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The Star Card in Tarot and How to Read It

Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.

The Star card is about the future. It means there is hope. Look to the cosmos and wonder. Believe that restoration is possible for you. You are worthy of love.

The Star card is about the future. It means there is hope. Look to the cosmos and wonder. Believe that restoration is possible for you. You are worthy of love.

The Star Card in Tarot

The Star is the 17th trump of the Major Arcana and acts as a bridge to the highest trumps, which are all celestial in nature. The Star offers hope following the Hanged Man, Death, Devil, and Tower cards.

The Star card shows a woman kneeling next to water. She has one foot in the water and one foot on land, symbolizing her conscious and subconscious minds.

Eight stars are in the sky above her. The giant star symbolizes her core essence. The seven smaller stars represent the chakras. She pours water into the pond and onto the land.

When the Star card appears, you'll likely find inspiration. You're turning over a new leaf. You have a renewed sense of hope. You have faith in the Universe.

This card represents an Aquarius person. It portrays Aquarius' role as the water bearer.

Aquarius is considered the utopian of the zodiac. She believes in the future of humanity and sees where civilization is going. The Star card is about progress, technology, and innovation.

Element: Air

Ruling Planet: Uranus

Next Card: Moon

Card Alignments


Astronomy, good health, hope, inspiration, opportunities, spirituality, utopia, humanitarian, epiphany, revelation, divine intervention, excellence, divine encounter.


Despair, disappointments, illness, missed opportunities, misfortune, setbacks, obstruction of justice, lack of faith, disturbance, disconnection, atrophy, fading.

The Star card helps you get back in touch with yourself so you can chase after your dreams.

The Star card helps you get back in touch with yourself so you can chase after your dreams.

The Role of the Water Bearer

Babylonian Mythology

The water bearer is a powerful symbol in ancient myths. Aquarius is identified as GU.LA "The Great One" in Babylonian star catalogs. Aquarius represents the god Ea, who is depicted with a vase of overflowing water.

Ea, also known as Enki, is the Sumerian god of water, knowledge, mischief, crafts, and creation. He is one of the Anunnaki. Ea was mentioned in Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian myths. He was the patron god of the city Eridu. His cult spread throughout Mesopotamia to the Canaanites, Hittites, and Hurrians.

40 is Ea's sacred number. The planet Mercury was associated with the god. The exact meaning of his name is unknown. It is likely that Ea is the Sumerian short form for "Lord of Water."

Greek Mythology

Ganymede was kidnapped by Zeus to become his cupbearer. Ganymede was a handsome aristocratic youth and a Trojan. His services on Mount Olympus awarded him immortality.

Ganymede was given the task of "cupbearer to the gods" to relieve Zeus' daughter, Hebe, from the role. She was recently married to Herakles and no longer wished to be the cupbearer. In the Iliad, both Hebe and Ganymede are presented as cupbearers.

In some myths, Zeus put Ganymede in the sky as the constellation Aquarius, which is adjacent to Aquila (the eagle). The largest planet of Jupiter was named Ganymede.

Some argue Zeus kidnapped Ganymede for his psyche. The etymology of his name is ganu, "taking pleasure," and med, "mind."

Ganymede was considered a divine hero. Homer described him as the most beautiful of mortals.


In the New Testament, there is a scene before Jesus' crucifixion with a water bearer.

Luke 22:7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. (8) Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover." (9) "Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked. (10) He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, (11) and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' (12) He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there." (13) They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

In the Bible, it was usually a woman who carried a pitcher and offered water to others. Rebekah comes to mind in Genesis. She gave water to the unnamed servant of Abraham.

Jesus, in another story, met a woman at the well in Samaria. She went to the well to get a jug of water, but through her interaction with Jesus, she was given spiritual water—her sins were washed away.

In Western Astrology, Jesus is often described as having the nature of Pisces. Pisces and Aquarius have a deep relationship with each other because they're the last two signs of the zodiac. It is with these last two signs that creativity, utopia, and great empathy are possible.

The water bearer is seen as the one who initiates baptism. John the Baptist could be seen as an Aquarius who helps begin Christ's ministry.

Water bearers are seen as providing the most basic service: the provision of water. It's a simple act that shows you will not let your neighbor go thirsty. You will take care of others.

Christians are baptized in water, representing the purification of the soul. Water is an admission of faith. However, too much water can be destructive, as in the case of flooding, drowning, and erosion.

Look at how the stars shine for you. Look at how everything has its place. The planets and the stars have tracks already mapped out for them. You have light within you.

Look at how the stars shine for you. Look at how everything has its place. The planets and the stars have tracks already mapped out for them. You have light within you.

The Air Element and Its Relation to the Star Card

The element of air relates to thoughts, logic, intelligence, wisdom, and integrity. The Star card relates to your decision-making and its reputation. You want to have high scholastic integrity because then people are more likely to trust you.

Instead of being one of the common folk, try to transform yourself into an expert. You're more likely to find better opportunities for yourself if you develop your knowledge, apply it, and become a reliable thinker. The Star card encourages you to develop your mind and reap the rewards of it.

It takes a long time to become an expert. You don't become a source that people rely upon overnight. You should seek a college degree to become an expert and to learn how to become a good researcher.

Teachers and mentors develop a following. A doctor receives respect in his or her community.

