A 17th-century fresco from the Cathedral of the Living Pillar in Georgia depicting Jesus within the Zodiac circle.
For me this is theology in colour. In this case, a Christ centred approach to astrology in particular and esotericism in general. Jesus, as Messiah, is not merely one power amonst many. But rather, he transcends all powers, above and below.
And he transcends them by exercising a different kind of power. Not the power of the sword, of death. But the power of the cross, of life that yields not to death.
Learning this life, living this life, that is what this symbol invites us to explore.
I am not sure who the artist was who put this image together but I find it very intriguing. It's an image of the Pantocrator, that is, of Christ represented as the ruler of the universe. But some of the symbolism would seem to be straight out of alchemical artwork.
Who is the High Priestess of the Tarot? As surprising as it sounds, you can find the answer for yourself in the Old and New Testaments. Just read these passages:
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. (Revelation 12:1-6)
Not convinced yet? Keep reading:
King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram ... Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work ... He cast two bronze pillars … He made pomegranates in two rows encircling each network to decorate the capitals on top of the pillars … He erected the pillars at the portico of the temple. The pillar to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz. The capitals on top were in the shape of lilies. And so the work on the pillars was completed. (1 Kings 13-21)
The moon under her feet
The two pillars, named (B)oaz and (J)akin
Their lily carvings on the capitals
The multitude of pomegranites in the background
She holds the Torah, though it is not fully disclosed yet
She wears a cross
Oh, and the crown of twelve stars? Simply move from card II to card III, the next Major Arcana, The Empress, where she is again decorated with pomegranites, a fruit of many seeds, and is surrounded by wheat, ripe for the harvest.
Guessed it yet? Last hint, the next Revelation.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. (Revelation 12:17)