The Star


Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

The path connecting Yesod (Foundation) with Netzach (Victory) is associated with the Star Tarot card, and represents gaining victory on your spiritual quest due to the firm foundation you established at Yesod. The image on the Star Tarot card is of a naked woman pouring out two vessels of water. This symbolism is related to the symbolism on the Temperance Tarot card.

Angels are messengers of God and the angel on the Temperance Tarot card symbolizes the guidance received from the Holy Spirit shortly after baptism. The angel on the Temperance card has one foot on the land and the other foot submerged in the pool of water. The woman on the Star Tarot card also has one foot on land and the other resting on the pool of water – though her foot is not submerged, because this reflects a later period in a person’s spiritual walk.

The angel on the Temperance Tarot card balances the two containers of water. The woman on the Star card has mastered the balance between the cups, and is now able to put what she has learned to good use. She is taking the water from the pool and pouring it onto the land, causing growth (small flowers to bloom) all around the pool. The Mountain of God, which appeared in the background on the Temperance Tarot card, is also present on this card, but the narrow path of the Lord has been removed. The woman has already found her way along the path, and made it to her destination.

This path represents a return to the Garden of Eden. The woman has progressed in her spiritual journey; she has mastered the lessons of the Temperance angel and can utilize the resources under her control effectively. She no longer needs the trail to guide her path, because she is able to navigate on her own at this point in her journey. The eight pointed star represents a compass, and the eight cardinal directions associated with it (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW). The Sun is also a star (though closer to the earth than the others) and the image on the Star Tarot card depicts a large star (the Sun) with seven smaller stars around it. Both the Sun and the Stars can be used for navigation and direction finding (similar to a compass).

The woman is naked, yet unashamed; just as Eve was before the Original Sin (Genesis 2:25). Prior to Original Sin, Adam and Eve tended the garden that God planted (Genesis 2:15). The Star Tarot card represents the victory a follower of Christ can obtain if they are able to correctly navigate the challenges they face in life. The card represents a restoration of the relationship with God that humans had before Original Sin. The Tree of Life is visible on the right side of the card, but in this garden, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil no longer exists.

The Star Tarot card represents the mastery over the elements of our lives that we should strive for, but the symbolism contained in the card also provides us with examples of how to obtain this victory. Both the Sun and the Stars can be used as a means of navigation, but the most significant example of a star guiding the wise to the true path can be found in the nativity story.

Matthew 2:9-11 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

The three wise men followed the Star of Bethlehem and were the first gentiles to worship the Son of God. When Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, she brought sin into the world. Because of her sin, women were cursed with painful childbirths, and promised that enmity will exist between her seed and that of the serpent (Genesis 3:15-16). It was through Eve’s sin that evil entered the world, but it is through a woman giving birth (Mary) that the savior would be brought into the world in order to remove evil from the world.

The Star of Bethlehem led the wise men who followed it to the savior – who would be the light of the world, and lead all who follow Him into His father’s kingdom. The large star on the Star Tarot card can be interpreted as the Star of Bethlehem or as the Sun; both of which represent Christ leading His followers to the Kingdom of God (as also discussed on the path associated with the Sun Tarot card, connecting Yesod and Hod).

The Star Tarot card has a large star in the center of the sky with seven smaller stars around it. The seven smaller stars also refer to guidance; as the Book of Revelations contains seven stars that represent the seven angels of the seven churches, or the seven spirits of God. Letters were written to the seven churches to aid them on their paths, and to assist them in overcoming their shortcomings so they can press on towards victory.

Revelation 1:11-16 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

Revelations 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

Jesus appeared to the Apostle John holding seven stars in His right hand, which were the seven angels of the seven churches that John was to provide guidance to.

Revelation 2:1-7 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

The message to the first church began with complements. The church labored patiently and could not bear those who were evil. The tested the doctrines presented to them, and did not allow themselves to be deceived or misled. Their fault was that they had lost the zeal that they originally had and were less loving. They were then commended for hating the evil practices of the Nicolaitans. The church was advised to fix the area it was lacking, and to continue to with their other behaviors in order to eat from the Tree of Life in the midst of the Paradise of God.

Revelations 2:8-11 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

The message to the second church was darker than the message to the first church. This church was already experiencing tribulation and persecution. The church was told that they can expect things to get even worse; they would be arrested and some will be put to death. They were encouraged to be obedient unto death, and promised the crown of life as a reward. Previously, Jesus taught Christians to not fear those who had the power to kill the body only (Matthew 10:28).

The people in this church were physically poor, but spiritually they were rich. Jesus did not have anything bad to say to this church. He recognized that they were on the right track spiritually, but they were facing a great deal of adversity. His message to this church was to keep up the good work, fight the good fight, and lay hold of eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12). They were facing persecution and tribulation in this world, but Christ’s followers should not place undo stress on the affairs of this world, but should focus on the prize they are striving for (1 Timothy 2:4, Matthew 13:22).

Revelations 2:12-17 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. “He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’

The church in Pergamos was surrounded by evil, but they did not deny Christ – even when one of their members was martyred. However, the church did have some short-comings; unlike the church in Ephesus which identified and would not tolerate false doctrines, the church in Pergamos tolerated false prophets and allowed its members to be led astray. The church was warned to fix this area or face judgment.

Revelations 2:18-29 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’— as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

This church was abundant in works, service, patience, faith, and love, but like the previous church, they were too tolerant of evil among their members. Because of the sin the church is permitting, the evildoers will be thrown into great tribulation in a final effort to cause them to repent. Those who do not repent will face destruction. On a positive note, the members who have successfully avoided the false teachings and evil practices were given no other burden other than to continue along their path, and due to their service, they are promised positions of authority in the times to come.

Revelation 3:1-6 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

The church of Sardis was on the verge of death. Some of its members were being successful, but overall the church was in grave need of revival. They portrayed themselves as being a church of abundance, but they were not actually baring the required fruits of salvation (Matthew 7:20).

Revelations 3:7-11 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

The church in Philadelphia was faithful. As a reward for following Christ and not denying His name, the church will be spared from the turmoil that will be released on the earth (as the seven seals in the Book of Revelations are opened). The church is promised justice over their enemies, and they will be glorified in front of their persecutors on the Day of the Lord.

Revelations 3:14-22 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
The church of the Laodiceans was neither hot nor cold. They had many blessings, and therefore took God for granted. They were self-righteous – believing they were successful – when actually they were extremely poor spiritually. In an effort to correct their short-comings, they would be disciplined by God, and those who learn from their chastening will be accepted. The church believed they had all they needed, but they desperately were in need of council and guidance. If this church wants to succeed, then they need to improve in their efforts at seeking God.

Amos 5:8-9 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

We are to seek God, who can strengthen the victims and assist them in overcoming their enemies/obstacles. If we acknowledge Him, He will guide us and direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6). He will assist us in navigating the obstacles in our lives, and will provide us with living water.

John 4:6-14 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman and the well and described to her the living water that He will provide His followers. A more detailed understanding of this living water is provided later in the Book of John.

John 7:37-39 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Revelations 21:6-7 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

The living water that Jesus spoke of referred to the Gift of the Holy Spirit. This association links the baptism of the Holy Spirit received in Yesod (and on the path of Temperance) with the waters on the Star Tarot card. The Star Tarot card represents trusting in God’s guidance, which is apparent in the navigation qualities of the Sun and Stars, as well as the links to following Christ on the path of the Sun Tarot card, the Star of Bethlehem, the guidance provided to the seven churches in the Book of Revelations, and the living waters representing the guidance of the Holy Spirit and baptism. Those who trust in God and follow Christ will be given the water of life and shall be Sons of God.