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Above all things, know thyself!

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Thoth- ATU XVII-The Star

The Daughter of the Firmament.

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The Declarative Tarot - Path 17-Soul Bridge

Artist and author, Grace Sequia.

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There is a long going argument among Tarot scholars that the Star Card is the 

Path of Tzaddi ( Tzadde) and not the Path of Heh, as the Hebrew letter Heh is printed on the bottom of the Thoth Star Card and should be shown as the Hebrew letter of the emperor Card (see Emperor blog) and on the above Tree of Life glyph The Emperor is rightly shown as the Path of Heh (He'). Robert Wang, Dr. Paul Foster Case and I all agree that the Star is the Path of Tzaddi and not the Path of Heh.

* You may notice the Hebrew letters are often spelled different in English. This is because they are letters, not words, and therefore have no English translation, so they "sound like", and/or are pronounced phonetically.

The Path of Tzaddi connects the 7th Sephiroth Netzach (Victory) to the 9th Sephiroth Yesod (The Foundation). This is the path called the Natural Intelligence, by Dr. Paul Foster Case, the founder of B.O.T.A., in his instructional text The 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 Natural Intelligence, as it represents the proper use of Imagination----which is the Divine Womb, an Intelligence used in "image making" (imagination); many of us call it the Creator/Creatrix.

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The meaning of the Hebrew letter, Tzaddi, is Fishhook, 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 diligent software running our brain, the body gets it done. The physical vehicle is a power-tool of Imagination and as we all know, with computer run power tools, garbage programing in means, garbage production- out. Hence, the use of propaganda /words to hook one's mind to the dogma and indoctrination of the Rulers has become a widespread practice of media-controlled word hypnosis and creates a "false ego", whose only purpose is to keep you from being the Powerful Spirit you are. This "false ego" hides behind denial, lies, mimicry and trickery. To put it in colorful vernacular: "It ain't you!"

All this may be too much for the culturally programed personality to absorb, but the fact is, you as a Soul and as a body, were imagined into being by what Carl Jung called the Universal Collective Unconscious, or Universal Unconsciousness that has many Divine names attributed to it. So, for the sake of simplicity, I'll call it the Divine Creative. The inner-you is like the Star Card, for your Psyche is the bridge between the Macrocosm and the Microcosm and/or between Heaven and Earth.

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Adam Khadmon-The Heavenly Human

In the terms of Tzaddi, fishhook, 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 Hermetic Tarot/Qabalah, Water is the symbol used for aspects of intuition, emotions, and unconsciousness, making the analogy of the fishhook being put in, pertinent as well. It helps to understand that we are not a brain, nor any kind of separate physical device and/or *manifestation. We are a ternary Self-concept that is the Transmitter, the Transmitted and the Receiver and/or I AM Spirit-Mind-Body. Just as a Radio Transmitter (in our case-Spirit energy combined with Mind) 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 Mind (Psyche/Soul) and a physical vehicle tuned to that infinite frequency for the purpose of in-form-action. In this scenario, Spirit is the energetic microwaves of Collective Unconscious, and the individual frequencies would be Soul Stations while the human vessel would be the receiving radio controlled- bio-electromagnetic animated -power tool. As a manifestation, the body is an "abstract idea" of the Soul as a "self-image". To those of us familiar with gaming, the body would be an avatar acting for the controlling psyche in a domain that the psyche does not normally reside. To help clarify, below is the Dictionary description of manifestation.

*Manifestation[ˌmanəfəˈstāSH(ə)n, ˌmanəˌfesˈtāSH(ə)n]


  • An event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea.
  • "The first obvious manifestations of global warming"
  • The action or fact of showing an abstract idea.
  • "The manifestation of anxiety over the upcoming exams"



demonstration · showing · show · exhibition · presentation · indication · illustration · exemplification · exposition · disclosure · declaration · expression · profession

  • a symptom or sign of an ailment.
  • "a characteristic manifestation of Lyme disease"


sign indication · evidence · proof · token · symptom · testimony · substantiation · mark · symbol · reflection · example · instance

  • A version or incarnation of something or someone.
  • "Purity and Innocence and Young Love in all their gentle manifestations"
  • an appearance of a ghost or spirit.

apparition -appearance · materialization · visitation

In 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 as Life, do and what you affect, when you have no way of intimately examining the action as a Lifetime? To gather Knowledge, the mind/Life needs an intellectual gathering place---a place in time, i.e., a point of experience. This point in time can be compared to the point of a pen which is what authors need to write into manifestation their thoughts; That pen gives them a Point in which to concentrate their thoughts so that they can be carefully/intimately examined, corrected, experienced, manifest, and produced. Because of that point and the flow of ink (in physics this would be light/electromagnetic energy) they can manifest those thoughts in time/space for all thoughts are theory and/or imagined information; information becomes image in this world of manifestation. Therefore, Points begin the transformation process of energy into images of information so that experience of the data can be intimately known. This intimate knowing is called Knowledge.

