Barn’s burnt down —
I can see the moon.
~ Mizuta Masahide (1657–1723)
After last week’s card that some have characterized as the “dark night of the soul,” this week we are given its ultimate antidote, the gift of grace and navigation in deepest dark.
In what could be one of the most astrological intense weeks of 2013, The Star makes only its third ever visit in all these years of my weekly card.
If we view the Major Arcana of the Tarot as a journey that begins with The Fool, The Star comes after the shattering challenges of the night cards like Death, the Devil, and its most dramatic, immediate predecessor, the Tower.
The Star is the peace that follows the storm. It points to a time of healing, renewal, and finding the authentic truth of our experiences.
After the dust of change and undoing finally settles, we learn to be at peace, even in the deepest dark.
Like Temperance in the Tarot, this figure pours out her cups, one foot on land, one foot upon (but not penetrating) the water.
Both cards follow a crisis, but The Star is relaxed, bowing to the Earth, unashamedly naked. Unlike Temperance, this is no winged Otherworldly being. She is a completely human form, freely pouring her water, knowing her chalices are eternally filled, and can never be emptied.
The woman in The Star is surrounded by eight-pointed stars, which are often associated with the Goddess, Venus, and may also perhaps be a visual reference to the Strength card.
In the background is a bird, the ibis. The ibis is a symbol of the Egyptian God Thoth, who gave humanity art, science, knowledge, and magic. This card, then, is about the creative inspiration that may come after the difficult journeys we must endure.
With this card, the question arises: by what Star do you steer your life course? What, for you, is True North — where your moral and creative compass always points?
How do you find your way in the darkest times?
This week, we are experiencing some very dramatic astrology: the Sun moves into the sign of Gemini, and Friday’s Full Moon in the sign of Sagittarius is accompanied by the third of this Spring’s eclipses – triggering important endings and a profound sense of closure (and the Runes agree!).
But equally dramatic is that Monday, we pass through the third of the squares between the radical rebel planet Uranus and Pluto, planet of death and transformation. This is the 3rd of 7 in a 3-year series of revolutionary showdowns that have global implications and which some have called the biggest astrological event in several generations.
Although these crisis points are poised to trigger extreme change, after the barn is burned down, the Star guides us home.
This card is your invitation to return to the quiet place in which you remember your truth. What solace can guide you, most especially when other support has been lost? Where does Hope spring eternal for you? It is often in the darkest night that our Star shines most brightly.
During the intense days ahead, quiet down. Listen. Take time to be in Nature, and to listen to your own soul’s counsel.
This is not a card of taking action; now is not the time for pushing, pretense, or soldiering through. Instead, with gentleness and courage, know your help and healing come when you unveil without shame your own authentic nature.
Open all your ways of hearing to the deepest, truest messages of the Mystery. Take as much time as you need for recovering from whatever difficulties may have recently tested you.
Times like these are helping us release what no longer will serve. We have divine help available if we will only admit our humanity, and receive in grace.
Be at peace. Open your heart to the wisdom and healing within you, and all around you.
Then you will see you are the very shining Star you have most needed, to find your way home.