In the Thoth Deck, Key 17 THE STAR
is the path of Tzaddi. The Hebrew letter/ 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.
When meditation is successful, we find that we don't meditate, but rather we are meditated
into image by the Psyche/Soul! We may understand better if we think of Tiphareth, The
Higher Self/ Psyche of the Solar Logos, as a kind of fisherman, who by angling with
the Fishhook of meditation, pulls our personality up into the Solar
Self- Awareness-Collective, i.e. Soul. From that Higher Perspective of energy I-dentity, our personality can see that the
self-image of form is meditated into existence by the "Buddha within".
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.
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- Will to Force-
(intuition/feelings) and Binah-Will to Form(intellect/consciousness).
Many of us forget that the Imagination is a Womb-with-a view
is the Un-Consciousness of the Divine Mother of all Forms, united with the "will to force" of the Solar Logos. 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 (imagination).
"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 Unconscious and consciousness.
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 the seventh Sephira- Netzach
(Victory), the Elohim
, are synonymous with nature itself. Looking at the top left of the Thoth Card, you will see a 7 pointed star implying her connection to Netzach and the Elohim. You may 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 by inheritance of this connection, as physics has proven; by our observation alone, we change the observed!
To aid further understanding
, the Number 17 reduces to 8, which is the Lust Card-Key 8 in the Hermetic 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 trinity of I AM ME, is
all part of the Greater Mysteries of Tiphareth, the Solar Logos which
is the central Star of our Existence (our Solar Core: Soul). 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 as she shows only the flow of the golden sexual force, united through her Psyche, to the silver personal sexual force:Life force-is Sex Force!
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! (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 is disabused by
fear based Patriarchal rule, but that all sexual perversion is not only the perversion of life force, it also diverts us
from the path of Tzaddi, and we are unable to control the lust filled
passions of the Divine Frenzy within us, therefore often becoming mental,
emotional and physical deviates of a "mental-starvation" as the chaos of separation blinds us to our Psyche.
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, and
rapist, for the intimacy of violence now 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 and sexual
The formation of the individual consciousness
from the Divine collective unconscious begins from the point of the Seventh Sephira-
Netzach, which is the highest level of "personality" (Moon) while Tiphareth is
the highest level to be reached by intellect (Sun).The object is to hold a
"Holy Mass" where the Personality and the Intellect are joined in
Communion, within the honeymoon suite that is the human body.
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].
The Star 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, The Scarlet Woman in the Lust card; However,
here She is unveiled, a naked virgin, further representing Her purity.
The Greek word, Psyche, means "female Soul" and corresponds to the Hindu Shakti. Greek classical mythology married Psyche to the love god- Eros: a union of soul with body.
That union is shown in the illustration of the Qabalistic Thoth Card, as a female body connecting the "Higher flow" of Unconscious to a lower flow of consciousness.
The Greek, Apuleius's version of the myth of Psyche and Eros, stated that Psyche and her bridegroom could come together only in the dark. When Psyche insisted on seeing Eros by the light of her lamp, he had to leave her forever.[E. Hamilton, 92-100]. As an allegory this said that the passion of the soul might banish physical sexual passion.
It has been suggested that the original story may have arisen from a custom like that of ancient Sparta, where young husbands visited their wives only by night. According to one historian [Crawley, 42], " Sometimes children were born before the pair had ever seen each other's faces by day."
Following this interesting fact, The Star Card, connects the Dark Collective Unconscious,
with the visible light-consciousness, holding in one hand the Womb/cup
of the Imagination, out of which flows the creative-unconscious, and
the womb cup of consciousness, out of which flows personality.
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 Hermetic
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 in Latin as Lucifer,
which the Christians called the
"Most beautiful of all Archangels", referring to the Sephiroth
Tiphareth-Beauty, which is manifestation of the Solar Logos. Therefore, Lucifer is not seen as a
underworld figure, but rather Higher Solar Self emergence. However, with proper
enforcement of propaganda, you can be made to believe that "The Higher
Self" is a "Savior" who is separate from you; a "you" who are but a
slave to your cultural rulers. I have found that knowledge is enslaved by belief. For to be knowledge it must be "made manifest"; empirical and therefore repeatable by the knowledgeable. Belief requires nothing but ignorance and an enforcement of violence causing a fantasy of "righteousness" which is just a manifestation of fear.
After the " War Lord"
religions took over cultural programming, the meaning of Beauty
(Synchronicity) became a Underworld Angel who was so narcissistic that
he challenged God; as did the Titans, the children of women and the
gods, challenged the gods of Olympus. We all must study history and
mythology to see how the Jews, Muslims and 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 (Morning Star) is similar to the Greek
Christos (Sun, also Zeus Christos or Sun of God) ----both relating to
the fiery Sun/Son of God....The Solar Logos Intellect: Logos being Greek for- "Word", implying the Cause of Vibration/Will to Force. Will to Form, vibration into form, is Binah-The Great Ocean of Unconsciousness: when combined they are the Imagination.
The Jungian Tarot, THE STAR: The Virgin daughter,
who is the Empress who has descended from her exalted realm, to a new state of innocence.
I find it interesting that in the French language, "The Maid" is Pucelle, a title for any woman
who impersonated the Virgin Goddess of druidic fairy-religion: a feminine version of Puck.(The French called Joan of Arc, The Maid, implying she was of the Druid faith and not that of Christianity).
Hence, in the Star card we have the virgin feminine Anima (Spirit) and the masculine Animus (Soul) being combined as they flow back into the original Pool of origin: The Universal Collective Unconscious.
Here also, we have the epic journey of the Hero-Son, Her eventual consort, struggling in search of Her on his path towards the independence of self-awareness.
Many stories of the Hero in search of his Virgin consort have been told through out history, simply because language ultimately fails to describe the highly refined intuition that one needs to approach The Star. This virginal source of inspiration for the hero, is a very real condition of consciousness, having been called Sol Invisibilis (Latin: "invisible Sun") and the Lumen Naturae (the light of Nature), among many other descriptive terms.
When one studies mythology and theology, one learns that many descriptive terms are entirely symbolic; pointing to something beyond mundane sense. However, there are other terms that mean exactly what they say, such as; Sol Invisibilis, for it describes the "inner sun", a central core of light and/or brilliance, which may be seen simply by closing one's eyes and "looking" for it: often called meditation.
The qualities of the "inner sun", i.e. The Star, are loving, inspirational and totally irrational. It is guide, gateway and that into which the emerging Self is born. The silver and golden pitchers are merging different aspects of consciousness (imagination and rationale, in that order) back into the original pool from which they came; that of the Divine Collective Unconscious/ The Great Mother.
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.
- An expanded and liberated personality change is in
the works, Hope, faith and expected spiritual help combine.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
There can be the experiencing of dreaminess,deceived hope, 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. This
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 Universal Unconscious.
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