Tarot - the Fool's Circle of Life
by Danielle Astrid Ricard
For ease in writing, I will use the gender pronoun that best matches the illustration below - no sexism intended. To listen to Musical accompaniment, look for a small link in the text!
This Archetype is number 17 of 22 Trump or Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. While the remaining pip and court cards portray more mundane realities, these cards represent higher energies, karmic forces, powers beyond our control, and superhuman strengths. In the Thoth Tarot deck, the Star is ruled by Aquarius
~ Hope ~
Your tower has fallen, you feel desolate and lost, and all you have left is faith and hope in the future. You are open to opportunities, solutions and ideas - ready for inspiration. This is a very vulnerable state of mind! Who or what will you let in?
The Star is about possibilities, all the endless possibilities you can imagine. In the Mythic Tarot, the Star is Pandora - opening the forbidden box that released human suffering upon mankind. This helps remind us to be careful what we wish for, because our thoughts and dreams are very powerful.
I'll give a personal example: When I was in my early 30's and having a difficult time with my first marriage, I went to a hypnotherapist to get a grip on my great sorrow - I was pining for a man who I had worked with, fallen in love with, but who had gone his own way. During the session (which by the way I highly recommend!) I told the therapist that if things didn't change I would leave my husband by the time I turned 40. She said, "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!" Well, I kept wishing and praying with all my heart for just one thing - to have the man of my dreams in my life someday at last, whether it was my husband becoming that man, or my new friend coming back into my life. I could not have put a stop to my hopes any more than I could have quit breathing. My dream was destined to be fulfilled - there was no stopping me!
Wishes have tremendous energy, and if we keep them alive - they can take us anywhere. Eight years after I met him, things had changed little at home, and I finally found an opportunity to make a change. My treasure chest of dreams looked beautiful, perfect. I was sure my decision would turn out well for everyone concerned. Although the new relationship was (is!) indeed wonderful, and even more than I had hoped for, the dream was also filled with a new set of worries and difficulties. Our faith got us through it all, and my two children did very well under the circumstances - but I was shocked that such a beautiful box could be filled with such challenges as can come with an unfriendly divorce. If I had it to do over again, I might have opened that box a bit more slowly, and gotten acquainted with the critters inside!
When we see this card in a reading, it tells of a very potent wish. The surrounding cards can provide more details about the wish, and sometimes whether or not it will actually come true. Often, the Star keeps popping up when there's something we're looking forward to that has not yet materialized. A lot like other major cards, this one seems to appear and reappear until either the inevitable happens, or there is a change in course.
I think that the message in this card is to have faith, keep dreaming - and also be aware of what difficulties and disappointments may come as a natural result of getting your wish. The box itself is your hopes and dreams. The creatures within are reality! What might be the real consequences of getting what you wish for? Will it be worth going after? Can you handle it?
On the other hand, sometimes the creatures within are all butterflies, ladybugs, fireflies and fairies. Your box of wishes and dreams just might be filled with all the beauty you ever imagined, and more.
MEDITATION: Contemplate your experiences with Faith, Hope and Wishes come True.
PERSONAL DISCUSSIONS: When have you felt the energy of The Star? Have you seen it in other people? Have you had happy/sad experiences with this energy?
TAROT EXPERIENCE: Recalling a time when you may have you drawn this card, what were the circumstances surrounding it, and what did it mean to you? How do you feel this archetype affects the cards that come before or after?
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