Sometimes, we refer to The Star card as the “fairy godmother” of the tarot deck. It comes to let you know everything is going to be fine, and after the upheaval of The Tower card, it’s always a welcome sight. We pair The Star card with the Moon and Sun, and they function as the climax of the Major Arcana as they bring us back to the beginning, changed by our journey.
You don’t need to believe in the stars to make them exist, and you don’t need to believe in the universe’s support for it to be there. This card says that things have always been okay and always will be, so don’t worry too much about control. The Star card is also about taking center stage and being your authentic self. The stars will shine for you too! Put yourself at the center of your life and share your gifts with the world.
When reversed, The Star card can stand for a loss of hope. You might think that the universe is treating you unfairly and everything is going wrong, but, the reversed Star card can remind you to look inside yourself and ask what you can learn from your situation. Yes, things might not be going your way, but you can take lessons from the experience that will help you in the future.
The reversed Star card also allows you to show your strength in the face of challenges. You can shine if you believe in yourself.
The reversed Star card might also be a sign that things are stagnant in your life. Rather than celebrating your creative talents and interests, you’re just living a boring day-to-day life that’s getting a little stale. To get some of your energy and enthusiasm back, take some time out for self-reflection. Focus on self-care and work to get your priorities in line. Develop personal celebrations, even if it’s as simple as finding time for a warm bath with candles and relaxing music at night. You will get back to enjoying life once you get reacquainted with yourself.
Reading this reversed card using the “blocked/restricted” meaning
Alright, so let’s jump into the ways you can read your reversed Star card. First, you can use the “blocked/restricted” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you’re looking for an obstacle standing in front of the card’s upright meaning. So, for The Star card, this means something is blocking your hope, inspiration, or celebrity. Something is standing in the way of your evolution and personal progression. What’s keeping you from becoming that bright, shining star?
Say you pull the reversed Star card when thinking about your public persona. You’ve been gaining some clout lately because of your talent. Maybe you’re a writer, a content creator, or an entrepreneur. Whatever your skill, you’re getting attention and gaining a following.
But perhaps you’re hesitant to move forward because you’re second-guessing your ability to stand as an authority in your field. You doubt your talent and ability to provide your followers with what they’ve grown to expect. The reversed Star card reminds you that things are going well, and you should embrace your audience and trust that you know how to serve them.
They want more from you because you’re skilled, knowledgeable, and reliable. They recognize your gifts and want to support you. So go for it! Dive into your work even more and seek to live up to their expectations. The stars are shining for you, so embrace them and don’t stand in the way of your own success.
Reading this reversed card using the “opposite” meaning
You can also read your reversed Star card using the “opposite” reversed card meaning. When you read your cards like this, you’re looking for the opposite of the card’s upright meaning. For the reversed Star, instead of hope, inspiration, and faith, you have doubt, disbelief, and obstacles.
This suggests you’re doubting your ability, or the people and circumstances in your life. You might also find that some things are standing in your way or holding you back from what you want to achieve.
For example, you might pull the reversed Star card when thinking about your health. You’re getting older, and you’ve had a few injuries over the past year that have kept you from working out. A pulled hamstring might not seem that severe, but when it’s paired with tendonitis in your shoulder and joint pain in your knees, it can be pretty tough to want to exercise.
You’re at a point where you feel like it’s impossible to start your routine again, and you don’t have faith in your body to hold up to any kind of fitness regime. Here, the reversed Star card is a reminder to stop doubting yourself. Yes, you won’t be able to jump straight into running marathons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start taking gentle walks around the neighborhood.
Try to find a gentle exercise that you enjoy, like swimming at the local YMCA or low-impact aerobics. The only thing standing in your way is your frame of mind, and the way to change it is by taking the first step—literally. Make some time for a short walk this evening and enjoy the fresh air. Take a few more steps the next day, and before you know it, you’ll be running that marathon (or at least getting a lot farther around your neighborhood)!
Reading this reversed card using the “worse” meaning
You can also read your reversed Star card using the “worse” reversed card meaning. When you read your reversed cards like this, you put the card’s upright meaning in a negative light. In the case of The Star card, this means you have hope and faith, but maybe you’re putting them in the wrong things.
Say you pull the reversed Star card thinking about your love life. You’ve been with your partner for a long time, even living together for years. Still, the two of you are lacking passion, excitement, and a genuine connection. You’ve been together so long that you don’t know how to be apart. You have faith in the relationship because you can’t imagine anything else, not because you have a clear picture of your future together.
The reversed Star card can encourage you to be honest with yourself. Are you truly happy in this relationship or just comfortable? Why do you have so much faith and hope in this arrangement? Is it because you see a future where the two of you encourage and support each other in becoming your best selves?
If not, look inside yourself and spend some time alone reflecting on what you want. Think about the life you want to have and ask yourself if your partner is the right one to help you on that journey. If not, talk to them to get on the same page about your desires and priorities in life, rather than simply assuming that you’ll get there eventually. Trust that you are strong enough to make the right decisions and take the right actions for yourself, regardless of the outcome.
Reading this reversed card using the “no/not” meaning
Finally, you can read your reversed Star card using the “no/not” reversed card meaning. When you read your reversed cards like this, you put a “no” or a “not” in front of the card’s upright meaning. So, for The Star card, this means “no hope,” “no inspiration,” or “no faith.” You’ve lost faith in the world around you and are lacking inspiration. Here, the reversed Star card calls you to look inward to find the excitement you once had.
What if you pull the reversed Star card thinking about your attitude toward the people in your life? Lately, everything seems to be setting you off, and you’re feeling discouraged. The challenges that came along with living in America in 2020 have left you disheartened, and now you’re doubting the goodness of people. You’re feeling jaded and don’t want to meet anyone new or engage in society.
Here, the reversed Star card can remind you that your faith in humanity starts from within. Yes, there are some horrible people out there, but there are also amazing people out there, too. You can choose who you want to interact with and which public figures you want to support. Take some time for deep inward reflection and ask yourself what matters to you in a person.
You can also spend some time thinking about the toxic traits you won’t tolerate from the people in your life. Once you define your values, you can seek people with similar ones and encourage only healthy partnerships in your life. You’ll find or create a new social circle that shines and reflects who you are and what you believe.