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We return our focus to the Major Arcana with The Star coming up for this free tarot reading. But the card is in reverse this time around, so the meaning is a little different.

Remember that the Major Arcana cards are all about the soul. They tend to be more all-encompassing and fundamental than the suit cards for that reason—though I don’t agree with some tarot readers that they’re necessarily the most intense.

Let’s take a close look at the card itself as it appears in the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot decks we know and love. Then, I share your takeaway from this free tarot reading below.

 
The Star tarot card meaning from the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck
The Star tarot card features a figure of both support and balance. Is there such a person in your life?

The Star card in the Smith-Waite Centennial tarot deck

Pamela Colman Smith’s iconic version of The Star card shows a naked blonde-haired woman beneath a vivid sky with eight stars. The stars themselves have eight points as well. And more numerological tarot readers note that The Start is card number seventeen of the Major Arcana suit, which is also associated with the number eight. (That’s because when you separate the two digits of seventeen and add them together, you get eight. 1 + 7 = 8.)

This tarot card’s numerological harmony echoes The Star’s meaning of balance and harmony. We see the woman pouring two pitchers of blue water in heavy streams. One stream falls into a rippling pool, and the other cascades out into green grass. Also, the figure is reminiscent of the Aquarius constellation, the water-bearing air sign of astrology. Like The Star figure in the tarot, Aquarius gives life and healing energy.

But with her two vessels instead of one, The Star also evokes a sense of balance and equality. She bestows her healing essence to the water (affiliated with the Cups tarot suit) and the land (affiliated with Pentacles). And of course, the stars above evoke the energies of both air (affiliated with Swords) and Fire (affiliated with Wands). So this card reflects the four elements of the universe channelled together into healing energy. The Star is the giver of support and nourishment. So who might that be for you today?

The Star reversed invites you to accept help

In reverse, The Star suggests the presence of this healing figure in your life. And importantly, the card asks you if you’ve been blocking their aid. Are feelings of unworthiness preventing you from accepting help? Or are you simply unused to receiving support?

This free tarot reading reminds you that you’re valid and that you deserve love and care. We all need support sometimes. And other times, we find ourselves in a position where we can aid others. Like all that streaming water, this dynamic is in constant flux.

Accepting the flow from giver to receiver

If you’re used to being more of a Star figure yourself, always cheering others on and filling their cups, you might not feel comfortable on the other side of this dynamic. Also, you might also have noticed in yourself a tendency to undermine your needs and struggles—even as you protect and nurture other people’s. Particularly for feminized folks, it can be tough to unlearn the directive of always putting others first.

So let this reversed appearance of The Star serve as your permission to accept help for yourself. You can’t always heal others without also receiving support. This ebb and flow and is part of the balance that The Star card represents. It’s time to stop fighting that movement.