Rider-Waite-Smith vs Liber T: Tarot of the Eternal Stars

Aquarius

The Star of the Magi

Keywords: hope, love, vision, spirituality, health, insight, transcending thought, Celestial

The Thoth based deck on the right is the Liber T: Tarot of the Eternal Stars.

In both cards we see a naked woman pouring out two jugs of water. Both cards depict the woman pouring out onto both water and land, which represents the dichotomy between form and force. She is the Water-bearer of Aquarius.

Symbolically the Star is supposed to be a representation of feminine Binah in the Tree of Life. The Great Mother and Antecedent to her feminine manifestation on Earth, the Empress.

In the background of the Thoth we see Pyramids which evokes the same mythology as the Ibis, Thoth’s bird, who is the Scribe and Messenger of the Gods. We see this Ibis sitting in the background of the RWS as well.

In both cards we see an image of the magickal principle: as above so below. In the Thoth we see the spirals of the Star reflect the spirals of the water and the land.

The key point is reticulation. Which is about patterns and whorls being embedded in structure, isomorphic to the structure of the heavens. This is the interplay between force and form, masculine and feminine.

In both cards we see flowery growth from the life-giving energy of water. This represents the essential hope of the Star and the promise of the feminine.