Drawing the Star during your tarot reading can signify an intense and necessary renewal. If you look at its placement in the Major Arcana, The Star directly follows The Tower card, which represents the destruction of an old belief system, materialistic addictions, or even a general way of life. The star follows the tower symbolizing the clarity and creativity that comes from being stripped of distractions – a phoenix rising from the ashes, if you will. Ahead, delve deeper into the positivity and hope that The Star exemplifies, in addition to its upright and reversed meanings and yes and no associations.
Description and symbolism of the star
The Star represents a naked woman kneeling under a starry sky, completely exposed to the world around her. In each of her hands is a jug of water: one being poured into the pond before her, and the other into the earth. This shows that she takes the time to nurture her subconscious (water) and her conscious (earth).
Eight, the number of renewal, often appears throughout the card. The Star card itself is number 17, the individual numbers of which add up to eight (one plus seven). There are eight stars in the sky, each with eight points. However, one shines larger and brighter than the others, representing the inner essence and higher meaning of woman.
The other seven stars represent each of the seven chakras, all illuminated against a clear night sky. There is no pollution – light or otherwise – or clouds to obscure the stars, showing that the woman has a clear view without any distractions. This allows her to be in tune with herself and focus on her work.
The meaning of the vertical star
The star appearing vertically in your board is a sign of replenishment and creative renewal. Maybe you’ve lost something that was once important to you, or you’re giving up baggage that no longer serves you. Whatever your case, The Star invites you to enjoy the freedom to start over and encourages you to take the time to care for yourself and nurture your creativity while rebuilding yourself.
The inverted meaning of the star
If the star appears upside down in your reading, it may indicate a lull in creativity, faith, or spiritual growth. Maybe you feel like you’ve been looking for an answer but haven’t found one yet. The Star urges you to minimize materialistic distractions in order to better listen to your intuitions. Only then can you decipher the message the universe is trying to send to you or see a better way forward for yourself.
Star Associations Yes/No
The star is a sign to stop, take a deep breath and check in on yourself. Don’t rush into anything without taking care of your needs first. The star encourages you to paint, meditate, write and do things to stimulate your creativity. Conversely, The Star warns against relying too much on materialistic objects to the point of losing touch with oneself.