The High Priestess by MoonSpiral

9×12 pastel on Sennellier la carte paper

Since I did a Guinevere Empress, I had to of course do a Morgan Le Fay High Priestess!
Morgan Le Fay is a very popular figure today, and yet she is rather obscure in Literature. Originally written about as a great healer and shamaness. In later literature she became a rather wicked enchantress who of course had a hand in the destruction of Camelot.
She is the half-sister of King Arthur, and thought to be half faery. Although many are unsure if the Fay in her names actually means Faery or comes from the Latin Fata (which means fate).
She is also guessed to have evolved from the earlier Morrigan triple goddess. This is what gives her her “dark goddess” connection. Morgan Le Fay was the High Priestess of the mystical island of Avalon. Avalon represents the Underworld, or Otherworld. The dark goddess often rules over the Otherworld, for it represents our sub-conscious mind. It is the place we ignore, but is always there with us. It is like our shadow-self. When we journey beyond the veil into the darkness, we bring back great wisdom and evolve into greater spiritual beings more aware of our true nature.
This was the job of the high priestess in ancient times. She journeyed to the Otherworld and came back with the messages for the people from the Goddess. The High Priestess represents our Intuition and our ability to journey into the realm of the Otherworld to bring back “the Law”, or the wisdom of our shadow-self.
The apple is a stong symbol of Avalon. Often the pomegrante is pictured on High Priestess cards, and the apple holds the same symbolism here. It is the mystical fruit of the Otherworld that we seek in order to gain wisdom.
Morgan Le Fay also has a strong connection to water, as water also represents the feminine consciousness and the sub-conscious realm.

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Tammy Mae Moon is tired of writing about herself in third person. I like to paint. I like to paint women and birds and snakes, and a few other things.

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful artwork .. enchanting

  • Thankyou Angel!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 6 years ago

    Delightful- I love Morgan le Fay- I love jusy saying her name lol- Is there a touch of you in this ? xx

  • Haha, yes I love saying her name too :)). Well…maybe slightly in the eyes….and the unkept eyebrows…lol!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaalmost 6 years ago

    I too love Morgan le Fay! What a perfect being to portray the High Priestess!

  • I surely agree!!! Thankyou my friend!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • Elena Oleniuc
    Elena Oleniucalmost 6 years ago

    Very beautiful, love her sight !

  • Awww thankyou so much Elena!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • whitehawk60
    whitehawk60almost 6 years ago
    Moon this is great well done.
  • Thankyou my friend!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • linaji
    linajialmost 6 years ago

    For me this is my FAV.. I love her love.. her pensive nature and her kindness.. she is a beauty for sure as are you.. what levels of seeing you have dear Goddess Moon.. xox

  • Wow, you are so kind and generous my friend!!! Thankyou from my heart!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • MyheART
    MyheARTalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful painting:)

  • Thankyou so much Robin!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • SHRyan
    SHRyanalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous Tammy,xxxxSandy

  • Your the bestest Sandy, thankyou!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonalmost 6 years ago

    i love the look in her eyes… i love her beautiful face… i love how you’ve painted her, tammy… gorgeous… : )

  • You are certainly bursting with love….thankyou so much Mimi, your words are wonderful to hear!!!

    – MoonSpiral

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederalmost 6 years ago

    oh yes, she’s beautiful – i love how you’ve done the hair, and the feathers and moons and things … wonderful!

  • Thankyou my friend, this is one of those that is agitating me a little because she looks sooo much better in real life than on this screen…but I am glad you like her!!!

    – MoonSpiral

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