The Seven Stars

The Seven Stars are: the sun, the moon, and the five stars ( Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, and Saturn ) that correspond to The Five Circulations.

These seven stars, together with Ruhu and Ketu, are called The Nine Luminaries; and if Purple Energy and Moon Comet are also added, they are together called The Eleven Luminaries.

As recognized by all holy beliefs, including Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, etc., these stars are the life-givers of mankind and animals, and can help us return to the Origin. Here are the scriptural citations:

Yellow Emperor's Hidden Fitness Scripture ( Dhoe Tzawng 0031 ) says:
    In the heaven there are five thieves, anyone who sees them will be thriving. The five thieves dwell in the heart, and command and run in the heaven.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

Ultra Supreme Omnipresent Reality's Secretly Imparted Scripture on the Five Stars ( Dhoe Tzawng 0044 ) says:
    The Reality Lord of Wood Star (Jupiter) acts always with kindness. His merciful eyes see all our wishes, and can give me a lifespan of thousands of years.......

    The Reality Lord of Gold Star (Venus) delivers misfortunes occasionally; the creatures are therefore shaped, and are able to contain and bear.......

    The Reality Lord of Fire Star (Mars) launches various fiercenesses. Eliminate the evil and protect the real, do not let them interlace.......

    The Reality Lord of Water Star (Mercury) embraces and nourishes all kinds of creatures. He gives blessings and punishments precisely, and his merits are inexhaustible.......

    The Reality Lord of Earth Star (Saturn) spreads the ultimate Virtue secretly. He blesses all the creatures, and helps us ascend to the realm of longevity.......

    The Reality Lord of Ultra Yoeng (Sun) is immensely luminous, he strides in the lofty realm, all kinds of creatures look upward to him, and groups of movable beings rely on him.......

    The Reality Lord of Ultra Yaam (Moon) always spreads the correct Dhoe. Her Virtues of Yaam is infallible, and can bless me for billions of trillions of years.......

    The Reality Lord of Rahu is invisible and fearsome. He enjoys Dhoe and embraces the great, and can bestow upon me a lifespan of thousands of years.......

    The Reality Lord of Ketu is silent but sees all. Beneath the ninth heaven, he guards lives and hates killings.

    Furthermore, the Reality Lords of the Twenty-eight Mansions also influence mundane people's fortunes, bliss, lifespans, and sufferings.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

Emerald-Emptiness Treatise ( Dhoe Tzawng 1111 ) says:
    The Heaven has the seven stars and the Earth has the seven treasures; A person has the seven apertures which are ruled by the brain.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

The Mirror that Receives Medicines says:

Original Heavenly Lord Spoken Scripture of the Eleven Luminaries' Holy Incantations that Greatly Eliminate Misfortunes ( Dhoe Tzawng 0043 ) says:
    The living beings of Desire Realm are in the turning wheel of births and deaths, and are submerged in the river of desires. They are interested only in earning their living, and don't cultivate the correct Dhoe. Therefore they are not aware of the Five Circulations' motions, and do not know that the Eleven Luminaries shining down are in charge of their misfortunes and blessings.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

Superior Pellucidity's Eleven Great Luminaries Lamp Ceremony ( Dhoe Tzawng 0197 ) says:
    (In the sky) The Twelve Palaces are circulating,
    and the Eleven Luminaries are forming an array.
    Who says that they are so far away
    that have nothing to do with us?
    Auspicious or inauspicious, it is determined by our virtues;
    To anything we do, they never fail to response.
    Good or bad, thriving or failing, their judgments are always precise;
    Enlarge or shrink, move backward or forward, it is just like playing a song.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

The Universal Buddhas Ceremony for Life Extending - The Life Extending Glorification says:
    May the Buddhas' light pour
    onto the deities of my birth-time,
    to dispel the spirits of misfortune,
    and invite the deities of blessing.
    May the Nine Luminaries grant me a long lifespan,
    May peace prevail on the world,
    May all beings gain blessings and longevity,
    and always enjoy their lives in peace.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

Brahma Heaven Horoscope - The Nine Luminaries ( Taisho Tripitaka 1311 ) says:
    The first: Rahu the divine star of eclipse, his incantation (Vidya) is: ......

    The second: Earth Star (Saturn) of the midmost palace, his incantation is......

    The third: The northern Saan Star (Mercury), whose incantation is......

    The fourth: The western Ultra White Star (Venus), whose incantation is......

    The fifth: The Ultra Yoeng Star (Sun) of Mystery, his incantation is......

    The sixth: The southern Fire's Dazzling and Puzzling Star (Mars), whose incantation is......

    The seventh: Ketu the divine star of eclipse, his incantation is: ......

    The eighth: Ultra Yaam Star (Moon), whose incantation is: ......

    The nineth: The eastern Year Star (Jupiter), whose incantation is: ......

    [The Original Chinese Text]

Manjusri Bodhisattva and the Other Immortals Spoken Sutra on Auspicious and Inauspicious Times and Days, and Benevolent and Fierce Stars ( Taisho Tripitaka 1299 ) says:
    The Seven Luminaries are the sun, moon, and the five stars, who supervise the human world. Each of them is in charge of a day of the week. This seven-day cycle repeats again and again.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

    ( This tells us a fact that each day of a week is assigned a Star Lord. That is, Sunday is the Sun Deity's day, Monday is the Moon Deity's day, Tuesday is Mars's day, Wednesday is Mercury's day, Thursday is Jupiter's day, Friday is Venus's day, and Saturday is Saturn's day.

