Poetry of the Tarot: The Star

The Star

As the smoke clears, clouds separate,
we behold Venus with evening stars,
Divine child of Mother Earth herself.
A true beacon of hope and creativity,
she kneels barefoot before the waters,
listening in, offering her loving heart,
while the Soul dances in exhilaration,
here on the incandescent sacred path.

Her lustrous grace, a pure revelation,
the bright soul no longer covered up.
Nurtured by the universe at this time,
we receive gifts of peace and serenity.
Instinctively, we quest the Holy Grail
as truth enlightens the mind and soul.
She who awakens the bird of thought.
She who opens and clears the chakras.

Reversed, she quits the fool’s journey,
drops Ariadne’s glossy ball of thread,
agrees to return to the starless Tower,
shackles her soul to the Devil himself!
By walking away from love and faith
she cannot follow or find blessedness,
or gain relief from interior emptiness,
remaining blind to all spiritual riches.

The poet tracks the inner star within,
one that guides her to luminescence,
to the mystical, divine call of destiny.
To find meaning and purpose in life
she takes off her personality to shine,
her reward, the light of the Universe.
As she shares deep spiritual wisdom,
we journey ahead towards the Moon.

Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2016

12 thoughts on “Poetry of the Tarot: The Star

  1. I’m bathing in a Venutian glow. Thank you, Deborah. What a relief. This is exquisite. The longing for and connection with Love transforms everything. Also the way Love can turn on us and force transformation or a return to something unfinished (as in the third stanza)–always reminding me of Aphrodite’s “cruelty” to Psyche in the Eros and Psyche myth in the impossible initiation of the Four Labors. Venus/Aphrodite can be a tough task master if we do not follow her dictates. Love can bring us to our knees.

    I’m also deeply moved by the line “the poet tracks her inner star within.” From my windows and from outside when Venus is in her Evening Star/Inanna phase, I’m forever thrilled to see her and watch her as she disappears below the horizon. And then to find her popping up in the East as the morning star Ninshubar.

    To me, this is the essence of Joseph Campbell’s “Follow your Bliss.” Follow what your heart and soul truly love. A bow to you for the wisdom and beauty you share.

    1. Thank you so much Elaine for your beautiful, poetic response to my poem. I love it when the soulful poet in you arises! I agree, love changes everything, and yet she can be such a harsh mistress indeed by returning us to terrible situations (and towers!) in order for us to finally face our truth … often sending us back to the Devil himself! Oh my goddess, I’m completely taken up by the mythology of it all! Much gratitude for prompting me to dip into the stories.

      In night-time skies Venus is regularly the first star many see first … witnessed I’ve read in ancient days by two separate stars, the “evening star” and the “morning star” … myths that add even more wealth to the night’s revelation! Tracking our inner star, following our bliss, leads us to enlightenment and luminesce … yet what a journey the Fool (Poet) must take to reach the beautiful light of the Universe! Blessings to you always, Deborah.

  2. This is so lovely Deborah thank you – the Star given emphasis by your shining words. This makes me think that when we say yes! to the psyche, that the Universe responds in support of our quest. May we all be reminded of turning towards the skies and heavens and towards love and truth when all is dark and kneel at the waters – I love this image of the Venus in the heavens with her waters below … and Venus no doubt reflected in the water.

    Glad to hear you had a good road trip!

    Sending love across the seas and lands …

    1. Thank you so much Susan for your beautiful, poetic words and rich illuminations. I agree, it’s as though the Universe rearranges herself to line up exactly what we need to see, read, and be next when we say yes to the psyche! Whenever I come from a place of deep truth, love and compassion my heart lightens, and opens wide. Oh my goddess, the thought of Venus standing in Heaven looking down to the living waters, awesome!

      We took another wonderful road trip to my favourite trees in Avebury, Wiltshire. There’s a black and white photo of them on the back of my poetry book. One of my favourite places in the world! Love, light and much laughter, Deborah.

  3. This card is such a relief after the trials of the cards following Temperance as, for me, the Star guides us out of the dark into the light. It is the card that lands face up when we have hit an all-time low, the lightbulb moment that hits us when we don’t think there’s a way forward – the Star is a guiding light!

    I love your way of describing this “The Poet tracks the inner star within, one that guides her to luminescence, to the mystical, divine call of destiny” – perfectly put Deborah!!

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your wonderful comment on the Tarot’s illuminating Star. Yes, a huge relief indeed following the trials and tribulations of The Devil and The Tower. So often in the midst of darkness and suffering we fear that we may never see the light again and yet she appears, often in the moment when we least expect it … always offering us her love, light and illumination!

      I feel tracking the inner star is the way forward for the Fool (Poet) on her mystical, and spiritual journey. As the kings, shepherds, and angels of long ago, once tracked Venus, the biggest and brightest star in our night skies. Following our star, our bliss leads us home. Blessings always, Deborah.

  4. Well what can I say, Sunday came and went without Deborah!! No poem posted until today when the sparkling Star at last took her due place in tarot heaven. Our reward, the light of the Universe. Thank you, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your great comment, that’s so generous and kind-hearted of you! Another road trip this past week meant great fun, but alas not much time to sit and write. Please know your ongoing support and inspiration mean so much to me. Blessings always, Deborah.

      1. This series like your poetry is in a class of its own. 18 down 4 to go. Hope your trip went well.

        1. Just had a quick flick back and yes this is my eighteenth poem in my “Poetry of the Tarot” series, with only The Moon, The Sun, Judgement and The World to go! Thank you, we both had a wonderful, restful trip hanging upside down once again in Odin’s sacred trees!

  5. Thank you Deborah for this post. After the tower has broken away the old ego, a new energy comes into existence. The goddess gets the energy out of the sacred (and often secret) lake.

    I used to not understand why this was not the last card of the arcana. Only now I realize that the destruction of the devil is balanced by the new awareness of temperance. This first destruction concerns the ego. The second destruction of existing energies concerns the unpersonal nature.

    The process going on in the destruction generated by the Tower and balanced out by the Star concerns the personality.

    The Star symbolises the conscious site of the personality. The moon, the next card is concerned with the night site (and the dream site) of our personality. Again it is balance that is key in those processes.

    “the poet tracks her inner star within”
    Thank you for helping us hear its soft whispers.

    1. Thank you so much Susanne for sharing your wonderful Tarot insights and listening to my soft whispering words, greatly appreciated. The Star is a beautiful card which I love to turn over in a spread. What joy to think of those living waters, as an inner sacred and secret lake!

      I understand what you mean about the positioning of this card as I’m sure initially I felt similar … and yet following on from The Tower, not only is it a surprise, but also deeply healing to witness the shining soul emerge from what appears as only total destruction.

      We journey onwards now, to The Moon. Blessings always, Deborah.

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