Belial 5: The Priestess, the Wheel, and the Star.

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The High Priestess, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Star
From left to right, the third triad in our grand tableau is composed of the High Priestess, the Wheel of Fortune, and the Star. All three of these cards speak of encouragement, optimism, gentle motivation, lesser magic, sickeningly sweet kindness, and the practical application of positive hope.

The thesis for this trio is the High Priestess, represented by the Hindu swastika (a popularly misunderstood symbol of generosity that is now mistaken for something entirely different), and its appearance here is primarily for the entertaining responses it produces in the ignorant. Wherever she appears in a reading, she represents a person, place, or thing which is at best being genuinely supportive, at worst giving false hope, and possibly using the wile and guile of lesser magic to bend minds to her will. 

The High Priestess is not confined to her words—she also acts as needed—but everything she does is intended to motivate other people, situations, and things into action according to her expansive will. The High Priestess prefers to maintain a friendly facade, but the fact is there are times when no amount of subtle nudging will motivate people, situations, or things into action. For this reason, the High Priestess would do well to learn from her complementary opposite, the Black Pope, and remember that threats and lashings are also powerful motivators for persuading people into action. If you want to disarm the High Priestess, then bathe her in the blinding glare of her polar opposite, the Black Sun.

The neutral opposite of the High Priestess is the Star, and represented by a nine-pointed star for no other reasons than it fits the trio of Star, Sun, and Moon, and as all good little Satanic boys and girls know, 9 has always been the Devil's number. Wherever the Star appears in a reading, we see a person, situation, or thing that's been persuaded into place as a result of somebody or something else's kind, encouraging, and generous ministrations. The key thing to remember about the Star is that everybody who follows it does so voluntarily. 

The Star isn't necessarily malevolent, though: its power to lead people astray from their best choices is also its power to lead people astray from their worst choices. Although the Star understands that warm sunshine may persuade a man to take off his coat sooner than a howling tornado, it would still do well to remember the lesson of its complementary opposite, the Black Sun, and let people choose to abandon their goals not through kind persuasion toward a more hopeful future but through fear of the worst possible outcomes. If you want to dim the Star, then invoke its polar opposite, the Black Pope.

The synthesis of the High Priestess and the Star is the Wheel of Fortune, represented by EVIL which reads LIVE backwards. In the words of Popeye, you are who you are and that’s all that you are, and in my own words, therefore you should love yourself completely. Wherever the wheel of fortune appears in a reading, we see a person, situation, or thing which is choosing to see the best in itself. "Hail ego!," is the motto of the Wheel of Fortune which treats itself on the basis of praising its strengths while pretending that its weaknesses don't even exist. 

Surely such a strategy encourages belief in self even when none others may share it, and that's a challenge many people never achieve in their lifetimes; however, the Wheel of Fortune would do well to learn the lessons of its polar opposite, the Hanged Man, and remember that painful warts and embarrassing shortfalls don't disappear simply because you don't talk about them.