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Upright: Hope, faith, purpose, renewal, spirituality

Reversed: Lack of faith, despair, self-trust, disconnection


The Star card shows a naked woman kneeling at the edge of a small pool. The woman holds two containers of water – one in her left hand (the subconscious) and one in her right hand (the conscious). She pours the water out to nourish the earth and to continue the cycle of fertility, represented by the lush greenery around her. The other container pours the water onto dry land in five rivulets, representing the five senses.

The woman has one foot on the ground, representing her practical abilities and good common sense, and the other foot in the water, representing her intuition and inner resources and listening to her inner voice. She is naked, representing her vulnerability and purity under the vastness of the starry night sky. Behind her shines one large star, representing her core essences, and seven smaller stars, representing the chakras.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.


As the Star follows the Tower card in the Tarot, it comes as a welcome reprieve after a period of destruction and turmoil. You have endured many challenges and stripped yourself bare of any limiting beliefs that have previously held you back. You are becoming aware of your core essence – who you really are, beneath all of the layers. No matter what life throws at you , you know that you are always connected to the Divine and there is always a part of you that is pure loving energy. You have a new sense of self; a new appreciation for the core of your Being.

The Star brings renewed hope and faith, and a sense that you are truly blessed by the Universe at this time. You are entering a peaceful, loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and deeper understanding of both yourself and others around you. This is a time of significant personal growth and development as you are now ready to receive the many blessings of the Universe.

With the Star card, anything is possible and the magic is flowing around you. Your heart is filled with hope and your soul is being uplifted to the highest of highs as you realise that your dreams really can come true. Allow yourself to dream, to aspire, to elevate in any way possible so that you can truly reach the stars. They are right here waiting for you. You have a strong desire now to find or rediscover a sense of meaning, inspiration, or purpose in your life. You are making some significant changes in your life, transforming yourself from the old you to the new you and, in doing this, you are bringing about a fresh perspective on life. “Out with the old and in with the new!” You may also be feeling that you are finally honouring the person who you truly are or want to be rather than simply following a routine that has little meaning to you. You are choosing the highest version of yourself.

This is a deep spiritual journey that will bring greater meaning and purpose into your life and will renew your inner energy. Strip back any limiting beliefs, facades, or deceptions, and live in your truest nature. Be open to new ideas and growth; and listen to the still voice within. The Star also indicates a generous spirit. You want to give or share your wealth with others to help transform their lives. You have an open heart, and you now want to give back the blessings you have already received so that others may benefit.


The reversed Star card can indicate that you’ve lost faith and hope in the Universe. You may be feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges right now and questioning why you are being put through this. You know that life throws curveballs, but really? Why this, and why now?! You may be desperately calling out to the Universe to give you some reprieve but struggling to see how the Divine is on your side. Look harder, because the Divine is always there – you simply need to be ready and open to see it. Take a moment to ask yourself what the deeper life lesson is, and how this is indeed a blessing, not a punishment.

Often, the reversed Star is a test of faith. When confronted with a challenging situation, you can either crumble like the Tower, or stand firm in your conviction that the Divine is everywhere. In the process, you will also learn how to trust not only in the Universe but also in yourself. You are a vessel for the Divine and when you have faith and confidence in yourself, you allow the Divine to shine through.

The Star reversed also indicates that you are beginning to feel disengaged and uninspired with life or components of your life (for example, work, hobbies, relationships, personal projects, etc.). Perhaps you started out with great vision and enthusiasm, but you are now finding yourself overwhelmed by day-to-day routines that are boring and dreary. This card is particularly relevant for career readings when you are feeling that you are no longer connected to the work you do and you feel that you need to move on or make a significant change to your career. Reconnect to what is truly important to you and what your soul’s purpose is for this lifetime. Align your daily life with this purpose and you will find new sources of inspiration.

The reversed Star urges you to take time out for self-care and nourishment on a deeply personal and spiritual level. Your energy reserves may feel well and truly depleted so rather than pushing yourself even further, make some time just for you. Book a massage, reconnect to your daily spiritual practices, take a warm bath – whatever it takes to nurture your spirit and reconnect with your inner essence. Being near water or engaging in a purification ritual will help to nourish you on a deeper level.