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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. 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 the Formative) we can see that to the Ocean itself, 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. So does the Spirit/Mind (I AM), Ocean of energy and thought, must manifest us. As the Ocean flows through the crystallized self -image (Me-fish) that it has imagined into existence, to be able to do the work of experience, so does the Spirit/Mind, a couple that are now inseparable as I AM. Now I know this is simplistic as an explanation can be, but it should help you in understanding why you have a physical vehicle, and why it is most sacred to the Spirit!

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Without in-form-action, Spirit-Mind-Life cannot experience information and thereby, turn it into knowledge. Hence, you are the point of Spiritual Manifestation. This also makes a point of information to consider, for if you are looking to be "more spiritual", a belief happily indoctrinated by rulers, than you are a fish in the Ocean looking for water and therefore, powerless to change your life for you must be supplied dogma/Words /and ritualistic images necessary to imagine what spirit is. Those who shed the shackles of ruler/media/word-controlled imagination/false ego, already know they are Spirit and know that any manmade image of spirit or "the spiritual" is a false idol. To seek to be more spiritual, just becomes the illusion that "I Ain't Spirit" and must ascend to it. Spirit is what I AM, and it is impossible to be more Spirit than Spirit, just as it is impossible for a fish in the Ocean to become more wet. The word Spirit comes from the Greek word Spiro- meaning to Breathe. Since you are breathing, you are Spiritual-Life. I AM Life-I don't seek it! I Am Mind, I produce thought, therefore, thought is not me! I AM claims existence, but not what exists. Thoughts create "data" that is all theory, until proven by individual in-form-action. Theories that are proven by physical experience are called "knowledge". There is a noticeably big chasm between belief and knowledge. Belief requires no proof of experience! Therefore, the "false ego" languishes in belief, but can't stand the bright, warm light of Knowledge. We are the inner fires of Life. Living Stars, Bright glowing selves that seek knowledge of What I AM....not an outside authority. For I AM---is its own author!

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The “I AM” (Imagination and reason) denotes existence, the “me” establishes it as a sensual point in time, i.e. a place to do work/experience information. It should also point out the need to follow your "inner-star"/inner-spirit, for it imagines itself to be you and is meditating on you into existence as its self-representative in the material plane. It might even surprise you to know that the Earth had extra-terrestrial help in becoming "Mother Nature" as she was impregnated by a source from "space"; this is called panspermia. This is known to geneticists who have found the DNA of the Human, to be over 9 billion years old, while the earth-life is only a little over 3.6 billion years old. Your DNA is more than twice as old as the Earth, so it came from somewhere else! To carry this further, our souls, according to the Sumerians, the first great civilization of Mesopotamia, state that we were genetically assisted by the Anu (Annunaki-"Those who from the heavens came to earth") who designed the Homo Sapiens worker/ slaves, in their own genetic labs-DNA-; Hence, Image giving us access to Life expanding manifestation and connection to the "Above". The Homo Sapiens is a universal design for the "Hand of god" and/or Adam Khadmon -"The Heavenly Human". Get the Zecharia Sitchin books to read up on this. You've been lied to for an exceptionally long time and those lies have expanded the "mind virus" that is the "false ego". This is a pandemic of evil (live spelled backwards), that dies in the bright light of your inner "sun of God" and/or your inner Buddha.

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The Path of 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 ATU/Key 8-Adjustment, which represents conscious control and/or balanced control, over the vigorous star energy- of the Kundalini (Lion-Serpent) whose description is both solar (lion is the symbol of the Sun) and sexual and/or fecund-fertile energy to create with (serpentine force). As I have stated before, the Kundalini is coiled in Yesod (Base of the Spine), which is the Foundation of earth manifestation. To many of the indoctrinated, sex-energy or Kundalini is a word of sin filled lust and emotional turmoil: However, the initiate or aspirant knows as we encounter the sexual/Star energy in ourselves, we are approaching the Greater Mysteries of Tiphareth, The Solar Soul/ Logos, the central Star/Sun 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 to enter in a controlled and balanced manner as it is a very powerful Path which points out the proper way to approach the Kundalini...The Divine Spiral Energy of the "Big Bang", inherent in all of us and inherited "from those who from the heavens came to earth"----through the discerning practices of meditation and yoga .

