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The Star
by Melvis

Symbolism & Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


This Star is primarily a card of Hope and Healing. Healing mends the souls wounds of the past, while Hope resets one's course onto the path toward the future. The trauma of the Tower has past, and now is the time to rest, take in nourishment for body, mind, and soul, and to let the medicines take effect. So, while it may seem like a time of simply waiting and watching, there is much activity going on in the unconscious, behind the scenes. Rachel Pollack (in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom) says that this card shows us what is behind the veil of the High Priestess, which is very fitting with my intentions for this card.

Symbolism & Meaning

A faint peace sign can be seen in the water, reminding us that peace and calmness enables healing to begin. The swirl of colors in the Star figure's body represents the understanding the Star has gained of all that has gone before, and how each step in the journey adds another hue to the palette of her life. There are six stars in the sky, and the figure takes on the role of the seventh star through her actions.

The Star figure on the card looks up to the other stars, for hope, guidance, inspiration. The Rider-Waite-Smith Star figure, however, looks solemnly down at the swirling waters where she pours the elixirs of hope and healing. My Star is asking you to look up to that which inspires and guides you, and then be a conduit for the Strength gained in Trump #8 (17 = 1 + 7 = 8) so that it may be poured forth from your soul to others'. The posture is similar to the Rider-Waite, though, in that one foot is in the water and the other is on land. In my opinion, this symbolizes that she is in contact with all four of the elements: the Earth that she kneels on, the Water surrounding her foot, the Air all around her body, and the Fire within her soul.

This Star's arms are stretched forward, offering the gifts found within the two pitchers she holds. They are shaped like the two halves of the Yin/Yang symbol. There are two pitchers, one poured on the ground, one poured into the water, Yin and Yang. The stuff of life from just one of these pitchers is not enough to carry you forward on your journey. You need to balance the Healing from one pitcher with Hope from the other pitcher that learning and growth will be the fruits of the Tower's painful harvest that will nourish us on our future path.

Artistic Media

The Paint Shop Pro computer program was the 'palette' I used to create The Star.

Artist's Bio

Melvis is an Advertising/Website/Anything-Someone-Needs-Done-On-A-Computer Specialist for a small chain of gift stores. She has over 100 Tarot and oracle decks (thanks in part to the Aeclectic Tarot Forum) and is an amateur genealogist.

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