Tzaddi is not the Star

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Postby Jim Eshelman » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:27 am

threefold31 wrote:I can see that, but TBOTL only mentions the attribution to a card, not a zodiac sign. You have to presume that the sign must stay with a given card. That's fine, except that it doesn't happen in the case of VIII and XI.

See my post of a few minutes ago about 8 and 11. Yes, it all works just the same in both pairs.

I don't have to presume that the sign must stay with the card - Liber L. says that the Prophet will communicate this, and he has. It's res judicata, so to speak. The rest is all confirmation from experience.

But the so-called complementary reversal doesn't complement anything if its not the same kind of reversal. Crowley has both the letter and sign for Libra and Leo switched, but he only has the letter for Aries and Aquarius switched.

No no no no no. You're missing the picture entirely.

I laid this out in one way in the post that probably will be right above this present answer; but let's try it even more explicitly. We won't start half-way through (where the Leo-Lamed pair was always correct until Waite "broke" it), but we'll start back at the beginning, as if we were designing the Tarot ourselves back in the 12th Century.

Write down the 12 Simple Letters: Heh, Vav, Zayin, Cheth, Teth, Yod, Lamed, Nun, Samekh, A'ayin, Tzaddi, Qoph.

Now, immediately under these, write the Tarot card numbers that are available for them: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18.

This would be the expected attribution list if the pattern were linear. However, someone made the decision back at the beginning to represent this differently. (I have theories on why, but the Why doesn't really matter. Just the What.) The variance from linearity is exactly matched. Instead of Heh=4 and Tzaddi=17, switch them. Instead of Teth=8 and Lamed=11, switch them. It's exactly matched.

When you break it all down, you have three sequences. Assume the tarot is inviolable, and is correct as in TBOT. Then the hebrew letters are swapped in two places, for this 'double-loop'. But the zodiac order, (which is originally based on the SY attributions of hebrew, and is meaningless without that correlation) is only swapped in one place, not two.

No. See above. The loop is done by plotting the Hebrew letters and the Tarot card numbers. You're confusing yourself by introducing the zodiac to it.
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Postby Jim Eshelman » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:32 am

Frater_AVV wrote:With Leo-Libra, the question becomes which is better to have at the center of the Tarot Tableau (BOTA terminology).

Thelemites have their own Tarot tableau implicit in Liber Tav. Change the arrangements: Instead of pulling Aleph out of the set, pull Tav out. Then put the cards (the pages of the Book of Thoth, so to speak) right to left and top to bottom; that is, Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc. right-to-left across a top row, Cheth etc. on the second row, etc.

With this elegant, simple shift, the center becomes neither 8 nor 11, but 10 - The Wheel, or rota (R.O.T.A.) from which Tarot got its name - and it sits in the very center so that the entire rest of "the wheel of Tarot" spins about it.

With Aries-Aquarius, the question of gender/activity vs passivity as the symbol of Self as it is calculated in the new aeon according to the Hebrew gematria and spellings of the passing aeon. Comparisons of each could be performed and compared to understand the current changes of the age.

Let's start with simple ones, then. Heh has, from the foundation of Kabbalah, been the letter of the Mother. End of story. (Supplementally, Tzaddi is a sound related etymologically to words pertaining to paternal authority.)
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Postby deleted » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:37 am

Woah...!

That really just blew my mind a little.

lol... it won't stop "moving."
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Postby deleted » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:01 am

I wonder if Crowley's tarot could be seen as the masculine version, Case's the feminine version, with ourselves and the expansion of our minds in the middle...

Thoughts?
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Postby threefold31 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:02 pm

Jim Eshelman wrote:No. See above. The loop is done by plotting the Hebrew letters and the Tarot card numbers. You're confusing yourself by introducing the zodiac to it.


Dwtw

haha, that's a good one. When my point all along has been that the zodiac is not switched to effect any balance. It's no wonder you think I'm misunderstanding you when you keep ignoring my main point.

I GET that the letters switch. That's obvious. Its the whole point of the exercise. The whole question is whether the zodiac goes with the letter or the card. And as you say the zodiac stays with the card. Right? except that when it stays with the card, it is out of order.

Isn't it true that Libra is VIII and Leo is XI in TBOT? Yes. And that is not zodiacal order. Since Aries stays with IV and Aquarius stays with XVII, that is zodiacal order. The two switches are not symmetrical.

