2 High Priestess: Storm
Today we continue our look at the Major Arcana through the lens of Marvel’s X-Men comic book characters! Last week we examined Professor X as The Magician. This week we honor the weather manipulating mutant known as Storm!
Born from the union of an American photojournalist and an African princess, Ororo Munroe was worshipped as a goddess in her native Kenya. On a quest to rescue his original X-Men students, Professor X recruited Ororo, informing her that she was a mutant, not a goddess, and that the world needed her. Storm decided to accompany Charles saying, “You present a most peculiar argument–yet I sense a deep sincerity in your words…Perhaps the time has come for me to leave the nest at last.”
From her very first appearance, Ororo is portrayed as someone attuned to the rhythms and cycles of nature with a great inner wisdom. Her first dialogue references her connection to her people and how she is of service to them. She eschews their offers of sacrifice and simply grants their wish for rain. Since she is worshiped as a goddess, she stands alone in her independence with only the elements as her companions.
In the Tarot, the High Priestess embodies the intuitive. This card invites us to participate in our own mythology and reconnect with the Divine. When we trust what we feel, the questions answer themselves. The High Priestess is powered by the Moon, the ultimate symbol of secret knowledge and mystery.
In its most positive light the High Priestess represents our potential, possibilities we have not actualized. We must take action or the potential will never be realized. Although this card contains deep wisdom, there is a caution about being too passive for too long. If we cannot translate the intuition into action or if we cannot open ourselves to other people, we lose the sense of our inner selves.
Storm has been portrayed over the years as a strong independent woman who listens to her own counsel. Being attuned to the energies of the elements, she feels a deep connection to the life force of the planet. This gives her great depth of understanding, but also separates her from her fellow humans and mutants. Much of Storm’s self doubt when she first began to lead the X-Men stemmed from her inability to translate feelings into action. There are instances where her actions served to separate more than integrate such as when she became leader of the Morlocks or when she allowed the world to think the X-Men were dead and her team relocated to Australia. Storm has always been willing to take chances and learns from her mistakes.
In my X-Men Tarot series, Storm is represented by all of the Queens in the deck. Traditionally, the Queens relate to the Empress, a role we shall look at next week. Storm as Queen makes sense as she is majestic and has even held the title of Queen for a short while (before he marriage to the Black Panther was annulled). She is, like the Empress, capable of unconditional love. I did briefly consider her in that role.
However, when we consider Storm’s devotion to her tribe (whether in Africa or the X-Men), her inner knowing and her consistent portrayal of guide or counselor to her friends and loved ones, her spiritual connection to her deceased mother of whom she has had visions, and her mystical heritage (she descends from a long line of sorceresses and has the potential to be one as well) Storm simply is the High Priestess! All hail, Ororo, great goddess of the storm!
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Artwork in this post by David Yardin, Dave Cockrum, Dave Cockrum, Mark Brooks, David Yardin, and David Yardin, respectively.