The Star card offers us renewal, inspiration and above all hope. The Star card offers the feeling or desire for something with the confidence in the possibility of its fulfillment. Look at the tumultuous cards that come before The Star -The Tower, The Devil, Death. You’ve plodded through tough experiences only to emerge on the other side, stronger, different, somewhat changed. And change . . . deep, lingering internal change is what Tarot and our life’s journey is all about.
Van Gogh understood, as he painted Starry Night, that stars are distant, burning, reverberating suns. In the run of the majors in Tarot we have not reached The Sun card yet. The Star reminds us The Sun and the growth and manifestation we yearn for is rapidly approaching.
When we turn our gaze upward to the night sky, it is a shocking reminder that this vast darkness is the actual state of the universe. Our cheery daytime blue skies only a product of the tiny bubble of atmosphere that blankets our world. We spin and whirl on our own axis the same way the earth barrels through a vacuum of darkness.
Stars beckon us in the evening sky, the way a flickering fire or lights in the distance of a darkened wood does. Stars offer hope that something good awaits us. Stars pierce the darkness and tell us something like us; something known and understood lies out there. This is why The Star card offers hope and inspiration.
What will you make of the moments that inspire you? Will you be brave? Will you paint? Will you write? Will you mend a broken relationship? Will you declare your love? Will you allow yourself to believe in infinite possibility?
The ball is in your court. When you open yourself to inspiration (and sometimes opening up is the hardest part) and move this forth into something tangible, you embody The Star. You become the beautiful creature on the card channeling water, hope and inspiration to others.
If you’ve an eye for fancy glittery stars – and I’d bet you do, this week in August marks the biggest meteor shower of the year, the Perseid Shower. On Tuesday, August 12th, set your alarm to wake up between 4 – 5 am (EST). Watch the sky blaze with as many as 200 shooting stars per hour!
If you can’t drag yourself out of bed, set The Star card on your night table or slip it under your pillow as a reminder that hundreds of shooting stars will be raining down over your snuggly, sleeping head.
Make a wish and expect it will come true.
New Hope. Clarity. Inspiration.
Yesterday, I attended a matinee of The Little Mermaid on Broadway with my daughter. When I pulled The Star card, it reminded me of stars appearing on Broadway. Now, I am certain The Star tarot card was not created with stars of stage, film or music in mind. Yet, while gazing at the Star card, I thought of the role certain stars play in my life. The cathartic experience watching an inspired film, play or concert can give you.
I boogie out of a Madonna show with renewed energy and determination for life. I wander out of Nicole Kidman films imagining I’m as beautiful and delicate as she is. Watching Oprah reminds me I can make a difference in the lives of those around me. Reading Jeanette Winterson’s prose refreshes me with of the splendor and beauty of her language. Gazing at Lucian Freud in MOMA inspires me with the haunting stroke of his paintbrush.
The Star Tarot card reminds you that art is not a luxury. Art rejuvenates. Art inspires. Art is essential.
What stars in your pantheon offer you a fresh start, fresh hope? Are they actors, authors, musicians, painters? Think of the ways you act as the Star card for people in your life. I bet you inspire lots of people in ways you don’t even know about. Your life is a work of art too!