Yes, the letter switch, by itself, is symmetrical. But divorcing it from the zodiac means that the zodiac is not symmetrical.

I'm not sure why you ignore the fact that there are indeed three sequences at work here. Of these, two of them have elements that switch; the letter sequence and the zodiac. The letter switches are symmetrical. Anyone can see that. But the zodiac signs that switch are not symmetrical, (unless the zodiac goes along with the letter).

Okay, I shan't waste anyone else's time here. There's no point in both of us continuing to repeat what should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of intelligence. Thanks for the discussion. Sorry if it was redundant for you.

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Postby deleted » Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:29 pm

Isn't it true that Libra is VIII and Leo is XI in TBOT? Yes. And that is not zodiacal order. Since Aries stays with IV and Aquarius stays with XVII, that is zodiacal order. The two switches are not symmetrical.


Nope. In BOTA tarot, Leo is 8, Teth, and Libra is 11, Lamed.
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Postby threefold31 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:18 pm

Frater_AVV wrote:
Isn't it true that Libra is VIII and Leo is XI in TBOT? Yes. And that is not zodiacal order. Since Aries stays with IV and Aquarius stays with XVII, that is zodiacal order. The two switches are not symmetrical.


Nope. In BOTA tarot, Leo is 8, Teth, and Libra is 11, Lamed.


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Perhaps I should not have abbreviated. TBOT stands for The Book of Thoth, which is the Tarot I was discussing.

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Postby deleted » Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:50 pm

Right, then. I'll read more carefully next time.

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Postby Heru » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:18 am

Has anyone noticed the pattern created by overlaying the rose of 22 petals on top of the zodiac circle in the Universe card?

The beam of light from the eye seems to strike the circle where the letter Heh would be. And the thing that looks like a Fish Hook enters the circle in the location of the letter Tzaddi. And then they both join up in the double loop in the snakes body. Interesting.

I'm not sure what significance the snakes head has in Lamed. But the two loops on the snakes body would correspond to the letters Heh and Aleph - HA.
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Postby PatchworkSerpent » Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:30 pm

This thread has been done to death, but:

After discovering a minor proof yesterday evening (MeLeKh = 90 = Tzaddi), I re-read the section of The Book of Thoth on the Emperor trump and found this:

"...It is finally to be observed that the white light which descends upon him [the Emperor] indicates the position of this card in the Tree of Life. His authority is derived from Chokmah, the creative Wisdom, the Word, and is exerted upon Tiphareth, the organized man."

Despite his earlier assertion in this paragraph that Tzaddi refers to the signs of Aries in the zodiac, Crowley now blatantly suggests that it (Tzaddi) leads from Chokmah to Tiphareth, and not from Netzach to Yesod.

:?

and I thought I'd brought this mystery to a close...
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Postby Oliver P » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:33 pm

PatchworkSerpent wrote:This thread has been done to death, but:

After discovering a minor proof yesterday evening (MeLeKh = 90 = Tzaddi), I re-read the section of The Book of Thoth on the Emperor trump and found this:

"...It is finally to be observed that the white light which descends upon him [the Emperor] indicates the position of this card in the Tree of Life. His authority is derived from Chokmah, the creative Wisdom, the Word, and is exerted upon Tiphareth, the organized man."

Despite his earlier assertion in this paragraph that Tzaddi refers to the signs of Aries in the zodiac, Crowley now blatantly suggests that it (Tzaddi) leads from Chokmah to Tiphareth, and not from Netzach to Yesod.

:?

and I thought I'd brought this mystery to a close...


See my post on Page 2 of this thread (or search for it under "HRS") where I - half seriously - made exactly that suggestion, and did a piece of gematria around it that seemed to refer to April 10, the last day of the writing of Liber Legis.

As George Harrison said, "it's been done"; every possible combination of Tarot turmp, Herbrew letter, Tree-of-Life path and Zodiacal sign has been explored and this thread really is dead :-)

But while I'm about it, the apparent fault in the "symmetry" which irks me a little is that with the Justice-Strength [Adjustment-Lust] switch, we have the neatness of yodh and kaph (closed and open hand; still-point [axle?] and wheel) between the "switched" symbols; while between Star and Emperor is a whole crowd of symbols all referring to different things: Moon-Pisces; Sun; Judgement[Aeon]-Fire; World-Saturn; Fool-Air; Magician-Mercury;High Priestess-Moon; Empress-Venus.

