This can be a scary looking card in some tarot decks, but really isn’t anything to be afraid of. It often points to a situation where we have become entrapped in a situation of our own making, usually a behaviour pattern or way of thinking, which is having negative repercussions for us.
It can indicate addictive patterns which are keeping us enslaved to another person, a substance or a negative, self defeating pattern. In order to break free from whatever is holding us back, we will need to confront our shadow side and work through the personal issues we uncover there. There is no quick fix to take us out of the forest and back into the light….the only way is “through”.
We must not despair though as through the darkness of the trees we can see the light of the sun shining. It gives hope that if we do the inner work, and get professional help with this if necessary, we can emerge into a new place of hope and positivity, having conquered our inner demons.
This weeks card from The Gaian Tarot is The Star. As this is a Major Arcana card it’s influence may be felt beyond just this week, as these cards tend to talk about larger, ongoing trends.
The Star is an extremely positive card which symbolises new beginnings and good fortune. It pictures a woman wearing a white dress symbolising purity, renewal and healing, gazing into a pool of water where a myriad of stars are reflected, which offer a sense of hope, promise and magic.
The bird in the foreground is a Kingfisher, a legendary bird associated with the “halcyon days”, a time of peace and plenty.
The first thing which comes to mind for me when I look at this card is to “wish upon a star” with it’s obvious connotations of hope, renewal and inspiration. When we gaze in awe at the night sky, dotted with millions of stars, or we are lucky enough to witness a shooting star streaming across the velvety black heavens, we are reminded of the wonder of the Universe and our intrinsic connection to it.
In these tumultuous times, when everything seems so uncertain, and we may be feeling a sense of hopelessness and despondency, The Star is a welcome sight. It brings with it a sense of hope, inspiration and wonder and invites us to deeply feel our connection to Source.
If we find that dark clouds are descending, and a sense of hopelessness is setting in as we struggle to navigate these difficult times, we can invoke the spirit and energy of The Star and know that “this too will pass” and better times are coming.