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Five Ways to Integrate the Teachings of The Star

By: VICTORIA WILSON on JULY 8, 2017

Welcome to the first annual INTERNATIONAL TAROT DAY BLOG HOP! Today we celebrate the global practice of Tarot and the connection that it provides across multiple cultures and geographical locations. Join us as we undertake this journey throughout the 78 cards of the Tarot.

 

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Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

 

Even when the sea is stirred up by the winds of self-doubt, we can find our way home. We can discover in the midst of the waves our spacious and wakeful awareness.

Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

 

For years whenever I look at The Star, all I saw was a soothing picture of healing. My eyes immediately go to the seven white stars hovering in the sky, a reference to the seven chakras that line the human spinal column. Chakras, the energetic centers of our physical body, help us stay healthy and aligned. When they are blocked, illness befalls us. Energy workers interact directly with the Chakras in their healing practice.

 

The big yellow star in the center of it all represents the 8th “Spirit Chakra,” which hovers just a little bit above the Crown Chakra. The Spirit Chakra is known to be the gateway between our individual human consciousness and a much grander and universal collective consciousness. Think of it as a warehouse that stores your karmic memories from multiple lifetimes. When the 8th Chakra is opened, we see the subconscious patterns that hold us back from finding the paradise within. When we see that, we can then commence work on releasing them once and for all. Just as the 8th Chakra serves as a spiritual guidepost; The Star is about accessing Divine guidance from within. Once we are enlightened to the err of our ways, we can then begin the work of healing.

 

Underneath the sky, a woman grasps two clay jugs – one in each hand – as water freely pours out from both. I’ve always regarded her as a Reiki practitioner of sorts, healing the earth and herself with the energy that flows from her hands. The contents of one jug flow into a small body of water, while the contents of the other pours directly onto the ground. To live a full life, we must give equal weight to both the inner and outer. The medicine that The Star offers is emotional balance between the needs of others and those of your own. When this card appears in your reading, think about how much of your individual self are you willing to give up for the sake of belonging to a larger collective?

 

The Star also makes me think of Aquarius, the Rebel of the zodiac who pits himself against the collective, just for the sake of being different. To do this, one must have a tremendous amount of self-confidence shored up. If you happen to view the Major Arcana as a set of psycho-spiritual processes that we undergo on the path towards self-realization, then The Star represents what author Tara Brach calls Radical Self-Acceptance.”  Radical Self-Acceptance, Brach writes, is the coming into awareness of what is happening in your mind and body in the present moment without needing to take action on it or pass judgement on its value. When we can do that, the work of releasing outworn patterns that have held us back begins. Healing comes in having faith in yourself.

 

Photo: Victoria Wilson

 

Here are 5 ways you can harness your self-confidence by integrating the teachings of The Star into your daily life.

 

1.) Question Authority

Thinking for yourself sometimes means rejecting the ideas of authority figures and people who are more elevated in stature than you. Maybe you think differently from your teachers, or you have ideas that contradict those of your boss. If that’s the case, then preach it! Too often we fall into the trap of discounting ourselves because someone else doesn’t agree with us. But whose to say that they’re right and you’re wrong? If there’s evidence to back up your claims, your opinions are just as valid as anyone else’s.

 

2.) Offer unpopular opinions

Sure it feels good to be liked and surround yourself with people who agree with you. And no one wants to be targeted or attacked for what they believe in. But there’s something to be said about owning the freedom to speak your mind. It’s a Universal truth that no matter how hard you try to please everyone, there’s always going to be someone out there who doesn’t like you, often for reasons that have nothing to do with you.

 

I can’t tell you how many times I have paused before saying something in a crowd of people, or posting something on Facebook, that I know isn’t going to be received well. When I catch myself doing this, I always make a point to say it anyways out of principle. You would be surprised how liberating it can feel when you let go of the need to be liked by others.

 

3.) Get comfortable in your own skin

Every time I go to the beach or pool it makes me so happy to see people with less than perfect bodies flaunting their stuff in their bathing suits. It makes me think of the nude woman in The Star, totally unaware of how she appears to the outside world while she is lost in her own inner bliss. She shows her naked body to the world without any embarrassment or shame.

 

What teaching does she offer you? That you are already perfect as we are. Be proud of the way God/dess made you. In The Star’s Aquarian world, everyone belongs.

 

4.) Let go of anything – values, beliefs, and routines – that do not reflect your authentic self

The Star teaches us how to distinguish between what others want for us, and what we want for ourselves. Over the years we all learn what it means to be a model citizen (such is the lesson of The Hierophant) and how to blend in with the crowd. The choice is ours to accept the status quo, or to go against the grain. The Star would urge you to choose the latter!

 

If you don’t agree with the direction in which the collective is moving, then don’t follow. Aquarius reminds us that it’s healthy to stick out like a sore thumb, vocalize opposition, and stand up for your beliefs. The Star of Aquarius allows us to be visionaries and see what others cannot. If we know something is true in our hearts, we are obliged to act in accordance.

 

5.) Forgive and forget

This one goes back to the idea of radical self-acceptance. Sometimes in the process of accepting ourselves fully, we must release any guilt for choices made in the past. This means recognizing that to be human is to be flawed, and that we are all prone to make mistakes. The Star calls on us to own those mistakes, and be open to whatever lessons they had to teach us.

