The Star. Rider Waite Tarot Deck

The Star Tarot Card Meaning – 17th Arcana

What does the Star in Tarot Cards Mean?

The seventeenth card of the Great Arcana calls for reinvesting oneself in art. It also serves as a reminder to maintain faith, both in yourself and in others.
The 17th Arcana is also called the “Guiding Light”, and it is perceived as a symbol of deep awareness that the chosen path is correct, that the end of this path will be good.
The card indicates the presence of a guiding force in a person’s life. Major Arcana Tarot Card Star is the path, the goal, the dream of a person. Wherever he is and whatever he does, he always thinks about it and sees his Star in front of him. In this article, we will consider the description and meaning in the relationship of a straight and reversed card, interpretation and combination with other cards in the spreads of love, health, career and work.
The card speaks of redemption, salvation, enlightenment, purity and spontaneity. The questioner understands his goals, vocation, moves towards them. There is support from the Higher Forces. The Star gives strength to overcome critical situations. The feeling and understanding that the light is ahead, everything will turn out in due time. Serenity and awareness of the need for oneself in this world.
The Star says that you need to contemplate the spiritual world, delve into the moment of life. The card symbolizes the rebirth and life-giving forces of the Universe. The life of the questioner passes in dreams, desires, he lives with new beginnings and hopes. A person tries to cognize the Higher Self, directing his gaze to heaven, longing for hopes and dreams causes an unknowable melancholy and irresponsibility.
The card means immersion in the subconscious, knowledge of the laws of the Universe, receiving revelations, clear vision, understanding of goals, spiritual enlightenment, wisdom, striving for immortality. Turn to your Star, you need to understand the direction and path.
If the Major Arcana Star appears in your reading, you should feel a little special. The Universe illuminates with light through the Star card, bringing peace, tranquility and most of all hope. The Arcana “Star” of the Tarot represents a connection with the divine. Auspicious energies are in charge at this time.

Names in Other Languages: La Stella, L’Etoile, Der Stern.

The occult meaning of the arcana: tongue and lips

The physical meaning of the arcana: fertility

The Kabbalistic meaning of the Arcana: beauty

Spirit Orb: understanding, wisdom

Goal: trust in the Cosmos

Element: Air

Planet: Uranus

Astrological sign: Aquarius

Places: blooming gardens and parks, greenhouses; countryside; quiet and cozy corners; art galleries; vernissages and exhibitions; philharmonic society; theater, cinema and other places related to art.

The Star Tarot Card Meaning – 17th Arcana


A woman stands near the lake, holding two jugs in her hands. The water is pouring from them on the ground and into the pond. There are eight Stars in the sky. The eighth is the largest, yellow, the rest are white.
(For a detailed depiction, analysis of the Symbols and all Elements of the The Star Tarot Card, click here)

