The High Priestess and Michael White’s Soul Catcher

The ink is black, the page is white. Together we learn to read and write. — Three Dog Night

My aunt graciously lent me several of her book club novels, recommending I read Michael White‘s Soul Catcher first. It’s a both sad and fun Civil War era story about a man who catches runaways, who is himself a sort of runaway.

In wanting to continue my blog, I realize it will be a challenge to do so with novels. Psychological, spiritual, and ASL books are likely to emerge and should make for a nice fit, but thankfully, the High Priestess seems to work with the words I want to share from Soul Catcher.


This Spanish adjective means freckled. A love interest of the main character was named Pecosa.


A noun with plural meanings:

1.the distribution of light and shade in a picture.
2.Painting . the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, esp. to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro.
3.a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors.
4.a sketch in light and shade.

These words relate to the High Priestess because she looks a fair bit like Pecosa and she sits betweenblack and white columns.

Believed to be based on the legend of Pope Joan, the High Priestess is an intriguing, complicated, mysterious and secretive figure. Hers is the first card (the second numbered one in the Major Arcana) to introduce the concepts of duality and two pillars, themes that run throughout Tarot (Rachel Pollack, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: The Major Arcana, p. 37)

The dark column represents passivity, a trait that ought to be praised for its gift of reflection, as well as mystery, while the white column symbolizes consciousness and activity.

Hope you balance between dark and light. Thanks for the read.

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