Is It Intuition?

Here’s a vexing question for you. We’ve all had intimations, gut feelings, vague senses, etc. Is it intuition? It can be tough to tell.

But what is intuition? It has been called a direct realization of the truth, without resorting to a reasoning process. Good enough; let’s use that. Not perfect, but it will do.

In the health care field, we have the notion of clinical intuition. It is a term that is accepted even by some of the stodgiest amongst practitioners. I have told class after class of budding healers that intuition needs a channel through which to flow, and that channel gets bigger and better worn the more one knows about the relevant field. In other words, intuition needs a translator to be useful, and the better the translator, the more accurate the intuition tends to be.

In my opinion, there is nothing worse than someone who calls themselves a healer without a good grounding in what they are doing. Such individuals have an unfortunate proclivity to speak every thought that crosses their minds as if it were Divine Guidance – when often it is only the pontificating of personal ego. Such healers can and often do harm to those they are trying to help.

So, is it intuition, or ego gratification? A most important consideration is whether there is true neutrality about the situation in the intuiter, to coin a term. When there is no ego involvement, the information is more likely to be accurate – but even that is no guarantee.

As you can see, there are no easy answers here. Outside verification of intuitive impressions is helpful, but not always available.

Bottom line: Caution is advised. Not much help, I’m afraid. I’ll do some Qabalistic musings about this soon, as it pertains to the Tree of Life.

Planetary Forces – Moon

Next up is the Sixth (or Brow or Third Eye) Chakra. Its planet is the Moon, and it is associated with the Tarot card The High Priestess (Major Arcana Key 2).

The Sixth Chakra is our center of intuition, and a way of connecting with non-local phenomena and knowledge. This is one of the reasons for the assignment of the High Priestess with this chakra. I posted about the High Priestess here, discussing her association with intuition (the Third Eye). Her position on the Tree of Life acts as a transmitter of Divine wisdom into human nature.

However, there is also an association with memory, both individual and collective, in the

Moon, the Sixth Chakra planet

High Priestess. Where better to place this than smack-dab in the middle of your head?

The Moon is linked in astrology with emotion, and where the Moon is in our natal chart tells a good bit about how we deal with emotion. The Moon is also symbolic of the Mother energy in astrology (Saturn is the father). The sign of Cancer, which the Moon rules, is described as a maternal sign, centered around the home and nurturing.

Balance is important here as well. Too much Moon leads to an over-emotional, unfocused life; too little Moon yields an uncaring, unimaginative one.

The metal of the moon is silver, the “other” precious metal. Like gold, humans have a special affinity for this metal, and it is an even better conductor of electricity than copper. Gold and silver are also the colors of the so-called solar and lunar currents (masculine and feminine; yang and yin) of the body. Their interplay keeps us in balance. Too much (or too little) of one or the other leads to disruptions in many of our natural cycles, resulting in illness or emotional instability.

The note of the Moon is G#, placing it directly between Venus (F#) and Jupiter (A#). Thus, the three brightest non-solar objects are placed as a stellium (another astrological term) within the musical scale.

Never lose touch with the Moon of your being. It is your emotional center, your intuitive feel, and your link to Cosmic Memory.

Hi, Priestess

I have talked a little about the Feminine as it relates to the Tarot, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the other great aspect of the Feminine contained in the Major Arcana. After describing The Empress as the fertile aspect of the Feminine, I need to explain another aspect that’s typically attributed to the Feminine, namely, intuition.Zc2 - High Priestess

Enter the High Priestess (my hand colored version of her is at right). She is a very deep archetype, and is associated with species memory, as well as personal memory. Meditating on her image often brings about new insight and messages from the deepest recesses of our psyches. Notice the scroll she holds in her hand. Here is where the secrets are kept.

Flanked by the two pillars of the temple, and hidden by the curtain behind her, resides the Holy of Holies, the very abode of God (in whatever way we understand that concept). Also notice the water of Life originating from her robes. This is the water that appears as the river and waterfall in The Empress card.

On theTree of Life, the High Priestess connects the highest sphere (Kether, the Crown) and the very middle of the tree (Tiphareth, Beauty). I talked about these and the other spheres of the Tree before.

(The cross over the High Priestess’s heart is a representation of how her path and that of The Empress cross on the Tree; the intermingling of the spiritual – the High Priestess – with the physical – The Empress)

The association of the High Priestess with intuition is hinted at by her crown, which holds the silver moon. The Moon has long been connected with intuition, and with the Feminine. It is frequently colored silver (“By the light of the silvery Moon”), in contrast to the gold of the Sun. These are the two great currents of existence. You can think of these as similar to the Chinese concepts of Yin (Moon) and Yang (Sun).

Furthermore, the High Priestess is connected to the Sixth Chakra (the Third Eye of intuition) in the B.O.T.A. tradition. It is in communion with her that we can know that which we cannot know by other means. To connect with her, do a variation on the meditation I presented in the post on The Empress. Pay particular attention to the scroll. Let it open to give you insight.

Powerful ladies, The Empress and High Priestess. Part of the powerful system for personal development known as the Tarot. It ain’t just for telling fortunes, gang. In fact, fortune telling is, in many ways, the least of its uses.