In the Thoth Deck, Key 17 THE STAR is the path of Tzaddi. The word Tzaddi means fishhook and the Path is the Path of Meditation. Meditation is the fishhook on this path that properly attachers us to The Divine Energy using our imagination. Imagination than being the proper approach to this Divine Energy. As we can see on the Star Card there are two streams of Divine Energy---one from the Golden Cup (Solar womb) and one from the Silver Cup (Moon womb) that flow through the Divine Mother to us by the integration of Chokma (intuition/feelings) and Binah Force (intellect/consciousness). Many of us forget that the Imagination is a Womb-with-a view---and is the Consciousness of the Divine Mother of all Forms and this is because we have been taught by our Patriarchal society that imagination is fantasy and to be considered beneath our rational-worded- thought. We have somehow forgotten the meaning of Image-maker-conscious. "It's Just your imagination," is a common theme and by denial it ignores the fact that: .
It's Just God's Imagination that created all that you can see, hear, feel , smell and touch including YOU! What else do you think a Self-Image is?
. Water is a symbol of consciousness and Binah, is the Vast Sea of Conscious, which by meditation, we cast our consciousness into and find a understanding of the process of life and death.
In the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, by Paul Foster Case, The Path of Tzaddi is described as the Path of the Natural Intelligence. To the Student of the Gnosis, this suggests that the primal forces of nature attributed to Netzach (Victory), the Elohim are synonymous with nature itself. You'll need to study the Word Elohim to understand this in greater detail, but they are called the Gods of Netzach....which means ruling forces. To aid further understanding, the Number 17 reduces to 8, which is the Lust Card-Key 8 in the Thoth Deck,which represents the conscious control of the Kundalini, that is both solar and sexual force. I call the Lust Card the image of"Riding the Dragon" ----being in conscious union and thus control of the Divine Frenzy as your life expression. In other-words, the Impersonal Power of I AM becoming a conscious manifestation of Me...a personal expression of Power. This is all part of the Greater Mysteries of Tiphareth, the Solar Logos which is the central Star of our Existence (our Solar Core). Only by controlling the Sexual energy in ourselves---the Kundalini [Lion-Serpent] can we travel the path to Tiphareth. However, this fact has been perverted by believing that Sexual energy, must be oppressed (made celebrate) to approach our Christos----but the Star card suggests otherwise. We must combine, through communion of He and She the flowing serpentine force with willful union of intuition, feelings, and intellect in order to flow to our Solar Core. This is the mystery of Tantric practices and what some may call "Sex-Magic"----or "Sex-Magi". Thus not only showing us how the great Mother is disabused by fear based Patriarchal rule, but that all sexual perversion diverts us from the path of Tzaddi, and we are unable to control the lust filled passions of the Divine Frenzy within us , and become mental, emotional and physical deviates of a chaotic separation. Great enlightenment comes to the student who studies this Path and as many before, we realize that by not understanding the Divine Frenzy within----we become murders, rapist, and violence becomes our sexual activity.
The Process of approaching the Solar Center, is a yoga (yoga means--communion), involving the enervation of centers of energy (Chakras--means "spinning wheels") which open up our Energy Centers through the process of meditation. As Paul Foster Case stated, about the Path of Tzaddi, "Through it is consummated and perfected the Nature of every existing thing beneath the Sun". When meditation is successful, we find that we don't meditate, but rather we are meditated into image! We may understand better if we think of Tiphareth,The Higher Self as a kind of fisherman, who by angling with the Fishhook of meditation, pulls our personality up into the Solar Self and from that Higher Perspective our personality can see that the self-image of form is meditated into existence.
The formation of the individual consciousness from the collective conscious (unconscious) begins from the point of Netzach, which is the highest level of Personality" intuition while Tiphareth is the highest level to be reached by intellect.
When this card is thrown, a expanded and liberated personality change is in the works, Hope, faith and expected spiritual help combine. If ill defined, a dreaminess, and reality disconnect can be in the works, and one should be cautioned about being to ethereal and forgetting the physical which is an important Chalice in our Christ hood. Obviously, like most Major Arcana (Trump) much meditation upon this card is recommended. Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper!