I attended Anastasia‘s Studio Class on The Star Card. We discussed how important the Star is in popular culture and were we find it. She asked us to think of Star references and list any and all for about a minute. The class wrote their own lists to share. The first one I thought of was “Baby I’m a Star” by Prince, followed by this list : “Star light, star bright; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”; “When You Wish Upon A Star”, and “Star Wars”. Others said “Starbucks”; 13 Stars for the first Colonies; Starbuck from literature; as well as Star Trek and the Death Star. We all realized that stars are everywhere in our subconscious as well as our world.
Next we looked at the Star card and chatted about what we each had experienced when it had come up in a reading. For me, many people have pointed out that the Star is a naked woman pouring water into a body of water and on to the ground. I have seen this as a person giving away their resources as well as sharing their abundance. The others in the class had seen it as a confident person who didn’t need to hide behind clothing to be themselves and were sharing their resources and energy with their world.
Enlightening us with real-world facts, Anastasia next shared with us the wonders of real stellar objects and the different types that exist. Beginning with the the different types of stars we see; Bright Giants, Supergiants, and Hypergiants; these are just some of the ways scientists classify types of stars. We noted that groups like constellations can also can be charted. Stars are rarely alone and have bodies that revolve around them. Many groups have a central figure or pairing and it is built around these. Most groups can be charted and it is amazing to me to see how everyone one knows fits in to their own constellations and where these groups intersect. She also shared with us the beauty that can be found in space from images that were gathered by the Hubble Telescope. They were amazing and inspirational.
Following that, we discussed the many different way that star symbols have been used in philosophy, religion, and mythology. The 4 point star was usually recognized as the The Star of the Magi. The 5 point star was the pentacle, as well as seen as the manifestation of the 5 senses or the divine manifested on the physical plane. The 6 point star was seen as the Star of Solomon and as the they symbol of Judaism. The 7 point star is also referred to as the star of the Magi but also as the Fairy Star or Elven Star. The 8 pointed star is seen as the star of regeneration as well as the North Star. The 12 point star often is seen as the representation of the 12 signs of the zodiac as well as the 12 apostles.
We discussed the many meanings of the Star Card over the years. It was interesting to see how its meaning had evolved over time. Still my favorite was Rachel Pollack‘s which was “life, restoration after darkness”.
We talked about how the Star card influences other cards in a reading and what we could see when we put it with, for example, the following cards: The Empress, the Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Moon, and the Sun as well as the four 8s from the Pip cards. Next we partnered up and pulled the Star card out of our decks and then shuffled the rest and pulled one for ourselves to interact with the Star card. I shuffled and got the Hierophant. My partner saw these two together and said to me that I should look into teaching and sharing what I have learned over the years; maybe it was time to be the teacher and share my gathered traditions and insights with others.
Finally, Anastasia took us on a guided meditation and we went into the Star card to see what we could and interacted with the characters in the card. I went in and asked the Lady by the water what knowledge she could share with me to help me move forward with my craft as well as sharing my knowledge. She said: “I can’t give you what you already have. You just need to follow your heart more and stop doubting yourself.” I guess I really do need to get out there and teach that class I was offered!
I truly enjoyed attending Anastasia’s class. It gave me insight into a card that has sometimes been difficult for me to use. It also expanded my ideas about what the Star card can mean to others as well. Seeing awesome images of real stars that have so inspired humanity certainly helped!