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Kundalini yoga - Wikipedia

Kundalini yoga ( kuṇḍalinī-yoga) derives from kundalini, defined in Vedantic culture as energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated (as by the practice of yoga) and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection.



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. I recommend the aspirant engage in Kundalini Yoga practices.

I suggest one who wishes to know and control their energy, removing any support of the "false ego" studies this Book: A Chakra & Kundalini Workbook-by Dr. John Mumford (Swami Anadkapila Saraswati)

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In the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom, the Magus 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 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 Soul/Psyche builds the original Personality through its own 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- absorbed enclosure of the "false ego", which is a reality imposed on us by the physical senses and the profaning of our Celestial identity brought on by ruler controlled words and indoctrination.

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The Tarot Star is associated with the love and inspiration sign of Aquarius. In the ancient world, Saturn was said to govern Aquarius, referring us to Mother Binah and The Universe key 21. The Star Card figure represents the purest manifestation of the Great Mother Binah at the level of Personality, preceding enclosure in matter/Time. She is the Same figure found in The Empress, in her royal regalia; The High Priestess and The Female with Python, in The Universe cards; However, here She is unveiled, un-robed, further representing Her purity.

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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 textbook by Robert Wang---The Qabalistic Tarot (A textbook 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 too, 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 (Latin-Bringer of light and the Planet Venus), the Most beautiful of all Angels, referring to the Sephiroth Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Solar Logos and/or the Sun/Son of the Divine Creative. Lucifer (Latin for "Bringer of light" and/or "Morning Star") is not seen as an underworld figure by those who have shed dogma, but rather the Morning star that is Venus (the ancient thought was that the Morning star rivalled the Sun). 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. Before religious propaganda, Our Solar Self/Soul is a Lucifer a "Star of Energy" and it hasn't "challenged god" as "God" sees itself as you! In Hermetic Qabalah, our soul is called "Beauty" and is therefore, the projected Harmony of all that is Above it on the Tree of Life.

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We all must study history to see how the Christian Dogma took the names of gods and goddesses of other religions and demonized them, which only contributed to ignorance and lost self-awareness by demonizing the Soul's very god like power to "Imagine itself". If you are interested in seeing beyond Christian Propaganda, get the Book: The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, by Barbara Walker. The truth is that the Latin word Lucifer is like 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 Soul that is our "inner star". The Patriarchy and/or Military Industrial Complex knows it must control the Imagination of the people, for all image and therefore, reality is imagined, a manifestation of the Mind. Since the Patriarchy is fear-based rule, and/or evil, it must divide people from their "power" and thereby, be the power for them and/or enslave their imaginative minds in fear of enforcement, fear of imagined enemies, and survival thinking. Dividing you from your inner star is indeed the way to conquer your will to be you and set you upon the paths of anti-life and/or "self-destruction", no one would leave their loved ones and die for a bunch of useless old men in their conquest of the world, without a heavy dose of word hypnosis. This path of word hypnosis is littered with lies, addiction, hate, bigotry, depression, helplessness, jealousy, entropy, etc., all of which are a product of a very viral "mind virus" that has infected the world of humankind. A virus has no life of its own, therefore, it becomes "alive" when attached to a Living Energy Source----such as yourself. However, the observation of the bright warm intelligence of the Conscious Sun absolutely destroys this virus.

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Thoth-atu 17-the star

Crowley/Harris presented the image of Nuit, as the Star. Here the 3 Seven pointed stars are versions of the Star of Babylon, implying that Nuit and Babylon are the same goddess image. Crowley states: "Babalon is yet a further manifestation of the original idea of Nuith: She is the Scarlet Woman, the Sacred Harlot, who is Lady of ATU-XI." [The Book of Thoth, Pg. 109]. He also refers to the 7-pointed Star as " the Star of Venus, as if declaring the principal characteristic of Her nature to be Love."[The Book of Thoth, Pg. , 109]


Included in the Crowley/Harris Star Card are the roses and butterflies of the Empress, and a River in the background (river of life) but the large celestial globe is the most prominent image on this card. This globe represents the entire heavens surrounding the Earth; Therefore, she is not only manifesting the Microcosm (lower cup) but also connecting the Macrocosm (upper cup pouring out the Celestial globe) to the Microcosm of the World. Crowley describes this outpouring as: 

"The left hand, lowered, holds a silver cup, from which she pours the immortal liquor of her life. This liquor is the Amrita of the Indian Philosophers, the Nepenthe and Ambrosia of the Greeks, the Alkahest and Universal Medicine of the Alchemists, the Blood of the Grail; or rather, the nectar which is the mother of that blood".

