So we were reading tonight about the two tarot cards that represent Talbot and Marlowe in Uncharted 3: The Magician & The High Priestess. Here’s some bits and pieces from our readings~
Thus, at first glance, these two cards seem to represent opposite qualities — activity versus passivity — but at a deeper level they are two sides of the coin of spiritual awareness, their essences inextricably linked. So we see that the messages of both cards are equally important, each depending on the other.
The Magician is similar to the stage illusionist in many ways. He is confident in his skills and his ability to produce the effects that he wants. But his real power comes from sources outside of him, and he is powerless without these sources, just as an illusionist depends on people “behind the scenes”. Both magician and Magician, however, are as important to their powers are the powers are to them. Without a conduit, power itself is impotent and useless.
Another nearly universal association with the Magician is the red-and-white color scheme. The Magician is the union of positive and negative. He creates and he preserves; he destroys and he redeems. His true power is that he not only knows what he must do, but he knows how he must do it, and why he must do it. Then he does it. The Magician reminds us that a wish alone will change nothing, but a decision can change everything.
The High Priestess is arguably the most difficult of the Major Arcana to qualify with words alone, because so much of her power and ability is veiled in mystery that it is difficult for anyone to fathom it all. She is the manifestation of the unconscious and the effects of the mysterious in our everyday world.
She is, above all else, the base of potential that is the source of the power wielded by the Magician. She is the unlimited potential that allows him to transform and create whatever his Will desires. Understanding this type of balance, as found between potential and creation, masculine and feminine, is the key to unlocking some of the mysteries of the High Priestess.
While it would be impossible for anyone to learn all of her mysteries and secrets, the High Priestess remains as a guide to those of us willing to venture deep within our minds to discover the true powers hidden deep inside each of us. This is the same power as that depicted on the Magician, but the scope of the Priestess’ power is far different. While the Magician focuses his powers outward, to achieve a meaningful effect on the world, the High Priestess shows us that we can also use these powers on an inner level, to enrich and transform ourselves. Such transformations are certainly not as dramatic as the Magician’s, but they are almost always more powerful.
The High Priestess gives direction to the creativity and individualism of the Magician. She is feminine power, controlling the life force and all its mystery. Unlike the focused energy of the Magician, the High Priestess is more passive in nature. Her mastery lies in her knowledge of the inner world of intuition and spiritual enlightenment.
In a man’s reading the High Priestess can represent the most important woman in his life.
Ladies and gentlemen, what my best friend and I do in our spare time. That’s right. This is our fangirl life.WELCOME TO IT~ ;D I seriously love us though. Naughty Dog is pretty slick sometimes. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE. Only wish there was more of this expanded upon in the game itself. Good thing we’re super sleuths!
Seriously try and deny this ship though. Oh… and I’m so mature and I laughed really friggin’ hard at the “BJ” on the high priestess card… TROLOLOL. Even though I know what it actually stands for, Boaz and Jachin, still quite entertaining.