Most tarot books of old give this card the astrological sign Aquarius, and give the simple interpretation of “hope,” as if that is all you need to know. Generally, when you see The Star you can have hope; good things will come to pass. Well, that’s all fine and nice; but let’s really look inside and see why everyone seems to accept this vague meaning of happiness. First: the name of the card is The Star, not “The Naked Lady Who Pours Water Onto the Ground.” For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot–EVER!!
The Star : Description: A giant star dominates this picture (this holds true for various artist’s renditions of this card—not just this particular deck). This star is, in turn, supported by other, smaller stars. A naked woman pours water from two pitchers; one into a small pool, the other onto the ground, where it splits into five rivulets. She kneels on the earth and the water for support showing us that she bridges the barriers between the two. The surrounding land is lush and fertile. A bird watches in the background. Some say this is an Ibis. In other variations of this card it is a butterfly. It is important to note that all of this takes place at night (naturally).
Esoteric Meaning: This is the single most misunderstood card of the Tarot. Most authorities attribute this card to the astrological sign Aquarius, and give the simple interpretation of “hope,” as if that is all you need to know. Generally, when you see The Star you can have hope; good things will come to pass. Well, that’s all fine and nice; but let’s really look inside and see why everyone seems to accept this vague meaning of happiness.
First: the name of the card is The Star, not “The Naked Lady Who Pours Water Onto the Ground.” The single most important visual stimulus here is the star, not all five, seven, eight, or fifteen stars (various decks have various numbers of minor stars, so assigning any value such as chakras, physical senses, (etc.) to the actual number of stars is ludicrous). The woman pictured is the personification of the main star in the image, which, in turn, is “The Star.” She is naked because she is divine, pure, and a “star.” Her human form is nothing more than a visual representation of energy or purpose that has been used throughout history in mythology, magic, and religion. See her as “the star,” not “the naked lady.” See her as “she who bridges the realms.”
Okay, so now that we have successfully belabored that point, here is what it all means: A star shines or radiates light, which becomes one hundred times more important at night (in the “dark times’” than during the day when everything is happy and sunshiny). She is “radiating” her energy (pouring from containers) into the pool (the measurable ether, or what we know of the spiritual realm), and simultaneously on the earth. This essence “fills” the spirit realm and nourishes the earth. Star’s energies penetrate (they “see all” from far above) and so her energy seeps into every (humanly) measurable “thing.” She is the source of the nourishment of life, and the source of the energy which “magic” manipulates into form and function. This is why the card represents “hope.” It is a visual representation of Hekate, the “goddess of magic.” (This is really a savage understatement.)
Hekate is one of the most powerful goddesses of mystery school traditions, for it was she who assisted Demeter to find her lost daughter when every other god and goddess turned their backs against her (and thus humanity), fearing the wrath of Hades, or being too self-obsessed to care. This card is a clear visual representation of Hekate freely giving her assistance both in the earth and the ether (the “spiritual realm,” “the underworld,” etc.). Therefore, this card is representational of “assistance from the gods.” Use it to mean the flow of magic happening to make your dreams come true. Use it to represent any goddess you are calling upon, or if you prefer your own “godhead” or “superconscious mind” simultaneously reaching into the ether and the physical world to create a spiritual resonance (“P.M.E.”*).
Traditional meaning: Hope. Faith. Magic. More to the point: When this card comes up, it shows a need to, or the action of, reaching out to the gods for assistance. It is “divine assistance” coming to play. If you are already praying, this is a positive response. If you haven’t started praying, this card asks what you are waiting for. It is situations getting better through divine intervention (so you know who to thank).
Traditional reversed meaning: Just turn the card around. Or: hopelessness, despair, lack of spiritual connection.
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