There may be only three Zodiacal signs on each loop, but all those planets and elements make it hard to see any overall symmetry.

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Postby Okbish » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:24 pm

Oliver P wrote:But while I'm about it, the apparent fault in the "symmetry" which irks me a little is that with the Justice-Strength [Adjustment-Lust] switch, we have the neatness of yodh and kaph (closed and open hand; still-point [axle?] and wheel) between the "switched" symbols; while between Star and Emperor is a whole crowd of symbols all referring to different things: Moon-Pisces; Sun; Judgement[Aeon]-Fire; World-Saturn; Fool-Air; Magician-Mercury;High Priestess-Moon; Empress-Venus.

There may be only three Zodiacal signs on each loop, but all those planets and elements make it hard to see any overall symmetry.

The loop is in the wheel of the Zodiac, not in the sequence of all 22 trumps.
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Postby Heru » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:49 am

On page 40 of The Book of Thoth, while discussing the revolution of the signs around Virgo and Pisces, A.C. says:
This is a reference to a peculiar secret of the ancients which was deeply studied by Godfrey Higgins and others of his school.

Does anyone know what this "peculiar secret" is?
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Postby Middleman » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:26 am

Jim Eshelman wrote:
Redd Fezz wrote:Cool! Do you know where I can read more about Sirius. It's still a bit of a mystery to me (hehe, yes, a "Sirius Mystery").

Well... There's always The Sirius Mystery. Also, R.H. Allen's Star Names and miscellaneous scattered writings of Cyril Fagan.


Also check out PKD's VALIS and RAW's Cosmic Trigger Vol. I.
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Postby Avshalom Binyamin » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:09 am

This might be stating the obvious, but there are some interesting things that happen when you align the Thoth deck to the Atbash Cipher.

(For example, Tzaddi and Heh are opposite each other on the Atbash Cipher)

Here are some superficial little notes I jotted down a couple years back about it
http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/PNphpBB2-vi ... 1770.phtml
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Postby VRST » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:24 am

According to Paul Foster Case, "In all ancient copies of the Book of Formation (Sepher Yetzirah), the planetary attributions to the double letters are purposely mixed, in order to mislead uninitiated readers into whose hands the book might fall. The correct attributions were reserved for mouth-to-ear instruction."
Likewise, Eliphas Levi (as acknowledged by Case and Crowley) deliberately mixed the astro-alphanumerical attributions to the Tarot Trumps.
Also, the Golden Dawn kept the true attributions secret for their members of the Practicus grade, whilst exoterically promulgating incorrect information.

Is it not possible that this practice has continued, that this whole Double Loop in the Zodiac issue is a "blind" with the correct attributions reserved for mouth-to-ear transmission?
To put it another way, has Crowley poured the castor oil of confusion into the tea-urn of the Tarot?
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby Thalassos » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:06 pm

I do not know yet if it has been mentioned:
When Crowley declares that Tzaddi is not the star, we immediately grasp that he means the opposite: Tzaddi is indeed the Star.
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby Thalassos » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:35 pm

The fish-hook is the Aquarian man captured by the preceding Christ-Pisces in relation to the future sunrise over the equinox into the House of Aries, the new Emperor. Offcourse it is much more complex than that, but Crowley's words concern the new paradigm of Man. Aquarus, Pisces and Aries play pivotal roles.
The paradox is in the retrograde motion of 0 degree Aries equinox sunrise from the first degrees of Pisces into the last degrees of sign Aquarius.

Hidden in this paradox is the mind bending problem of the path forwards to enlightenment, the birth of the new emperor man in the first house of Aries; and meanwhile regressing backwards from the last sign into the eleventh: the waterbearer.

Which, by the way, uncovers the answer to the sphinx's riddle. The backside of this monument points almost to the lion and its face will be illuminated by the sunrise in the last degrees of Aquariuas, which then are by our understanding the first degrees in this sign. The Emperor, house of Aries, the firstborn, occupied nowadays by the fish hook which is the border between old Fish and new Water Bearer.
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby Edward Mason » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:02 pm

93,
When Crowley declares that Tzaddi is not the star, we immediately grasp that he means the opposite: Tzaddi is indeed the Star.

