Time to pause and reflect,
contemplate what's precious and what's not.
The Star is very distant and mysterious. Although the sky on the Tarot Star card image is light blue, the Star is a nocturnal being. Its shimmering light inspires contemplation and dreaming. It's emotion is melancholia. You need to pause and ponder what existence is all about.
Don't expect the Tarot Star card to answer questions. Instead, it raises new ones - or old ones that you've forgotten because you were so occupied with worldly matters, ambitious plans, and what-not. Who doesn't become somber and thoughtful when watching the stars in the night sky? All the things that mattered so much seem to lose importance and attraction.
The Tarot Star is about emotions, which is indicated by all the water on the card image, poured serenely by the woman. The element water represents the emotiononal. But these feelings lead to stillness, and the stillness leads to thoughts.
What moves through our heads when we are at rest, not involved in all those things that make a lifetime pass so swiftly? That's what the Tarot Star card urges us to explore. If we never do, it's like we never lived.
If the Tarot Star card represents a person, it's someone who inspires reflection, making you ponder where you are in life and where you really want to go.
If the Tarot Star card represents an event, it's a moment when things halt so that you have time to reconsider, which you should do. Goals are questioned. So are values previously upheld. You should sit down and meditate, until you're open to completely new perspectives.
A. E. Waite's Texts
About the Tarot Star Card
17. 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.
The Inner Symbolism of the Tarot Star Card
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 bird alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is l'etoile 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. It has been said truly that the mottoes of this card are "Waters of Life freely" and "Gifts of the Spirit."
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.
Divinatory Meaning of the Tarot Star Card
Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says-hope and bright prospects, Reversed: Arrogance, haughtiness, impotence.
The Tarot Major Arcana
- The Magician
- The High Priestess
- The Empress
- The Emperor
- The Hierophant
- The Lovers
- The Chariot
- The Hermit
- Wheel of Fortune
- The Hanged Man
- The Devil
- The Tower
- The Star
- The Moon
- The Sun
- The World
- The Fool