The Star

recenter, and follow your North Star

from Rackham Tarot, by Lo Scarabeo

After the crumbling destruction of The Tower, hope is restored by the healing power of The Star, which reminds us of the way forward. With an attitude of cleansing renewal, we’re ready to recalibrate and regenerate. This is a card of recovery. We can clear the debris and recenter, hopeful for the future and inspired to nurture our dream. This is our North Star — the true path which we feel called to follow as if guided from above and which allows us to feel comfortable and secure in our own skin.

(-) In resistance, we remain in a loss of hope. Our inspiration gone, we think our efforts and goals futile. We retreat to safe terrain with an intolerance for anything but the ideal. Here, we can exist in denial and fantasy, which serves only to mask the deep discomfort we feel with ourselves — measuring ourselves against external standards and projecting a false status in the hopes of more “likes.”

Or, we become unapproachable, giving the outward appearance of self-sufficiency but are really warding off the outside world by creating a layer of armour — merely a different way of retreating to safe terrain and resisting the healing that The Star can bring.

(+) In excess, we prefer to exist in LaLa Land; always planning for the future and dreaming big, but we may never really act on it. This state of serene hopefulness provides an eternally safe space. Perhaps we’re inspiring others to share our state of constant and uplifting renewal — even promoting that sense of toxic positivity or cleansing that we see in new-agey or pop-health and MLM trends?

Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card appears include

  • What, truly, is your dream? What has prevented you from setting its course?
  • Do you try to project an ideal image? How does this facade protect you?
  • Are you always planning but not actually doing? What small task can you set to take a step forward?
  • How have you survived, in the past?

What else? The archetypes of the majors are complex and you may have other insights. How has this card come up for you? What are some examples of this card’s energies?

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