The Thoth Tarot-Key 17- The Star and the Wild Wood Tarot-Key 17- The Pole Star:
- Path color: Violet
- Musical note: A#
- Sign: Aquarius
- Path of Tzaddi-Meaning: Fish-Hook.
- Simple Letter: Imagination
- Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Firmament: the dweller between the Waters
The Thoth- Star,
refers to the zodiacal sign Aquarius, the Water Bearer. The illustration on the Thoth Card, represents the Egyptian Goddess Nuit, the Lady of the Stars. However,
Nuit is rarely shown in colors other than Black or Dark indigo, because
She represents "Before the veil of Light was created".
In other words, She is the Dark Womb, the Dark/ Alma-Mater
Matter. The fact that the Ancient Gnostics knew there was a Dark Force
that birthed the Stars should peek the interest of any quantum physicist
who has discovered that the "Quanta"(sub atomic particles) appear to
The Star card figure is shown
as a human figure, to verify through anthropomorphic art, the fact that
She is depicted as a manifestation (Dark Energy) rather than a just a
mythological concept. She is shown as bearing two cups, one golden cup
held high above her head from which she pours the ethereal water upon it, in ritual this is symbolized by a mixture of milk, oil and blood.
The other cup is Silver, from which She pours the Amitra, the
immortal liquor of her life, pouring it into the Great Sea of Binah (
3rd Sephiroth called "Understanding") that is illustrated as conjunct
to a shore of fertile earth.
[ Amitraof the Indian philosophers, the Nepenthe and Ambrosia of the Greeks, the Alchahest and Universal Medicine of the Alchemists, The Nectar which is the Mother of the Blood of the Grail is made.]
You may note that the cups
represent the shape of breasts, this is because the Ancients believed that Stars were formed from the "milk of her breasts"
an it is written: " The milk of the Stars from her paps; yeah, the milk of the stars from her paps".
Here we see a blending of the Goddess Hathor, "The Cow Goddess", into
the later goddess name of Nuit. The Goddess Nuit has also been called,
"Nothingness with Twinkles....".
What is represented in illustration
the Thoth Deck Star card, is the universe in its ultimate elements. The
Celestial globe is behind the Goddess figure showing a prominent 7
pointed star that represents Venus, declaring the principle
characteristic of Her nature to be love.
The manifestation of Nuit
on a lower plane is Binah the Great Mother - The Sea of Life, The
fertile Earth, nurtured by the Ocean of Binah, shown as supporting Roses
in the right hand corner of the picture but between the Sea and the
Land is the Abyss, which is hidden by the clouds, that whirl as her
[The Lady of the Rose, the
Rose-Mari, is another aspect of the Fertile Goddess and during the
Matriarchal age, there were Priestesses of the Blood Rose who were in
direct representation of the Great Fertile Mother and stood for the
Wellness of the people. This goes all the way back to Lemuria and/or the
Land of Mu, that has been illustrated on ancient Chinese maps.
Investigation is required here. ]
As stated: The Left hand upper corner of the Star card
shows the Star of Babalon, also known as the star of Venus, which represents yet another manifestation of
Nuit, that of the Scarlet Woman (Blood Rose) the Lady shown in Key 11,
Lust, as riding the Lion-Serpent. Form her star issues the curved light
of Spiritual/Spiral rays (Spiral and Spiritual are both from the Greek
word: Spiro. which means -Breath.}. She is the Dark matter, and Heaven
itself is no more than a veil before the face of the immortal Goddess and/or Creatrix.
Interesting to note here, is that every form of energy depicted here, is
spiral (Spiritual). This is known as a "Spiral Universe"...we live in a
Spiral Galaxy which we think we discovered just recently. Yet Zoroaster
is quoted as saying," God is he, having the head of a hawk; having a spiral force."
Hawks spiral in the sky as they hunt. Spiral is also the mathematical
conception of the Universe by the renowned physicist Albert Einstein.
It seems the Metaphysics of Gnosis ( Alchemy, Qabalah, Tantra etc.), are
the Quantum physics of today!
You also may note
that only in the lower cup, is the flowing water of life, shown
as rectilinear forms, rather than spiral. This is because of mankind's
blindness to the wonder and beauty of the Universe by demanding
straightness.,. i.e. linear sighted. We know that Euclidean geometry
depends on the conception of straight lines, but Riemann, Bolyai, and
Lobatchewsky (Mathematicians) have proved that the Parallel Postulate
found to be incapable of proof. Thus, the straight line has no true
correspondence to reality. I would highly recommend that the True
Student of Tarot, get the Book of Law by A. Crowley....it is more than
significant in aiding understanding the Occult metaphysics which can
be compared to the quantum physics of today. Even the "New" String
theory, was forseen as the "sperpent force" of the ancient
In the Thoth Tarot of the Qabalah, Key 17 THE STAR
is known as the inner Path of Tzaddi or Tsadeh.
