When I was researching the eight-pointed Star for my RWS symbol study of the day the other day, I learned a couple of new cool facts. I had heard this star referred to as Ishtar/Venus and the Star of Bethlehem. In my research, I wanted to check out what A.E. Waite had intended for the eight-pointed star to point to…
1. According to A.E. Waite, the eight-pointed star in The Star Tarot card is the Masonic Blazing Star (l’étoile flamboyante in French). In the Pictorial Key to the Tarot he describes this symbol as ‘confused’ in Masonic circles. He goes on to say:
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.”
Strangely while trying to find out more about the Blazing Star, the articles such as this all mention a five-pointed star… If anyone can enlighten me to a good source that mentions the eight-pointed star as the Blazing Star in a Masonic context, I would be very grateful! Waite was a freemason himself, and highly revered as such, so I’m fairly sure he had good reason to equate the eight-pointed star with the Masonic Blazing Star.
2. The Star is usually equated with wishes coming true. It represents peace restored after our Tower moment. It is a card of hope and renewed faith. Many people struggle to read this card in a ‘negative’ sense but if you look at the symbolism of pouring water from both jugs into a body of water, it can indicate a lack of discernment and a tendency toward overgiving without taking time for oneself to replenish. It can also indicate giving from the separate self for selfish motives rather than functioning as a channel for divine grace for the Highest Good of All.
3. The nudity in the Star Tarot card is not gratuitous. It is symbolic of complete transparency, truth and purity of intent.
4. The highest spiritual potential of the Star card lies in unselfishly allowing ourselves to become conduits for God’s grace in all areas of our lives, holding nothing back. For this to happen, most of us need a Tower moment or two to crack open and allow grace to enter.
5. When the The Star shows up as the challenge, some questions for self-examination might be… ‘How can I facilitate an outcome that is for the Highest Good of All?,’ ‘How can I become a channel for Divine grace on Earth?,’ ‘How am I holding myself back from using my Spiritual gifts here and now?,’ ‘Where do I need to be more transparent?,’ ‘How can I be a calming influence?’ and ‘How can I renew hope/help inspire hope in others?’
6. The Zodiac correspondence for the Star Tarot card is Aquarius. Aquarius is ruled by Saturn in classic/ancient Astrology and Uranus in modern Psychology. Uranus as the ruler gives us a connection with technology, innovation and the Internet. The Angelic ruler of Uranus is Archangel Uriel. The Aquarian energy of this card gives us a focus on humanitarian pursuits which is also a good fit with the pure and gentle intent depicted in the card.
7. On a day full of Star card energy you could…
- Feel your hope renewed
- Feel connected to the All
- Have nothing to hide
- Display purity of intent
- Have great expectations
- Give without expectations of receiving anything in return
- Hook up with others to do charity work
- Be drained due to overgiving (Rx)
- Feel hopeless (Rx)
- Have lots of bright ideas
- Invent something that is helpful to humanity
- Be part of a radio broadcast
- Listen to a motivational speaker
- Inspire others with what you say
- Bring relief to a disaster zone
- Feel completely at peace
- Discover a new spiritual gift
- Have/give energy healing
- Clear chakra blockages
- Go skinny dipping
- Be completely unconventional and possibly slightly bizarre
- Have complete faith that all is well
The Frideborg Tarot Star card
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.”
~ Anne Lamott