[Aleister Crowley, 

Liber LXV, from the Holy Books of Thelema (York Beach, ME: Weiser Books Inc. 1983), Pg. 83.]

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The Declarative Tarot-Path 17-Soul Bridge illustrates the energy bridge of various energy patterns displaying the harmonies of frequencies and vibrations that create all forms of I AM in the Universe. This is shown as the patterns below are more material than those above. There is a twist at the nexus of the threshold, where the rays of light shift into patterns of potential awaiting a meditative approach to focus and tangible forming.

Here seen is a lunar moth image of a person, who is at the nexus, between the tangible and intangible. With wings flowing and open, and hair flowing implying how our energy flows from our crown chakra to our foot chakras and back. The glow from the head of this flying soul is a symbol of how our presence is solar-like radiance when we are in our Truth and how this "Above all things, know thyself" impowers our inner journey that produces a tangible "outer self" Lifetime. The mushrooms represent the limits of the seen, for they are merely the fruit of a vast underground and therefore, the root system of this unseen being is called a Mycelium and the Mycelium forms the underground part of the fungus that we seldom see.

It’s a vast, complex network of cells that form thin fibers, like plant roots, and spread under the forest floor in search of nutrients. Hence, we see so little of the vast complex of Self. This soul bridge is how we reach into the vastness of Greater Self and discover it sees itself as Us. We are the fruits of the Divine Creative's labor.

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Stella Maris

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Above all things, know thyself-Thoth was an Annunaki

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Sirius the Dog Star-Constellation Canis Majoris

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The Light of Sirius and the Constellation of Orion

On the bottom of the Thoth Card is also the symbol of wavy lines that represent the sign of Aquarius. Since mankind was understood to be a "GMO of the Gods from the Stars, (Sirius and Orion of the sky and/or area thereof.) The belief that if you were favored by these Ancient Astronauts and Scientist- that they would take you to their world (Ascension) via one of their "sky boats" (misunderstood technology also called flying chariots in the middle east and flying houses in the Hindu history often call "mythology" a term of the few who wish to rule the many). Over time, this included anyone who claimed blood relationship to the Gods. Hence, mummifications. To make a long story even longer, we are Celestial-Souls and/or of Solar evolution and not of material evolution, but like all light-beings (Spirits)we need a physical body, to experience the intimate relationship with creation. However, Souls are Photons, quantum stellar particles of light that have no mass, but carry information, just as light does in our society (fiber optics). Even though they are a composite of many photons, a collective of knowledge, accumulated over time of "I AM" (existence) the Soul has no mass. (The Ethic body begins mass enclosure-an electromagnetic grid around the body and weights 7grams). Therefore, to experience life, one requires "mass" (measurement). Hence, the Life emanating from stars, can only experience itself when mass is acquired as Light's evolutionary understanding of self, using coagulate light-Avatars made of organic material. Again, get the Sitchin books (Amazon has them) and read what is astounding and withheld from you by the Military Industrial Complex that rules our planet; often called the Patriarchy. This knowledge of our Extraterrestrial ancestors and our ET DNA is subtilty/occultly implied by the Thoth Tarot. The Adam Khadmon-hominoid body, is an Archetypal creation that allows the "Suns of God", to experience ourselves as a manifestation due to the complex brain-receiver design. This is a wealth beyond your imagination!

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Nuit-Egyptian Star Goddess, above all Gods.

All the star card tries to imply is that we "ain't from earth, but from the Stars". So, get back to looking down from the Soul, at your body, and the world. Your observation forms the Higher Source, changes the environment you live in, from an animal's outer view to a God's/Divine Creative's inner view for we flow through the body as electromagnetic microwaves, the outer view is a dream of the I Am and is now a view profaned by the "false ego".

When the Star Card-ATU/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 contribute to self-efficiency and talent.
  • Hope. Unexpected help.
  • Clearness of Vision.
  • Realization of possibilities.
  • Spiritual insight.
  • Cleansing.
  • Renewal.
  • A very auspicious card.
  • Soulful communication.
  • Sending and receiving messages intuitively.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout it implies:

  • Error of judgment.
  • Dreaminess.
  • Disappointment.
  • Fears for the future.

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