The Star Artwork Description
“A great, radiant star of eight rays is 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, where a bird alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is l’étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism. 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’.” 1
The Star Associations
- Alternate Names: Dog Star.
- Seventeen: 17 Distance, Hope.
- Element: Air.
- Rune: Laguz “water, lake”.
- Crystal/Gem: Citrine.
- Kabbalah: Tzaddi “Fish Hook”.
- Astrological: Aquarius.
- Astronomical: Cygnus.
The Star Basic Meaning
A ray of light in the cloud of darkness. Satisfaction that will take place, not now, but much further into the future. Peace and healing for the Querent, a resting moment to regain focus. The distant star shining above tells us these Querent’s aspirations are a possibility, but not a promise. It is up to the Querent if they want to continue their path with this little ray of hope, or take another path. Although the outlook may seem unreliable, there is evidence of satisfaction if the Querent chooses to stay on this path.
The Star Controversies and Observations
“Otherwise Dog Star or Sirius; also called fantastically the Star of the Magi. Grouped about it are seven smaller stars, 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. The Star has also been called that of Hope.” 1
“Meaning: Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says hope and bright prospects.
Reversed: Arrogance, haughtiness, impotence.” 1
“Hopes, dreams, and wishes; the interest in astrology; understanding; clarity of thought, renewal of faith; insight; harmony; optimism; success ahead; positive guidance; promise given.” 2
“Basic Tarot Symbols: Seven or eight stars, a kneeling woman (usually nude), a pool of water, two urns.
Basic Tarot Meaning: With Aquarius as its ruling sign, The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing, even unexpected help to offer us sustenance in bleak times.
Thus, the card says that there is aid and assistance out there to help us though hard times, like organizations that offer food and shelter in the wake of a terrible flood or fire. This assistance might, to us, be a friend or counselor, an uplifting book or music, anything that appears in our life and heals our wounded spirit. More, the card tells us that we can achieve what we most want to achieve, like flood or fire victims wanting to rebuild. This future, however, won’t be growing to full size overnight like Jack’s Beanstalk. It will take time and we must not lose sight of it.
This may seem like cold comfort. No one wants to hear that the person they’re interested is not interested in them, but will be in the future. Or that they will not succeed today, but will later on in their life. Still, it is there, a glimmer of light in the darkness. The question is, do we feel it’s worth waiting for or not?
That is the question the Star makes us ask ourselves: What do we want bad enough that we will go the distance for it? The answer will tell us as much about what we are as what we could be.
Thirteen’s Observations: The Star is one of those cards that almost everyone loves. It is often the most beautiful card in the deck and its image suggests the peace and harmony of its meaning.
While this card offers hope and possibilities, however, the reader must remember that these are in the distance. Only a time of healing and peace, like the oasis of water before the Star, are in the now. Like Aquarius, the card’s vision is for tomorrow. This means that if the querent is seeking love, a career, fame, wealth or even spiritual enlightenment, they can only be told that it is a possibility. It is not going to happen anytime soon. But if, like a ship navigating its way, they keep the star in their sights, they will eventually reach that other land they’re seeking.
The Star offers no guarantees, of course, that the traveler won’t tire and give up or be lured in another direction. And there is no telling what obstacles they’ll encounter along the way. All the Star promises is that a particular future can exist.
The Star offers peace and healing and a glimpse of the future. It is up to the querent to decide if they are willing to go after that future, no matter how long it may take them to get there.” 3
January 11-12, 2012