The Card of the Day: The Star (Reversed)
“Balancing the practical with the spiritual.”
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.
When the Star appears reversed it signals a need to draw from the universal pond of the eternal while still fulfilling your practical responsibilities. This card encourages balance. It is important to give equal consideration to both your spiritual needs as well as investing time and energy into the practical. When this card appears reversed it can indicate an imbalance. One aspect of your life may be receiving the majority of your energy, leading to the neglect of another. The Star is a very spiritual card with an emphasis on the eternal, otherworldly and mystical. When this card appears reversed it could indicate that you have been swimming in the universal pool for too long and may be ignoring some important practical matters. Look how the woman on the card takes water from the pool and spreads it on the dry earth. You may need to invest some more of your energy into something practical and mundane yet necessary.
Conversly, the Star reversed can indicate a neglect of what is eternal within you. By pouring all your energy on the dry earth you may be forgetting to look at the situation from a transcendent place. It may be time to draw inspiration from the pool, reclaim your wisdom, and step into an awareness that you are a luminous and eternal spirit in human form. It may also benefit you to invest time in activities that make your spirit feel inspired, vital and engaged.
Human beings are all children of the stars. The same atoms that make up the cosmos are present in our own bodies. Our creative contributions to the planet are also part of a larger universal pool. Today, it is not all or nothing. You can be a practical person that still remains connected with your spirit. You can also be a spiritually evolved individual who pays their gas bill on time! After you have balanced your inner and outer world the Star (upright or reversed) requires you to give something of yourself back to the universal pool; something to benefit all. Share your gifts with others today without expecting a return. This will ensure the eternal pool within remains full.