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The Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot- ATU 17-The Star & Tarot of The Spirit- Key 17-The Star

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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The Thoth- ATU 17-The Star- as shown in both cards, is the personification of the Goddess/Anima Principle rather than the pure philosophical idea, continuous and omniform.

In the avant garde art of Lady Frieda Harris, the Star-Lady is pouring her *Ambrosia on both herself and earth. Hence she is a pipeline that nourishes and vitalizing both. The pouring on the land, implies vitalizing and nourishing of the conscious awareness while the pouring into herself is like the river estuary flowing into the Sea; a simile for the nourishing of the intuitive unconscious.

*(The liquor of Amrita of the Tantric and Hindu philosophers, the Nepenthe and Ambrosia of the Greeks, the Alkahest and Universal medicine of the Alchemists, The Nectar which is the Magic Mother's Blood of the Grail) *

You may remember, that the river of Life/conscious, started in the Priestess Card, but now in the Star Card, this river is flowing into the Sea of Mind that is the Great Dark Mother where all form has originated (The Universal Divine Collective Unconscious).

By the Lady Star's glance, she links the Macrocosmic and Microcosmic of levels of conscious awareness, implied by the golden glow enlivened from her stare. She is the Star of Hope for all life.

The Tarot-Key/ATU 17- The Star, traditionally represents Isis unveiled, revealing the secret wisdom of the Priestess, who is Isis veiled in light and the Empress veiled in the ripeness of Nature. Her affiliation with the Temperance/Art figure is also suggested, as her optimism involves the fruitful interplay of the five senses, ego-consciousness and intuition as She links the worlds of Spirit and matter.

This Occult link, is also associated with the Egyptian Goddess- Sopdet and/or the Dog Star Sirius, whose helical rising on July 19th marked the Festival of Opet, the annual Egyptian festival that celebrated the fertilization of the Nile Valley. The message here is that of new life with greater understanding and insight where the light of the Soul is allowed to shine through the body as vital flowing Life force as one's identity.

This Goddess image has many aspects as she also represents another Egyptian Goddess, Nuit, our lady of the Stars. Here, she is definite in manifestation as well. She is holding two cups, one golden, held high above her head, pouring what represents the ethereal water [ which is also milk, blood or oil depending on the ritual] upon her head; indicating the eternal renewal of the inexhaustible possibilities of existence. The cups represent breasts, as the "milk of the Stars", the nurturing agent for conscious life in the Universe. We may know this "milk of the Stars" as the Milky Way Galaxy.

Behind her is the celestial globe with the prominent 7 pointed star of Venus. High in the night sky; is the spinning seven pointed Star of Babalon (Crowley spelling) implying the further explanation of the Goddess Nuit and her principle nature that is Love. Further in depth explanation of Nuit/Babalon is in the Book of Thoth by Crowley.

The silver breast-cup in her left hand, is pouring forth the immortal liquor of her life, the Amrita or Ambrosia, on the junction of land, and water. The Water represents the Great Sea of Binah (The Collective Unconscious); manifesting as a more condensed form as Nuit the Lady of the Stars.

Her whirling cloud like hair represents the veils of light that cover the "Abyss", which lies between the sea and the land implying the veil between the Collective Unconscious and the conscious, that can be bridged by her intuitive spirit and/or "spiral"-consciousness. She is the "inner star" in each of us. Upon hearing her inner voice, one follows there own star. Begin listening by meditating on your own inner nature.

Every form of energy in this Thoth Deck card is spiral. Spiral and Spirit come from the same Greek Word-Spiro, meaning "Breath" or "to breathe". The spiral shape is also in Einstein's mathematical conception of the Universe; Energy Swirls in spirals of motion that animate all life. The straight line is an illusion of mankind's need for order and rule and this doctrine of blindness to the beauty of the Universe, is shown by the rectilinear flow from the lower silvercup of the Thoth Star Lady. The straight line is no more than the limit of any curve; We often call this "shortsightedness". The Parallel, Postulate, the foundation of straight line in Euclidean geometry, has long been proven incapable of proof and mathematicians now conceive that the straight line has no true correspondence with reality. The Qabalist always knew that this is a Spiral (Spiritual) Universe. She spins and dances within us, filling us with Her Lively- fluid-motion, a flowing bliss that caresses the heart with a warmth unattainable by the mundane brain.

In the First chapter of The Book of Law, A. Crowley postulates, “the definite formula for the attainment of truth", lies in the star card.  

The Tarot of The Spirit-Key 17-The Star, instead of using 2 cups, uses 2 figures as representative of as above so below. For the Below is a Reflection of the Above. Hence, the unhindered mind reflects the truth perfectly.

The circle harboring 2 stars, represents the Central Sun/Son Tiphareth-Beauty, on the Tree of Life. It is said that the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth contains the Star of Sirius ( the area of sky where our alien forefathers came from--according to the Egyptians and Dogon of Mali). Therefore, the upper trinity of the Supernals, represents the upper figure of the star lady, as the creative force of I Will Be, Will to Force and Will To Form, all that is not manifest. The lower figure represents all that has been brought into manifestation, i.e., creation.

In each figure, there are represented 7 lights, like the flames on the candles of the menorah, which represent the 7 branches of the menorah. The 3 on the left represent the created world of "Me" while the 3 on the right represent the creating world of I AM. The middle branch represents the collective entity that is the creative function of the Self and humanity and/or Adam Khadmon.

The 5 pointed star represents humanity's power to create. On this Tarot of The Spirit card, it stands for vision, creativity, formation, and manifestation out of the realm of nothingness. Therefore, the seven-pointed star of Sirius, represents the intersection of the Spiritual Path-#3- with the physical path -#4. The image of the Star is shown floating on the abyss, the dark realm of the subconscious. This is the "radiant darkness" from which the light of the Star has emanated. I am the darkness and the light! Above all things, know thyself.

WHEN THE STAR CARD, ATU/ Key 17- IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION, IT IMPLIES:

  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Realization and Spiritual illumination.
  • Truth unveiled.
  • Psychic or Spiritual abilities.
  • The potential to have hopes fulfilled.
  • Harmony.
  • Self-esteem and confidence
  • Balance being maintained by giving out in a controlled manner, that which is received
  • The courage to be yourself.
  • A peaceful restful period of spiritual connection to the Universe and others.
  • Also the mystics "Star body" and/or Astral body flowing with the Great Love of the Mother of Life.
  • Hope, immortality, inner light, truth unveiled.

ill-defined by surrounding cards:

  • Disappointment.
  • Unfulfilled hopes.
  • Disharmony,
  • A narrow or closed minded attitude.

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