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Hope, unexpected help, clearness of vision, realization of possibilities, spiritual insight, with bad aspects, error of judgment, dreaminess, disappointment.
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ATU XVII

The Star

The Daughter of the Firmament.
The Dweller between the Waters

This card is attributed to the letter He', as has been explained elsewhere. It refers to the Zodiacal sign of Aquarius, the water- bearer. The picture represents Nuith, our Lady of the Stars. For the full meaning of this sentence it is necessary to understand the first chapter of the Book of the Law.

The figure of the goddess is shown in manifestation, that is, not as the surrounding space of heaven, shown in Atu XX, where she is the pure philosophical idea continuous and omniform. In this card she is definitely personified as a human-seeming figure; she is represented as bearing two cups, one golden, held high above her head, from which she pours water upon it. (These cups resemble breasts, as it is written: "the milk of the stars from her paps; yea, the milk of the stars from her paps").

The Universe is here resolved into its ultimate elements. (One is tempted to quote from the Vision of the Lake Pasquaney, "Nothingness with twinkles. . . but what twinkles!") Behind the figure of the goddess is the celestial globe. Most prominent among its features is the seven-pointed Star of Venus, as if declaring the principal characteristic of her nature to be Love. (See again the description in Chapter I of the Book of the Law). From the golden cup she pours this ethereal water, which is also milk and oil and blood, upon her own head, indicating the eternal renewal of the categories, the inexhaustible possibilities of existence.

The left hand, lowered, holds a silver cup, from which also 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. She pours it upon the junction of land and water. This water is the water of the great Sea of Binah; in the manifestation of Nuith on a lower plane, she is the Great Mother. For the Great Sea is upon the shore of the fertile earth, as represented by the roses in the right hand corner of the picture. But between sea and land is the "Abyss", and this is hidden by the clouds, which whirl as a development of her hair: "my hair the trees of Eternity". (AL. I, 59).

In the left-hand corner of the picture is the star of Babalon; the Sigil of the Brotherhood of the A∴A∴, For Babalon is yet a further materialization of the original idea of Nuith; she is the Scarlet Woman, the sacred Harlot who is the lady of Atu XI. From this star, behind the celestial sphere itself, issue the curled rays of spiritual light. Heaven itself is no more than a veil before the face of the immortal goddess.

It will be seen that every form of energy in this picture is spiral. Zoroaster says, "God is he, having the head of a hawk; having a spiral force". It is interesting to notice that this oracle appears to anticipate the present Aeon, that of the hawk-headed Lord, and also of the mathematical conception of the shape of the Universe as calculated by Einstein and his school. It is only in the lower cup that the forms of energy issuing forth show rectilinear characteristics. In this may be discovered the doctrine which asserts that the blindness of humanity to all the beauty and wonder of the Universe is due to this illusion of straightness. It is significant that Riemann, Bolyai and Lobatchewsky seem to have been the mathematical prophets of the New Revelation. For the Euclidian geometry depends upon the conception of straight lines, and it was only because the Parallel Postulate was found to be incapable of proof that mathematicians began to conceive that the straight line had no true correspondence with reality. [The straight line is no more than the limit of any curve. For instance, it is an ellipse whose foci are an "infinite" distance apart. In fact, such use of the Calculus is the one certain way of ensuring "straightness".]

In the first chapter of the Book of the Law, the conclusion is of practical importance. It gives the definite formula for the attainment of truth.
"I give unimaginable joys on earth: certainty, not faith, while in life, upon death; peace unutterable, rest, ecstasy; nor do I demand aught in sacrifice."

"But to love me is better than all things: if under the night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in splendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress. I love you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desire you. Put on the wings, and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me!

"At all my meetings with you shall the priestess say-and her eyes shall burn with desire as she stands bare and rejoicing in my secret temple-To me! To me! calling forth the flame of the hearts of all in her love-chant.

"Sing the rapturous love-song unto me! Burn to me perfumes! Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you! I love you!

"I am the blue-lidded daughter of Sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.

"To me! To me!

