The Thoth Key 17-The Star, is the Qabalistic 28th Path on the Tree of Life.
The Star card represents the Universal Principle of Self-Esteem and Confidence.
many religions the Star is a guiding light, the Star of Bethlehem and
the Star of David are good examples.
In Astrology the Star card is Aquarius,
the water- bearer. This card represents Self-Trust; the multiple
crystals intimates that with self trust we see things more clearly.
two seven pointed stars spinning their way towards earth represent the
radiating confidence of the Spiritual light that actualizes ideas
through our very natures;
reminding us that we are an opening in
time/space through which the Absolute can manifest. Self Confidence
gives us the freedom to be spontaneous in our self- expression. When we
have the courage to be ourselves, like running water, we are dynamic
and life changing.
If you have seen the human aura, you would know that
each of us is an individual star of dynamic and passive creative- energy-
conscious peering into the realms of planets! As in all things,
powerful content needs strong containers, and as Chalices of Spirit the
human body is only as strong as the energetic identity it contains!
Self-trust, allows us to flow from above and flow out to the below
(earth) as a dynamic creative force.
The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot Key 17- THE STAR
, is the Path of Tzaddi that 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 Creator.
meaning of the Hebrew word, Tzaddi, 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 call the Universal Collective Unconscious, or
Universal Unconsciousness. So for the sake of simplicity, I'll call it
the Divine Intelligence.
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.
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) 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 crystalline-radio controlled- robotic -power tool. (see diagram of simple crystal radio)
In quantum physics, an 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 you are transmitting? 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 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 , the I AM ocean must ,
flow through the crystallized self -image (Me) that it has imagined
into existence. This gives the Spirit/Consciousness the ability to do work on Earth. Now I know this is
simplistic as an explanation can get, but it should help you in
understanding why you have a physical vehicle, and why it is most sacred
The I AM (Imagination) denotes existence, the Me establishes existence as a sensual point in time, i.e. a living 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:
However, the initiate knows as we encounter the sexual energy in
ourselves, we are approaching the Greater Mysteries of Tiphareth, The
Solar Logos,who is the central star of our existence. Of course,"if you can't
take the heat, stay out of the kitchen" 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 Serpent or Spiral Energy
inherent in all of us.
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 sexual-meditation. But fear not oh panicked celibate, Kundalini is also the
energy we use in the individual meditation process (somewhat less potent), being both the goal and means
The Tarot key 17, Star denotes 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.
The female figure on the Star
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 She is unveiled, un-robed, further representing Her purity.
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 key21.
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, i.e.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, referring to the Sephiroth
Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Solar Logos. Therefore Lucifer is not seen as a
underworld figure, but rather the Higher Self of Nature. But with proper
enforcement of propaganda, the meaning of Beauty (Synchronicity) became
a Underworld Angel who was so narcissistic that he challenged
God, or such 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. 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 Solar Logos and/or our Higher
The Shadow Tarot-Path 28-Tzuflifu has been called/subtitled The Emperor by the author Linda Falorio, thus she is acknowledging the connection of the Thoth Star key-17 with the Thoth Emperor Key 4 that is the path of Heh (meaning window) combining both meanings on her Shadow Path 28.
She States:" Passion and courage are demanded fearing neither men nor gods to establish life out-side traditional male-female roles in defiance of cultural prejudice."
Thus there is a feminist approach to this Tunnel of Tzuflifu, as it is about the destruction of the Aeon of the Patriarch. This Tunnel is purported to be the black hole behind the star Sirius. In past blogs, Sirius was named as the origin in the sky, of the Nephilim or creators of mankind.
Here she compares the
Ancient Egyptian Cat-Goddess Bast, goddess of the desert and of sexual heat to the Tunnel of Tzuflifu. Bast is or was known as an implacable goddess of ruthless feminine passion and here is shown as a future consciousness in the shape of an enraged hyena (Anubis), exalting the genitalia of Uranus. (shown here in an ancient Greek depiction)
The lunar crescent surmounted by a spiral disc represents the power to dance between the worlds of matter and anti-matter. The dark serpent around the Waist of the Goddess image, signifies her power over the Phallus.
Which is a given to a Gnostic, since from the Womb of the Great Mother, came the Phallic Father. (illustrated is an artistic interpretation of Bast and Anubis)
Therefore, Tzuflifu, restores woman back to her rightful place as equal to any man. For in order to build a He, there had to be a She!
Also represented on this Shadow card, there is a tripod of the Oracle made of human skulls and leg bones, surrounded by the Kali yantra (Hindu destroyer Goddess Kali) as a symbol of the Ultimate feminine power over life and death.
The fiery bat like demons or furies she has illustrated on the card, represent revengeful spirits born of the blood of Uranus, punishing those who sinned against woman. Which rings true, if you know that the Anglo-Saxon word Lady, means "Doler of bread" and Lord, meant,"Guardian of bread." Husband, is an Anglo-Saxon word for "keeper of her property". The Anglo-Saxons believed that woman owned property, and the man guarded it. This goes along with the Gnostic understanding, that Form is the property of the Divine Feminine, and Force is the property of the Divine Masculine.
The magic abilities gained from successful skrying of Tzuflifu or the Star Card are:
- The courage to fight against culturalized injustice.
- To connect with our inner passions and go after what we want.
- To contact the inner moral strength that enables us to establish life outside of traditional sexual roles.
- Fearing neither man's nor God's retaliation at such hubris.
- Liberates the male from "John Wane-ism" reaffirming the feminine "within" giving him the strength to not to have to aggressively strive or compete or to be the sexual aggressor.
When the Star Card-Key 17 or the Shadow Tarot-Path 28-Tzuflifu, 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.
- The querent, upon meditating, shall hear
their own song (sound frequency), becoming harmony and then emoting
love, calm and peaceful agility.
- This card
can also mean that we have or are developing within the next 17 weeks or
months, the courage to increase and maintain our own self-esteem. In so
doing, our presence alone will assist others in developing their own.
- This is spiritual regeneration, and hope in a vision of the future.
- Follow your inner star!
If ill defined by the
accompanying cards, there can be the experiencing of dreaminess, and
deceived hope. 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.
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