The night after I learned about the death of David Bowie, I had a dream about him. In the dream, he appeared with a guitar in his hand, eager to teach me how to play it. That same night, my youngest daughter had also had a dream about David. The sense of loss and disbelief for both of us (as for so many) was immense. The obvious meaning of my dream ties in with the most obvious theme of the Starman Tarot by Davide and Ester de Angelis. In the companion guide book Davide says:
As you may have already guessed, this Tarot deck is not about repeating what is already known and shared about Tarot. There are many others far more capable than me already doing that. Instead, the Starman Tarot serves to ignite. It seeks to explore and question through the power of creativity.
A recurring theme in the deck is embryos, symbolic creation/creativity, which could be human or alien (like the Starman himself) and they are, of course, present in the Empress card below.
Since this deck arrived, I have started having crazy dreams about being on board alien spaces ships and even having super powers like the dude in the Judgement card. The imagery in the Starman Tarot is clearly having an impact! But what so many people want to know is, ‘Can you actually read with this deck when there is so much going on in each card?’ This is the question I myself had been pondering before finally placing my order.
The answer is, you absolutely can! I have read for both myself and clients since the deck arrived and the Starman Tarot is actually helping me take my readings to the next level by tapping that creative power more efficiently than most Tarot decks. Yes, you have to take your time with these cards but they are worth it and the companion book will definitely help you get to know how this deck expresses itself.
I love the light embryos in the Ace of Swords below! I also love how The Chariot is pulled by two comodo dragons and how the King of Wands is wearing a crown of thorns like another well-known visionary whose resurrection we recently celebrated. I adore the write-up in the Starman Tarot guide book for The Chariot which happens to be my Tarot Year Card in 2019 – Very insightful!
The space surfer, haloed Prince of Cups makes a reference to Hamlet and ‘To be or not to be’ and the 6 of Cups is super easy to read as sentimentality and reaching for the past. And the Ace of Wands is just stunning. It’s so beautiful it hurts. I could just look stare at it for ages. This is how I feel the Ace of Wands energy. I have never looked at another Ace of Wands Tarot card and been able to say that before.
The first time I saw this Tarot deck was in October last year at the UK Tarot Conference – I regret not picking it up then! Then again, as the old saying goes, the teacher appears when the student is ready… I think had some stuff I needed to shift before I could fully appreciate the gift that this deck is to the world.
1. Describe yourself in one sentence.
ST: I constantly seek to balance the mind with the heart so that creative inspiration can gain as clear and unfettered expression as possible. (2 of Swords)
2. How would your best friend describe you in three words?
ST: Powerful, compassionate and playful. (VIII Strength)
3. What gift do you bring?
ST: I help you learn from the past without getting stuck in it. I help you build strength and resilience to keep pushing past your own negativity, especially if it is based on what you perceive as past failures. I help you deconstruct those failures (which weren’t really failures at all, only learning experiences) and rebuild something new and exciting from the pieces. I can also help you persevere with any creative projects, providing inspiration along the way, until you reach the finish line. (9 of Wands)
4. What do you expect in return?
ST: That you dust yourself off and try again, every single time you feel you have ‘failed’ in any way. I demand creative courage. I will keep pushing you to move past any self-limiting beliefs and comfort zones. (3 of Wands)
5. How can you help me serve?
ST: Connect directly with my creative spirit. It should be fairly straightforward since we forged that connection in dreamtime already. Do not doubt this connection! (The Starman / Magician)
Me: Oh wow!!!
6. Is there anything else you would like to tell me about yourself?
ST: As much as I’m a deck that was born from people having the courage to dream big, I’m the brainchild of those who had the courage to take action on this dreams. I want to inspire you to find that creative courage within yourself and stop worrying about how your creations will be received. (The Emperor)
Me: Thank you!
Honestly, I cannot recommend this deck and book set (affiliate link) highly enough. Apart from the imagery being spectacular enough to find its way into my dreams, the guidebook is a dream to read in terms of how effortlessly it has captured the timeless essence of the meanings of the cards and made them relevant to a modern audience. The latter being the reason why I feel this deck works just as well for beginner Tarot readers as it does for more advanced Tarotists. Obviously, if you’re a fan of David Bowie, this is a no-brainer… Get the damn deck!
Love and Light,