You don't necessarily need academic knowledge to be praised. If you focus on just about anything and learn every angle of it, you'll likely be rewarded by some sort of community. The question is: what kind of community do you want to attract?

You have to think carefully about what kind of knowledge you want and how you're going to showcase it. It's important every day to cultivate a new skill: learn a new language, try new math problems, cook new recipes. You should consistently give your mind something new to try; this will keep your mind active and healthy. A long life is based on mental fortitude.

Upright Star

The Star appears after the Tower card, and the significance of this shouldn't be lost. The Tower is about promises made on false premises, building on faulty ground, and inevitable tragedy.

The Tower is the stuff of Shakespearean tragedies. The fall of Romeo and Juliet, the fall of King Lear, and the fall of Hamlet.

The Star offers hope after the disastrous period has ended. On a personal note, the Star reminds me of the movie The Neverending Story. The card has the same kind of ethereal nature.

You have endured several challenges, and now you are in need of transcendent hope.

  • The Star card helps you rediscover your core essence, who you are underneath all the layers.
  • It strips away the materialism you've built around yourself.
  • It connects you back to the Divine.
  • This is the card of redemption, restoration, and resurrection.

The Star's intent is to help you realize your worth. It teaches you that you're worthy of love, to both receive it and give it.

With the Star, you have a redeemed sense of self. You appreciate who you are again, as you did in your younger years. Your new sense of hope fuels you to go after your dreams and goals.

The Star is a message from the Universe to trust in it. You have been given a gift of peace, so accept it. With a calm mind, you can better understand yourself and allow for more personal growth.

The Star card is the magic of the Universe. You accept that it is around you. Your soul feels recognized. You know that your dreams can really come true, and they're influenced by your thoughts and actions.

Renew Your Zest for Life

Allow yourself to discover meaning. Let go of ways that no longer serve you and embrace your new lease on life. Be like the water bearer who is comfortable pouring out their old water and filing up their pitcher from the fountain of life.

You are now on a profound journey. Don't limit your belief system, don't be caught up in tricks, and steer clear of cynicism. Be open to new ideas and new people. Above all: listen to your inner voice and inner child.

You need to have confidence in your inner voice. The Star card seeks to put you back into a healthier alignment with your conscious and subconscious.

  • Open your heart to charitable acts.
  • Donate your time and money.
  • Read books that give you a sense of fulfillment.
  • Spend time in creativity.
  • Look for jobs that are fulfilling.
  • Practice meditation and yoga.
  • Consider the mysteries of baptism.
The Star represents new technology, new ideas, and innovations. The world won't be the same ten years from now. There will be newness, so go with the flow. Accept what will be new.

The Star represents new technology, new ideas, and innovations. The world won't be the same ten years from now. There will be newness, so go with the flow. Accept what will be new.

Reversed Star

You've lost faith. You don't have any hope in the Universe. You have no belief in the Divine. You've let go of religious beliefs that no longer serve you. In some ways this could be a good thing: you may have let go of dogmatic ways.

You may also feel overwhelmed by life's challenges. You may feel like too many things are up in the air before you get married, you're stressed about final exams, your job has become a burden, or you can't pay your bills.

Life isn't always a cakewalk. It can be difficult to live each day from one sleep to the next. You need to work on managing your troubles. You've let too much mischief go wild and free. Reign in the mischief!

You may have a woe-is-me attitude that needs to be put in check. Stop acting like everything in the Universe is working against you, that you're being punished for something, or that things never go your way. These kinds of attitudes will be a self-fulfilling prophecy for you.

Accept that life comes with ups and downs. Prepare better, and you won't have as dramatic of down times. Look for ways to love your life again and build up healthy curiosity about the world around you. So you want to let go of religion? Okay, then start studying science.

Maybe science isn't fulfilling your needs. Okay, great, try learning more about music, poetry, math, linguistics, or something else to fuel a fire in you. You likely are struggling from a closed mind, which means you need to refuel yourself with new knowledge.

It's hard to be curious about the cosmos if you're burnt out on learning about it. How are you going to accept that there is a Divine if you reject the Universe? That's a tough question to answer.

The Reversed Star reveals that you're uninspired. You've disengaged from the things you love. What you once loved has too much pressure on it now: you weren't in it for the competition. You don't feel like you measure up, so you put things on mute.

Too Avoidant

You could be avoiding work, hobbies, relationships, and the like. Somehow your enthusiasm has run dry. You don't have the drive for life that you once had. It could be because the Tower rocked your life. It's hard to regain trust when the Tower has knocked you to your side. It brought you to your knees, and now you're cynical.

The Reversed Star is usually a sign that you're unhappy with your present job and that you need to move on to something else. Your job leaves you uninspired, which is a bad thing.

You need to connect to what gives you purpose and pushes you to do good for others. You need to align your daily life with your goals. Seek purpose in everything you do.

Healthy Practices

Now is the time for purification, and here are some ways you can do it:

  • Clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Go for a swim. Spend time in the water.
  • Drink more water.
  • Wash all your clothes and all your surfaces.
  • Remove old items from your fridge.
  • Wash your hair with fancy shampoo.
  • Head to a beach.
  • Go for a boat ride.
  • Get some mountain air into your lungs.
  • Go for a run.
  • Do yoga next to the ocean.
  • Go to an observatory. Take an astronomy class.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2021 Andrea Lawrence