    Nowadays, Japanese people still call days of the week in this manner, but in different names. They call Sunday The Sun Luminary's Day, Monday The Moon Luminary's Day, Tuesday The Fire Luminary's Day, Wednesday The Water Luminary's Day, Thursday The Wood Luminary's Day, Friday The Gold Luminary's Day, and Saturday The Earth Luminary's Day. )

YIG GING - Hexagram 24: Foc says:
    That which repeats again and again, is His Way; every seven days It returns once, the benefit has its place to go.


    The Way that repeats again and again, and that which returns once every seven days, is in accord with the Heaven's motion. The benefit has its place to go, it is firm and enduring. So when it is restored, the Heart of the Heaven and Earth can be seen.

    [The Original Chinese Text]

The Bible says:
    And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (Revelation 1:16 KJV)

    The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (Revelation 1:20 KJV)

    And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. (Revelation 4:5 KJV)

    But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7 KJV)

The Zohar says:
    Come and behold: the Holy One, blessed be He, made seven stars in the firmament THAT CORRESPOND TO THE SEVEN SFIROT: CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD, YESOD, AND MALCHUT. (V6 Vayeshev S19)

    there are seven planets, namely Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Moon, AND THESE ARE THE SECRET OF CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD, YESOD AND MALCHUT, THAT ARE IN THE VESSELS OF THE REAR OF MALCHUT. (V20 Pinchas S105)


    And the Holy One, blessed be He, commanded that MALCHUT be blessed with seven blessings on the Eve of Passover, namely, its seven maidens, NAMELY, THE SEVEN VESSELS CHESED, GVURAH, TIFERET, NETZACH, HOD, YESOD AND MALCHUT OF ATZILUT, FROM THE ASPECT OF THE REAR, AS ABOVE, WHICH ARE CALLED 'Saturn', 'Jupiter', 'Mars', 'Sun', 'Venus', 'Mercury', and 'Moon'. (V20 Pinchas S105)

    The third camp represents the supernal Maidens, WHO ARE THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF THE SEVEN SANCTUARIES OF BRIYAH (V11 Trumah S10)

  • Now let's look at this -- a mysterious picture for alchemic practice:

    In this picture, the hexagram -- Star of David -- is an euphemism for God. The symbol at the hexagram's center, and the other six symbols surrounding it, are the symbols of the seven stars. Moreover, the Ouroboros represents the endless cycle of Yaam and Yoeng, that is, the endless repeat of YIG GING's last two Hexagrams Gei Tzai and Mei Tzai . Through this endless cycle, a limited, restricted being can become infinite, and omnipotent.

    As it is said in A Poem that Enlightens Those Who Get Lost and Rectifies the Way to Tao:
      One Fire and one Water,
      in such a way the Interlaced Diagrams(*) can be formed;
      One ascending and one descending,
      The rising and sinking will take place naturally;
      One coming and one going,
      The guest and the host must be distinguished;
      One is preceding and another one is succeeding,
      The king and the minister are there;
      One Yarm and one Yeong,
      This is how the universe is formed;
      One is hard and another one is soft,
      They will be proportional naturally.

      [The Original Chinese Text]

    Tzorng Tzee - The Inner Chapters - Chapter Two explains:
    The Important Hints for the Mystical Practice says:
      The True Heart, which is immense and infinite, is the origin of infinite Divinities and Immortals. However, a mundane being is attached to his limited body, and therefore does not recognize the Mystical Pearl.

      [The Original Chinese Text]

    The Saintly Lord's Secret Teaching in Ultra Peace Scripture ( Dhoe Tzawng 1125 ) says:
      By guarding The One, one can know all, but all cannot know The One. Anyone who Guards The One, can save the world, can eliminate catastrophes, can help kings, can become Immortal, can regulate his home, can serve Divinities and Luminaries, can be free from poverty, can dispel diseases, can gain longevity, can See forever. It is the chief of Original Energy, and is the pivot of all beings.

      [The Original Chinese Text]

  • Here is a similar picture:

    More pictures that reveal the secret of the seven stars, found in Rosicrucian manuscripts:

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  • Now this is a Tibetan painting for Esoteric Buddhism practice:

    In this picture, a cloud binds five streamers together, and the sun and moon sit right on the top of the cloud.

    As the Zohar says:
      The prayer unifies all until they reach the third chamber and mix with it as the first ones. They mix as fire with water and water with fire, air with earth, earth with air, east with west, west with east, north with south, and south with north......then all is complete as it should be until this point. All become as if one spirit that contains all and is complemented by all as was stated before "and they all have one spirit" (Kohelet 3:19). (V2 Beresheet B S 28)

  • The Original Chinese Texts:

    黃帝陰符經》(正統道藏 0031)云:

    太上洞真五星秘授經》(正统道藏 0044)云:


    陳楠祖師 《翠虚篇》(正统道藏 1111)云:


    元始天尊說十一曜大消災神咒經》(正统道藏 0043)云:

    上清十一大曜燈儀》(正统道藏 0197)云:


    梵天火羅九曜》(大正藏 1311)云:
    二中宮土宿星(王在四季)雞緩 真言:歸命唵贊日利曳娑婆賀

    文殊師利菩薩及諸仙所說吉凶時日善惡宿曜經》(大正藏 1299)云:





    《太平經聖君秘旨》(正統道藏 1125)云:

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