The Star Tarot Card Meaning - Upright, Reversed & More

The Star upright

The Star At A Glance

Keywords: Hope, end of suffering, healing, moving on, revelation, euphoria, new insights, inspiration, bright future, spiritual enlightenment
Season: Summer
Zodiac/Planet: Aquarius

The Star Tarot Card Description

The Star is the eighteenth card within tarot. Traditionally The Star features a naked lady kneeling with one leg on land and one in the water. She is kneeling to retrieve water. She holds a jug in each hand, one jug pours water into the lake and the other pours water onto the land. Stars rest in the sky all around her with one very large yellow star directly above her.

Within tarot water symbolizes emotions and the subconscious and land represents the body and conscious. To see water being poured into both elements suggests peace and a calming feeling after a turbulent period in the reader’s life.

This card says the hard part is done and now we can look forward to better and brighter days ahead. It is not a coincidence that this card directly follows The Tower card (a card for disruption, chaos and drastic change.)

The Star Upright Meaning

The Star can mean that we always need to remain hopeful. Without hope we would simply give up and our dreams or what we were working for would all be in vain. When we keep our hope alive we ensure that the dream will manifest at some point.

We may face setbacks but we always have the dream waiting for us in the future. This card says our darkest days are behind us and we can now look forward to the better times ahead. The next part of our lives will be much more tranquil and positive.

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” - Jonas Salk

The Star Reversed Meaning

The Star reversed

Reversed The Star stands for lost hope. We have lost hope somewhere along the way and we feel utterly miserable and lost. We no longer know what we are fighting for and the outcome doesn’t seem worth the work we have put into it. It can feel very desolate.

The advice for this card is still the same as its upright: we must rekindle our love for the dream or project and find a new way to feel hopeful about it again. This card says we may feel exhausted but there is so much more within us.

It asks us to dig deep and reach that untapped potential which lies within us. The pay off is just around the corner so even though we want to give up we must keep going for just a little longer.

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” - Barbara Kingsolver

The Star: Yes or No

The Star is a beautiful and hope reviving yes. If we are asking a yes or question and we receive this card we are probably going to feel a wave of relief. This card says do not give up hope because the thing we want is just around the corner. Keep going, our hope will help get us through.

Even when reversed it is still a yes. It has the X act same meaning: don’t give up.

Let’s Break Down The Star In Our Lives

How The Star card applies to our lives in more detail and what it means more specifically within the different areas of our life.

The Star In Love

If the reader has asked a question about love either romantic or platonic and The Star card appears then it can suggest those within the relationship resolving an argument once and for all. Finally finding a long term solution to a long standing problem between those involved.

Reversed The Star in love can mean we currently feel unworthy of love and our lack of self-confidence is becoming destructive for our relationships and our self-esteem. We can not accept love from others if we don’t love ourselves because we will inevitably push it away. We must begin a journey of self love to right this.

The Star With Money

If The Star card appears when a question about money has been asked it is suggesting that our faith in our own abilities will directly determine the outcome and how much of a reward there will be for us when the work is done.

Our positivity can affect our productivity. How often we work is affected by how happy we feel whilst working. This card says we must do all we can to have a positive attitude around money and then we will naturally start to see positive change.

Reversed The Star with money means we may be struggling financially and feel like giving up this endeavor but there is still hope. There are plenty of things we can do to remedy this situation but when we feel negative we are unable to see them. This card reversed says work on a positive mental attitude and we will start to see options and opportunities open up for us.

The Star At Work

When asking a question about a situation at work or about our careers The Star card can mean we have recently gone through a difficult time at work but now it is finally coming to an end. Stay hopeful and keep pushing through. This card says we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and even though there is still a little bit of work to do it is made easier because we can see its ending. Start to prepare for a celebration of its completion. If it’s a big task then go all out and have a party.

Reversed The Star at work suggests that our hopelessness is making a bad situation even worse. Rather than rose tinted glasses we are seeing everything tinted with gray. This pessimism is the root cause of our misery.

This card reversed asks us to change our mind frame. It’s not an easy transition and it doesn’t happen overnight but we can begin shadow work and self development work and we WILL see it pay off.

The Star With Others

If we are asking about our external world, either our immediate world of people we know or the world at large and we get The Star card as an answer it means we are beginning to see our faith in humanity restored.

We have all suffered through terrible times where we felt there is no one good in the world anymore but an act of kindness from a stranger or a thoughtful gesture from a loved one will bring us back and set our positivity in motion once again.

Reversed The Star with others can signify that we feel completely isolated from others. Sometimes we choose to isolate ourselves out of fear. If not physically then mentally, or emotionally. This card gently guides us to step out of our comfort zone little by little and watch our comfort zone grow.

Though it is difficult at first, by exposing ourselves to this small discomfort a little at a time we will heal and find ourselves out in the world and comfortable again very soon.

The Star With Self

The Star card relates to our internal world by asking us to check in with our emotions and thought processes, particularly those relating to our levels of optimism. Are we deliriously positive or have we allowed a negative mind-frame to warp our reality and bring us down? We eventually believe what we think and say whether it is positive or negative. So why not say and think the good things. This is manifestation 101, baby.

Reversed The Star card with self can symbolize that we have lost our way and feel utterly hopeless. But the situation isn’t actually hopeless. How can we sever ties with our negativity and see things how they truly are?

We know things aren’t perfect and positive all the time but they also aren’t terrible and hopeless. The reality lies somewhere in the middle. This card reversed reminds us that our mind frame is an ever-shifting choice that we make each day and we can change it if we choose to.

The Star As Feelings

The Star as a feeling is hope. Pure and simple perfect hope. How having hope can be the difference between a win and a loss. Sometimes the only thing we can do is hope. This can never be taken away from us unless we choose to let it go. Therefore this is a very strong and positive card.