Meaning of the Card

You tried to find harmony with the world around you, you were ready to share everything that you have, and you got convinced that no one needs it. But don’t despair! Continue to help others, because you will not lose anything. What you have given will remain yours. Only what you have hidden will be lost forever.
You have already found the path that can lead to your own form of immortality, as you have defined it. Use your power wisely and remain calm and confident that the object of your search is within reach. Everything that you have achieved or are about to achieve will allow you to leave a memory of yourself in this world. You don’t need to be afraid of your opponents. No one has the strength or even the ability to take that success away from you. If you have enough wisdom and generosity, you will find that you will increase your influence and perpetuate your name by teaching others what you have learned for yourself.
Consider the imagery of the stars. Since ancient times, people have admired and guided by these heavenly signs. Astrology teaches that the position of the stars affects our destinies, but even people unfamiliar with astrology pay attention to these distant beacons. Travelers used the Pole Star (or the Southern Cross in the Southern Hemisphere) to navigate their way. People have always seen pictures in the arrangement of the Stars and made legends about them. The Stars have taken on another importance in our time as we slowly but steadily work our way towards them.
The stars represent the Universe with secrets and potential for growth, comprehension and power. They symbolize something external, even material, but outside this world. In many ways, not just astrologically, the stars guide our destinies. In the Star Tarot card, the seeker is given the opportunity to take the lead.
If the Tarot Tower shows the catastrophic results of the unwise use of power and authority, then the Tarot Star demonstrates the potential of wisdom and understanding, which are true power. Ancient Greek myth tells that the Olympian gods placed people among the Stars to immortalize them. The Tarot Star marks the beginning of your journey to immortality.
At this point in your journey, you become a teacher as well as a seeker. The Stars are positioned in your direction, giving you the power that the Magician was only trying to take into his service: to be in the center of the Universe to change the heavens by his own free will.
But in order to acquire and retain this power, you must return something. The young woman on the card pours out water that personifies life force, returns it to the earth, the stars above her head pour their strength into her. This is the beginning of transformation: the Stars above her do what she does, because she begins to become what they are. This is an excellent example, although it carries a slightly different idea from the Magician: “as above, so below.”
The young woman on the Tarot card The Star personifies eternal youth and true beauty. The Stars above it symbolize the potential to achieve your goal and, just as important, a true understanding of that goal – what it should be. The water in the stream symbolizes the serenity (more than patience) born of the knowledge that you will overcome all obstacles. A generous portion of her knowledge and her strength returns to the earth to revive what she rose from. The Stars teaches that even if you are ready to move to higher levels of knowledge, it is important to remember that your roots and, therefore, the basis of your strength lie on the earth. You must think not only about where you are going, but also about those who will follow you.

Positive Aspects of the Card
Hopes and dreams, optimism and happiness, calmness and harmony, beauty and grace, meditation and astrology. Gift of love offered or received, energy or recovery, hope, faith, love, understanding.

Negative Aspects of the Card
Pesimism, disappointment, anxiety, doubt, distrust, anxiety, disappointment in love, narrow thinking, illness.

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Key Words and Phrases

Inspiration. Luck. Calmness. Optimism. Confidence. Pleasure. Faith in the future. Comfort. Relief. Update. Happiness. Promise. Help. Protection. Recovery. Spiritual love. Unselfishness. Divine Light. Illumination. Reflection. A special gift. Harmony. Enthusiasm. Creation. Fertility. Charisma. Grace. The beauty. Peace. Fresh wind of change. Equilibrium. Balance. Emotional and spiritual wealth. Inner mentor. Purposefulness. Expanded horizons. Internal healing. Restored health. The light that guides you. Higher knowledge. Special talents. Understanding the occult. Increasing knowledge. Ability to plan for the future. Meditation.

The Star. Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan
Witchcraft Tarot by Ellen Dugan

Study of astrology. Spiritual growth. Faith. Contemplation. Help from many sources. Help from above. Astrological insight. Education. Heaven on earth. Make a wish for a shooting Star. As above, so below.

The Main Meanings of the Card In an Upright Position

Good health;
Gifts of love and spiritual guidance;
Growth of intuitive powers;
Transition to something new;
Prospect for the distant future;
Important meetings and contacts;
Bright perspectives;
New goals and opportunities;
Internal wealth;
Believe in your Star and follow it;
Platonic love.

Situation and Advice

The Star is a very good card. Now you can trust your intuition and listen to the voice of inner wisdom. Checking your horoscope will help you too. The Star is a card of hope, protection, promise, joy, inspiration, good fortune and spiritual happiness. Your Guardian Angel protects you. The result will be exactly as you expected, you will soon see it yourself.

The Star. Guardian Angels Tarot
Guardian Angels Tarot

You should gather your strength, because right now is the time favorable for achieving your ideals. Very often, the Star says that you should pay attention to the development of one of the facets of your talent. A young woman can light up your life (tip for men).

Persons designated by Upright The Star Tarot Сard

Guardian Angel. Little girls. Young women. People who help. Astrologers. Astronomers. UFO researchers. Healers. People who study the paranormal.

The Main Meanings of the Card In a Reversed Position

Key Words and Phrases

Lack of sanity;
Health problems;
Collapse of talents and hopes;
Illness, depression;
Lack of new goals and plans;
Low self-esteem;
You don’t know which direction to move;
Trust in the unworthy.

