Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Closer Look: The Star

This week's Closer Look is suggested by commenter Allispin!  Today, I take a look at the Star.

Key words and concepts
From the Shadowscapes Tarot

  • Optimism
  • Inspiration
  • Clarity
  • Illumination
  • Potential

Looking directly at the sun hurts our eyes, and the moon changes shape from night to night; only the Star provides a single, cool, constant point of light that we can use to guide us. For me, the Star signifies the spiritual impulse to live your true purpose. Now, I don't always know what that means, but it definitely is a mix of all those key words listed above, with some confidence and self-awareness added.  I picked Stephanie Pui-Mun's art for this card in part because she really captures the luminescence of the Star.  Doesn't that painting look like it could literally bring light to a dark room?  I really recommend checking out her Shadowscapes Tarot Deck.

The optimism of the Star is so compelling in part because it suggests more than just the possibility of getting what you want; it represents finally knowing, deep in your bones, what it is you actually need to flourish.  In some ways, the Star brings a message of being brave enough to do the thing you love, that brings you passion.  Let yourself be uplifted by this card, and throw yourself into something that gives you joy!


  1. Yay, thanks for profiling this card! I've really been connecting to it recently. I had a pretty tough winter and I'm about a month away from being done with grad school and really I've just been slogging through for a while... for me the Star is an encouragement that I'm on the right path and things are getting better, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Tarot Mucha artwork is beautiful

    1. Wow, congratulations! No wonder you have been drawn to the Star.

      In my experience, graduate school was really great for making you question everything you thought you loved. I hope this milestone gives you a chance to re-connect with your clarity of purpose. Again, congratulations!