"The Manifestation of Nuit is at an end."
777
I
Key Scale
28
II
Hebrew Names of Numbers and Letters
Tzaddi
III
English of Col. II.
Fish-hook
VI
The Heavens of Assiah
Deli
VII
English of Col. VI.
Aquarius
VIII
Orders of Qliphoth
Bahimiron
X
Mystic Numbers of the Sephiroth
406
XI
Elements (with their Planetary Rulers)
Saturn Air Mercury
XII
The Tree of Life
Pathjoins 7–9
XIII
The Paths of the Sepher Yetzirah
Natural I.
XIV
General Attribution of Tarot
The Star
XV
The King Scale of Colour (y)
Violet
XVI
The Queen Scale of Colour (h)
Sky blue
XVII
The Emperor Scale of Colour (v)
Blueish mauve
XVIII
The Empress Scale of Colour (#)
White tinged purple
XIX
Selection of Egyptian Gods
Ahepi, Aroueris
XX
Complete Practical Attribution of Egyptian Gods
Nuit
XXI
The Perfected Man
The Lords of Kereba—the Reins
XXII
Small selection of Hindu Deities
[[The Maruts]]
XXIII
The Forty Buddhist Meditations
Blood-red K Purple Corpse I
XXXIV
Some Greek Gods
[Athena] Ganymede
XXXV
Some Roman Gods
Mars
XXXVIII
Animals, Real and Imaginary.
Man or Eagle (Cherub of D), Peacock
XXXIX
Plants, Real and Imaginary
[Olive], Cocoanut
XL
Precious Stones
Artificial Glass [[Chalcedony]]
XLI
Magical Weapons
The Censer or Aspergillus
XLII
Perfumes
Galbanum
XLIII
Vegetable Drugs
All diuretics
XLV
Magical Powers [Western Mysticism]
Astrology
XLIX
Lineal Figures of the Planets, &c., and Geomany
Tristitia
LI.II
Numeration of Col. LI.
700
LI.III
English equivalent of Col. LI.
Ps
LIII
The Greek Alphabet
Ψ ψ
CXXXVII
Signs of the Zodiac
♒ Aquarius
CXXXVIII
Planets ruling Col. CXXXVII.
Saturn
CXXXIX
Angel Lords of the Triplicity in the Signs by Day
Athor
CXL
Angel Lords of the Triplicity in the Signs by Night
Polayan
CXLI
The Twelve Tribes
Reuben
CXLII
Angels ruling Houses
Ansuel
CXLIII
Twelve Lesser Assistant Angels in the Signs
Tzakmiqiel
CXLVI
Angels of the Decantes (Ascendant).
Saspam
CXLVII
Angels of the Decantes (Succedent).
Abdaron
CXLVIII
Angels of the Decantes (Cadent).
Gerodiel
CXLIX
Magical Images of the Decans (Ascendant)
A man with bowed head and a bag in his hand.
CL
Magical Images of the Decans (Succedent)
A man arrayed like a king, looking with pride and conceit on all around him.
CLI
Magical Images of the Decans (Cadent)
A small-headed man dressed like a woman, and with him an old man
CLII
Perfumes (Ascendant)
Euphorbium
CLIII
Perfumes (Succedent)
Stammonia
CLIV
Perfumes (Cadent)
Rhubarb
CLV
Goetic Demons of Decans by Day (Ascendant)
Foras
CLVI
Magical Images of Col. CLV.
A strong man in human shape.
CLVII
Goetic Demons of Decans by Day (Succedent)
Asmoday
CLVIII
Magical Images of Col. CLVII.
3 heads (bull, man, ram), snake’ s tail, goose’ s feet. Rides, with lance and banner, on a dragon.
CLIX
Goetic Demons of Decans by Day (Cadent)
Gaap
CLX
Magical Images of Col. CLIX.
Like a guide. To be kings.
CLXI
Goetic Demons &c. by Night (Ascendant)
Amdusias
CLXII
Magical Images of Col. CLXI.
(1) Unicorn. (2) Dilatory bandmaster.
CLXIII
Goetic Demons &c. by Night (Succedent)
Belial
CLXIV
Magical Images of Col. CLXIII.
Man with many countenances, all men’s and women’s, carries a
CLXV
Goetic Demons &c. by Night (Cadent)
Decarabia
CLXVI
Magical Images of Col. CLXV.
A star in a pentacle.
CLXVII
Egyptian Gods of Zodiac (Asc. Decans)
Brondeus
CLXVIII
Egyptian Names of Asc. Decans
Oroasoer
CLXIX
As Col. CLXVII (Succedent)
Vucula
CLXX
As Col. CXVIII (Succendent)
Astiro
CLXXI
As Col. CXLVII (Cadent)
Proteus
CLXXII
As Col. CXLVIII (Cadent)
Tepisatras
CLXXIII
Genii of the Twelve Hours (Levi)
Æglun, Zuphlas, Phaldor, Rosabis, Adjuchas, Zophas, Halacho
CLXXV
Hebrew Letters
צ ץ
CLXXVI
Numerical Value of Col. CLXXV.
90 900
CLXXVII
Geomantic Intelligences
Cambriel
CLXXIX
Numbers printed on Tarot Trumps
17
CLXXX
Title of Tarot Trumps
The Daughter of the Firmament. The Dweller between the Waters.
CLXXXI
Correct Design of Tarot Trumps
The figure of a water-nymph disporting herself *
CLXXXII
The Human Body
Kidneys, Bladder, &c.
CLXXXIII
Legendary Orders of Being
Water Nymphs, Sirens, Lorelei, Mermaids (cf. f)
CLXXXIV
Numeration of Arabic Alphabet
90
CLXXXV
Numeration of Greek Alphabet
700
CLXXXVI
Diseases (Typical)
Cystitis