Positive values
Hope. Faith in the future. Unreasonable pessimism.

Negative values
Delay in action. Disappointments. Dispelling illusions. Pessimism. Shortsightedness. Unfulfilled hopes. Fading happiness. Missed opportunities. Misfortune. Anxiety. Losses. Poor health. Obstinacy. Self-doubt. Mistrust. Stubbornness. Selfishness. Alienation. Refusal of spiritual guidance. Study problems. Half empty glass.

The Star. Black Grimoire Tarot
Black Grimoire Tarot

Situation and Advice

A reversed Star often retains its positive value. Sometimes you don’t even know what spiritual riches are around you. As a result, the implementation of your plans may be delayed. Difficulties may arise at this stage. There is a barrier to happiness – your pessimistic mood and lack of confidence. You see the glass is half empty, not half full. Your fearfulness can lead to the fact that you will not be able to take advantage of promising opportunities. There is a foundation for faith in the future. It may be that if you accept the help offered, you will have difficult times. Look around you: you may not notice the “diamonds” under your feet.

The negative meaning of the Star
In an reversed position: the card can indicate loss of hope, depression and possible illness (especially if Swords are present in the spread).

Persons designated by the Reversed The Star Tarot Сard

Those who have difficulties when they accept someone’s help. Pessimists.

In the Spreads

You need to follow your Star and not betray it because of fears and doubts. A person is led by higher powers. The main thing is to listen and hear your inner voice and follow it. The Star Tarot card advises to leave the issue to the higher powers. They know how to do better. Trust the world and life.

Trust your intuition, all dreams are within reach. You need to be committed to your goal and go to the end. Luck, achievements, accomplishments, prosperity and happiness. The Star is an auspicious card foreshadowing a bright road to heights and victories.
The questioner has a guiding Star that leads him to what he has long dreamed of. Good prospects for the future, optimism and faith. The path is chosen correctly, the Stars favor the questioner.
Desires come true, miracles happen. A Star is a good sign in the alignment, an omen of the accomplishment of the desired. A person needs to keep faith in his strengths, dreams and be patient. The card indicates new opportunities and abilities for their implementation, a chance that falls once in a hundred years, do not miss it.
The value of Tarot card Star indicates a positive solution to the issue. Higher powers are supportive of the questioner and give him a chance to achieve what he wants. The lucky Star of the questioner will help to fulfill all dreams and goals.
The card indicates a creative person who, in his place, walks along his own path and fulfills the mission with which he was sent to Earth. Recognition of talents, fame and wealth, the opportunity to prove their abilities.
In everyday life, it indicates the end of the “black streak in life”. The situation will be resolved or improved in favor of the questioner. A reward for hard work and suffering, for kindness and mercy. When the situation is laid out, the card indicates the great importance of the event in the life of the questioner. The situation will have a strong and lasting impact on a person’s life.
The card indicates unfulfilled desires, dreams and hope for a miracle. A person makes grandiose plans for the future. He is in the rainbow dreams of his thoughts. He is full of hopes for a brighter future, elated, full of hopes and strength to fulfill his desires. But the person flies away in his dreams so much that he forgets about their realization in life.
The meaning of the Star card represents the desire to start something new and move forward. A person is afraid to take risks, but at the same time passionately wants to fulfill his dream. The stars are supportive. You should ignore your fears and don’t be afraid. Fate gives you a chance, and Fortune turned the face to you.
At the same time, the card may indicate an obsession with something. The person also has a strong Guardian Angel. The card is generally favorable, but does not mean wealth and prosperity in the material plane. It indicates well-being in the spiritual sphere. The Star carries great vistas, but they are visible from great heights, to which not everyone can climb. A person may not notice a favorable set of circumstances. It seems to him that life “hits him on the head”. But in fact, everything is going in the best possible way.
The card indicates auspicious practice of Feng Shui, yoga, meditation, Aikido, calligraphy. The Star helps a person to understand the joy of being and life, to feel the true needs of his soul and body.

