The Star is the card of enlightenment, hope, renewal, direction, navigation, success and even fame. A positive card, The Star can point to good things to come in the other cards surrounding it in a spread.
The woman is commonly depicted with one foot in the water and the other on the land pouring water, from 2 vessels, on to the land and into the water. Notice the similarity between this card and Temperance (XIV). Here the woman is pouring one container on to the land and the other into the lake/sea symbolising a renewal (or refreshment) of body and soul. Land requires irrigation for growing crops and providing food to nourish us. The lake is being refilled, the drought is over. Change is being brought about by an action which is balanced both emotionally and materially. The water represents the sub-conscious and emotions, the land the material world.
Man has navigated using his knowledge of the stars for millennia. A clear nights sky gives reference points for the knowledgable to follow. There is truth and enlightenment in this card. Where The Tower (XVI) symbolises false beliefs that crumble when tested and The Moon (XVIII) symbolises clouded, altered or veiled reality The Star is the antidote. The light that shines here is the true light that shines from millions of distant Suns. It is empowerment through knowledge. The truth that sets you free.
Numerology: The Star has the number 17 in the major arcana. This is reduced in numerology to 8 (1+7). The number 8 is the number of success, good fortune, wealth, power and control.
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THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT
By Arthur Edward Waite (1911)
A great, radiant star of eight rays, surrounded by seven lesser stars--also of eight rays. The female figure in the foreground is entirely naked. Her left knee is on the land and her right foot upon the water. She pours Water of Life from two great ewers, irrigating sea and land. Behind her is rising ground and on the right a shrub or tree, whereon a bird alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is l'étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused therein. That which the figure communicates to the living scene is the substance of the heavens and the elements. It has been said truly that the mottoes of this card are "Waters of Life freely" and "Gifts of the Spirit."
The summary of several tawdry explanations says that it is a card of hope. On other planes it has been certified as immortality and interior light. For the majority of prepared minds, the figure will appear as the type of Truth unveiled, glorious in undying beauty, pouring on the waters of the soul some part and measure of her priceless possession. But she is in reality the Great Mother in the Kabalistic Sephira Binah, which is supernal Understanding, who communicates to the Sephiroth that are below in the measure that they can receive her influx.