The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Witches Tarot-Key 17-The Star & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 17- The Star.

Western Hermetic Qabalah, tantric, astrological, alchemical, and numerical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· the witches tarot

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The Witches tarot- key 17-the star

The Witches Tarot-Key 17 the Star, depicts a nude star goddess, standing with one foot on land and one foot in water while also holding her arms out over both water and land, symbolizing the connection of the visible and invisible worlds of Spirit. Therefore, one vessel streams water into water, symbolizing spiritual healing and the other vessel pours water onto the land, represent the healing of the body. This stance on land and water, is also representative of "As above so below" as she stands between worlds. A large 8 rayed star, is surrounded by smaller 8 rayed stars. 8 rayed stars are used to represent the Goddess Venus, who is known as the morning star. On the stream banks, and around the Star Goddess, are the light blue blooms of for-get-me-nots that are deemed sacred to the Goddess Venus, and represent hope and love. The ibis, sacred to the Egyptians, that is standing on a downed tree limb behind her, is a symbol used to represent the God Thoth. To the Egyptians, Thoth represented divine wisdom and science as he was considered the inventor of Astronomy, and words, while also being the patron of magic.

When this beautiful card shows up in a reading, it implies that physical and emotional healing are on their way. This card represents, hope, inner peace, creativity and healing.

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thot-atu 17-the star

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 The Thoth Tarot- ATU 17 is correctly called the Qabalistic Path of Tzaddi, and not the Hebrew letter of Heh which is mistakenly placed on the bottom of the Star Card.

To myself, Robert Wang and Dr. Paul Foster Case, and most Qabalists, the Star card represents the "Lower Eden", from which the Personality originates and the Emperor, represents "Upper Eden" where the Fiery Higher Self originates, i.e., 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. 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, meaning "morning star", is similar to the Greek Christos (Sun, also Zeus Christos or Sun of God) ----both relating to the fiery Sun of God and/orThe Solar Logos and/or our Higher Self.

All of this was explained in detail in my Emperor Card blogs.

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The Path of Tzaddi connects the Sephiroth Netzach (Victory) to the Sephiroth Yesod (The Foundation). This is the path called the Natural Intelligence, by 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 Creator or Creatrix. The meaning of the Hebrew word, Tzaddi, is Fish hook, 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.

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 what I call the Divine Creative.

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 emotive consciousness, making the analogy of the fish hook being put in, pertinent as well.

It helps to understand that we are not a brain, nor any kind of separate physical device. We are a ternary Self-concept that is the Transmitter, the Transmitted and the Receiver; I Am Me. Just as a Radio Transmitter (in our case-Spiritual I-) 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 vessel on both the mental (psyche) and physical level tuned to that infinite frequency. In this scenario, Spirit is the Will of I, and the Soul of Am, that is the transceiver the interpretor of frequencies (God-Mind) that would be Soul Stations ,while the homo sapiens vessel would be the receiving radio controlled- bio-robotic -power tool and/or an Avatar of the Soul.

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In quantum physics, an entity is a point in time which to a timeless One Energy, is extremely necessary for Self-Awareness. Points in time are necessary for a discriminating and/or discerning creator, for how do you know what you do and what you effect, when you have no way of examining the action? To gather Knowledge, the mind needs an intellectual gathering place of information---a place in time, i.e. a point from which to measure. A point of a pen is also what authors need to write into manifestation, their thoughts. That pen gives them a Point in which to concentrate their thoughts into a beginning and end, 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 a measurement of time/space. Points begin the transformation of energy into images.

The material that the Divine Consciousness deals in is "Thought", known as the "first material", which is something we know exists but are unable to explain its exact 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 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 ,I AM , which means existence, must also make of itself a Me and just as the Ocean flows through the crystallized self -image of a fish , so must infinite Spirit flow through an Avatar of itself, in order to be able to do its work as Life. Knowledge is measurement and to know thyself, requires knowledge. Infinity, has no measurement and therefore, is unable to "do work".

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!

The “I AM” ( Will and Imagination) denotes existence as Self; the “me” establishes self as a sensual point in time, i.e. a place to do work.

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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 8-Lust, which represents conscious control "vigorous life" and/or over the Kundalini (Lion-Serpent) whose description is both solar (lion is the symbol of the Sun) and sexual (serpentine force). As I have stated before, the Kundalini is coiled in the Manipura Chakra which is the 9th Sephiroth- Yesod whose planet is the Moon and rules the tides of Water, which is the Foundation of earth manifestation.

To many, sex-energy or Kundalini is a word of sin filled lust and emotional turmoil however that is in error. It is the coiled frequencies of the "inner Soul" and/or "inner Star", awaiting a time when we are advanced enough in Self-Awareness to surge upward and stimulate the pineal gland into a higher vibration. Vibration is frequency, therefore, we are then able to "receive" (Qabalah means "receiving") direct mental communication with our Soul; the Sun/Son of the Divine Creative.

However, the initiate knows as we encounter the sexual energy in ourselves, 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". Therefore, 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 an "inner sun".

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. Therefore, 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} 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 through 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.

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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. She is also the Hindu Goddess, Kundalini.

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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 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.

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.

  • One is in touch with their inner star. 
  • Inner healing and peace is on its way.

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

  • ·States of dreaminess, and deceived hope.
  • Illusion.

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