The Myths of The Star
Updated: Feb 12, 2021
As the sun enters Aquarius we leave behind The Devil and move into the beauty of The Star.
What do you feel when you look upon the night sky?
Does your mind expand with the possibilities.. or contract with the vulnerability?
By simply connecting to our own feelings we touch on the essence of The Star.
Linked to Aquarius, The Star encompasses the feelings and narratives of expansion, expression, beauty, hope, light, possibility.
Yet, as always, there is a more challenging aspect to the card, and for The Star, in her nakedness and her isolation there could be feelings of loneliness or vulnerability, in the latter we could find the stirrings of a lack of personal faith, a lack of self esteem or a lack of hope.
However, unlike the Devil these fears are not controlling her, they are there to show what she is not accepting about herself. And helping her to find a way to love all that she is; so as not to deny or dismiss a part of herself, but to lovingly hold and accept.
Through our ability to feel deeply for ourselves and others’, and to express empathy and nurture we can find that those worries dissipate. That when the ego is softened and we are not staring at our still reflection but pouring the waters of love and creativity and acceptance upon ourselves and others’ we only notice our true presence and the depths of our love. This is not to forget ourselves, but rather to release our fears as we embody the nature of who we are, as we accept unconditionally who we are... and we allow the light within us to radiate out.
Trust yourself and live through the heart.
The Star card is a cross-association between Ganymede (the Greek water-bearer to the Gods) and Nut (pronounced Newt) the ancient Egyptian Goddess of the night sky and the heaven’s.
Amanda will be exploring Aquarius where Ganymede will be featured and this will allow you to explore your own connections between Ganymede and The Star, and so here we will explore the nature of Nut.
The Goddess Nut and her husband, Geb the Earth God, were, as the myths go, inseparably entwined. But her father the God of Air, came between them, and thereafter separating the Earth from the Sky. But not before Nut had fallen pregnant and gave birth to all the stars and planets in the sky. And for eternity she protects Geb from what lies beyond by curving herself fully around him.
She is the depths of the darkness of the night sky, sprinkled with sparkling stars.
Each day Nut would swallow Ra, the Sun God, allowing Thoth (the Moon God) to take Ra’s place in the sky through the night.
And Thoth as the bearer of wisdom, of magic, of space and time, and of creativity and would stir the inquisitive minds beneath Nut’s protective ark; bringing deep wisdom to those that recognise their place within the cosmos and the magic present between Heaven and Earth. Thoth, is associated with and often depicted as the Ibis; a great, sacred, wading bird that dwells in wetlands and plains. And, if you look in the corner of The Star card you will find the Ibis. You will find Thoth, not as the moon but as his bird, bringing his great teachings and reminding you of the magic in/of the universe.
Now Nut, wanting so much to have more children, but unable to bear these with Geb, found a way with Thoth (who, it is said, was secretly in love with her) became pregnant with five children. And yet Ra would not give Nut any days of the 360 calendar year to give birth, and so Thoth changed the structures of time in order to grant five more days to the year and allowing Nut to give birth to her five children.
And the five meandering water pathways you can see in the card are said to be linked to these five children and the five extra days of the year. Showing the power of possibility and hope and the immortal waters of life as it flows from mother to child, to child, to child.
Nut herself was a much-loved Goddess and was seen as the force that separated the force of creation from the force of chaos.
She is Mother Sky. Beautiful, naked and eternal. Perfect just as she is.
And as The Star so beautifully depicts in imagery - you are too.
We exist of Earth and Heaven. We can feed the soils and the soul. By valuing and appreciating ourselves, we value and appreciate the universe. And when we see the beauty ‘out there’ it is impossible then to not see the beauty ‘in here’; in you.
Believe in the Star that you are.
The Hermetic axiom: as above, so below reminds us that we are a part of the stars and the stars are a part of us. That these myths are not simply stories to entertain they are there to help guide us by recounting living energies that can allow us to see beyond the material and into the metaphysical and the imaginal. And that both are real.
The star itself is featured heavily through mythology with the bright Star of Bethlehem showing the way to love and spirit; encapsulated within Jesus but present within us all. And the North star can be both a guide to venturers at night, particularly for those who have lost their way, and has been the star of prayers and wishes for centuries.
The star is our beacon of hope, of potential, of beauty.
Against the darkness stars shine the brightest. And in this there is the message of the power or light; that it cannot be diminished when it knows what it is… the darkness can not compete. It simply compliments. The more we recognise our beauty, our power, our magic - the more we are untouched by the darkness.
The star reminds us of our light. Of the power of light in the dark. Of being a guiding light in the dark for ourselves and others’. And within The Star card the message can be seen. That to stand in your vulnerability, with compassion, with confidence and without ego we can realise that there is nothing we need to be doing. No expectations. Just the space and time (Thoth attributes) to feed our creativity and our heart and to nurture our world and the World around us.
What you give out will come back to you. If you shine, the world shines with you.
Tansy has been involved in healing and holistic therapies for over ten years, and has been meditating and card reading since she was a child. It is her greatest desire to be a healing guide for others' and to show the profound richness of meditation and cards in helping us all to bring greater balance, harmony, clarity and joy to our lives.
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