Card of the Day: The Star

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Today’s card is The Star from the Prisma Visions Tarot.

This deck!  Oh, how much I love this deck.  It’s just so beautiful.  I’ve only worked with it a little bit so far because every time I pick it up I get mesmerized by the guh so pretty vibe that it has going.

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I love love love this interpretation of The Star.  At first glance I was kind of confused because I didn’t really even see any stars, just a fire plant.  But I couldn’t tear my eyes away.  Look at those blossoms, so vibrant against that dark backdrop.  Of stars!  It’s a night filled  with stars.  And then I saw the galaxies in the night sky.

And finally I saw the girl.  She’s falling through the night.  Or maybe she’s flying.  I wasn’t sure.  If she were falling she’d be looking downwards, but look at her face.  She’s gazing up into the thousands of stars all around her.  And her body is made of the stars in the night sky.  I recently watched the remaking of the series Cosmos (originally narrated by Carl Sagan, and this time narrated by Neil Degrasse Tyson) where he explained that all of the matter that makes up ourselves (all of the matter that makes up anything actually) originated in the heart of a star, everything swirling in the heart of what would become the Big Bang that started our universe.

“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff,” Sagan famously stated.

And that’s her, made of star stuff soaring through the night sky.  The plants that seek to tether her to the ground below represent our physical bodies, the part of us that is earthbound and cannot sail through the cosmos.  But she represents that part of us that has always been ethereal and longs to return again to the stars.  She dove down into her human body for a time, but that upwards gaze is a foretelling of that eventual return.  And that is the energy of The Star.  Hope, that non-rational knowing we have that we are more than our physical bodies.  That we are made of the same stuff as the stars.

As I was writing this post I noticed another thing about this card that I’d missed in my other wanderings.  The tangled darkness right around her body–it’s in the shape of a head in profile.  The darkness is tufts of hair, dark against the brilliant starlit sky.  I immediately got the impression of a Victorian lady with upswept hair, a perfectly pressed skirt and a corset.  Such a proper ladylike woman, doing as she is told, running her household and obeying the authority figures in her life by day.  And then, by the light of the stars at night she flies in her dreams and becomes the woman soaring out of reach of the restricting tendrils of the light and into the milky way.  If you look closer you can see that’s she’s breathing out the light of the galaxy in the card.

We may travel through a lot of darkness in our lives, The Star card exists to give us hope, to literally be a light in the darkness that helps us stumble through until we can find our way again.  Humans have always looked upwards to the sky for direction, both spiritually and in the more mundane navigational sense, reading entire stories into the constellations.  When you see the Star its a reminder to hang in there, hold onto the knowledge that things will be okay and trust the stars to guide you.

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