The Tarot of Eli: The Babylonian Tarot- Key 17- The Star-Siduri & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 17-The Star

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The Babylonian Tarot- Key 17-The Star-Siduri

The Babylonian Tarot- Key 17-The Star-Siduri, also called Sabitum, "The one from Sabu", is the goddess of brewing. Not only is she the proprietress of the Ale house, she is also the goddess of the Sea. The Ale house served as her palace at the edge of the Sea and/or Ocean, considered to be the waters of death beyond which the Land of Life existed as the home of the immortal Utnapishtim. Sabitum was considered a manifestation of Ishtar (pronounced-Easter), as well as, the goddess of wisdom. You'll find Gilgamesh's encounter with this goddess in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Star card is attributed to the sign of Aquarius. Depict here, is the goddess Siduri, holding a hegallu vase of abundance, from which issues streams of water containing fish, symbols of plenty and fertility. In the Sky above her head, is a large star, the disc of Venus. The symbol of the seven or Sebittu, are the seven dots next to the planet Venus. These are considered to be the Seven benevolent gods of Pleiades.

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The Path of Tzaddi (Not the letter Heh) 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.

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The meaning of the Hebrew letter, Tzaddi, is Fish hook, implying meditation, a process inseparable from the proper use of imagination and is improperly printed on the Emperor card. Confusing the Emperor and the Star Card. The Star Card is the Tzaddi or Hook that connects the Above with the Below. Where as, the Emperor is Heh, and/or window into the Above and is considered "the fiery aspect of the garden of Eden" and the Star is considered to be the Eden of the personality.

Therefore, once we are hooked on an idea, we focus energy (emotion), and with proper diligent software running our brain, the body below, 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 Collective Unconscious, or Universal Unconsciousness. So for the sake of simplicity, I'll call it the Divine Intelligence.

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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 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. 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 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.

In quantum physics, an entity is a point in time which to a timeless energy frequency, is extremely necessary for self-awareness as a point in time is the eternal "Now". 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 at the moment of its creation? 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 need to write into manifestation their thoughts. Hence, the 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.

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The material that the Divine Consciousness deals in is the quantum of "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 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) 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 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” (Imagination) denotes existence, the “me” establishes it 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-Adjustment, which represents conscious control over the amalgamation of the Reasoning mind and the Imagination.

The initiate knows as we encounter the Star 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" 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 of Solar Energy inherent in all of us.

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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.

In the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, the Magus, Dr. 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 by self-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 that insist self value is in the accumulation of external things.

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, in-robed, further representing Her purity.

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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.

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To the Qabalistic Tarot Reader, 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, 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. Hence, 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 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.

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.
  • Time to meditate. 
  • Listening to the inner voice.
  • A gift from the Divine. 
  • Contemplation is needed. 
  • Horizons are being widened. 

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

  • States of dreaminess, and deceived hope.
  • Pessimism.
  • Fantasy.
  • Disappointment.

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