the Daily Tarot Card
for July 18, 2018
How to interpret the Daily Tarot
This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.
NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.
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The Meaning of "The High Priestess" Tarot Card
The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:
The marriage of Judeo-Christian and pagan elements in this card is purposeful. Tucked into her robe is a copy of the Torah, one of the main Hebrew mystical texts. On her chest is an equilateral Greek cross, which is a reference both to the Christian religion and to harmony in the universe through a perfect balance of spirit and nature. On her head is the crown of Isis, the Egyptian mother goddess, and at her feet is a crescent moon, a traditional symbol of female spirituality. Pomegranates have held many meanings in many different cultures, but in this card their Hebrew symbolism is most appropriate - they are a symbol of righteousness as each is supposed to have 613 seeds which correspond to the 613 commandments of the Torah. On either side of her are the twin pillars of the Temple of Solomon of Hebrew mythology, Jakin and Boaz. The letters on each are the colour of the other pillar, reflecting the qualities of each pillar in the other.The Meaning of the Tarot Card:
It is easy to get confused by all of the seemingly conflicting symbols in this card. However, they are all there for a reason - to symbolize the High Priestess as the earthly embodiment of all religions, and the Divine. She represents the feminine Divine, everything that is mystical or secret about the realm of the Spirit. She is the inward expression of all of the Western Religions and Mystery Traditions, where the Hierophant is the outward expression of those same institutions. Darkness, mystery, the necessity to internalize in order to self-determine. This is not the withdrawal from society in the permanent sense of the hermit, but a temporary withdrawal in order to understand one's inner self or a particular situation. Inner wisdom that can only be achieved through reflection, and which words cannot describe. Intuitive understanding of a problem or a situation. Where the magician is about action, the High Priestess is about potential, and the inner capacity that one has spiritually. It may also represent occult forces at work in the person's life, such as clairvoyance or anything belonging to the unknown.
NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.
So what is a daily tarot card?
We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?
The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.
The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.
A daily tarot card might represent:
- A more general trend.
- A large event.
- An important announcement.
- The significance of some high profile person.
What to look for in a daily tarot card
We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:
When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.
Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.
Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.
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A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign
iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.
Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.
Choose your zodiac sign: