A nude woman kneels beside a placid body of water. She holds pitchers in both hands and is pouring water out onto the ground and into the body of water. The sky above her is spangled with stars and a bird sings in a tree.
This is one of the loveliest cards you can get in a reading and indicates hope and good things to come.
Her nudity indicates both an innocence and a freshness, a starting over without the trappings of a former life that may have weighed her down. Her foot in the water indicates that she is fully in touch with her emotions while the other foots placement indicates that she is well grounded. The singing bird denotes happiness and the fact that she is freely pouring out the contents of the pitchers indicates abundance.
Basically, this card means blessings and sweet times ahead. If life has been hard for the questioner or he or she has experienced poor health they can expect wonderful improvements in the very near future.
REVERSED: The questioner is letting self doubts and pessimism seep into his or her spirituality. There has perhaps been a new and wonderful start but doubts are beginning to spring up.
A Few Extra Thoughts About The Star:
I’ve been collecting books about the Tarot for decades. One which has gone out of print described The Star as, “The Star of Hope.” I have to say that from my experience that’s exactly right.
Sooner or later we all go through one of those awful periods that are marked with the appearance of cards like Death and The Tower. Sometimes we feel totally demoralized and defeated. Sometimes we feel like we’ve been beaten right down to our knees, bowed and bloodied, and unable to get back onto our feet and move forward.
But it’s the nature of life that if we hang on long enough, if we don’t give up and become cynical and jaded, a glimmer of hope will enter our lives and we begin to see the possibility of being happy again.
One might just say, “Well, hope springs eternal in the human breast,” and leave it at that. We are, after all, a pretty hopeful species. We do tend to rebuild and regenerate after disasters and catastrophes.
I think, though, that there’s something a little more to it, at least as far as The Star is concerned. I think that there are times in our lives when we get periods of grace, periods of blessings, when we’re protected and helped by higher powers or higher realms. When we have peace and contentment, many times after our hardest struggles.
The Tibetan Buddhists have a wonderful way of looking at karma. If you’ve led a really, really good life (or many of them) and you’ve helped a lot of other Souls then you’re likely to reincarnate in really, really good circumstances in your next life.
BUT – they warn – even a large accumulation of good karma can be used up so it’s important to keep living a good life and to keep helping other Souls. It’s sort of like a karmic piggy bank: you have to keep putting some more good karma back into it or sooner or later you’ll run out.
It’s likely that something similar happens when we go through really bad times. When life absolutely beats the shit out of us and we endure the pain and suffering – AND WE CONTINUE TO HOLD LOVE IN OUR HEARTS! – then we earn that period of grace and blessings. We earn that Star of Hope that surrounds us with its’ light and protection.