Something strange happened on Thursday. At the end of a Tarot class, one card from my Rider Waite deck went missing. It became apparent on Sunday morning, when I started setting up for another Tarot class. I knew when I had seen it last. I checked the room, along with two other decks I had been using on that day. I checked my notes and my hand outs folder, no Star card anywhere. I asked my students to check their hand outs to see if the card ventured out with them for a field trip. They did, but no luck. I taught the class on Sunday with my R.W.S. deck, but using the Star card from my Universal deck. After searching for days, this morning I decided to reflect on the Star card. I do not believe in coincidences, therefore I suspected the missing card had a message for me. After pulling the Star from two other decks, I felt compelled to look at my R.W.S. deck again. I always put my decks back in order after using them, as a way to cleanse their energy. I was stunned to find The Star card exactly where it was supposed to be, between the Tower and the Moon! I was so happy to see her that I decided to celebrate by pulling the Star card from all my other decks and see what I could learn. I am going to share the experience with you here.
In my first group I have cards from the Robin Wood, R.W.S. Universal and Marseille. 17 reduces to 8, indicating a new positive perspective. The element is air, thinking, analyzing, researching and communicating. The lady in the picture is naked. What you see is what you get. Simplicity, honesty, vulnerability. A knee is on land, a foot is in water. She is grounded in reality, yet perfectly in tune with emotions and the subconscious. She pours water from two vessels. She is generous, she holds nothing back. She trusts all will be fine. The mountains suggest spiritual growth. As I look at the image from the Marseille deck, I review the book of my first Tarot teacher, Luciana Pedirota. I have not used this deck in over twenty years. I am reminded of some important points. Evolution. The Star is evolving in the angel she is meant to be. Part of her job is to help others evolve also. She does not use words, rather her example. She does the walk instead of the talk. As Luciana points out in her book, the lady in the Star, shares the posture of the individual about to become a Knight. The bent knee is the individuality willing to merge for the good of the higher cause. The other leg shows the individual being alert to synchronicity and ready to take action and to transform as needed.
In the second group we have cards from The Ancestral path (Julie Cuccia-Watts), Osho Zen, Anna K, Llewellyn, Gaian (Joanna Powel Colbert) and the Gendron deck. Let’s see, what else can I learn here? Choices are made from a new perspective, with consideration for the well being of future generations. We are moving to a higher spiritual level. Our spirit guides are changing accordingly. In the Osho Zen deck the card is called .. Silence. When we are able to turn off all noises and external distractions, we find peace and we are at one with the Universe. In the Anna K. Deck we see many waterfalls joining in the same river. A bright star illuminates the sky. I get the feeling of Merging. Coming home to wholeness. The river grows stronger with each waterfall. I get a sense of healing, growing strength and hope. In the Llewellyn deck, the message I get is one of freedom and release. In the Gaian deck, I get a sense of grace, inspiration, gratitude and of wishing upon a star. With the Gendron deck, the invitation to silence and meditation is reinforced. I get the message to let my gifts and uniqueness shine. Accept my individuality, while seeking help and direction from a higher source in meditation. Stay open to guidance through synchronicity.
My last group has cards from The Sacred Rose deck (Gargiulo- Sherman), The Gilded and The Legacy of the Divine Tarot (Ciro Marchetti) and The Druid Craft Tarot. The Sacred Rose whispers “Have faith”, “Tomorrow is another day”, “The sun will rise again”. In the Gilded deck, I notice the shining star in the position of her third eye. Trust that help is available in the form of guidance. Give it time. In The legacy of the Divine Tarot, the lady flies over the destruction, suggesting we can do the same. In the words of Leisa Refalo in the companion book “The Star represents hope and inspiration that can be found both from above (Divine) and within (inner consciousness). With the Druid Craft deck I am reminded that my connection to the water element is healthy and open once again. This is a strong message for me. I have a deep love for the sea. Having moved far away from it, I miss the strength it provides me. As I entered 2014 I had a strong feeling that I needed to engage with the water element more in my everyday life. My tendency is to analyze things (air), find practical approaches (earth) and get things going (fire). I am more of a talker than a listener. It has been a slow process, but drop after drop water is gaining momentum in my life. I see that The Star card had a lot to say. It worked extra hard to get my attention.
As I look at the Star from the R.W.S. deck I consider that in Tarot we have two sisters. Temperance is the younger and The Star is the older.
Temperance is careful while pouring liquid from one vessel to the other and she is dressed.
Star is naked. She has more experience and she is more confident. She generously pours from both vessels. She gives her gift spontaneously and with confidence. She is not concerned with how her gift will be received.