A great, radiant star of eight rays, surrounded by seven lesser stars--also of eight rays. The female figure in the foreground is entirely naked. Her left knee is on the land and her right foot upon the water. She pours Water of Life from two great ewers, irrigating sea and land. Behind her is rising ground and on the right a shrub or tree, whereon a bird alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is l'etoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused therein. That which the figure communicates to the living scene is the substance of the heavens and the elements. It has been said truly that the mottoes of this card are "Waters of Life freely" and "Gifts of the Spirit."

The summary of several tawdry explanations says that it is a card of hope. On other planes it has been certified as immortality and interior light. For the majority of prepared minds, the figure will appear as the type of Truth unveiled, glorious in undying beauty, pouring on the waters of the soul some part and measure of her priceless possession. But she is in reality the Great Mother in the Kabalistic Sephira Binah, which is supernal Understanding, who communicates to the Sephiroth that are below in the measure that they can receive her influx.--A.E. Waite

He may attract to himself any force of the Universe by making himself a fit receptacle for it, establishing a connection with it, and arranging conditions so that its nature compels it to flow toward him.--Aleister Crowley, Magick in Theory and Practice

But to love me is better than all things: if under the night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour.--Aleister Crowley

Here, the Star--the young woman who has just entered this [life-giving ability] phase in her life--has harnessed her creative power to create the galaxy that swirls around her; as she pours the stars out of the crescent-shaped cup in her left hand, her right hand pours the creative, fiery star power back into her heart. Thus, through her own creative power she nourishes her own self and shines ever more brightly.

In a reading this powerful card symbolizes creative potential and the ability to shine out and radiate confidence in its application. You have the opportunity to stand out in the crowd and to present yourself and your ideas in ways that influence the outcome of the situation. Confidence flows through you, and you feel as if your creativity and potential for expansion amplify the power of your ideas. The expanding spiral of your influence begins with a creative spark--and indeed, you are at the center of the galaxy. Every idea and creative impulse gives us the potential to shine for others, and through the diversity of our experience and the variety of our ideas we all are able to be the central star.--Alexandra Genetti

. . . the Star maiden pours it out freely, confident that life will continually supply her with new energy.--Rachel Pollack

According to Julie, the naked, therefore vulnerable, Star Woman takes a calculated risk in pouring out her knowledge onto the earth and the waters; but, unlike her rationale of conservatism in Temperance, here she trusts implicitly in abundance and in an infinite return on her investment.--Tracey Hoover

The hope of the Star is not grounded in material or psychological desire; it is the thought of salvation or enlightenment, hope for the good of all beings. The Star illuminates the divinity in everyone and everything; it is the realm of miracles.--Jean Huets

In all societies and cultures, people have looked to the stars as a source of inspiration and hope. There is something about their twinkling light that draws us out of ourselves and up into a higher plane. When we turn our eyes heavenward, we no longer feel the distress and troubles of earth. We feel instead the serenity of the stars. . . .

[The Fool] is so filled with joy that his one wish is to share his riches generously with the rest of the world. His heart is open, and his love pours out freely.--Joan Bunning

This is the card of illumination and hope, of spiritual love and guidance. A Star shone over the manger to guide the Wise Men to the Savior. Astronomers use stars to map out the heavens. Astrologers seek answers from the stars to help guide life on earth. The Star is our guide; it shines through the darkness of night.--Susan Hansson



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