What’s your North Star?
By this I mean, what one thing would you know you could hold onto when everything else was falling apart?
Not a partner, a lover, a friend, a pet – I’m talking about something deep inside you. An unchanging, untouchable essence of your self. The light of truth you carry within you.
For me, that’s The Star.
It’s a card that’s often described with words like ‘hope’ and ‘optimism’, and it’s easy to see why. The Star shines brightly in the night sky, cheerful, strong, something beautiful to focus on when all else is in darkness or confusion.
The Star, from The Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans
It’s no coincidence that this card follows on from The Tower – the ‘ultimate destruction’ card, wherein the whole structure of our lives is blown to bits. We see everything crumble, we freak out, we try desperately to save the situation, before realising that this is futile. Life as we know it has been shaken to the core, and everything has changed.
It’s at times like these that we need our North Star.
When everything else is changing, it’s important to remember who we are. When we lose our grip on everything we thought we could control, there’s something within us that we can hold fast to.
The Star, for me, represents that thing. You might call it your essence, your soul, your best self, the core of who you are. It’s also your principles and your most deeply-held beliefs. When it seems like the world has lost its mind, you can hold on to this truth and keep strong.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
So this card is hopeful, and optimistic. It’s a reminder that everything will be okay because you have your self, your personal truth. Nothing can take this away from you. You’re strong, and you’re amazing.
In The Collective Tarot, this brings a healing and empowering energy, and the card is illustrated with sparkling diamonds – representing earth – as well as the ‘traditional’ water symbols often found in this card:
The gems in the card symbolise the emotionally replenished self that is deep within you and deep within the earth, reminding us to look deeper into ourselves. The hands symbolise our ancestors as water bearers, giving water to replenish us, and then teaching us to bear the water and replenish the environment around us.
When this card appears in my tarot readings, I feel encouraged and supported. I feel that I’m getting a reminder that I am a whole and genuine person, no matter what is going on in my life. I feel calmer and more in touch with myself, and stronger – like I can do what I need to do.
The Star – your personal North Star – is that inner truth, that diamond in the rough, that absolute essence of you that shines brightly no matter what else is going on. Like the captain of a ship on stormy seas (where the ocean perhaps represents the emotional landscape), you can guide yourself to safety by the light of your star.
PS If you’re interested in this card, you’ll enjoy reading the recent posts on the Queer Tarot Project, where a number of people have chosen The Star as their personal tarot card.
I’m a 30-something writer, artist, tarot reader, and perpetual explorer of the space between thought, feeling, and action.
I believe that spirituality and ritual are for everybody. I’m about the journey, in all of its messy, non-linear, chaotic iterations. I am excited by anticapitalist business and living with my whole entire self present. I use tarot cards to bring forth hidden truth, and ritual to affirm my commitment, over and over, to my ever-shifting path.