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The Star Art and Meaning

Tarot Genoves Tarot Deck

A nude female figure pours water upon the earth from two vases. In the heavens above her shines the Blazing Star of the Magi (surrounded by seven others), trees and plants grow beneath her magic influence (and on one the butterfly of Psyche alights). She is the star of Hope.

About the Deck

A reproduction of an authentic Genovean Tarot exhibited at the Fournier Playing Card Museum.

Provenance

Genova, Italy. 1887

Meaning of The Star from the Tarot Genoves Tarot Deck Deck

Upright

Hope, Expectation, Bright promises;

Reversed

Hopes not fulfilled, Expectations disappointed or fulfilled in a minor degree.

According to Many Schools of Thought

A. E. Waite's Secondary Meanings

The Star, Dog-Star, or Sirius, also called fantastically the Star of the Magi. Grouped about it are seven minor luminaries, and beneath it is a naked female figure, with her left knee upon the earth and her right foot upon the water. She is in the act of pouring fluids from two vessels. A bird is perched on a tree near her; for this a butterfly on a rose has been substituted in some later cards. So also the Star has been called that of Hope. This is one of the cards which Court de Gebelin describes as wholly Egyptian-that is to say, in his own reverie.

S. L. MacGregor Mathers's Divinatory Meanings

Upright

Hope, Expectation, Bright promises

Reversed

Hopes not fulfilled, Expectations disappointed or fulfilled in a minor degree.

Papus's Divinatory Meanings

Hope.