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The Star (tarot card)

The Star (XVII) is the 17th ranking or Major Arcana card in most traditional tarot decks. [1] It is used in game playing as well as in divination.


A naked woman kneels by the water; one foot is in the water and one foot is on the land. [2] Above her head is one large star, representing her core essences, and seven smaller stars, representing the chakras. [3] In each hand she holds a jug. From one jug she pours a liquid into the water. From the other jug she pours a liquid onto the land. [4]

The Star represents: New hopes and splendid revelations of the future, insight, inspiration, courage and enlightenment of the spiritual self. Body and mind and converging towards the light at the end of a dark time(s). Another reading says Yes, hope and bright prospects; reversed (something opposed to the original demiurge impulse, the inner all-embrasing meaning of the card) — loss, theft, privation, hubris, abandonment, arrogance, haughtiness, impotence.

According to A.E. Waite’s 1910 book The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, the Star card carries several divinatory associations: [5]

17.THE STAR.—Hope and bright prospects, Reversed: Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says: arrogance, haughtiness, impotence.

In astrology, the Star card is associated with the planet Uranus and Aquarius zodiac sign. [6]

In other media

In the manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, tarot cards are used to name some of the characters’ powers, named ‘Stands’. The protagonist of Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro Kujo, has a Stand named Star Platinum, named after The Star card.