Key 17-The Stars- as shown in both cards, is the personification of the Goddess Principle rather than the pure philosophical idea, continuous and omni-form.
The zodiacal attribution to this card and the Thoth Card, is the sign of Aquarius and the element of Air.
As I have said before, the Erotic Tarot, deals more with earthly- modern cultural explanations while the Thoth Tarot delves more deeply into the occult or arcane nature of the Qabalistic imagery. Even though the blog can't teach all that there is to assimilate is why I teach on- line classes. However, I'll do my best to "open your I's".
That being said, the Erotic Tarot of Milo Manara, depicts a Movie Star, up in light, with a comet like veil swirling above her face. This applies to our present society's Hollywood Deva, popularity. However, as in Traditional Tarot, the Stars card Goddess figure, may be taken as the manifestation of the surrounding space of Heaven.
In the Thoth Tarot, 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 mother of the Blood of the Grail) *
You may remember, that the river of Life/conscious, started in the Priestess Card, but now in the Star Card, is flowing into the Sea of Mind that is the Great Mother where all form has originated (The Universal Divine Collective Unconscious).
By the Lady Star's glance, she links the solid ground of conscious awareness, and the deep waters of the unconscious; implied by the golden glow enlivened from her stare. She is the Star of Hope for all life.
The Tarot-Key 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.
THE THOTH Tarot STAR-KEY 17:
Represents another Egyptian Goddess (All were forms of Isis), 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 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.
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 silver cup 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, for we are the electromagnetic 7 Dimensional light Being (10 with the homo sapiens body) that surrounds and reflects the homo sapiens body. We are not a body of condensed matter, but rather a Soul/Psyche, that reflects it as a Self-Awareness. Spiraling energy field is called Auric Bodies, which is kind of misleading. We are the combination, a harmony, of frequencies of energy, that have evolved from the first "I AM" vibration of Kether to the "I AM ME" vibrations of Malkuth. The Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the journey of evolution of the Psyche that is the Real You. That is why you can leave the body, and "Astral Travel" and not be dead...you travel with in your Psyche as an identity within.
In the First chapter of The Book of Law, A. Crowley postulates,"the definite formula for the attainment of truth". Studying this book will expand your awareness of Nuit.
The Hebrew letter assigned to the Thoth Star Card, is shown as Heh- meaning window, which is an error, for it is Tzaddi-Meaning "hook". Heh, should be the Emperor card, who is the Window into the Higher Self, while the Star Card Hooks the Upper and lower personalities together. This is explained in length in the Text Book=page 226 of The Qabalistic Tarot (a text book of mystical philosophy) by Robert Wang.
WHEN THE STAR CARD, Key 17- IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION, IT IMPLIES:
- Realization and Spiritual illumination.
- Truth unveiled.
- Psychic or Spiritual abilities.
- The potential to have hopes fulfilled.
- 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.
Reverse meaning or ill-definition of this card:
- Unfulfilled hopes.
- A narrow or closed minded attitude.
Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!