Be quiet, stranger. I do not wish to harm you… but if you value your life – make no sudden moves. You will not speak before I speak.
When you come to me, you must remember that with light comes shadows. Darkness follows light, and light follows darkness. Here, you will find both.
My name is Deandra, The Duchess of Dunsinane, and I will help guide you through both the light and the dark of your mind.
Please, for your own sake – maintain complete silence until I give you a sign.
The Duchess of Dunsinane will delve into the very depths of your soul to bring forth your deepest desires.
Come, sit down. Let’s reveal your destiny.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS INTERPRETATION
In relation to love and feelings, this card has an additional arcanum: You are something exquisite. You’re like that single wild flower that grows from the crack in the pavement.
Original description of the card by the author – Arthur Edward Waite: She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed with the word Tora, signifying the Greater Law, the Secret Law and the second sense of the Word. It is partly covered by her mantle, to show that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars—J. and B.—of the mystic Temple and the veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palms and pomegranates. The vestments are flowing and gauzy, and the mantle suggests light—a shimmering radiance. She has been called Occult Science on the threshhold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God (Nature) and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world, she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the borrowed light, but this is the light of all. She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the Supernal Mother.
In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself—that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah—the co-habiting glory. According to Kabalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is Malkuth—that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom—that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.
QUEEN OF PENTACLES INTERPRETATION
The signifficance for love is explained by specific arcanum: Several times you had been very close to it, but it just never quite happened. What you should know is that you have to break walls before you build love.
Original description of the card by the author – Arthur Edward Waite: The face suggests that of a dark woman, whose qualities might be summed up in the idea of greatness of soul, she has also the serious cast of intelligence, she contemplates her symbol and may see worlds therein.
4 OF SWORDS INTERPRETATION
In this tarot spread the card has complementary explanation: No regrets. He was no good for you, anyway. He didn’t understand you. He had no clue what it means to love.
Original description of the card by the author – Arthur Edward Waite: The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.
The wisdom I impart comes from your sacred energies. Close your eyes, keep silent. Arrive open to the power that is bestowed upon us as we feel the cards for their divine intervention.
I will not give you the answers. I will guide you to your inner power, strengthen your intuition, and help you trust your own wisdom. We work with the power of the moon. The moon’s influence will help you to reflect on your own natural magic.
The phases of the moon will provide you with the healing powers of both darkness and light.
Be prepared as I read with a dark deck. I aim to unlock the deepest layers of your soul. I encourage you to delve deeper than your comfort level to find the depths of your desires. It is not easy to peel your own layers hence my involvement with the help of the dark and wise.
Everyone has a dark side. Embrace it and learn from it. You can’t deny your emotions, but you can learn to harness them and accept that they exist.
Though I am not a witch, I hold the wisdom of one. I have been appointed custodian of the witches’ oracles and given access to their prophetic insight. I can reveal the mystical realms to you and what is required to bring positive change into your life. The spells and magic that connect you to the elements are in my power to reveal. I draw on the power of the witches, the moon, and the mystical realm to reveal your desires.
My Dome of Discovery is near the village of Collace in Perthshire, Scotland. Dunsinane Hill has been my home all my life. It is my sanctum of solitude where I do my best work.
Duchess Deandra of Dunisnane