The Hebrew letter 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. However, is you look closely, you will find the Hebrew letter, Heh is on the Star Card. Both, myself and Rober Wang, author of The Qabalistic Tarot, believe this to be an error, either on Crowley's part or printed error. For Heh, refers to Sight or Window and is Qabalistically assigned to the Emperor Card, which in Crowley's deck, the Emperor is assigned Tzaddi. The mistake is that the Emperor is the "fiery aspect of the garden of Eden", while the Star represents the "Eden of Personality".
The Emperor represents the self observation of the One.
Therefore, he is the First Sight, Heh, which is naturally leads to Aries, the First Sign. Aries being assigned to this card.
The Emperor, the constituting intelligence, is considered as the first phase of a cycle. "As Aries brings forth Spring" and is considered the First sight, therefore, he is assigned the letter Heh, meaning-sight,rather than Tzaddi which means "fish hook".
TZADDIK (Tzaddi)--Meaning; fish-hook.
The Path of Tzaddi-Key 17-The Star.
So God created man in His Image, in the image of God He created him; male and female; He created them.
this first of two descriptions of human creation, God made male and
female at the same time----we are all androgyny as is the polarities of
electro-magnetic (electric is male and magnetic is female), when considering the mind, Male is considered the consciousness and Female is considered the Unconsciousness. Hence, the
brain itself has "male and female" lobes.
There is only One Energy
(Kether on the Tree of Life) who is the All Seeing "I", then two where created from the one by and act of Will (
Chokmah-Male electric/spiritual fire and Female
Binah--Magnetic-spiritual water), both "became" at once since there is no way to make male without female or visa verse.
I know that mankind being in the "Image" of
has been argued by the best, but it can also mean
extra-terrestrial "DNA" bonded with the natural mammalian DNA; a genetic modification made by the "Angels that came to earth and married the women of men"..... [I know
that was unnecessary to bring up but I just love a good debate!]
However, there is no debate about our imagination,
it is as The Divine Creative and as unlimited.
- Most of us know that Stars came first, then planets (Star detritus) and all
were the process of "Energy Conscious" (God) Self-Awareness .
- Since we
have "Force Fields" around our bodies --called the Aura and their subtle
energy entry points in the body called -Chakras, we know that we were
Solar Conscious states of energy, before we became the operators of a
physical state of energy/ matter body. We call this Solar
Presence---Spirit and Soul, yet it is the evolution of Light, that has been going on for over 14 billion years.
- The Tree of Life is sigil of a State of Energy Conscious, Psyche,
of the Eternal One Energy. That means we are much more than we think we
are. And if you have read my past blogs, you know that thought itself, being the first material our minds work with,
is a delusional- trickster as it is all probabilities and not reality. For the truth being, what we call "realistic" is merely "Will-istic";
Before Thought we were Will:The "I will be" of Kether, then the "Will to force" of Chokmah-"The Father" and "the Will to Form" of Binah-"The Mother". The Three together, make "Will to Be", which be, each of us.
- Becoming the conscious Image of God, by "recieving our just inheritence"
(accessing our Solar Conscious state---enlightenment) is the purpose of
the Qaballah (kabala) which means "recieving" . In other words, claiming our inheritance from
our Solar Being. We are the combination of both Solar (Kundalini)
Evolution and Planetary Evolution-----we are Divine GMO's (made in the
Divine's Image). The Divine Creative obviously thinks we are Great and I
often wonder why some people spend all their lives seeking greatness, after all Greatness built each of us as Itself? 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".
- We are not "brains"....we
build them as hardware for software....not as "I Am" but rather as I AM ME " .
- The I Am already exists as
immortal-infinite Energy Conscious (God). 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", 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) often called the serpent force, which is
Spiritual ( From the Greek Spiro as is spiral) "Life-Force" .
- The ancient
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 Creation and/or Imagination! In Qaballah, Water is
consciousness and Fire is the Solar Logos. 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!
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.
The Divine Energy flows 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
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
"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 Hebrew 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 !
To aid further understanding, the Number 17 reduces to 8, which is the Lust Card-Key 8 in the Thoth Deck, which represents the conscious control of the Kundalini,
that is both solar and/or fertile force, hence, 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). Only by
controlling the Solar- 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
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 diverts us
from the path of Tzaddi, and we are unable to control the lust filled
passions of the Divine Frenzy within us, and therefore become mental,
emotional and physical deviates of a mental-chaos of belief in separation stimulating an overpowering need to unite.
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,
rapist, and violence and negative emotion, 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
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 unconscious begins from the point of
Netzach, which is the highest level of "personality" while Tiphareth is
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 that is The Solar Logos.
For a more powerful meditation/ritual there are Thoth Tarot Correspondences: 0-The Fool & key-17-The Star.
