Just as The Tower represents things coming to the surface and, ultimately, the tumultuous, chaotic consequences that can result, so the Star, too, speaks of the unconscious coming to the fore. In this card, however, we can see what can be brought about if we let The Tower fall: calmness and renewal after the storm.
The Star suggests that whatever work still remains to be done, now is a time to regroup, be still, and rest. The water that the woman in the picture pours falls in a neverending stream: we do not need to be concerned about scarcity, or be pressured by a sense of limited time. For now, we have enough.
The Rider-Waite image depicts an ibis to the right of the card. This bird represents the ancient Egyptian God Thoth, who was believed to be the originator of all the arts; The Star can also suggest that, as part of our healing, we turn our attention to our creative energies, however, these may manifest. Painting, reading, making music, for example, could all serve us well at this time.
When The Star appears reversed, most often this indicates that we are, in some way blocking the opportunity for healing. This may not be conscious. Allowing ourselves to rest, and to simply sit with ourselves and our thoughts, can be scary. We do not know what may appear from the pool that the woman kneels before. The reversed card often represents feelings of insecurity, even depression, and reminds us that our capacity to change our situation is well within our grasp if we can simply be open to the opportunity for renewal that the upright Star offers us.
The Star speaks of the infinite, and of the ability of love and hope to flow through us in a never-ending stream, if we allow them to. The maiden in the picture is naked, free of constraints, and unfettered, assuring us that we need seek nothing other than the beauty in our unique selves to find fulfillment and joy