The Star is the card of hope, optimism, faith, renewal, and spirituality. The Star depicts a naked woman kneeling over a pool of water, surrounded by the light of many stars rising in the sky. Her nakedness represents spiritual purity and faith. She has no fear, because the light of the stars guides her way. She is full of positivity.
The Star reminds us of the positivity that relationships bring into our lives. Within our relationships with each other, we can find hope, optimism, and spiritual renewal. It is this energy that guides us forward in the journey of life. This is the energy that we want to cultivate in our lives and our relationships.
If the Star appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is hopeful and inspired. At the same time, they’re also a source of hope and inspiration to others. Because Aquarius is a masculine sign, this card carries an active, assertive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as. Because this is a Major Arcana card, some of these defining traits make up a major part of their identity. So, for example, being a role model will play a major role in who they are, or how they view themselves. They may become extra cautious, for example, because they know that a lot of people look up to them. Note that they may not reveal this side to you at the beginning stages of your relationship, to others, or ever.
For physical characteristics, the Star as a person represents someone who is original, unique, and may even be eccentric. They are your futurist, a true trendsetter. The Star people tend to be very body-positive individuals who are comfortable in their own skin. If they care about fashion at all, they will usually put a lot of thought and consideration into what they wear, but they won’t care what people think about it. Alternatively, the Aquarian energy will have them indifferent toward fashion and style, and they will be more concerned with their work, their hobbies, or whatever media they are currently consuming. Whatever the case may be, they are usually very conscious consumers who care about the ethics and environmental impact of the products that they consume.
For emotional characteristics, the Star as a person represents someone who is cool as a cucumber. They are usually very quirky and tech-savvy, with a strong social media presence. Because the Star card is associated with the 11th House which rules networks and community, these people will have usually mastered the art of being on social media. They’re detached enough to not take things personally, but they’re engaging enough that they don’t feel distant from their audience. They will usually become attached to a humanitarian cause that they become very passionate about, and advocate for that cause for a lifetime.
For careers, the Star can represent someone who works in a typically 11th House field. They may work at a social media company, a humanitarian or nonprofit organization, or in a STEM field. Some readers may interpret this card as being literally referring to a “Star”, as in someone whose work involves being in the public eye. Because the Star is astrologically associated with Aquarius and the 11th House, this person may be in the spotlight as part of a collective. For example: they could be a cast member in an ensemble, or a member of the corps de ballet. They’re definitely team players, but at the individual level, they will also have their own unique style and personality due to the influence of eccentric Aquarius. Like the Tower card, the Star is also considered one of the signifiers for an avant-garde person who tends to be very beyond their time.
The Star as a person represents someone who makes you feel hopeful and enlightened. They’re inspired and they like to inspire others. And you might even occasionally feel like they were sent to guide you through difficult times, as if they were your personal Northern Star. Additionally, they’re that very cool “no pressure” friend who doesn’t thrive on drama. Since the Star card can often represent clarity of thought, this person is an excellent person to ask for advice or a second opinion. They’re usually logical and can give you impartial feedback.
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If the Star reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is negative and pessimistic. They may also be overly emotional. As a Star card drawn in the upright can embody the more positive aspects of Aquarian energy, when drawn in the reverse, it takes on the shadow side of Aquarius. So this person could be uninspired, cold, distant, maybe even irrational. Because this is a Major Arcana card, some of these traits will be inherent aspects of their identity. Good or bad, nobody is perfect and people can change, if they choose to.
For physical characteristics, the Star reversed as a person represents someone who suppresses their quirks, or they could try too hard to be quirky. When drawn in the reverse, the Star card can take on that misogynistic energy of the “pick me girl” archetype. They will constantly highlight their supposed “uniqueness” by putting down other women who choose to embrace makeup, hairstyling, and feminine clothing. Much like the Sun in reverse, the Star in reverse doesn’t naturally have the star power to grab people’s attention. Perhaps being the center of attention is not part of their life path, perhaps learning to curb that need for external validation and approval is part of their life lesson in this lifetime. However, until their soul learns this lesson, they will continue to dress in ways that cater to others more than they cater to their own happiness.
For emotional characteristics, the Star reversed as a person represents someone who is either hopeless and pessimistic, or they fall into a trap of toxic positivity. Traditionally the Star card is a card of hope, it is the healing you need after experiencing that Tower moment. However, when drawn in the reverse, the Star can represent skipping the healing process. This is the kind of unhealed person who will pretend everything is okay on social media. Whereas the energy of the Star upright is that of a humanitarian and somebody who cares about social justice, in the reverse, they could “embrace” these causes for selfish or egotistical reasons. They may do it to feel morally superior, or feel like a hero.
For careers, the Star reversed can represent someone who works in the same fields as the Star in the upright position. However, they may not be particularly skilled or talented. Or they may have entered into that field for the wrong reasons. An upright Star energy is selfless. They do what they do because they want to make a contribution to humanity, they are frustrated with the existing system, and they want to initiate positive change. In the reverse, however, we get somebody who is motivated by the shadow side of Leo, which is the opposite sign of Aquarius: fame, power, ego. They are unconcerned with the ethics of an action, as long as that action guarantees them wealth or recognition.
The Star reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel hopeless and frustrated. They may even trigger you into depression, in which case you should seek a mental health professional. This person is prone to toxic positivity. This is the type of person who will blame you, instead of supporting you, when bad things happen to you. If you are romantically involved with this person, this person might play cool when in actuality they are extremely obsessed. They might stalk you online. This is the type of person who will act like they’re okay with being “friends with benefits” or a sperm/egg donor, only to go “Fatal Attraction” on you when you try to break it off.
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For love readings, the Star reveals our hopes and dreams. The Star is a guiding light, showing us the positive path. Relationships can bring so much into our lives. If we look hard within ourselves and each other, we find beauty, positivity, hope, and renewal. If we lean into this, our journey of life is made stronger, brighter, and more beautiful.
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