In an Upright Position:

When the Star card is upright in a Tarot reading, it symbolizes hope, faith, inspiration, optimism, discernment, spiritual love, pleasure, and balance.
Drawing a Star card means hope, inspiration and good health.
Everything about this card is positive. You are truly blessed. You will receive gifts of love and spiritual guidance. Your life will be filled with purpose and happiness, and your intuitive powers will greatly increase.
The Star is a card of hope, wisdom and understanding of the higher interconnections of everything that happens. It indicates that we are currently doing or planning things, the results of which will appear only in the very distant future. This is why we may not be fully aware of what we are doing. Only in hindsight it will become clear what significant decisions we made then (today), under the sign of the Arcana Star. And just as a seed needs time to germinate and become a plant, so the Star does not manifest its fruitful action at once. In the traditional Tarot, the Star was in most cases considered one of the three Guardian Angels who promised a favorable outcome to any business idea.

In a Reversed Position:

When the Star is upside down in reading, it symbolizes unfulfilled hopes, disappointment, broken dreams, failure, and imbalance. However, not everything is as bad as it seems at first glance.
You lack sanity. Health problems loom on the horizon. You don’t know which direction to go. Your friends and loved ones will leave you, and you may suffer other losses as well.
In an reversed position, the Star can mean stubbornness, intransigence, unwillingness to change anything in life, lost chances and unused opportunities.

In a Personal Spread

The appearance in personal spread indicates that you are charming and talented. You are a creative person and an optimist who harmoniously builds relationships with people around you and knows how to bring your ideas to life. You manage to successfully complete any business that you undertake.

In the Spreads for Different situation

The Star. Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore
Mirage Valley Tarot by Barbara Moore

In an Upright Position:
17 Arcana Star promises success in the future. Have the courage to follow your inspiration. You are empowered to believe in your dreams and the fulfillment of your destiny. Find a stream and work with it. Release your fears and be open to inspiration.
It is quite rosy and favorable, pleasant surprises are possible, a calm atmosphere, the solution of the issue in your favor.

In a Reversed Position:
When the 17th Arcana falls upside down, it means that you do not believe in yourself and in your ability to achieve your goals. As a block, this card represents a lack of vision for your own future and a lack of confidence in yourself.
Missed opportunities. What you hoped for have not yet come true. Feeling of hopelessness, temporary loss of energy, disappointment.

In the Spreads for Relationship

In an Upright Position :
A Star is a card of hopes, bright prospects, fulfillment of desires. The Star symbolizes optimism, well-being and mood, confidence in the future and hope. In a relationship, it indicates a harmonious stage when spiritual closeness and mutual understanding are manifested. This Arcana often indicates a new acquaintance, the appearance of a new love, the development of new relationships and, in general, means some kind of bright event in his personal life.
If you see this card, you probably have deep questions about relationships or about love in general. Now is the time to follow your instinct with your partner. If you question loyalty in a relationship, it is only because you are afraid that you are being cheated. Listen to your instincts, this means that you only listen to your fear. Now is a good time to take a step back in your relationship and look at the positive and negative sides.
For the lonely, the Tarot Star is also a positive sign. On a more personal level, it may also say that you need to look at your emotions about love and take stock in areas where you have been hurt in the past. Now is the time to be open to new beginnings and remember that with each new relationship, new opportunities arise.
New love or new romantic relationships, as well as mutual understanding in an already established couple.

In a Reversed Position:
Here the seventeenth Arcana, despite its positivity, can be very insidious: a person expects love and happiness, but at the same time does nothing to change his life for the better. Sometimes the card indicates unrealistic, high expectations for a partner.
When you are in a relationship, you feel a growing distance between you and your partner, perhaps even boredom and frustration. If you want to stick together, both of you have to go back to old and unresolved issues. Solving problems once and for all is the only way to move forward.
For those who are not married, the Tarot Star indicates that such people are very lonely and tired of investing themselves in bad relationships. Don’t give up hope, love will come to you when you least expect it.
Misunderstanding of each other in a couple, mistrust, intimate problems. For those who are wondering about feelings, an reversed Star indicates a lack of attraction, a cooling of past sympathies.

