The Star is a card of grace, hope and succour after the harsh blow of The Tower. It’s a gentle reminder to lift our eyes heavenward where help is never far. Angels await our cries for help and always assist when asked. Hope is renewed and the focus is directed away from selfish concerns to the Summum Bonum.
“For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.”
– Saint Augustine of Hippo
The Astrological correspondence for The Star is Aquarius which makes this card very much connected with any humanitarian pursuits, innovation and working with large groups of people. It’s also a card of friendship as the Aquarian 11th House is the House of Friendships.
Make a wish
Known as ‘the wish card,’ The Star is one of those cards that elicit a sigh of relief if the reading is about a difficult situation – especially if shown as the Outcome. The wish card in the Minor Arcana is the 9 of Cups.
Corresponding with the Crown chakra, the Star reminds us that we are all One. It inspires faith in the goodness of the Source of All. Serenity is a concept that fits nicely with both the Star and the Crown chakra. Contemplating The Star reminds us of our own God-Light and gives us a sense of peace.
“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.”
― Abraham Lincoln
There is something epic about this card, there is no denying it. It combines the numerology of 1 (the self) with 7 (the bridge between heaven and earth). 17 is a magical number in its own right. Combined with the symbology of The Star which traditionally contains the constellation of the Pleiades, we have a Star Gate through which higher consciousness can flow.
The shadow side
But please don’t think that this card is all good. There is a negative meaning to every card and The Star is no exception. In relationship readings, for instance, it can indicate coldness, aloofness and emotional unavailability. Depending on the surrounding cards, it can also denote a need to always be right (i.e. being right is more important than being kind.) Another negative meaning is that of the utopian idealist who is simply not grounded in the reality here and now but always pinning his hopes on some future event.
Angelic correspondence: The Angel of Grace
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Chakra: Crown Chakra
Colour: Electric blue, yellow, violet, purple
Crystal: Onyx, topaz, sapphire, amethyst
Metal: Silver, lead, uranium
Body: Calves, ankles, shins, circulatory system
Stance/Pose: Bridge pose
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Broom
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): Strength
Associated Minor Arcana Cards
5 of Swords (Venus in Aquarius). Healing comes when you cut your losses and move on. Otherwise, this is a no-win situation.
6 of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius). Go with your head and trust that your analytical ability will lead you to the right solution.
7 of Swords (Moon in Aquarius). You need to stop dreaming and come up with an action plan!
Knight of Swords (Air of Air). As idealistic as you may be, always consider that you may, in fact, be wrong. Hence it will always be more important to be kind than to be right.
Remedies to increase the energy of The Star in your life
- You can make a tarot essence to harness and increase the energy of the Star card, using a card from the deck of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with.
- Go star-gazing on a clear winter’s night
- Get to know the Angelic realm
- Get involved with a community charity
- Organise a get-together with a large number of friends
- Be an activist for the greater good
- Inspire hope in others
- Be active on Internet forums
Balancing, grounding and banishing the influence of the Star card
- Eat meat (grounds excess Air)
- Get your hair done
- Take centre stage
- Go on a quest that has nothing to do with anyone else
- Spend time on your own
- Lie out in the sun
- Go on a media fast
- Be selfish
- Be concerned about appearances
Affirmation: “I act and speak with the Highest Good of All in mind.”
Angelic Invocation to the Angel of Grace
Dear Angel of Grace, thank you for never being far away. Help me see the bigger picture and recognise my own role as an agent of grace in the world. Amen and so it is!
LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS
As mentioned above, The Star is one of the two wish cards in the Tarot deck. This means that whatever you wish to manifest in love that is in alignment with the Highest Good will be easy to manifest. Or it does if the card is upright / well-dignified. Reversed or ill-dignified it could mean wishful thinking.
Astrologically, The Star corresponds to the Zodiac sign of Aquarius. Humanitarian work falls under this sign, as does friendships and working with large groups of people. Emotionally detached but with the greater good of all at heart, Aquarius guides us toward a New Age, Oneness and a less self-centred way of being. As a lover, The Star can represent someone who is freedom-loving and even open to polyamory
The Star showing up is almost always a good sign in a relationship reading. It usually means that you are able to detach from your ego’s point of view and see your love interest more objectively. You have less attachment to the outcome for yourself and truly desire what is best for your beloved. This is true love and pure magick. The person you have met is an Anam Cara.
The Star as your love interest
If this card describes your beloved, he or she will be more concerned with the bigger picture than with details. Philosophical and concerned with doing right, this person wants to know that all their actions contribute to the greater good. Friendships are important to them so you can’t be too possessive or start acting jealous around this person who often has friends of the opposite sex.
Sometimes they can come across as detached to the point of cold. They aren’t always great with ‘the personal touch.’ Having an almost alien-like quality and ability to see the bigger picture (as if looking at earth from space or some higher plane of existence), they do wish for everyone’s well-being but sometimes fail to see how a small act of kindness such as a smile or hug could make a difference.
The quality of the relationship
If this card describes the quality of your relationship, it could mean that it is platonic (friendship) and/or that you have come together to do humanitarian work. Or it could be an indication that you have finally hit a patch of peace and equanimity… the calm after the storm of The Tower. (Look to surrounding cards for more information)
If the Star shows up together with The Lovers or the 2 of Cups, you have the best of both worlds. You will be life-long friends as well as lovers.
Sexually, The Star can indicate abstinence but not for the sake of poor health or a weak libido. This is abstinence for higher, spiritual reasons or in order to focus on some great task – usually in the service of humanity.
Proximity to The Hermit in a relationship reading is a very strong indication of abstinence for spiritual reasons. If the Hermit is reversed, the abstinence could be due to physical separation. However, you will remain connected through the ether – either electronically or telepathically… or both.
Single and looking
To a single person, The Star could mean that you are about to meet the love of your life. Your wish for true love is about to be made manifest. Look for The Star in the present or future positions and close to the Knight of Cups, 2 of Cups, 6 of Cups of the Lovers.
As always when you have a chance to make a wish… Be careful what you wish for!
The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.