Good morning and Welcome! to whatever this is going to be today in the absence of the Scales of Ma’at, which is off getting some R&R time. I was feeling a bit stale, so the rest of August is just going to be a grab bag of things – like today, where for a subject of light meditation throughout the day it is going to be – ta da! – XVII the Star. (Today’s deck is the *Enoil Gavat Tarot* by Giorgio Tavaglione, [spell that backwards, kiddies.) A fabulously informative, inventive, colorful deck, I liked it immediately upon opening it. I am going to enjoy working with this one, I am sure of it. As far as the cards themselves go, they are the BIG variety, not easily shuffled or mixed. Color, stock & printing are all professional quality. Style is Belle Époque.) In the next 2 – 3 weeks I am going to design my own one-card draw (I know, it sound silly, “What’s to design? It’s one card, fool!” But, HOW do you structure it? As in, “What does this one card represent to me for today? The day? Something to look for or something to avoid, do I know? Voilà, THAT’S why you have to “structure” it, smartcakes! I’m starting today with the “sketch of an idea,” so let’s just look at the card for today.
The Star, XVII, is Venus. “A great, radiant star of eight rays, surrounded by seven lesser stars--also of eight rays. The female figure in the foreground is entirely naked. Her left knee is on the land and her right foot upon the water. She pours Water of Life from two great ewers, irrigating sea and land. Behind her is rising ground and on the right a shrub or tree, whereon a butterfly alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is “l'étoile flamboyante,” which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused therein. That which the figure communicates to the living scene is the substance of the heavens and the elements . . . The summary of several tawdry explanations says that it is a card of hope. On other planes it has been certified as immortality and interior light. For the majority of prepared minds, the figure will appear as the type of Truth unveiled, glorious in undying beauty, pouring on the waters of the soul some part and measure of her priceless possession. But she is in reality the Great Mother in the Kabalistic Sephira Binah, which is supernal Understanding, who communicates to the Sephiroth that are below in the measure that they can receive her influx. The Star, Dog-Star, or Sirius, also called fantastically the Star of the Magi. Grouped about it are seven minor luminaries, and beneath it is a naked female figure, with her left knee upon the earth and her right foot upon the water. She is in the act of pouring fluids from two vessels. A bird is perched on a tree near her; for this a butterfly on a rose has been substituted in some later cards. So also the Star has been called that of Hope. This is one of the cards which Court de Gebelin describes as wholly Egyptian-that is to say, in his own reverie.” (Tarotlore & me) And, “The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. No astrologer will hesitate to recognize Venus. . . And "gifts of the spirit," which at bottom means beauty, are the gifts administered by Venus, who in the solar system hands over the vibrations or 'gifts' coming from the Sun, to our Earth. The picture on the card shows it quite clearly: a naked girl, demonstrating undoubtedly the beauty of the human body, symbol of beauty in the nature of man, pouring "the fluids of Life upon the Earth (and the sea: i.e. into soul and body--Th.) from two cups, the one of gold and the other of silver." (Papus) "The genius of the Sun has now descended to Earth under the form of this young girl, the image of eternal Youth." (Papus) Well, then it is the image of this planet of beauty and eternal youth, which has its place between the Sun and Mercury on one side and our Earth on the other, the third personification of the genius of the Sun. The ibis and the butterfly connect the idea 'of immortality with this figure, in perfect accord with the mystic teaching which says, that love extends beyond the grave. "The Phe--identified with this card--expresses the same hieroglyphic value as the Beth (second card), but in a more extended sense." It is said to represent speech. (Papus) Now Venus has in so far to do with the second sign, that it rules this sign. The 'more extended sense' may perhaps be thought of as this planetary rulership, as "the Word in action in Nature with all its consequences." (Papus) Venus could perhaps be seen in the sense it has in the Gospel of St. John: "The Word which became the Light of men." Venus indeed is the representative of the ruler of Light on Earth and in Nature: third aspect of the Solar Logos. The Word in action in Nature with all its consequences," we should like to correct in this way: it is Venus, the ruler of the signs Taurus and Libra, houses of riches, art, beauty, and of the organized body. In the latter it represents the Law of Harmony between the Self and the Not-self.” (Raven & me) So that is what I have on the plate today; whether it is to eat or to label “poisonous” I do not yet know, but the day will bring the Truth to me. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a clear reception of our voice of intuition today. Be Well!