Great Arcana – Tarot Interpretations
0 – The Fool I I – The Magus I II – The Priestess I III – The Empress I IV – The Emperor I V – The Hierophant I VI – The Lovers I VII – The Conqueror I VIII – The Witness I IX – The Hermit I X – The Wheel of Fortune I XI – Passion I XII – The Hanged Man I XIII – Death I XIV – Art I XV – The Devil I XVI – The Tower I XVII – The Star I XVIII – The Moon I IXX – The Sun I XX – The Aeon I XXI – The Universe
XVII – The Star
“insight, devotion, hope and imagination”
Symbol: The waters of life and their transformation into creation
Path of He: Chokmah – Tiphareth
Archetype: Nut/Isis, Inanna (in an early mother not war-goddess form), Tiamat, Shakti
I have always avoided the star and it avoided me. That’s because I have some doubts about if the traditional path on the kabbalistic tree is the right one and about some common symbolism in this card as well. „The Star“ is the last of the great arcana I finished. I feel I had to learn about everything else and find a voice because I could interpret this path before.
The path never felt to be at the right place in the tree for me but I still have to discover why in every detail. Chokmah is definitely one fixed position I accept. To be bold I’d suggest a relocation from chokmah – binah. Of course that would mean a conversion of some other paths as well but better to do that during your work then using something like the kabbalistic map a way you can’t accept.
The card of the Star has a hidden archetype within it’s symbolism because it represents three forces -the initial unseizable light and the emerging pure fluidal force which moves every aspect of our multiverse, the „transformator“ or great mother who reflects the creational-fluid into measurable forces like time and light and the egg which is herded by the mother. It would represent the symbolical son who emerges from this two archetypal forces – the star and the transformating mother.
To summarize: The star is the true force or initial stream. The mother the active modulator of the stream but passive pregnant with the force, which transformates light into matter or ideas into being.
The serpent and the toad illustrate the fertilization with different „transponder“ currents which always cloud the aspects of truth or awareness with illusion. This Yesod attributed forces make it difficult to get an idea of the initial stream on the one hand, but make it possible to experience an insight into the cosmos in a way a human can comprehend and transcribe on the other hand.
So the toad (symbol for the dark mother/jumper between worlds/ angler) and the serpent (symbol for wisdom/seducer/ provider of opportunities) are symbols for necessary forces which not only helped initialize the stream. They also make it possible to become a focused lens for one’s own inner light and an archetypical lightbearer (= active Star) oneself.
Whenever we fish in cloudy but deep waters the great giving and bearing mother can become the mother of pain, destruction and misery. (comp. Shakti-Kali)
That applies for ideas which are born without basic know-how, important situations without proper preparation or even spiritualism without a firm physical base.
In this case the stream of destructive forces would flood oneself and ones closer surroundings as well (in literature traditionally with blood/life force).
If this negative/dark archetype occurs a vortex would take you with you. It is often a painful, chaotic or destructive time but a great opportunity to rethink and re-feel ones life and get the initial reaction started, which primarily makes a star shine.
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