 

Aquarius beckons us to look at things from a grander cosmic viewpoint. Everything – both good and bad – has its place in the overall scheme of the Universe. The more we can open our hearts to the possibility that the people who hurt us did so to expose a part of ourselves, the more we open ourselves up to the healing energy of The Star.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

 

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Weekend Tarot Reading for May 19-21, 2017

By: VICTORIA WILSON on MAY 19, 2017

Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg

Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries; Venus in Aries opposite Jupiter in Libra; Sun enters Gemini (Saturday)

THE EMPEROR, SIX OF COINS & TEN OF CUPS

Venus and Jupiter currently oppose one another within the Aries/Libra axis, bringing conflict between ourselves and our partners to the surface. Maybe you’re looking at your closest partnership only to realize that your needs aren’t getting met within it. If you can’t distinguish between your identity and that of your partner, get some clarity.

Opportunity – THE EMPEROR

Who are you, and what you stand for? If your relationship leaves you feeling out of control, remember what it means to love yourself first. Too many people fall into the trap of believing its noble to put their partners before themselves, wearing selflessness as a badge of honor. But selflessness easily turns into resentment. You can’t support others unless your own needs are met. And the only person responsible for making sure your needs get met is you.

Warning – SIX OF COINS

Proceed with caution if you have a personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury) anywhere between 21 degrees Aries and 1 degree Taurus. Uranus is messing with you big time right now, making you feel like breaking up is the only way to make things right again. Sometimes that’s the right way to go, but other times it’s not. Either way, Uranus doesn’t care. He just wants you to take extreme measures, and he wants you to do it now. Cool your heels to avoid doing anything you’re only going to regret in the future.

The litmus test is whether you are getting just as much out of your relationship as you are putting in. The SIX OF COINS reminds us that the best relationships are those of equal energy exchange. It doesn’t feel good to always be the giver or taker. Find a way to restore the balance, or get out.

Advice – TEN OF CUPS

Focus on people who love you, not on people who are hanging around only because you have something to offer. Love is not about filling deficits, but enhancing what is already good thing.

Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg

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Weekend Reading for May 12-15, 2017

By: VICTORIA WILSON on MAY 12, 2017

Hanson Roberts Tarot

Mars in Gemini trine Jupiter in Libra

SIX OF PENTACLES, THREE OF PENTACLES & THE HANGED MAN

With Mars trine Jupiter our efforts yield good things that bring blessings and opportunities for expansion. And the cards suggest that we can maximize those opportunities by practicing generosity. What do you need? What can you give?

Opportunities – SIX OF PENTACLES

Because the human ego is concerned with self-preservation, we feel a need to stockpile things like money, clothes, cards, and even food. And when we accumulate more than we can use, we call ourselves “rich.” But is it really necessary to have so many things? Animals generally don’t collect like we do, and they manage to survive just fine. The Six of Pentacles reminds us that stuff is meant to be used, and there is only so much stuff that we can use at once. Figure out what you really “need,” and re-home everything else. A little generosity goes a long way.

Warning – THREE OF PENTACLES

A man is hard at work with his back turned towards the people in the Six of Pentacles. He’s getting things done, but he’s oblivious to the idea of giving and receiving. Think about how much more he could get done if he accepted some help. No man is an island. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can handle everything on your own.When you step up to help someone today, tomorrow someone else will do the same for you.

Advice – THE HANGED MAN

The Hanged Man’s strength is his ability to see the world as no one else does. Viewing it from his 180 degree angle, he sees what others don’t. It may seem like a waste to give away things that you have worked so hard to earn. But isn’t it also a waste when something never sees the light of day because it’s been sitting in the back of your closet for the past five years? Reconsider your relationship to the material world, viewing it from the perspective of someone who has nothing.

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Weekend Tarot Reading for March 31 – April 2, 2017

By: VICTORIA WILSON on MARCH 31, 2017

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

3/31 #Mercury enters #Taurus

4/2 #Venus enters #Gemini

FOUR OF WANDS, SIX OF PENTACLES & THE SUN

On Friday Mercury moves into Taurus, encouraging all of us to think in more grounded and practical terms. We’re not so open to new ways of thinking as we are the ideas that have already been proven to work. There’s also something to be said for having hard evidence in the form of something that you can touch, feel, or see, before drawing any conclusions.

Conservative thinking does not slow down our readiness to make new acquaintances. Venus enters Gemini on Sunday. We are feeling driven to put ourselves out there and meet many different kinds of people. Keep it lighthearted and fun, and stay out of heavy emotional drama.

With the weekend transits in mind, I asked Tarot, “How can we guard against thinking that is overly rigid and dogmatic, especially when we’re mingling with folks we just met?”

In the FOUR OF WANDS we see two people standing behind the huppah. One wears blue while the other wears red, symbolizing the different viewpoints from which they hail. Behind them, people wearing all kinds of colors are having a good time. Getting along doesn’t mean we need to agree on everything. It means we respect someone else enough to allow them to be an independent thinker.

The SIX OF PENTACLES reminds us that life is a matter of give and take. We dispense information that we are knowledgeable in, and we receive information when we don’t know enough. Sometimes we forget that conversation is not about winning or losing, its about having an exchange of ideas.

THE SUN reminds us that life isn’t worth living if it isn’t enjoyable. Unless you have a stronghold on Truth with a capital “T,” lighten up. It’s not necessary to take yourself so seriously. And if you’re not enjoying the conversation, then don’t have it. There’s plenty of people to talk to in this world. Move on to those who float your boat.

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