • Author: Samantha Shannon

How is Paige like The High Priestess?

The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonWhat I like about Paige is that she is in the middle of two very different worlds, and can only trust herself to know — and do — what is right.

The High Priestess - Paige Mahoney

The High Priestess – Paige Mahoney

Paige is a powerful dreamwalker, and she can literally delve deep into her mind — and the minds of others — and connect to the spirit world. She has the ability to go into deep meditation, to tap into the dreams of those around her, and gather the knowledge that nobody else can.

She is the one that her mime lord and mates rely on to find the information that nobody else can even get close to. Not only that, but she is caught between two different worlds of darkness and … a different kind of darkness? — so she has only her personal inner wisdom to trust when it really comes down to it.

Kelley’s card (click to see bigger): Paige meditates, deep in her trance-like sleep as she seeks out that perfect knowledge. Half of her hair is blonde and the other half is black (as represented in the books so far), and a crescent moon shines brightly across her forehead to signify that mysteries are being illuminated by this Pale Dreamer.

Do YOU think Paige embodies The High Priestess?

Is my explanation thorough and/or helpful enough? What other YA characters do you think could embody The High Priestess? Did you like this post (and would you enjoy more like it)? Please give me feedback in the comments!


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    • Yessss! This series is GREAT, Dana (and there’s a bit of tarot in it, too!), so I hope you enjoy it. I haven’t read The Night Circus yet, but now you’ve made me want to read it so I can learn about this Celia character. :)

      As for learning the tarot… I might be good to get a book like Tarot Wisdom for starters. I think one of the best methods that helped me learn, though, was just studying each card on its own. Draw a card every day, keep a journal, and write down your intuitions about the card, as well as traditional keywords/meanings (which you can find on sites like Biddy Tarot). The stronger your understanding of each card, the easier it will be to interpret it when you see it in a reading.

  1. Kelley, I always adore your lovely drawings for each of the tarot cards! I must admit I still haven’t read The Bone Season (despite seeing a multitude of five-star review popping up around the blogosphere), but I will most certainly pick it up ASAP. I’d love to meet Paige and see how she embodies the High Priestess!

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