Make a Wish: The Star

After two successive, massively scary cards comes yet again, another moment of rest and recharge. One of the most optimistic, dreamiest cards of the Major Arcana is the Star. This week, I talk about why I love it when this beacon of hope shows up in my pulls.

Deck used: Spirit Speak Tarot (Mary Elizabeth Evans, Spirit Speak)

Deck used: Spirit Speak Tarot (Mary Elizabeth Evans, Spirit Speak)

I find that adults don't take to the act of wishing as easily as kids do. On birthdays, kids put a lot of thought into what they ask for just before they blow out their candles. Adults, on the other hand, have had so many birthdays and (unfortunately) a run of unfulfilled wishes that asking for something well out of one's reach just isn't as appealing as it used to be. The Star tells us to get out of our jaded little ruts and take on the unencumbered positivity that comes with just asking. Hoping. Being open enough to receiving whatever it is we want. Sure it's cheesy and Disney-ish and a little too simple for our uncomplicated lives but we all want things in our lives, don't we? What would be the harm in wishing for them?

The symbolism in the Spirit Speak Star card runs a little deeper than a plain five-pointed star. The horseshoe symbolizes that bit of luck and good fortune that comes with granted wishes. The chandelier gives us light—that glimmer of hope we need after a particularly tough run (as in the previous Major Arcana card, the Tower). Finally, the orchid speaks of birth and blooming… what would our lives look like if our wishes actually manifested? It may benefit us to imagine the possibilities. Even if none of it actually came true, even just igniting that feeling of getting what you want can be healing.

Decks used: Tarot Mucha (Lo Scarabeo), Sakki Sakki Tarot (Monicka Clio Sakki), Light Grey Tarot (Light Grey Art Lab), Black Lilly Tarot (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter)

Decks used: Tarot Mucha (Lo Scarabeo), Sakki Sakki Tarot (Monicka Clio Sakki), Light Grey Tarot (Light Grey Art Lab), Black Lilly Tarot (Aya Rosen, Gamecrafter)

Pretty Standard Stuff About the Star: (As depicted in the Sakki Sakki and Light Grey Tarot cards in the photo above.)

  • I like to call The Star my personal "spa" card. You see the Sakki Sakki woman dousing herself in a river, just allowing the healing properties of the water to overcome her and tame all the emotional fire ignited by the Tower card. The Star is like going in for a soak so that you can wash away any residual anger and pain and give yourself a true, clean slate.
  • The girl in the Light Grey Tarot is about to take a dip in the pool while a heron wraps its winding neck around her. Now I'm not a big animal person so I can't get into specifics, but birds to me generally mean freedom. Allowing ourselves to rest and restore brings us closer to feeling free. There's no better way to usher in the openness to wish and hope than being uninhibited!

But what about cards that go off the beaten path? (Take some cues from the Tarot Mucha and the Black Lilly Tarot.)

  • The woman in the Tarot Mucha Star card holds a glowing orb between her hands. Optimism is within you and perhaps what you wish for seems miles away from you, but the ability to want it and hope for it is there. Be brave enough to tap that and see the many ways in which the world can open itself up to you.
  • In the Black Lilly Tarot, we see the woman amidst the moon and the stars. The moon is in its crescent phase—we're not confronted by the shadows brought on by a full moon. Abandon all the no's and cons that come with our dark side and instead turn to the light and hope associated with the stars. You are nimble enough to reach for them.

I love the Star because it signals, to me, a return to innocence. We hurt, we heal, and we become new again. And who doesn't want to shed the scars of the past? We won't be able to erase all that's happened to us (the good, the bad, and the ugly) but we can stop living in the past and hoping for the best in our present and for our future. We get entangled in the drama of our lives so often, we forget to just keep things simple and be idealistic—even for just a moment.

We're staying within the celestial family in the next couple of weeks, tarot tribe. Up next, we head from the Star up to the Moon. 'Til then, here's to wishing and dreaming big!