Key 17- THE STAR, The Path of Tzaddi connects the Sephiroth Netzach
(Victory) to the Sephiroth Yesod (The Foundation). This is the path
called the Natural Intelligence
, by Paul Foster Case in his instructional text, Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom
natural intelligence because it is the Path of proper approach to the
Divine Energy inherent in each person. It is the Natural Intelligence,
as it represents the proper use of imagination----which is Divine
Intelligence used in "image making". Many of us call it the Divine Creator or Creative. There is no God of Form, but the Formative God, which is I-Mage-Nation; The womb -with- a view. Often called the Goddess.
meaning of the Hebrew word, Tzaddi,(shown on both the Spiral Tarot and Thoth Tarot key 17) is Fish hook, implying meditation, a
process inseparable from the proper use of imagination. Once we are
hooked on an idea, we focus energy (emotion) , and with proper software
running our brain, the body gets it done. The physical vehicle, is a
power-tool of Imagination and as we all know, with computer run power
tools, garbage programing in means, garbage production- out.
All this may be too much for the culturally programed personality to absorb, but the fact is, you were imagined
into being by what we now calls the Collective Unconscious, or
Universal Unconsciousness. Then you go about "giving" your imagination to the control of "others", so that you can be a "definition" ruled by "the few who wish to rule the many. So for the sake of simplicity, I'll call it
the Divine inherited Intelligence.This Inherited Intelligence of Creation must be under the Will of Spirit, to function "as above, so below", rather than controlled by the dysfunctional who believe they rule "others" by enforcing their "Vision" (all of which is imagined) on a labor force who is needed to build it. There is no god but the inner God whose rule, is no rule at all.;" Do what thou Wilt is the whole of the Law; Love under will" (A. Crowley) You are all possibility that is under the direction of "Love of Being" which is the Star.
In the terms of Tzaddi, fish hook, the
implication is that there is a merging of two streams of conscious
energy, for something is put-in rather than taken out. Here the
individual consciousness is attached to the Greater Conscious.
Tarot/Qabalah, Water is the symbol used for consciousness, making the
analogy of the fish hook being put in, pertinent as well. On both cards is the zodiacal sign of Aquarius.
to understand that we are not a brain, nor any kind of separate
physical device. We are both the Transmitter and the Transmitted. Just
as a Radio Transmitter (in our case-Spirit-or Spiral frequency) transmits frequency "every
where but nowhere" at the same time and would be unheard without a radio
receiver, so would the frequencies of Spiral Energy (Spirit) be
unheard with out a physical vehicle tuned to that infinite frequency. In
this scenario, Spirit is the Collective Unconscious, and the
individual frequencies would be Soul Stations
while the human vessel would be the receiving radio controlled- robotic -power tool. However, this "robotic" device is only subservient to the One Life, that operates through the Collective Unconscious, i.e. Collective Imagination.
In quantum physics, a entity is a point in time
which to a timeless energy frequency, is extremely necessary for self
awareness. Points in time are necessary for a discriminating creator,
for how do you know what you do and what you affect, when you have no
way of examining the action? To gather Knowledge, the mind needs an
intellectual gathering place---a point in time. The material that the
Divine Consciousness deals in is "Thought", something we know exists but
are unable to explain its source. It is our "first matter", and in
Qabalah , the first matter-thought is often symbolized as a fish.
This concept allows me to take the next quantum leap in examination.
Theoretically if we describe the Ocean, as the womb of earth life, (
Imagination is the Womb of idea) we can see that to the Ocean, it is
everywhere and nowhere at the same time, for it has no sense of self.
However, the fish is made of Ocean (imagined) and its elements and must exist in
the Ocean as a "part of Oceanic imagination"; a self-image, if you will,
of the Ocean itself. And as Spirit ( I AM) must express "Me" as "self-image". Therefore the Ocean of Self
flows through the crystallized self -image (Me) that it has imagined
into existence, in order to be able to do work. Now I know this is
simplistic as an explanation can get, but it should help you in the direction of
understanding why you have a physical vehicle, and why it is most sacred
to Spirit! Your Body is the "Temple of God", the Church of Divine Imagination; complete with Yods, i.e. "hands of god".
The I AM (Imagination) denotes assistance, the Me establishes it as a sensual point in time, i.e. a place.
Path of the Natural Intelligence is the Path of the raw forces
attributed to Netzach (Victory). To a Qabalist these natural forces are
called the Elohim (Gods of Netzach) and are synonymous with
nature itself. Moreover,the number of The Star, is 17 and when added
together (1+7=8) seventeen becomes 8 which is key 8-Lust, which
represents conscious control over the Kundalini (Lion-Serpent) whose
description is both solar (lion is the symbol of the Sun) and sexual
(serpentine force). As I have stated before, the Kundalini is coiled in
Yesod, which is the Foundation of earth manifestation.
To many, sex-energy or Kundalini is a word of "sin" filled lust and emotional turmoil. This is of course what you are taught to believe by indoctrination, belief is Imagination and requires no "facts" to assemble and only mental action to create. However, the Big Bang Theory is the Ultimate expression of Lust! The Imagination, is Lust to be, so be real careful and not "believe everything you think"! Through you, Lust, becomes reality and you must Love whom you are , to create Love! To think that Love built you, as a sinner, is to say God is a Tyrant with soda-masochistic tenancies. God is I Am. You are "I AM Me" , loved child we call "Self".