It may be interesting to note that in ancient text, the "Holy Ghost"
was considered to be feminine rather than the masculine concept and she was/is known as Sophia
, The Mother and Beloved of the Father. The Star card promotes the image of Sophia
while the Fool, promotes the image of the Father. To the ancients, the
Fool (The Green Man) was both wise and "innocent as the children". He is
Joker (Trickster) and Wisdom.
- Astrological Sign:The Star-Aquarius
- Astrological Planet: The Fool- Uranus
- Key 17-The Star, has the astrological form: I know.
- The Fool has the astrological motion: I seek myself through what I don't know.
- Rune-stones: STAR- Lagaz, the water stone that flows and conducts.
- There are two Rune-stones for the Fool:Mannaz, the name of mankind, the human race , and the self. The other is the blank
rune, called "the unknowable", the name of destiny. That is also why
the Fool is not a key---it is 0, the symbol for infinity, which is
indeed unknowable and has no gateway to unlock. The Fool card can be
placed at the beginning of the Tarot deck or at the end, as can the
- Primary colors: Violet (purple, lavender).
- The associated Chakra
is the Sixth chakra or the Brow Chakra, which is intuition,
light,color, seeing (also color-seeing as in Auric Seer) thought,
information, meditation, visualization, imagination (The Womb With A
View), spiritual perception, dreams,----the Chakra of purpose and patience.
- Stones and Minerals:Amethyst, sugalite, charoite, siberite ( violet tourmaline), chalcedonies and fluorites of violet hues.
- Musical Notes: Star-A# and for the Fool- E
- Hebrew Qaballah letters: Star-Simple letter- Imagination.
- Fool- Maternal letter- Air
- The Path of the Star--Tzaddi, The Natural Intelligence ( Mother Nature)
- The Path of theFool-Aleph, The Scintillating Intelligence.
- Plant essences:The Star--Eucalyptus, Fir, Lime, Blue Camomile.
The Fool- Fennel, Niaouli.
the Star card is associated with the "Mother Nature" of the Universe
(The Universe is Natural----in fact there isn't any Super
Natural---there is just parts of the Collective that is of a Nature that we
don't understand yet) and the Fool is The Green Man-or Father Nature. It
may help our understanding if we remember that Male is Electric Force
and Female is Magnetic Force, so in essence we are dealing with
Universal Magnetic Conscious and Universal Electric Consciousness. When
both are united in harmony----We have Sophia, "the whole of
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." [the brackets are my own
Qabalists know the Star Card represents the proper use of imagination, through the energy focus 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 (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 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 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 is the Solar Logos. Lucifer is not seen as a
underworld figure, but rather the Higher Self and or Real Person (Soul)
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 and now need saving.
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.
The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 17- The Pole Star:
Placed at Imbolc, February 1st, and is associated with the New Moon and universal lore, standing between the elements of Earth and Air.
Here, we have the Pole Star, illuminating the dark void around it. The stars swirling around it represent the interaction and fusion of the particles that produce heat and light. Here again, the Solar Being who created ourselves is being presented as a "Galaxy Core Star" around which all other stars whirl.
Also, the Pole Star, shinning throught the abyss to earth, reminds us of the evolution of light, that the same stuff that fuels and binds, these mighty sentinels of the Night Sky, burns within us. Each of us has a "star within". Astrophysics has shown us that stars are initially formed as as a sphere within a ring of matter. Such as our Aura rings our forms, and often shown as the ancient symbols of the cup and rings of the ancients. This prehistoric symbol, of the cup and rings, represented to the ancients, the seed of manifestation and the source of creation itself.
Shown on the Pole Star, is the blessings of the stellar world, bathing human and Earth alike, with healing and regenerative energy.
Hence, the Pole Star Card, represents, universal law, higher spiritual knowledge and power. After all, each of us is an evolution of "enlightenment": light who has evolved to a state of sensual creativity.
When the Star Card- or The Pole Star-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.When the Star card is thrown:
- An expanded and liberated personality change is in the works.
- Hope, faith and expected spiritual help combine.
- There is a principle of self esteem and confidence here, maybe even recognition of self sufficiency and talent from others.
the next 17 wks or months, the querent will be experiencing an upsurge
in courage to be themselves and in so doing, assisting others in their
- The querent may be hearing their own song through meditation and moving with love in a calm and peaceful rhythm.
- Opening to the Goddess within.
- Contacting the Dark Universal Collective Unconscious which is the Ocean of Natural Intelligence.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
There can be the experiencing of dreaminess, and deceived hope.
- A dreaminess, and reality disconnect can be in the works, and one
should be cautioned about being to ethereal and forgetting the physical
which is an important Chalice in our Christ hood. Obviously, like most
Major Arcana (Trump) much meditation upon this card is recommended.
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