The Priestess of High Drama

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high-priestess-44When I went to visit Rena Victoria, she was staying in a woman’s dorm on the grounds of the University of Nebraska. I was not let in to the building, and was told to wait outside. Fifty minutes later, the large wooden dorm door opens and out flows Rena in a long green velvet cape. She sees me standing in the quad, lowers her head, and comes towards me.

“Show time!”

I am blown away – as intended! This is almost as good as the time she came at me out of that darkened doorway in Venice. Here come the girl of my dreams – ad nightmare – for how can I lose her now. This is it……The Point of No Return! If I can not win her heart – I am a dead man!

Students cross our paths. Folks are on their way to the Cornhusker football game. Fifty feet away, her gaze is locked on to me. She is a high fashion model coming down the runway. Rena Victoria is wearing high leather boots. I only have eyes for her. The rest of humanity, fades away. If Rena Victoria wanted to bite me on the neck and suck my blood – I was all hers!

Hence, I watch these gorgeous creatures strutting their stuff on the runway, and ask;

“Why do women get to wear clothes like that while men must wear a drag uniform suit that give the message to women they are SAFE, are not a serial killer or vampire. I have read there is some serious witchcraft going on for centuries on the Isle of Wight. Rena gave me hints this is what she was into with her boyfriend who drove her to Los Angeles. When he came to the Harkin’s home to take her back to Nebraska, he gave her the sign of Satan when she severed their bond.

OF course if Rena is reading this, she will never come out of hiding and reveal herself, now! Has she become a staunch conservative keen on concealing her witchy-hippy past? Is she a Christian? What she was back when, was………THE DEATH!

Rena wanted to make damn sure I would never forget her, never be able to get her out of my heart, and would never be with another woman, again, due to my severely broken heart.

A year later, I am Peter Shapiro’s roommate. I am standing before a empty canvas plotting how I can get her, and keep her, in my life – forever! I behold the pure white linen. I dip my brish in the colors, and attack! If I can capture her, my beautiful vision, then I will become a famous artist. I will buy a house sitting on dramatic rocks overlooking the sea. I too will wear a cape and riding boots as I ride my black steed to the top of Withering Heights with my hounds baying close behind. For spare change I will author romance novels. How can she resist me when I come to her little town to autograph my books?

A week later I stand before my masterpiece. I am looking at Rena standing on Mount Tamalpias wearing a blue cape bordered with stars. She is beholding the setting sun with a crescent moon behind her, almost crowning her head. Tamalias means ‘Sleeping Maiden’. Christensen means ‘Christian’. Consider Christine Daay, and Sleeping Beauty. I throw off my cape to reveal my true identity. I am the true artist behind Rosamond. I am the Phantom of the Soap Opera. For this is what life did become, an inane series of little heartbreaks that captured the attention of the American women who turned real Love into a costume party, while Their Man went to work in a suit to pay the mortgage.

Well, folks………The Rightful Landlord has returned……..for his heart!

Let us retreat a little, and look down on the quadrangle. Rena is seventeen. She will be eighteen in six months. While her peers are still in High School wondering who to be, here come Rena Victoria as the High Priestess, and the true Rose of the World. If she was too beautiful to go to High School, she was now too Damn Dramatic! Rena was over qualified in every area!

When I was thirteen I used to own a copy of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Man and Superman’. I listened to an LP of Shaw’s ‘Don Juan in Hell’. Juan means, John.

The book Dona Irene Victoria Easton was reading on the beach in Santa Barbara- with her back to the ocean that frightened her – was Jane Erye. This is Rena’s true story. She was sent away to live with her elderly grandmother, while her three beautiful sister’s got to stay at home.What story does this remind you of?

In the video ‘Music of the Night’ note the painting of Christine, her doll, the stage, the life-size image of her wearing a veil. The High Priestess is – veiled. When Christine faints, she is picked up, and placed gently in a Swan Boat Bed. My Rosemond kindred were Swan Brethren.

Who is the author of this Love Story? Do you need – just one more clue?

Christine is Don Juan’s Muse. She is the Muse of the Night, she is John’s Divine Inspiration.

Rena and went to see the movie ‘Yellow Submarine’ before it was time for her to see her boyfriend for dinner. I counted the time it would be over. Movies last about two hours.

Sitting in the dark theatre, Rena reached over and took my hand, and put in under her cape.

“Feel my stomach. I’m getting fat.”

I spread my fingers across her stomach that was still very flat. What I felt was that beautiful layer of fat that women acquire when they begin to mature. On our mountain top we watched the sun set alomost every evening. I made a throne for Rena with my legs as we sat on the side of the hill in the summer grass. Sometimes we stayed like this till we could see the Milky Way.

In our tent, we spooned. I placed my open hand on her stomach, the hand of an artist, and sent creative energy to the core of her being. Rena required this before she fell asleep. She missed this. When I see the Phantom’s hand upon the stomach of Christine, I close my eyes, and behold the Milky Way in my mind, two beautiful souls, asleep in the night.

I don’t think we dream, because, we were the dream, complete. What more could anyone want?

Jon Presco

Copyright 2013

Don (Spanish: [ˈdon], Italian: [ˈdɔn], Portuguese: Dom [ˈdõ]) from Latin dominus, is an honorific title used in Iberia and Italy. The female equivalent is doña (Spanish: [ˈdoɲa]), Donna (Italian: [ˈdɔnna]), and Dona (Portuguese: [ˈdonɐ]), abbreviated “Dª” or simply “D.”

