Hold fast – The Star

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.

Mahatma Gandhi

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.

Hold fast.


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.

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  1. Ellen says:

    Thank you for this empowering post Beth.
    I also love “The Pole Star” from the Wildwood Tarot where the wanderer enters a dark and densely wooded forest with only her start the guide her.

    • Beth says:

      Oh gosh yes…the Wildwood version of this card is just wonderful (I would have liked to have included it, but didn’t have it with me!!)

  2. Emily says:

    Hi Beth, and thanks for this post. I’ve been making baby steps into tarot lately and a lot of my questions have to do with my future career path. I love this post because it syncs up so well with a book that has been very helpful to me, Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck. It’s basically about The Star as you’ve described it–finding that inner and genuine person who is your North Star and setting your compass by it. Now if I draw The Star I’ll have a lot more to think about!

    • Beth says:

      Oh my goodness, I *really* want to read this book Emily!! Thanks for sharing! So exciting that you’re getting into tarot 😀

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