Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR/LA ESTRELLA
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR/LA ESTRELLA

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 17:THE STAR, compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR:

The Star Tarot card represents the Universal Principle of  Self-Esteem and Confidence.

In many religions The Star represents a guiding light; the Star of Bethlehem and The Star of David are good examples. In Astrology the Star Tarot Card is Aquarius, the water- bearer. Therefore this card represents Self-Trust. The multiple crystals intimates that with self trust we see things more clearly.

The 2 seven pointed stars spinning their way towards earth (One above the planet and one in the atmosphere of the planet) represent the radiating confidence of the Spiritual light that actualizes ideas through our very natures. Reminding us that we are a conscious opening in time/space through which the Absolute (I AM) can manifest. Hence, Self Confidence gives us the freedom to be spontaneous in our self-expression. 

When we have the courage to be ourselves (Me), 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 7 dynamic and passive creative energy intelligentsia, a Collective, peering into the realms of planets! As in all things, powerful content needs strong containers, and as "Chalices of Spirit", the human body is 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. All illustrated in the Star Card, as our Anima (Spirit) connects the flow of Life from The Above Golden Cup (Sun-Real Self) to the Below silver Cup (Moon-Reflected Self).

TZADDIK (Tzaddi)--Meaning; fish-hook.
The Path of Tzaddi-Key 17-The Star.
[The Illustrated Hebrew Letter Card is from: Ask the Kabala oracle cards. Authors: Deepak Chopra & Michael "Zappy" Zapolin with Alys R. Yablon]

"So God created man in His Image, in the image of God He created him; male and female; He created them."
                      Genesis 1:27
In this first of two descriptions of human creation, God made male (electric-"Will to Force") and female (Magnetic-"Will to Form) at the same time----we are all androgyny  as is the polarities of electro-magnetic (electric is considered male and magnetic is considered female) and the brain itself has "male and female" lobes.

Since there is only One Energy/One Mind (Kether on the Tree of Life) which Identified itself as two  I AM ; Chokmah-Male electric/spiritual-Conscious- fire and Female Binah--Magnetic-spiritual-Unconscious- water, both "became" at once. This may cause some concern among Theologians where The "idea" of God has been argued by the best, but to aid further consternation:  it can also mean extra-terrestrial "DNA" bonded with the natural mammalian DNA, as argued by the Ancient Sumerian's by their Scholars who wrote on clay tablets in cuneiform, what they saw and who also stated that "Those who from the sky came" (Annunaki) experimented with conjoining their DNA and those of Homo Erectis to build us the, Homo Sapiens . [I know that was unnecessary to bring up but I just love a good debate!] Thereby giving us the brains needed to link up or pick up the microwave frequencies of intelligence radiating from the Real Person (Sun of God) of the our Galactic Center.  {I bet that raised eyebrows!}

However, there is no debate about our imagination (Creative Image Maker), it is as a god and obviously a Creative Conscious nestled in our "Unconscious"---the  Universal- Collective-Unconscious ; The Fiery Creative Father, is supposedly the Central Sun that our galaxy spins around, just as the 6th Sephiroth- Tiphareth/ Beauty is the Central Sun/Son of the Tree of Life . Hence, all is being attributed to natural inheritance, i.e. created before "us" but ours to be "at one with" (atonement).
  • All of us know that Stars came first, The Galactic Central Star, is a Giant Collective of Photons that has no foreseeable death. Yet Stars do die and explode sending  a collective of atoms (Super Nova detritus) off into space, but because of The Law of Attraction (love), gather together and become planets; a Trans-formative process  of One Energy (Father) and The One Mind (Mother); the process of  Divine Creative-Self-Awareness which is a process of identity .
Since we are composed of 7 "Force Fields" around our bodies --called the
Aura and their subtle energy entry points in the body called -Chakras, we may deduce that we were Solar Conscious states of energy (Souls-Animus), before we became the operators of a physical state of energy/ matter body. Dr. Carl Jung called this Intelligent Solar Presence---Spirit (Anima) and Soul (Animus). It is a State of Mind, Psyche, of the Eternal One Energy/Mind that creates self image in the first material of creation, i.e., THOUGHT. That means we are much more than we think we are. And if you have read my past blogs, you know that thought itself, is a delusional-trickster as it is all based on the perspective of the thinker and not reality.
  •  Before Thought we were Will! Becoming the conscious Image of the Divine Creative through the communion of "Will to Force" and the "Will to Form". Hence, accessing our Solar Conscious state, often called "enlightenment", is the purpose of the Qaballah (kabala) . In other words, claiming our inheritance from our Solar Being as an Entity. Here, I may have confuse the reader, but in the Hermetic Qabalah, a Being, is an immortal, while an Entity, is noted in Physics as a "Point in Time", and is very mortal. We are the combination of both Solar Being (Kundalini) Evolution and Planetary Entity Evolution, so let's believe written history and declare we are Divine GMO's (made in the Divine's Image), created to link Star Wisdom (Greek: Sophia) and planetary knowledge (Greek: Pan).

