17-The Star – Upright Thoth Deck

Your Chosen Card – The Star Upright Thoth Deck

When upright, the Star trump offers hope and support after the disruption of the Tower card. You are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You have located a trail leading to your destination. There is a promise of peace and tranquility if you continue on your current path. Help may materialize from unexpected sources. You can proceed with faith that the future holds brighter prospects. As Marcus Tullius Cicero said some two thousand years ago, ‘Where there is life, there is hope.’

Keywords Upright: Hope, support, bright prospects, a guiding light, a trail leading to a destination, faith in a better future, inspiration, clarity, peace, tranquility, the possibility of improvement, opportunity for renewal, following a righteous path, the light at the end of the tunnel.

Key XVII: The Star
Myths/Archetypes: The Star of Bethlehem. The Fairy Godmother. The Egyptian sky goddess Nuit (aka Nut, Neuth, Newet). Aquarius, the Water Bearer.
Dates of Aquarius: 20 January–17 February (tropical); 13 February–13 March (sidereal)
Astrology: Aquarius, the Water Bearer (an Air sign ruled by Saturn and Uranus)

Hebrew letter: Tsadhe, Tsade, Tzaddi, or Tsadiq (a trail leading to a destination, or a figure lying on its side; a Hebrew word meaning a stronghold built on the side of a mountain; also a journey, desire, need; to chase, hunt, catch, or capture; just or righteous). The Star of Bethlehem provided a trail that led the Magi to the birthplace of Jesus. The Hebrew letter is also said to resemble a fishing hook. Aleister Crowley pairs the Star with the letter He, which the Golden Dawn, in contrast, associates with the Emperor.

When The Star is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If The Star is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The Star is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for The Star using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

Here are some snippets from a few of my favorite books

Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: Given that the tarot can be used as a form of divination, let’s plunge right in and ask the tarot a question. A logical place to start is to inquire of our tarot deck what it can do for us, but first let me mention some customary terminology. In tarot literature, we call the person who consults (queries) the cards the querent (client, seeker) and the person who interprets the cards the reader. If you interpret your own cards, you are acting as both the querent who queries and the reader who deciphers the message in the cards.

Tarot Books

Creative Tarot: Yeats used many occult systems in his writing. He was married to Bertha Georgie Hyde-Lees, a skilled medium who was also a member of the Golden Dawn. Together they used Ouija boards and automatic writing to contact the spirit realm, but also more classic systems such as astrology and tarot. This renewed interest in the occult reinvigorated his dedication to poetry, and led to some of his greatest work. Much of Yeats’s late-career poems drew directly on the revelations he received through séances and divination rituals. He stated that the spirit realm gave him the metaphors he used in his poetry, and many of those metaphors—“Slouches towards Bethlehem” and “the centre cannot hold,” both from his 1919 poem “The Second Coming”—have become common phrases in our culture.

Complete Book of Tarot: In recent years, the Tarot of Marseille has enjoyed increasing popularity, spurred on by the writings of authors like Alejandro Jodorowsy and Yoav Ben-Dov, who offer beautiful modern reproductions of antique tarot decks in the Marseille tradition. The influential tarot teacher Caitlín Matthews has endorsed the use of the Marseille deck, as can be seen in this article about tarot mythology (italics mine):

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Tarot Triumphs: Lately, for the purposes of researching this book (or so I tell myself), I have bought more packs from the much wider selection of traditional Tarot now available. The Golden Tarot, for instance, is a gorgeous historical reproduction of the fifteenth-century Visconti-Sforza pack, with sensitive restorations of three missing cards. Reproductions of key Marseilles packs, such as the 1701 Madénie and the 1761 Conver Tarots, are also valued acquisitions to my collection.3 But for the purposes of historical study and comparing packs, there is now a wealth of digital imagery available online. The British Museum collection online is an excellent place to start, via a search for Tarot cards in its vast digital photo library. Images can also be emailed to you without charge if they are purely for private study.4 I love to lose myself in the images of historic Tarot packs that I’ve downloaded and printed out. The only cost, although admittedly not cheap, is that of the printing ink.