In the Thoth Deck, Key 17 THE STAR
is the path of Tzaddi. The word Tzaddi
and the Path is the Path of Meditation. Meditation is the fishhook on this path that properly attaches us to The Divine Collective Unconscious,
using our imagination. I-magi-nation is than being the proper approach to this Divine Intelligent Energy.
As we can see on the Star Card, there are two streams of the One Divine or Cosmic 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- Will to Force-
(intuition/feelings) and Binah-Will To Form (intellect/consciousness).
Many of us forget that the Imagination
is the Consciousness of the Divine Mother of all Forms. This
forgetfulness, is because we have been taught by our Patriarchal society
that imagination is a world-wind creator of fantasy and to be
considered beneath our rational-worded-linear thought. We have somehow
forgotten the meaning of Image-maker-conscious.
"It's Just your imagination," is a common "put down"theme and uses denial to ignore the fact that:
It's Just The Divine Creative's Imagination that created all that you can see, hear, feel , smell and touch including YOU!
Other than a self-reflection, what else do you think a Self-Image is?
Water is a symbol for the ebb and flow of consciousness ,
and Binah, is the Vast Sea of the Un-Conscious
(meaning "not of consciousness"), which by meditation, we cast our
consciousness into and thereby 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.
Which is whom we are, as physics has proven, by our observation alone, we change the observed (Physics Electron particle/wave experiment) !
In the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, the Qabalistic 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
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 Star Card figure,
represents the most pure manifestation of the Great Mother Binah at the
level of Soul-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, The Scarlet Woman in the Lust card; However,
here She is unveiled, unclothed, 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/Time and The Universe key 21.
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 Solar
Higher Self originates...The Solar Logos. Here to, we see a relationship
of The Star Path (Tzaddi) relating to another Path, that of the
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 Archangels" (Tiphareth means Beauty), 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, you can be made to believe that "The Higher
Self" is a "Savior" who is separate from you, who are but a slave to
your cultural rulers. This keeps you searching for a savior rather than doing anything about your situation.
After the " War Lord"
took over cultural programing, the meaning of Beauty
(Synchronicity) became a Underworld Angel
of beauty who was so narcissistic that
he challenged God. We all must study history to see how the Jews,
Muslims and Christians demonized the names of gods and goddesses of other
religions and cultures, which only contributed to ignorance and
lost self-awareness. The truth is that the Latin word Lucifer
(Morning Star) 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 Self/Psyche.
To aid further understanding
, the Number 17 (1+7=8) reduces to 8 in numerology, 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 Soul control of the Divine Frenzy
as your life expression rather than the lust filled frenzy being controlled by the personality. In other-words, the Impersonal Power of I AM
becoming a conscious manifestation of Me.
..a personal expression of Soul- Power: For within all of us is the "Lion's Roar" ; The rolling sound of the "Big Bang", the Word
of The Divine Creative.
This trinity of I- AM- ME,
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 pulse of Sexual energy in ourselves, through meditation---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 and history suggests
otherwise! Nothing is more destructive than when sexual energy is oppressed, for it feeds the phantoms of the fanatic.
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.
Union, is the mystery of Tantric, Gnostic and Qabalistic practices and
what some may call "Sex-Magic"----or "Sex-Magi". Which is really the
Divine's technological break through of Sex where 1 becomes 2 and joins
to become 1, which is 3! (Such as, color becomes red, then blue, then joins to
become one color called purple). 1 is always one, but 2 and 1 is Three.
Three is a plane, from which Self can reflect!
Our ignorance of the Sexual
Communion is not only showing us how the great Mother/The Divine Feminine is disabused by
fear based pleasure/pain training of Patriarchal rule, but that all sexual perversion diverts us
from the path of Tzaddi.
Diverted, 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 that starves our Psyche. Energy needs polarity to flow. Electricity needs a "ground" to flow. All of us are of Electromagnetic Energy. The Electric masculine must flow to the Magnetic Feminine!
Great enlightenment comes
to the student who studies this Path, here the Son rises and as many before, we realize
that by not understanding the Divine Frenzy within----we become murders,
rapist, gluttons and violence becomes our sexual activity. Such power of the Sun/Son of The Divine Creative, when unable to "rise from the Dead" within us, will become the expression of Death rather than the Life of the Spirit within.
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 and sexual/electromagnetic
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/Solar Logos, as a kind of fisherman, who by angling with
the Fishhook of meditation, pulls our personality up into the Solar
Self. 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 Divine Collective- Universal Unconscious begins from the point of
which is the highest level of "personality" while Tiphareth
the highest level to be reached by intellect.The object is to hold a
"Holy Mass" where the Personality
and the Intellect
are joined in
Communion, within the honeymoon suite
of the human body. Thereby nullifying all conflict.
The Solar Logos shines in the form of Sacred union that is often called the Union of the Sun and the Moon, which is the ancient way of seeing the flow of Electromagnetic energy.
The Connolly Tarot, Key 17-The Star,
shows a young man, gazing at the Star in the deep blue sky of the Goddess. Here the union of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine as the Higher Self is also suggested, in his wearing of the seven pointed star of the goddess. The reference to Lucifer,
the beautiful Morning star is obvious in the star dressed beautiful young man.
The young man has reached the sight of his goals and is confident in his higher state of consciousness; now a star he will always see .
The Tree of Life, reaches out to him, acknowledging the growth force of Higher Consciousness, becoming lush and fruitful. Binah/Understanding, is shown as a beautiful rainbow bird, bringing in the light of understanding.
Lust life surrounds the youth, as he has released the sword of severity, that he has firmly planted in the wall surrounding his new home of beauty.
The key words to this card are: Health, Hope and Aspiration.
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.
querent, upon meditating, shall hear their own song (sound frequency),
becoming harmony and then emoting love, calm and peaceful agility.
- A expanded and liberated personality change is in
the works, Hope, faith and expected spiritual help combine.
- a dreaminess, and reality disconnect can be in the works, and
one should be cautioned about being too ethereal and forgetting the
physical which is an important Chalice in our Christ hood.
feeling of fantasy 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 Divine Collective Universal Unconscious.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
There can be the experiencing of dreaminess, and deceived hope.
like most Major Arcana (Trump) much meditation upon this card is
recommended. Thank you for your interest comments, and supportive
donations. May you live long and prosper!