The Divine Creative obviously thinks we are Great and I often wonder why some people spend all their lives seeking greatness when
Greatness built each of us as Itself and lies asleep within? It seems to me that "greatness seeking" is like a fish in the ocean looking for water? Sounds like mental blindness to me. It is easy to declare our Greatness; just say "Greatness built me to express Itself" and then "above all things know thyself", which is a process of stimulating solar- memory (not in the brain but the Soul) by studying the Qaballah or any other mechanism for "enlarging self- awareness". We are not "brains" for after all the "I AM ME" build them as "wetware" for the creation of "Artificial Intelligence"....not as "I Am" but rather as "I AM ME", and I dare say, something is lost in that translation, which is so in any "downsizing".
  • The I Am already exists as immortal-infinite Energy Conscious (God or Divine Creative). That is another reason why we are created in the Image of Divinity-We are Solar-Self united with Planetary-Self. We are the Nature of Stars united with the Nature of Planets! We are Spirit first and bodies (power tools) second! "I" don't Live in my brain, "I Am Life"---my brain is "alive" and/or a "Me" but Life is beyond it's function, for being a "self-reflection" of Life is its forte. Life is the product of "I AM Goddess/God", a Union of "Will to Force" (god) and "Will to Form" (goddess) creating microwaves of Spiral Energy (Kundalini or "string theory" of Quantum Physics) often called the serpent force, which is Spiritual Microwaves;( Spirit, is from the Greek Spiro, as is the word spiral) "Life-Force of the Stars" .
  • The symbol of the Fish is the representation of "the first Matter" which we know as "thought"! The Hook is a fastener, the physical matter fastened to the Divine Creative and/or Solar Imagination!
  • * It pays to note that in the Hermetic Qaballah, Water represents consciousness and Fire represents the Solar Logos. Hence, we are an amazing creation of  "I AM Me"!  The Path of Tzaddi, is about the Mysteries of Tiphareth---the mystery of Beauty and that Mystery lies in the Flow of Kundalini (Solar-sexual energy) in the Union  of Polarities; of  Motion and Form. It is my constant understanding, that, "Beauty built me to be Itself" and I know that as I look around, the Kingdom of Beauty is all around me. When you understand this beauty-filled sight----you will "know thyself" and you will appreciate all things and therefore lack nothing. You will no longer be "a fish (Spirit) in the Ocean (Goddess) looking for water" ( life) . Rather you will be Life-Ocean who is Alive as " I AM Me"-fish!

  • Tzaddi Path Color: Purple.
  • Musical note: A#
  • Sign: Aquarius
  • Meaning: Fish-Hook.
  • Simple Letter: Imagination
  • Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Firmament: the dweller between the Waters.

As Stated: The Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR, is The Qabalistic Path of Tzaddi, that connects the Sephiroth Netzach (Victory) to the Sephiroth Yesod (The Foundation). This is the Hermetic 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/meditation----which is Divine Intelligence used in "image making; many of us call it the Creator and/or The Divine Creative.

The meaning of the Hebrew letter,Tzaddi, shown bottom left of card, 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/or a psychosomatic tool 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 consciousness (Radiating from The Central Sun of the galaxy).  So for the sake of simplicity, I'll call it the Divine Creative.

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. This is easily seen in the illustration of the Star by Barbara Walker.  Here the individual consciousness is attached to the Greater Conscious.

In the Tarot, be it old or modern art, Water is the symbol used for consciousness, making the analogy of the fish hook being put in, pertinent as well. Consciousness is usually represented by "running water", streams, rivers,etc.. The Unconscious is represented as a Sea, Ocean, pond or Lake.

