It’s official, Christmas is coming. The lights are on, music is playing and people are out and about trying to find perfect presents and new outfits. Soon fridges, presses, wardrobes and car parks will be filled to the brim. Frantic shoppers, busy streets, hustle and bustle that will be with us right up to 6 o clock on Christmas Eve, and then suddenly it all stops. The energy changes. Breathe again, relax. Hopefully, family and friends will find their way home for a rekindling of friendship and joy and a sharing of peace. That’s the plan anyway! Obviously, and for a whole variety of significant reasons, not everybody has the same resources, ability and circumstances to fulfill this wish for an ideal Christmas, but the dream, the wish and the hope are still available as an ideal thought. Something to aim for, and unfortunately for many, something which may remain far beyond reach in this market driven economy.
The Star Card
This card is a reminder that dreams and ideals of a higher nature are always worth searching for. The overcoming of challenges, however difficult, is part of life. The way can be found, but often, it is a path which must be sought out, and the journey itself can prove to be arduous. Some tarot decks illustrate this card with images of the Three Wise Kings of the East who followed the Star to Bethlehem. They brought gifts for the infant Jesus. Melchior brought Frankincense, Gaspar carried embalming Myrrh, and Balthazar gave Gold to crown the Spiritual King. In ancient times, holy star shaped pentacles representing these three Magi were worn at this time of the year as a talisman of protection. Just as the message of Christmas is about the birth of a Saviour who redeems, the Star signifies hope, rebirth and healing, a new promise of life and salvation, and in all traditions this card also represents gifts, guidance and regeneration.
The card shown here from the Rider Waite Deck also represents Aquarius, the Water Bearer. The main characteristic of her nature is Love. She pours divinely energised Waters of the Firmament on to the land and the Pool of Memory. This reminds us that the ultimate source of all is Divine. She is Venus, the brightest star in the sky, the guiding light that was set in place to guide those in greatest darkness. The Star lights a path which may give us a glimpse of the Majesty of the Creator and an insight into the origin of our own Soul. The Star is our personal perception of God and Divinity. The figure represents the feminine side of God, she is the goddess behind all goddesses. She is receiving messages from the bird, an Ibis delivering messages from on high. This can also be shown as the Dove of Spirit hovering over the Biblical Tree of Knowledge.
Her’s is the inner spiritual experience of Venus in the highest expressions of unconditional Love, not to be confused with the escapist glamour and romance of the Christmas Party with it’s flashing lights, alcohol and loss of control. As Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, “The fault dear Brutus is not in our Stars, but in Ourselves.” The Star is saying “Follow your dreams. Prepare for renewal and a fresh start, look for the new path.”
Have a wonderful Christmas, may it be safe and peaceful.