The Star Tarot Card

Traditional Meaning

The Star is the card of hope and optimism.

The following positive keywords are associated with this card:

  • Generosity
  • Good health
  • Hope
  • Serenity
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Wishes coming true

It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:

  • Lack of trust
  • Pessimism
  • Self-doubt

Meaning:

The Star can be considered as the opposite of The Tower, primarily because it is associated with many positive concepts. If this card is part of the spread, it signifies positive things such as hope and optimism, getting the client’s faith renewed – even the possibility of receiving unexpected gifts (material or otherwise). It is also a good sign if they are thinking of starting an enterprise or getting in a relationship. The Star is also a sign that good times will be experienced in many aspects. This includes health-related issues, travel, and even endeavors that are educational or artistic in nature.

However, The Star could also warn the client of the dangers when there is too much negativity and self-doubt, which may cause them to lose good opportunities. But despite the pessimism, they will still be surprised with the great amount of luck that they’re experiencing.

Reversed:

The Star in the reversed position often brings with it feelings of negativity and loneliness. It often appears in a reading when the client is angry with God and feels abandoned and bereft. The individual may feel without direction and not know how to proceed. The surrounding cards will provide guidance in this respect.

A Deeper Look:

The destruction brought by The Tower card can create such a staggering collapse of the client’s life that the welcome repose of The Star is quite a blessing. At the same time, it can be hard to trust because the individual may still be cringing from the pain of abrupt adjustments. The Star tells us that the worst has past and we are now in a position to dream again and safely set goals. Imagine the fresh, clean feeling that is in the air after an intense storm. The energy dies down and the world is ready to regroup and rebuild. The Star shows through the darkness on what was a previously cloudy night to tell us that the storm has passed and brighter, clearer days are ahead. It is the promise of better times to come.

Like the Temperance card, The Star shows a figure with one foot on earth and one in the water, indicating balance. She nurtures the earth with water and it flows back into the pool in front of
her. This represents the “flow and return” of life through and into all things.

Illumination and inspiration are the key words of practice here. This is a very quiet and introspective card with a great deal of water in the imagery. Water attunes to the West and represents intuition and emotion. The Star shows us a time of serenity, gifts of spiritual guidance, and a quiet assurance that current goals are achievable. Everything really will work out to the client’s satisfaction.

The Star also reminds the client that they must remain focused on their goals for success and should not let the ebb and flow of life distract them from their objective.

 


image of the Star Tarot CardQuick Reference for Star Tarot Card

Association: Associated with Aquarius.

Keyword: Destiny

General Meanings: Destiny and astrology. Being on the right path or in the right place. Limitless possibilities. Visions of the Divine feminine.

Love: Destiny.

Health: Ankles – problems that are genetic – neutral.

Money: Positive – but beyond control.

Spirit: Look to the big picture – astrology.


 

The Moon Tarot Card

Traditional Meaning

The Moon card reveals one’s subconscious thoughts.

Some of the positive associations with this card are as follows:

  • Illumination
  • Imagination
  • Unexpected possibilities

It can also be associated with the following negative keywords:

  • Bewilderment
  • Confusion
  • Deceit
  • Fear
  • Highly charged emotions
  • Lies

Meaning:

When this card appears, it is a sign that the client will be experiencing situations that involve confusion and highly charged emotions. But despite the fear of the situation, they can be sure that  they will be guided towards the right way and that everything will be fine in the end. It could also lead the client to artistic expression such as music, writing, or art. This, in turn, may give them unexpected opportunities.

On the other hand, this card can also signify the lack of progress mainly because of the client’s fears or anxieties. It can also serve as a warning that they are being lied to or deceived – which may even be the cause of their anxiety.

Reversed:

When The Moon appears in reverse in a spread, things have definitely gone from weird to weirder. It is a bad time to take any risks or make any decisions because hardly anything is as it should be. Reversed, this card also means that the client may be allowing panic or emotion to cloud their vision and they are not seeing things as they are or thinking clearly.

A Deeper Look:

The Moon is a contrast to The Star in that The Star provides illumination and inspiration while The Moon is the master of delusion and deception. Everything seems scarier
at night. In the moonlight, a pile of clothes at the end of the bed can look like a monster. A dream we have at night can be far scarier than it is in the light of day. It is easier to make
situations dire and frightening in the night, and then the fear seems silly when the sun comes up and brings its warmth and light.

Our intuition and our dreams are far more active in the dark and at night because when we remove external visualization, we turn inward. Even the most enlightened souls have
insecurities and fears buried deep that are more active (and hungry!) in the darkness when The Moon is in charge.

Things are not always as they seem in the moonlight and the client should stay alert for subtle shifts or changes. Intuitive powers must guide us when logical and critical eyes may deceive.
The advice of this card is to pay special attention to gut reactions and psychic flashes at this time. Make note of any dreams or powerful feelings. This card can also represent things
crawling up out of the past to cause problems yet again, so the individual should prepare for old lessons to resurface and things left undone to demand attention.


image of The Moon Tarot CardQuick Reference for The Moon Tarot Card

Association: Associated with Pisces.

Keyword: Illusions

General Meanings: The long dark night of the soul. Other people’s doubts getting in the way. This is the card of mental illness. Illusion. A lack of options.

Love: Dramatic, problems, affairs.

Health: Feet – infection – negative – or long road to health.

Money: Long road ahead.

Spirit: Be careful of illusions – ghosts.


 

Further Resources

1. The Star Tarot card at Wikipedia

2. The Star Tarot Card at Learn Tarot

3. The Star Tarot card at Tarot Teachings

4. Star Tarot Card Meaning at Teach Me Tarot