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The Tarot of Eli: The Running Press Tarot- Key 17-The Star & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 17-The Star

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

 On the Running Press Tarot, The Path of Tzaddi, the Hebrew letter under the golden 7 pointed star, connects the Sephiroth Netzach (Victory) to the Sephiroth Yesod (The Foundation). This is the path called the Natural Intelligence, by the master gematrian , Dr. 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----which is the Divine Womb, an Intelligence used in "image making; many of us call it the Creatrix.

The 7 pointed star is attributed to the Planet Venus and therefore, the goddess Venus, an ancient aspect of the Creatrix.

Rather than two vases, we have on the Running Press Tarot- Creatrix has one vase pouring out the golden life energy into the Universe, much like the traditional image of the sign of Aquarius.

The meaning of the Hebrew word, Tzaddi, is Fish hook, implying meditation, a process inseparable from the proper use of imagination. On the Thoth Card, the Hebrew letter Heh, is errantly displayed. This is the letter for the Emperor and one will notice that on the Emperor card, the letter Tzaddi is shown. Let me offer a short explanation: The Garden of Eden, is an amalgamate of intelligent energy frequencies, or as some would say, of "energies". The Lovers, The Chariot, The Hierophant and the High Priestess, constitute a practical formula for the crossing of the Abyss. This Abyss is the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or "The Garden of Eden". When compared to the Star, the Emperor is described as the "Fiery aspect of the Garden of Eden", to which the Higher Self relates, while the Star is the Eden of Personality. In both cases these are states of Psyche where the general has just become specific, as a pristine point where the consciousness can look both forward and backward. Thus is sight attributed to Heh, for it is the self-observation of the One Mind. This is the first sense attributed in the key Qabalistic Text-the Sepher Yetzirah, implying that sight is the first sensual function, as Aries is the first house of Spring, in the zodiacal sequence. Hence, as the first sign, The Emperor-Aries, emerges directly from Chokmah, The Sphere of the Zodiac. Therefore, the Emperor is based on Chokmah energy frequencies.

The Star is definitely Tzaddi, for once we are hooked on an idea, we focus energy (emotion), with passionate imagination and with proper diligent software running our brain, the body gets it done. The physical vehicle, is a power-tool of Imagination, a vessel of psyche, where the brain is a form of "artificial intelligence" and as we all know, with computer run power tools, garbage programing in means, garbage production- out. 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. Here the individual consciousness is attached to the Greater Conscious. In the Tarot/Qabalah, Water is the symbol used for intuition and emotional consciousness, making the analogy of the fish hook being put in, pertinent as well.

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 as I call it, the Divine Creative The Imaginative aspect of this Androgynous Mind is the Creatrix and/or "Will to Form". Hence, the Star card's rendition of the Creatrix mixing essences to create in the "Below", what is imagined from the "Above".

It helps to understand that we are not a brain, nor any kind of separate physical device. We are a ternary Self-concept of Spirit-Mind-Body, that is the Transmitter, the Transmitted and the Receiver. Just as a Radio Transmitter (in our case-Spirit) transmits frequency "everywhere but nowhere" at the same time and would be unheard without a radio receiver so it is with the frequencies of Spiral Energy (Spirit) that would be unheard without a physical vehicle tuned to that infinite frequency. In this scenario, Spirit is the One Energy of the Universal Collective Unconscious, and the individual frequencies would be Soul Stations while the human vessel would be the receiving radio controlled- bio-robotic -power tool and/or radio controlled vehicle.

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 place in time, i.e. a point. A point of a pen is also what authors use to write into manifestation their thoughts. That pen gives them a Point in which to concentrate their thoughts so that they can be carefully examined, corrected and produced. Because of that point and the flow of ink (in physics this would be light) they can manifest those thoughts in time/space. Points begin the transformation of energy into images. From a point one can produce a line to another point. Hence, beginning the development of form.

The first material that the Universal Collective Unconscious deals in is "Thought", something we know exists but are unable to explain its source, for "words" are not original Thought. It is our "first material of Mind", and in Qabalah, the first matter-thought is often symbolized as a fish. 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's self-identity of I AM must with us, the Ocean flows through the crystallized self -image (Me-fish) that it has imagined into existence, in order to be able to do the work of "self-measurement". 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! Just know that "infinite" can't be measured. So the Infinite Self, needs "measured self" to "Above all things, Know Thyself" and/or to gather Self-Awareness through measured self knowledge.

The “I AM” (Imagination) denotes existence, the “me” establishes it as a sensual and/or measured point in time, i.e. a place to do work.

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 key/ATU- 8-Adjustment, which represents conscious control over the wild or primal colors (frequencies of light) and movement. Here, as Crowley stated, is the "Woman satisfied".

However, the initiate knows as we encounter the sexual energy in ourselves, as Anima and Animus, 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 Divine Spiral Energy inherent in all of us as the "inner soul" or "inner sun" which could be called your "inner star".

This process of approach is a kind of yoga (communion) involving the "opening of Chakras" and/or the enervation of spiral 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 the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, the Magus Paul Foster Case stated that: The twenty eight path [Path of Tzaddi-The Star} 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).

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 brings the Personality into manifestation by 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.

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,; However, here She is unveiled, un-robed, further representing Her purity.

The Star is associated with the love and inspiration zodiacal sign of Aquarius. In the ancient world, Saturn was said to govern Aquarius, referring us to Binah 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 Qabalist, 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, the big planet behind the lady, which to the ancients was seen as the "Morning and Evening Star", also referred to as Lucifer, the Most beautiful of all Arch-Angels, referring to the Sephiroth Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Solar Logos. Hence the stars on the Star card, represent the planet Venus, The Morning Star, the Golden Sun/Vessel and the "Evening Star", Venus. Hence, the Latin name of Lucifer' comes from the Latin lucem ferre, which means "light-bearer", a name for the dawn appearance of the planet Venus, is not seen as a underworld figure, but rather the Higher Self. But with proper enforcement of propaganda the meaning of Beauty (Synchronicity) became an Underworld Angel who was so narcissistic that he challenged God----which is the common Christian view. We all must study history to see how the 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 is similar to the Greek Christos (Sun, also Zeus Christos or Sun of God) ----both relating to the fiery Sun of God....The Solar Logos and/or our Higher Self. The Star card, shows the Creatrix connecting the Essences of the Higher Self, Golden cup, with that of the "Lower Self", Silver cup and/or the Personality of the "I Am" with the personality of the "Me" and therefore, eliminating the "man-made " personality of indoctrination. Allowing th Soul to establish a Mercurial Persona to operate the body; Mercurial or Magus, because this is the Messenger of the gods.

Obviously, the Earth would be a Garden of Eden, if each of us followed our "inner star", instead of grasping for some outer "shiny" and/or reflective -object in the pursuit of happiness.

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.

  • The balance of inner bliss.

If ill defined by the accompanying cards, the querent can be the experiencing:

· States of dreaminess, and deceived hope.

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