The Card of the Day: The Star
The Star is a symbol of hope and healing after turbulent times. It represents manifesting what really matters to you, "the big stuff," your real life purpose. The Star asks you to follow your inner North Star, the compass point that leads you back to your authentic self, the best of who you really are. The Star is associated with the eternal, immortal part of your spirit. The energy that will go on long after your body. By tuning into this aspect of yourself, you can transcend any challenge the mundane throws at you.
What really matters to you? Have you lost perspective, becoming consumed with something that really isn't that important in the long run? Do you miss being aligned with your best self?
The woman under the Star on the card has drawn the healing waters of immortality from the Universe. She is pouring some of these waters on the parched earth, symbolizing a replenishment of her world, and the neglected parts of herself. What feels dry and parched in your world? What needs replenishment and watering?
The woman is also pouring some of the water back into the universal pool. She is giving something of herself back to the collective, to improve and enrich it. “To whom much is given, much is required.” As long as she keeps returning blessings to the pool, she will be able to draw future blessings from it.
The Major Arcana in the Tarot can be interpreted as a path laid out in symbols toward deeper understanding of the self. In the Major Arcana, the Star is numbered XVII, and occurs immediately after the most challenging cards (XII The Hanged Man, XIII Death, XV The Devil, XVI The Tower). After accepting sacrifice, death, the shadow self, and destruction, the superficial layers of the ego are stripped away. These challenges teach us more than the "easy things” do. The Star represents the imperishable light of the Self that always remains after the ego is surrendered. This is the eternal starlight of Spirit. Each of us possesses this light. High or low, rich or poor, bad or good. This light is always sparkling within us. However, sometimes it is so buried beneath burdens, and layers of ego, that it is hard to feel or see. Some people forget this light exists altogether, until they see a laughing baby, or are moved by a transformative (sometimes sad) life event. The Star card reminds us to remember our inner light. When we draw from its eternal waters, we can bounce back from death and defeat, transcending all challenges. Knowing this, we come to understand there really is nothing to fear...
In the background sitting in a tree is an Ibis bird. The Ibis was very sacred in ancient Egypt. It is the emblem of the God of Wisdom, Thoth. The Ibis calls us to the wisdom we need to access in order to fly above our present challenges. The Ibis grant the perspective of the big picture high on his tree.
Today, replenish yourself by accessing the best light of who you are. Then, pass along this compassionate perspective, doing your part to give back to the universal pool. Open your eyes to where you are needed in your world. If you’ve ever volunteered to help the homeless, or sat with an old lonely lady that needed to talk, or left a huge tip and a sweet note for a hotel maid or a saddened waitress in a rough life patch, then you’ve been doing the work of the Star. You’ve been replenishing the waters of the collective good. The Star is all about restoring Hope.
Today is time to replenish the neglected parts of yourself and then pass on a blessing to another. Remind yourself of your authentic mission in this life. Don't get hooked into the reactive wounds of the ego. What is the “big stuff” you are losing sight of? Follow your North Star back to the best parts of you, and your true purpose.
If you continue to pass on blessings to others, you will always be blessed.