Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a journey don't you think too? I have read wonderful 'ku' on The Magician, very different to eachother, and that makes me happy. Of course I know that not every contributor to Carpe Diem will participate this month, but well ... we live in a free world ...
Today we share haiku on our next 'card-draw' The Highpriestess (II). The Highpriestess is similar to Shekinah, the gate to paradise. Let us look closer to her card:
In the R.W.- Tarot deck, upon which many modern decks are based, The High Priestess is identified with the Shekhinah, the female indwelling presence of the divine. She wears plain blue robes and sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, "a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place" similar to the crown of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, but with the horns having a shape more like half-crescents, and a large cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands, partly covered by her mantle, bears the word TORA or the Thorah, the first five books of The Holy Bible. She is seated between the white and black pillars—'J' and 'B' for Jachin and Boaz—of the mystic Temple of Solomon. The veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palm leaves and pomegranates. The motif that hangs behind the High Priestess’s throne, veiling whatever mysteries she guards, is suggested in the pattern of The Empress’ gown. The two are sisters, one bringing life into the world, the other inviting the living to the esoteric mysteries. Further behind all of that is what seems to be a body of water, most probably the sea. The water flows through most of the cards of the R.W.-Tarot and binds all the Tarot cards together as one. Water is also life giving and so are women.
the Highpriestess on her throne -
gave birth to the Son of God
through the Holy Spirit
mankind opened their eyes
seeking the way to the Inner Self -
flowing with the stream
|Temple of Solomon - Jerusalem|
she, Shekinah, the Spirit of God,
looks at the world
|Oracle of Delphi|
All Gods are One God
|The Shekinah Glory enters the Tabernacle|
guiding them on their way
to milk and honey
she brought them after forty years
and yet - isn't there still something
remaining in it?