Tarot Cards Meanings - Major Arcana - The Star - meaning in detail

The Star (L'Etoile) - tarot card meaning in detail

The Star The Daughter of the Firmament; The Dweller Between the Waters

Card Number: 17
Key Number: 28
Rulership: Aquarius
Hebrew Letter: Tzaddi
Translation: Fish Hook
Numerical Value: 12
Astrological Associations: Gemini


Full Meaning

The Star is often one of the most beautifully depicted cards in a tarot deck and its meaning is very positive too. The Star is a card of the future. Although unlike many other cards it does not indicate massive change in your life but it does mean that any negativity is being left behind. This means that if there is any change it will be very positive in nature. With the Star card in your spread you are likely to feel a sense of relief and inner calm, indeed you may even feel a sense of liberation as if a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

You may even be thinking about embarking upon a course of study but right now the possibilities in your life are endless. Clarity of vision, spiritual insight, healing energy , hope and help all accompany this card. Within a relationship this card is all about giving each other space and freedom to help make things work.

Traditional Symbolism

A great, radiant star of eight rays, surrounded by seven lesser stars--also of eight rays. The female figure in the foreground is entirely naked. Her left knee is on the land and her right foot upon the water. She pours Water of Life from two great ewers, irrigating sea and land. Behind her is rising ground and on the right a shrub or tree, whereon a bird alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is l'├ętoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused therein. That which the figure communicates to the living scene is the substance of the heavens and the elements. It has been said truly that the mottoes of this card are "Waters of Life freely" and "Gifts of the Spirit."

The summary of several tawdry explanations says that it is a card of hope. On other planes it has been certified as immortality and interior light. For the majority of prepared minds, the figure will appear as the type of Truth unveiled, glorious in undying beauty, pouring on the waters of the soul some part and measure of her priceless possession. But she is in reality the Great Mother in the Kabalistic Sephira Binah, which is supernal Understanding, who communicates to the Sephiroth that are below in the measure that they can receive her influx.

The Star summary.

The Star Card illustration.


The Major Arcana suit.