It wasn't Aleister Crowley who said it, though. And there is zero logic in your statement, but I hesitate to go in that direction....

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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby the atlas itch » Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:21 pm

Edward Mason wrote:And there is zero logic in your statement

Presumably he's implying that its a blind. Waites wrote a dreary little book on the Tarot that was full of them..
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby JNV33 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:57 am

If I'm understanding the above, there's a suggestion that Leo, in terms of the great year, is essentially wintertime, also analogous to nighttime when people are sleeping. Interesting thought. :) Ayin fits the pattern as well, being the eye at the top of the pyramid, the peak of the great year.
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby Jim Eshelman » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:08 am

JNV33 wrote:If I'm understanding the above, there's a suggestion that Leo, in terms of the great year, is essentially wintertime, also analogous to nighttime when people are sleeping. Interesting thought. :) Ayin fits the pattern as well, being the eye at the top of the pyramid, the peak of the great year.

:?: :?: Getting this from... :?:

Now, the Full Moon in Leo is a wintertime event (in the northern hemisphere), and the Sun is in Leo during southern hemisphere winter... but otherwise, no, that wouldn't be true.
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby JNV33 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:14 am

Jim Eshelman wrote: :?: :?: Getting this from... :?:

I was trying to understand what Thalassos was saying, and having some fun with the idea.

Here's what I think he was saying: the "Great Year" has seasons that correspond to the annual seasons, except the solstice points (from a northern hemisphere perspective) are opposite, similar to how the tenth house is the brightest time of the day while Capricorn is the darkest time of the year. The idea of a summer solstice (at the beginning of the age of Capricorn?) in the "Great Year" is an interesting thought.

But yeah, entirely speculative fun.
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby Jim Eshelman » Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:27 am

Got it!
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Re: Tzaddi is not the Star

Postby Modest » Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:58 am

Jim Eshelman wrote:No. See above. The loop is done by plotting the Hebrew letters and the Tarot card numbers. You're confusing yourself by introducing the zodiac to it.

You are mistaken. You're confusing yourself by NOT introducing the zodiac to it. Try to read threefold31 posts again if you didn't understand. I will quote Crowley:
The New Comment (c. 1921) chap. 1 line 57 wrote:Tzaddi is the letter of The Emperor, the Trump IV, and He is the Star, the Trump XVII. Aquarius and Aries are therefore counterchanged, revolving on the pivot of Pisces, just as, in the Trumps VIII and XI, Leo and Libra do about Virgo. This last revelation makes our Tarot attributions sublimely, perfectly, flawlessly symmetrical.

Book of Thoth, page 10 wrote:For "The Star" is referred to Aquarius in the Zodiac, and "The Emperor' to Aries. Now Aries and Aquarius are on each side of Pisces, just as Leo and Libra are on each side of Virgo; that is to say, the correction in the Book of the Law gives a perfect symmetry in the zodiacal attribution, just as if a loop were formed at one end of the ellipse to correspond exactly with the existing loop at the other end.

Book of Thoth, page 11 diagram wrote:The Double Loop in the Zodiac


EDIT:
Book of Thoth, page 279, The Tarot of Egyptians. It is written 11 Teth/Leo Lust, 8 Lamed/Libra Adjustment, 4 Tzaddi/Aquarius The Emperor, 17 He/Aries The Star. As I see it is in the book so official in the OTO.
End EDIT.

Now, the goodies:
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This image shows how the GD Tarot number order is the MODIFIED Marseille's Tarot order to make the zodiac round assuming that Strength is Leo and Justice is Libra.
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This image shows that Crowley's Tarot leaves the Marseille's Tarot number order intact but ONE loop forms in the zodiac if we assume that Strength is Leo and Justice is Libra.
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This image shows Crowley's Tarot DOUBLE loop in the zodiac in order to solve the "Tzaddi is not The Star" and make the zodiac symmetrical.
Therefore Teth is Leo Strength, Lamed is Libra Justice, Tzaddi is Aquarius The Emperor, He is Aries The Star. There are only two ways to get the zodiac in symmetry assuming that Strength is Leo and Justice is Libra. Either GD or Crowley. Crowley follows the tradition of Marseille's Tarot number sequence and GD doesn't follow any tradition - it's their invention.
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