In the Spreads for Dates

In an Upright Position:
Something completely magical is happening between you and your partner. This is a special time, enjoy it. If you do not have a partner, but you have someone whom you consider unattainable – call this person and he (she) will respond. Now you can reach the Stars with your hand.
In a Reversed Position:
Your mind is confused. You cannot understand what you want from the relationship and what you don’t want. You may need to spend some time alone to understand yourself.

In the Spreads for Family

In an Upright Position:
A much needed period of calm and peace is coming for all your family members.
In a Reversed Position:
Family tensions have reached a very high level. Now it will be useful to have a joint vacation or at least a little quiet time together. Everyone will benefit from this, and so will you.

The Star. Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti
Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

In the Spreads for Friendship

In an Upright Position:
In friendship, you are a source of hope and inspiration. Your positive attitude and love of life encourages your friends to seek and find the good in themselves.
In a Reversed Position:
You are insincere with your friends. Take some time to think. Maybe you will let people love you for who you are?

In the Spreads for Money

In an Upright Position:
Financial success is not your main goal in life. Its spiritual and emotional content is much more important to you.
Arcana Star Tarot often appears when things are out of control. Financially, this may indicate that it takes time to recover from losses, control costs and focus on charity. The hope in this card clearly shows that there is a way to solve financial problems. If you are not in financial trouble, this card acts as a warning.

In a Reversed Position:
You cannot live by love alone. We all need to eat. One way or another, you have to pay for something with money. Make sure you pay attention not only to your spiritual and emotional needs, but also to your physical needs.
In financial terms, the reversed Star of the Tarot is a call to revise the budget. Study your finances and soon you will find ways to achieve your goals.

In the Spreads for Education

In an Upright Position:
You are attracted to activities related to ethics and religion. Now is the time to bring some of your insights to life.
In a Reversed Position:
You have difficulties with creativity. Find a way to spark your imagination. Read more, listen to others, try new things.

In the Spreads for Career

In an Upright Position:
On the work front, the 17th Arcana Tarot is a good omen. When someone feels stuck or at a dead end, it points to the light at the end of the tunnel. If you are currently working, do not be surprised if something new appears, responsibility increases, or someone important shows interest in your work. For the job seeker, the Star card gives hope that things will change soon.
Even if you get in the way of obstacles, you can count on help and friendly support. Partners won’t let you down. New ideas are being successfully implemented.
The Star is one of the most positive cards, portending an early recovery and improvement in the financial situation. You may have to try a lot for this, but rest assured that your efforts will be rewarded.

In a Reversed Position:
You feel dissatisfied at work. You may have loved your job once, but it no longer fulfills your ambitions. Conversely, your job may be perfect for you, but your negative outlook makes the days feel for weeks.
Reconsider your situation and try to approach work from a different angle. This will help reignite the spark that brought you in, or decide it’s time to move on.
You set unrealistic plans for yourself, excessive daydreaming does not allow you to take a sober look at your goals. Stagnation in business due to the passivity of the questioner. And also the possibility of betrayal.
In an reversed position, the card indicates that new ideas and plans will not be able to be realized as quickly as you would like. There are probably quite a few obstacles on the way to the goal.

In the Spreads for Health

In an Upright Position:
Recovery, improvement after the crisis. The possibility of conception.
The sick person will recover, the mental wounds will find something to be comforted, the nerves will calm down.

The Star. The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels
The Tarot of Vampyres [With Phantasmagoria] by Ian Daniels

This is a very auspicious omen when it comes to health problems and suggests that there is positive energy around you that will help you get better. The card reminds that a healthy body comes from a healthy mind. Now is the time to think about making positive changes in your health. For example, consider yoga or healthy eating.

In a Reversed Position:
Often indicates an exacerbation of chronic diseases.
At the moment, health is relatively good, but the pessimism is blinding. Choosing a healthy lifestyle starts with the right mindset. You should see a doctor and get tested to identify problems that may arise.

In the Perspectives

A future unfolds in front of you in which your business will do well, perhaps much better than you might imagine.

