The Star Card in Tarot

For today’s post, I have decided to take a brief look at the symbolism of the Star card in the Tarot.   The Star is a unique card in the Major Arcana, as it is a rare Tarot card with no negative connotations!   The Star is traditionally numbered seventeen in the Major Arcana of the Tarot.    

The Star is a universal symbol of hope across cultures.   The appearance of this card in a reading often signals an end to a series of issues that have been plaguing you.   The card classically depicts a woman near a pool of water pouring water from jugs.   The water adds to the feminine association of the card, as water is the most feminine of elements!

Like The Arthurian Tarot, some decks choose to utilize male figures gazing at a star or a constellation.   Other decks, including The Everyday Witch Tarot, have a female figure with magic flowing from her fingertips into a pool of water, as opposed to pouring water from jugs!    That particular Star card is one of my favorites, as it combines the traditional hopeful and feminine elements of the card with magic.   In The Llewellyn Tarot, The Star card is represented by Branwen.   Branwen is a Goddess in Welsh myth, who was born a Princess in her own right and married to an Irish King.   Due to a war between her brothers, the Welsh Princes and King, and her husband she was imprisoned.    Thanks to the help of a starling, she was able to get a message to her brothers, and gain help.   That is the part of her story that shows the hopefulness of this card.    However, hers is a tale that ends sadly, which I will not cover as it does not connect to the meaning of the card directly.    Finally, in Shadowscapes Tarot the Star card is a gorgeous card represented by a female water faery walking barefoot in a pool of water, and surrounded by koi fish!   The whole of the card drips with the meaning of regaining hope and inspiration, which is traditional for this card.  

I hope that you have enjoyed this post about the meaning of the Star in the Tarot.   Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!  

Note on Image: The image at the top of the post is a lovely Star artwork.   I found the image on

Further Reading

  • The Only Tarot Book You’ll Ever Need by Skye Alexander
  • The Complete Arthurian Tarot by John and Caitlin Matthews
  • The Llewellyn Tarot Companion by Anna-Marie Ferguson
  • Shadowscapes Companion by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore 
  • The Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake and Elisabeth Alba