I have been reading cards for about 5 years, ever since a fantastic human being from college read mine I knew that it was a part of my path. I mostly read for myself and my loved ones, I’ve never read cards for money or barter. My goal with tarot, and everything really, has been to understand exactly how the deck is organized to work. There is a major arcana and a minor arcana. The major arcana is like a hero’s journey, starting with the inquisitive querent setting out on a journey and ending with a full attainment of goals. The minor arcana is made up of four suits, much like modern cards, that go from Ace to King. Each of these suits -wands, cups, swords and coins- represents a different aspect of the life journey.
In the spirit of my own pursuit of knowledge on the subject I decided it’d be fun and informative to add tarot card of the week to the carajuanablog rotation. I’m going to go through each and every aspect of one tarot card each week to help both you and I understand the deck a little more deeply. This week I’ll look into the seventeenth card in the Major Arcana: The Star.
IMAGERY: Generally the card will have a nude genderless or female individual surrounded by green and water flowing in 5 directions representing the 5 senses (the number of points in a star). The figure is the ‘Goddess of the Stars’ representing eternal youth and beauty along with peace and contentment. The green represents growth. The water is the ‘Water of Life’ and often the cards will show the figure pouring the water out of jugs into the land and the stream. You will see small 8 pointed stars representing cosmic energy and a seven pointed star to represent the 7 chakras.
Astrology: Gemini, Aquarius
Ruling Planet: Mercury
I Ching: Beginnings
Symbol: 8 Pointed Star of Venus: The star of love.
Animals: Butterfly, Hummingbird
MEANING: This is one of the most positive cards in the deck, it represents hope in our aspirations. The Star directly follows the Tower, the card of everything falling apart. The position in the Hero’s Journey shows that this is the card of new beginnings, of starting off on a stronger foundation than was laid before the tragedy. This card represents our optimism and positivity, the inner child that never gives up believing.
When the star shows up in a reading it is a symbol of intellectual awareness and insight. It implies that the querent is blessed and can trust their spirit guides as long as they continue to listen to their intuition. Life’s challenges have been endured, but trust and hope can help you to keep your spirit open for imminent growth and personal realization. As of now your thoughts may not be clear, but soon they will be.
If the querent receives 17 The Star reversed they will be experiencing temporary setbacks. It is saying that perhaps this person has recently made a decision that lacked judgement and now they’re paying the price. When the card shows itself reversed it may be implying that the querent is going through time of stagnation and a lack of trust in the universe. In the long run it is faith in oneself that can turn this card around. When this card comes into a reading it implies that the querent has lost hope in themselves which is preventing them from moving forward in life. This star is warning the querent to have patience and let the world move around them before making any rash decisions.
- Lack of Success