Answer to Yes / No Tarot Spreads

In an Upright Position:
Without a doubt, yes.
In a Reversed Position:
Away with doubts and despondency, and then the answer to your question will be yes.

Combinations with other cards

Six of Cups: goodwill, equity participation
Ten of Cups: joy, positive emotions, blessing
The Fool: innocence, faith, trust
The Empress: solidity, boundless love
Nine of Swords: guilt, rage
The Tower: coup, chaos
The Moon: anxiety, confusion, concern
The Devil: hopelessness, unbelief, pessimism

Arcana’s warning

The Star. Tarot by Alphonse Mucha
Tarot by Alphonse Mucha

You forget your soul’s purpose in this life. Focus on your unique gifts and talents. Your task is to learn how to apply them in any situation that life offers you.

Self-Development Lesson

When we are conductors of the cosmic energy of life, our life is abundant and full of perspectives. When we trust and are guided by our inner light, our powers of love and creativity flow out into the world.

Key Ideas

Use the moment and please yourself. You are entering a new stage of life and keep the right course.

Psychological (Personality) Meaning of the Arcana

Type of person in an upright position:
Enamored; a person who is aware of his own feelings; talented painter.
The card means a sympathetic, unselfish person, with a rich imagination, but also dreamy and impractical in everyday life. This is a man marked by fate, who is led forward by a guiding Star. Altruist, will give the last to those in need. The person indicated by this card is capable of a real feat because his essence is honor, valor and genuine philanthropy. He can be called an aristocrat of the spirit.

Type of person in an reversed position:
Chatterbox; a person who scatters positive energy over trifles; one who “does not see the forest for the trees”; a person who does not realize his talents.
It means a pessimistic person, melachonistic, lazy to the point of impossibility. For this reason, he constantly misses good chances in life. Such a person blames fate, the state, politicians for everything, but not himself. Cynical, he speaks sharply about those who, in his understanding, are more fortunate.

Psychological significance of the Arcana:

The Tarot Star is prone to art. If this comes as a surprise to you or those around you, take it as a sign that this natural talent has not yet manifested. It may take a while to find your “I”, but the world will be a better place when it works out.
Just like the “Sun” and “Moon”, the “Star” of the Tarot can be a sign that you will become a gifted astrologer. This may be one of your mystical talents. However, while the Sun focuses on the signs of the Zodiac and the Moon deals with the planets, people who receive a Star in the future position of their spiritual Tarot readings should devote their time to studying the constellations.
A good knowledge of yourself and your own psyche will allow you to better use your innate talents and abilities. Do not be surprised that, going deeper into yourself, you will feel a surge of creative strength and inspiration which you have never felt before. You will be captured by new thoughts and ideas. You know perfectly well what you want and what you strive for. You try to create harmonious relationships with those around you. You are ready to give yourself and your work to other people. Sometimes you see that not everyone needs it, but for you it shouldn’t change anything. Continue to serve others, and your strength will not run out. What you give will return to you a hundredfold. Only what is hidden from others will perish forever, without bringing any benefit either to you or to those around you.

Final Advice of Arcana

The Tarot Star advises to devote oneself to higher values, to increase spiritual development. Connect with your higher “I”. Be the being of a larger realm that is traveling on an evolutionary course that began long ago and is endless in the future.

In an Upright Position:
Don’t give up on your dream! This is the only way miracles in life are possible. Strive for the desired goals with all your heart and soul. Fight, achieve!

In a Reversed Position:
Do not confuse your own desires with the expectations of others from you. You are not obliged at all to justify other people’s aspirations.


The Star is a card of hope, wisdom and understanding of the highest interconnections of everything. It indicates that we are currently doing or planning things, the results of which will appear only in the very distant future. This is why we may not be fully aware of what we are doing. Only in hindsight it will become clear to us what significant decisions we made then (today), under the sign of the Arcana of the Star. And just as a seed needs time to germinate and become a plant, so the Star does not manifest its fruitful action at once. In the traditional Tarot, the Star in most cases was considered one of the three Guardian Angels who promised a favorable outcome to any business conceived.

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