[Updated August 2021. Essay on Tarot: XVII The Star]
The Star represents guidance and connection with one’s Higher Self, the Universe, or God/Goddess/All-That-Is. The Biblical story of the Three Wise Men following the Star of Bethlehem is a clear example of this idea.
Following one’s guiding light, can be experienced in more than one way. This post from 2012 describes this.
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Did you have clear skies where you are in either of the past two evenings (2/25-6/2012)? Did you happen to notice the crescent Moon, bright & shining Venus, and big ol’ Jupiter? [Check out this time elapsed video.] The Moon takes nearly a full month to travel all the way through its cycle. The next time it passes through here, Venus and Jupiter will have already met.
March 13th, 2012 is going to be another special day for stargazing. On that evening, Venus and Jupiter will reach their tightest conjunction. Venus – love and beauty – will be expanded by happy-go-lucky Jupiter.
However, this bright and shining conjunction will only be the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface, stretching all the way to the bottom of the ocean will be Pluto. And Mars is also involved. You can see Mars in the sky, but you’ll have to look for him because he’ll be 120 degrees away from Jupiter and Venus. This is the day of the Grand Trine.
But today, I’m not here to talk about most of this. Today I’m most interested in Pluto. Pluto has caught my attention of late and has been oh so significant in a number of readings. I’m sure he has messages for all of us and he wants to be heard.
In a recent reading, two Major Arcana cards showed up together: Death and The Star.
[I created the images below to match the respective scenes from my book: Journey to the Temple of Ra, my first visionary fiction novel, which travels all 78 cards of the Tarot.]
At first glance, these look like opposites. Death: scary, gloomy, foreboding; the Star: bright, soft, optimistic. However there is a connection.
Pluto is the god of the underworld. His job is to escort us to the deepest, darkest crevices of our soul. He is Death! When he reaches for our hand, his boney fingers sends chills to our core.
At the Star, we are connecting to our Higher Self, to God/Goddess/All-That-Is, to the Universe – in meditation, prayer, ritual, celebration, contemplation. Depending on where she shows up, the Star either says we’re doing this, have done it, or maybe we ought to.
But Pluto does this! Pluto may be dressed up as Death, but he is the one that delivers us to God/Goddess/All-That-Is. That’s his job! So in many ways, Death and the Star are one in the same.
Many of us think of Source as out there. When we have a particularly profound meditation, we say, “I went somewhere.” If someone seems out of touch with this reality, we say, “They’re out in space.” We always think of Heaven as high above us; far away from us; up, up, and away!
The truth is, all of it is inside of us. Meditation is reaching in, not out. Our Higher Self is our Inner Being. It would serve us to think of the Universe as the inside of a sphere. We’re walking along the outer most edge – all else stretches to the center. Our journey is toward that center where everything is connected, where everything is one.
As always, fear not. Pluto has only our inner selves to share with us. He may uncover things, unearth things, move things around, or turn them inside out, but he doesn’t add to or take away from. When a volcano erupts, there is no more or less matter than there was to begin with.
If you don’t like what you find when you look inside, know that you are a creator and can create yourself anew. How can you evolve your self if you don’t know who you really are to begin with?