The Star: Shine On


The Star

Did you notice the naked Goddess in the image? Like Marilyn Monroe standing over a blowing subway vent, the Lady is kind of hard to ignore.

And what is it about a brilliant star that makes it almost impossible to look away? In Tarot theory, this card represents Sirius, the Dog Star. Home of the Goddess Istarte/ Isis/ Astara/ Oestara whose name also means The Star.

Her appearance in the sky is seasonal, and her arrival presages the flooding of the Nile – a very good thing in an otherwise desert land.  We are very happy to see her.

Each star in the image has eight points. The eight pointed star reminds us of spokes in the wheel of fortune, the turning of the yearly seasons and to a Pagan, the eight sacred holidays.

It is the number of the first magician, Hermes Trismegistus. And being the first cubed number (2x2x2=8) it is the number of exponential, big bang type growth.  To underscore this number there are also eight stars in the picture.

Our lady’s head is in the stars (another essay entirely) and hidden among them also is a tiny ibis bird, the symbol of Thoth the Egyptian god of language, magick, and bringer of music. It perches just there, above her left hand.

So, with all this magick about, perhaps there is a conscious hand in the waters she pours fourth. Equally, to those on land and to those at sea, but seemingly without regard to where these waters fall. the Star brings hope – in random fashion that seems nevertheless pre-destined – or at least beyond our control.  As she bares all, pouring her magick out on land and sea alike, everyone benefits.

It has been said that there is a star in the universe for each human soul born on Earth through time.  Are you the Star today? Or do you need Hope? Maybe a little bit of both? It is tough to be a star. You’re naked. It’s cold and despite the adoration, a little lonely at times. Still, the show must go on if you want others to see your shining self. Not for you, but the hope and beauty you symbolize. Your effort and constancy inspires millions, many you will never know. That’s your job. And your hope. Shine on, it’s twinkle time!

Smith-Waite Tarot

Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD

Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 

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