Man and Superman is a four-act drama, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1903. The series was written in response to calls for Shaw to write a play based on the Don Juan theme.[1] Man and Superman opened at The Royal Court Theatre in London on 23 May 1905, but with the omission of the 3rd Act. A part of the act, Don Juan in Hell (Act 3, Scene 2), was performed when the drama was staged on 4 June 1907 at the Royal Court. The play was not performed in its entirety until 1915, when the Travelling Repertory Company played it at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.
The long third act of the play is often cut. Don Juan in Hell consists of a philosophical debate between Don Juan (played by the same actor who plays Jack Tanner), and the Devil, with Doña Ana (Ann) and the Statue of Don Gonzalo, Ana’s father (Roebuck Ramsden, an aged acquaintance of Tanner’s and Ann’s Guardian) looking on. This third act is often performed separately as a play in its own right, most famously during the 1950s in a concert version, featuring Charles Boyer as Don Juan, Charles Laughton as the Devil, Cedric Hardwicke as the Commander and Agnes Moorehead as Doña Ana.

The High Priestess (II) is the second trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. This card is used in game playing as well as in divination. In the first Tarot pack with inscriptions, the 18th-century woodcut Marseilles Tarot, this figure is crowned with the Papal tiara and labelled La Papesse, the Popess, a possible reference to the legend of Pope Joan.

An untitled Popess on the “Rosenwald Sheet” of uncut Tarot woodcut designs, late 15th-early 16th century (National Gallery, Washington)
Rider-Waite symbolism[edit]

In the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, upon which many modern decks are based, The High Priestess is identified with the Shekhinah, the female indwelling presence of the divine. She wears plain blue robes and sits with her hands in her lap. She has a lunar crescent at her feet, “a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place”[1] similar to the crown of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, but with the horns having a shape more like half-crescents, and a large cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands, partly covered by her mantle, bears the word TORA. She is seated between the white and black pillars—’J’ and ‘B’ for Jachin and Boaz—of the mystic Temple of Solomon. The veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palm leaves and pomegranates.[2] The motif that hangs behind the High Priestess’s throne, veiling what ever mysteries she guards, is suggested in the pattern of The Empress’ gown. The two are sisters, one bringing life into the world, the other inviting the living to the esoteric mysteries. Further behind all of that is what seems to be a body of water, most probably the sea. The water flows through most of the cards of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot.

Tarot of Marseilles symbolism[edit]

In the Tarot of Marseilles it is noticeable that she wears a blue cape and red robe, in contrast to The Pope, wearing a red cape and blue robe.

History[edit]

La Papessa[edit]

This Tarot card was originally called La Papessa, or “The Popess”. The card first appeared in the 15th century. Some of the cards directly linked the woman on the cards to the papacy by showing the woman wearing a triregnum or Papal Tiara. There are also variants which, along with the triregnum, also show a key reminiscent of the keys to the kingdom that are a traditional symbol of the papacy.[citation needed] In Protestant post-reformation countries, Tarot cards in particular used images of the legendary Pope Joan, linking in to the mythology of how Joan, disguised as a man, was elected to the papacy and was only supposedly discovered to be a woman when she gave birth.[citation needed]

Other variants[edit]

However, not all cards clearly linked the card with the papacy. Other variants on the card associated the woman with the Virgin Mary, Isis, the metaphorical Bride of Christ or Holy Mother Church.[citation needed] In Swiss Troccas decks, she is called Junon (“Juno”), the Roman Queen of the Gods. The “Flemish Deck” by Vandenborre (c. 1750-1760) refers to this card as Le Espagnol Capitano Eracasse (“The Spanish Captain Fracasse”), after a version of Il Capitano, a character from Commedia dell’Arte.

Sister Manfreda[edit]

Visconti-Sforza Tarot card
La Papessa in the Visconti-Sforza Tarot has been identified as a depiction of Sister Manfreda, an Umiliata nun and a relative of the Visconti family who was elected Pope by the heretical Guglielmite sect of Lombard. In The Tarot Cards Painted by Bonifacio Bembo, Gertrude Moakley writes:

Their leader, Guglielma of Bohemia, had died in Milan in 1281. The most enthusiastic of her followers believed that she was the incarnation of the Holy Spirit, sent to inaugurate the new age of the Spirit prophesied by Joachim of Flora. They believed that Guglielma would return to earth on the Feast of Pentecost in the year 1300, and that the male dominated Papacy would then pass away, yielding to a line of female Popes. In preparation for this event they elected Sister Manfreda the first of the Popesses, and several wealthy families of Lombardy provided at great cost the sacred vessels they expected her to use when she said Mass in Rome at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Naturally, the Inquisition exterminated this new sect, and the “Popess” was burned at the stake in the autumn of 1300. Later the Inquisition proceeded against Matteo Visconti, the first Duke of Milan, for his very slight connections with the sect.

This identification has been supported by other Tarot historians, such as Michael Dummett in his book The Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards.

Interpretations[edit]
Knowingness – Love – Relationships
Wisdom – Sound judgment – Serenity
Common sense – Intuition
Mystical vision – introspection – otherworldliness

Commonly this card is associated with the card reader or the querant, because it is also focused on ‘secrets’ it also interpreted when a secret is kept or revealed, when you are holding on to the truth or revealing it, the card associated with mystery, when powerful feminine influences and support currently in force for the querant. It can also represent the perfect woman in a man’s life, and to a woman it can represent being independently solo perhaps without a man.[

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