Today’s card draw from The Wild Unknown Tarot is The Star.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, the creator of The Wild Unknown writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook)
Description of the Card
The Star features a rainbow star, bigger and brighter than the 10 small, white stars around it in the night sky.
Traditional Card Meaning
The traditional Star from the Rider-Waite shows a naked woman pouring water into water and onto land. It is a card which represents hope and a symbol of guidance. When the Star appears, you know that you’re on the right track.
What I derive from the Card itself
The Star to me in one word is hope. This depictions shows me star that speaks to you. There are nights when you notices that one star in the sky, and it just seems bigger and brighter than the rest, and even has the rainbow edges to it’s twinkle.
Right now when I think about the moments when I see a star like that, I’m on the deck at the house I grew up in, the trees hedging my vision, and it’s a warm summer’s night. There’s a comfort in this place, a safety, a snugness. That comfort comes along with the association of looking up at the stars.
When you see that Star, you lose everything, it all just slips away and it pulls you up into it. All that is, is that Star.
It’s someone’s or something’s sun. We feel the effects of the sun, the outer-worldly self that XIX The Sun expresses to someone else. Not only is the Star a hope, a goal to strive toward, but it’s a fraction of what you’re on your way to.
Linearly, you have to pass the Moon to get to the Sun, and thus, you have to feel the effects of the Moon. The Star, I think, is a reminder of what’s being aimed for, what one strives toward in the darkness before the Moon. It appears just beyond the Moon, and can only be seen at night. During the day, you know you want to get to the Sun, but at night, it’s easy to lose sight of it. The stars are there to remind you.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.