Inverted Star


The Inverted StarThe Aquarian Tarot deck plays up the starlet interpretation of this card, by using a peacock in the image. Inverted, the peacock takes on a behavior similar to an ostrich, appearing to bury its head in the sand. This can represent one of the interpretations of this card, low self-esteem.

Inversions often explore an inner journey. Here, it relates to a lack of inspiration, innocence, focus, self-esteem, and the spark of the Divine. This lack can manifest outwardly in different ways. The casual observer sees it as a lack of self-confidence, and sometimes as arrogance.

If you are on this inner journey, you might feel drained, unbalanced, or like everything is just out of reach. This can feel as dark as a cloudy night sky, but it is usually a temporary situation. The heavens constantly change above us, but we don’t notice it when we stay inside. Get out of yourself and spend some time with friends. It will help you gain perspective. Then, you can let your light shine, stop hiding, and thank your lucky star!

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

The Number — 17, which resolves to 8

Eight is a number of movement, power, and adjustment.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous


In a spread, the Star twinkles gently in the background, shedding light and serenity on the surrounding cards.

Major Arcana

Magician: If the Star comes before the Magician (Magus or Cobbler in other decks), it suggests a happy beginning for a new project or artistic venture.
Empress: If the Star comes before the Empress, it suggests a happy, ordered, and tranquil existence. If the Star comes after the Empress, success will be assured through strong ambition and sustained effort.
Devil: In a spread, the Star and the Devil cancel each other out.

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