The Card of the Day: The Star (Reversed)

“Remembering the eternal.” 


The Star is a symbol of renewed hope after turbulent times. The hope comes from seeing your life transcendentally. From this higher vantage point you can see the big picture and your real-life purpose. The Star asks you to follow your proverbial 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. This authentic essence continues, long after your body has gone. By tuning into the eternal aspect of yourself, you can transcend any challenge you confront in the mundane world.

What is the meaning of your life? Have you lost perspective, becoming consumed with something that really isn't that important in the long run? When was the last time you felt absolutely clear about your purpose?

The woman on the Star card has drawn the healing waters from the pool of the Universal collective. She is pouring some of these waters on the parched earth beside her, symbolizing a replenishment of her world, and the neglected parts of herself. What feels dry and parched in your consciousness? What needs replenishment and watering? The woman is taking some of the water for herself. She knows she is worthy, and it is wise to do so. By taking the gifts of the Universe to replenish herself, she will be able to share more of herself for the collective good.

The woman is also pouring some of the water back into the universal pool. She is giving something back to the collective, to improve and enrich it. “To whom much is given, much is required.” If she keeps returning some of the water to the pool, she will ensure it never dries up and will be able to draw future blessings from it when needed.

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, confronting the shadow self, and returning to her true nature, the superficial layers of the ego are stripped away. The Star represents the imperishable light within you that transcends the fears of the ego. This is the eternal starlight of Spirit. Each of us possesses this light. This light is always sparkling within us. However, sometimes it is so buried beneath burdens, and layers of ego and fear, 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 pivotal (sometimes traumatic) life event. The Star card reminds us that our inner light exists. 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 is really 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. He is the God of the Moon and of writing. Perhaps it’s time to journal your deeper revelations.

The Star reminds you to replenish yourself by accessing the transcendent light within. When you have drawn from the power of this light pass along it’s blessings and reinvest in the Universal pool. Open your eyes to where you are truly needed in your world. If you’ve ever helped 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 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 in yourself and others.

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 balance practicality with transcendental spiritual concerns. Upright or reversed, the Star encourages balance. It is important to give equal consideration to both your spiritual needs while also remembering to invest time and energy in the practical. Many “spiritual” people need to be reminded to face the external world and its challenges without getting too carried away in the higher planes. When this card appears reversed it can indicate a neglect of practical concerns. These earthly concerns include money, financial planning, taking care of your physical body or experiencing life outside of your Ivory Tower. 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 mundane, yet necessary. 

Conversely, 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.

We are all children of the stars. The same atoms that make up the cosmos are present in you. Your creative contributions to the planet are part of a larger universal pool. Today, it is not all or nothing. You can be a practical person that remains connected with your spirit. You can also be a spiritually evolved individual who pays their bills 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 without expecting a return. This will ensure the eternal pool within remains full.

Elliot Oracle