It helps 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 which is arguably Spiral Microwave Radi form the Galactic Core)  transmits frequency and/or microwaves "every where but nowhere" at the same time and would be unheard without a radio receiver, so would the intelligent 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.
  To reiterate: 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? 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, as is the Western Son/Sun of God. 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 (I AM) is unable to "see" itself builds us as a self-image to see itself. Therefore the "Ocean of Spirit" flows through the crystallized self-image (Me) that it has imagined into existence, in order to be able to do The Great Work (establish the Mind of above, in the Mind of the below). 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 to Spirit!

The I AM ( Conscious and Unconscious and/or Life) denotes Existence, whereas, the Me (self-conscious) establishes existence as a sensual point in time, i.e. a place called "Alive". Hence, The 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 The Thoth Tarot- key 8-Lust (The vigorous activity of Life), 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 western peoples, sex-energy or Kundalini is a word of sin filled lust and emotional turmoil; However, the initiate knows as we encounter the sexual-solar 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". 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 "Sun of God" 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 meditation. 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 matter of fact,in the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, the Qabalistic Magus Dr. 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." [ In this we see he means the Central Sun of the Galaxy. The brackets are my own insertion].

Hermetic Qabalists know the Star Card represents the proper use of imagination, through the energy of meditation.
 Even 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 (Real Person) brings the Personality (Artificial Intelligence) into meditation. In the context of meditation, the Personality uses the Path of Tzaddi, The Fish Hook, in searching for "The Real" and/or Truth, 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 Real Persona, 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 as The Star, She is unveiled, a naked virgin, 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 Hermetic Qabalistic Magi, the Star card represents the "Lower Eden", from which the Personality originates and the Emperor, represents "Upper Eden" where the idea of 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 encompass the entire Tree of Life) which to the ancients was seen as the "Morning and Evening Star", also referred to as Lucifer, the Most beautiful of all Archangels, referring to the Sephiroth Tiphareth-Beauty, which represents the Solar Logos and/or Christ/Buddha consciousness.  Lucifer is not seen as a underworld figure, but rather the Higher Self and or Real Person (Soul), the Christos (Greek for Sun) but 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 definition supplied by your cultural rulers. 

After the " War Lord religions" (Patriarch)  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 who from the sky came", 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 and/or our Higher Self/Psyche/Real Person/Soul.To put it simply, we have inherited the Creative Intelligence of the Central Sun of the Galactic Core.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 17: THE STAR, is illustrated as virtually depicted in all tarot decks. 
Here the naked virgin Goddess is pouring out living waters on land, and sea, from her two breasts or two jars, while seven stars circle around a large central seven pointed star in their midst. The Central Sun, is the Core of the Galaxy, and the naked lady, is Isis, for the Key 17, was traditionally known as The Star of Isis.

The Star of Isis, represents the annual Nile flood, that insured life giving food to the land of Egypt. Therefore, Isis became the source of the Waters of Life for all souls who journeyed to the Heavens. In fact, her devotees, after being initiated into her Mysteries, were promised: " Thou shalt appear in heaven, thou shalt traverse the sky, thou shalt sit side by side with the gods of the stars" [Book of the Dead-297].
Now many have interpreted that this to mean that the stars were believed to be souls of the Dead, but that is not so in Egyptian Theology. However, if one's self-conscious was elevated enough for one to pick up on the same microwave frequency of Central Core Solar Intelligence as the "gods of the Stars", Annunaki to the Sumerians, one seems to be promised a trip to the stars with the creators of the Homo Sapiens. This was what happened to certain people in Sumerian theology and/or written history. Before I go into a long diatribe on this, I advise the reader to get the book: The Anunnaki of Nibiru by Gerald Clark, MSEE PSI.   However for those who refuse to believe the "at the scene" reporting of the Sumerians, even the Christian Bible talks of "power" or "frequency" that is latent within our DNA, imposing the possibility of transforming (becoming) into Christs "Sun/Son of God" genetic archetype.

John 1:12 (KJV)

But many as receive him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe upon his name.

Luke 17:20-21: (NIV)
"Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, 'The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed the kingdom of God is within you"

Sounds like the "sleeping" DNA chromosome that the Hindu's call Kundalini to me!

Any way, you look at it, "something is rotten in Denmark", and revisionism has soiled our knowledge of our Star born inheritance.

[Get the book by Barbara Walker: The Secrets of the Tarot, for a lengthy Goddess name compilation of the many names and interesting facts of This Star Goddess mythology.]

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. 
  • The querent, upon meditating, shall hear their own song (sound frequency), becoming harmony and then emoting  love, calm and peaceful agility.
  • 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 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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