However, you view yourself, the initiate knows as we encounter the sexual energy in
ourselves, we are approaching the Greater Mysteries of Tiphareth, The
Solar Logos, the central star of our existence. Of course,"if you can't
take the heat, stay out of the kitchen" and curl up in the fetus position on the floor and weep over your existence and how "unjust" it is to be you.
The Magus has reached the point of "Absolute Lust", Will-to-be, were being Lust is Life itself, rather than the animal lust of sexual intercourse. The difference is that by "being Lust of being", you seek not an orgasm------you are it! Thus,the Path of Tzaddi-The
Star is important to the neophyte as it is a very powerful Path which
points out the proper way to approach the Kundalini...The Divine Energy
inherent in all of us that produces "living forms" of Self Knowledge.
This process of approach is a kind of yoga
(communion) involving the "opening of Chakras" and/or the enervation of
energy centers through the process of meditative and physical actions that connects one to the "Divine Frenzy" which produces all Creation. This is also the
energy we use in the meditation process, being both the goal and means
of enlightenment. The Star is the method or means of perfection.
In the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, the Magus Paul Foster Case stated that: The twenty eight path [Path of Tzaddi] is
called the Natural Intelligence, and it is so called because through it
is consummated and perfected the Nature of every existing thing under
the Sun." (the brackets are my own insertion).
Qabalists know the Star Card represents the proper use of imagination, through the energy of meditation.
though meditation feels like a personal activity, successful meditation
shows us that it is not we that are meditating but rather, we are
meditated! Truth be known, The Higher Self brings the Personality into
meditation. In the context of meditation, the Personality uses
the Path of Tzaddi, The Fish Hook, in searching for reality in the
context of meditation; However, meditation is also The Higher Self
angling to pull the Personality up from the depths of self-enclosure
which is a reality imposed on us by the physical senses stimulating imaginative "feelings" rather than Imagination expanding and liberating the senses from the physical limits imposed by "senses". To expand the senses beyond the physical is called "Divya Siddhis" in Sanskrit, which means "magic abilities" and/or extended sensory perception by the western cultures. The Qabalist calls this magic ability, "Lust without need of result".
Card figure, represents the most pure manifestation of the Great Mother
Binah at the level of Personality, preceding enclosure in matter, she
is the same figure found in The Empress, in her royal regalia; The High
Priestess and in The Universe cards; However, here in both the Spiral Tarot and Thoth Tarot, she is unveiled, un-robed, further representing her purity. She is Isis the "Star Maiden", as presented in the Spiral Tarot. She is the Lust of Star light, that all things are born of. She is both fecund and fruitful, mother of all Form. Thus the Spiral Tarot represents Lust filled Life, all around her as she pours the Lusty Rhythm of Life into all things. If you have the courage to "Above all things, know thyself", you shall know the power of Self-Image and its Lusty Rhythm, made by the Communion of "Goddess-God" in the eternal Lab Yum (Tibetan for "Goddess-God , face to face") that produces your "Spiral Waves" of Energy in the Universal Fluid that is Light.
The Star is
associated with the love and inspiration sign of Aquarius. In the
ancient world, Saturn was said to govern Aquarius, referring us to Binah
and THE UNIVERSE key 21 of the Tarot.
Because the Star card represents the
universe resolved into its ultimate elements, it relates to many more
Paths than any other card in the deck. Thus, I recommend getting the
text book by Robert Wang---The Qabalistic Tarot ( A text book of
Mystical Philosophy) and studying the many path Charts on the Tree of
Life , that he presents in the book.
To the Magi, the Star card
represents the "Lower Eden", from which the Personality originates and
the Emperor , represents "Upper Eden" where the Fiery Higher Self
originates...The Solar Logos. Here to, we see a relationship of The
Star Path (Tzaddi) relating to another Path, that of the Emperor (Heh).
The Star card also relates to the Planet Venus, which to the ancients
was seen as the "Morning and Evening Star", also referred to as Lucifer, the
Most beautiful of all Arch-Angels,(Planets) referring to the Sephiroth
Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Solar Logos. Lucifer is not seen as a
underworld figure, but rather the Higher Self. But with proper
enforcement of propaganda. the meaning of Beauty (Synchronicity) became
a Underworld Angel who was so narcissistic that he challenged
God----which is the common Christian view. We all must study history to
see how the Christians took the names of gods and goddesses of other
religions and demonized them, which only contributed to ignorance and
lost self-awareness that each of us are all "Lucifer", the Divine Child of Star Light. The truth is that the Latin word Lucifer is similar
to the Greek Christos (Sun, also Zeus Christos or Sun of God) ----both
relating to the fiery Sun of God, The Galactic central Star....The Solar Logos and/or our Higher
When the Star Card-Key 17, is thrown during a reading the
querent shall be or will be experiencing:
- Hope, faith and unexpected help
for 17 weeks or 17 months.
- Self esteem and confidence contributing to
self-efficiency and talent.
- Upon meditating, shall hear
their own song (sound frequency), becoming harmony and then emoting
love, calm and peaceful agility.
- That everything is all right. You have the self -sufficiency to work out all issues.
If ill defined by the
accompanying cards, there can be the experiencing of :
- Dreaminess, and
This is rare, so basically the querent is or will be,
experiencing freedom from all masks, illusions and restrictions while
being replenished by the pure waters of the Universal Unconscious.
Thank you for your interest, support, and comments. May you live long and prosper!