Thursday, May 23, 2013

Carpe Diem #203, The Star (XVII) Tarot

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First I will thank you all for your patience with me according to The Tower (XVI) I was late with publishing that episode, but I am glad that you all were so kind to respect that. Second I have published our new prompt list for June than we will have all classical Japanese Kigo (seasonwords) and third I have read some really wonderful prompt-suggestions and I will take a look at those. Oke back to our today's prompt, here we go ...

As we now have entered the realm of the Spirit the cards are becoming lighter and more colorful. It seems like we are in the Divine Light of the New Jerusalem (Revelations 21: 1-5a.) although we are still a long way away of It, but It's Light reaches us already. It's Light reaches even to the boundaries of the realm of the Spirit.

divine light
caresses my cheeks
almost there

As I stated in our Zodiac days, back in April, that we are now living in the time of Aquarius , the time of spiritual growth, the growing of the universal consciousness.

now is the time
Aquarius rules the world -
Honeysuckle blooms (*)

(*) Honeysuckle's deeper meaning is: The path of wisdom to find the Inner Self

Honeysuckle, the path of Wisdom to find the Inner Self.
As you all will know Chèvrefeuille, the French translation for Honeysuckle
is my 'nom de plume'.

All over the world people are standing up to the common rules e.g. Islamic women are standing up against the female unfriendly interpretation of the Qu'ran or what do you think of the worldwide economic crisis, which I even could have used in our episode of The Tower (XVI). Those are all signs that we have entered the realm of Spirit, the time of Aquarius, so maybe ... this whole journey through the Tarot and our quest for the Divine meaning of it brings prophecies out in the open. Who can say?

all over the world visions change -

The first thing which came in mind as I was doing research for this episode, this new step in our journey through the Divine Tarot, I think I can already say that the Tarot is Divine, was the Star of David, which we saw in the card of The Hermit (IX) and which lead the three Kings, the three Wise Man (or Magi) from the East to Bethlehem's stable in which (Mother) Mary gave birth to our Lord Jesus (Matthew 2: 1-12 NIV). Also that stable I could have used in The Tower (XVI). Jesus was born in poverty and had already all divine knowledge and wisdom He needed to do what He had to do. His birth in poverty is all back to base, back to the Spiritual Self, back to the time before The Fall (Genesis 3: 1-24 NIV).

Star of David
shines on my path
finding my way

finding my way
David's Star dispels the night
enlightens my spirit

Another thing which came in mind was, don't ask me why, because I don't know it, was 'Stardust', the song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Paris. This song, 'a song about a song about love', played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo and is considered one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century with over 1500 total recordings. I love to share here the 'Stardust'-versions sung by Katie Melua (2005) and by Nat King Cole.

In this song there is a line which brought another thought in mind: 'The Nightingale tells his fairy tale of paradise where roses grew. Though I dream in vain in my heart it will remain'.
We have entered the realm of Spirit, we are back in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2: 8-9 NIV) where roses grow and bloom.

no fairy tale,
but a new reality
Paradise regained

Let us take a closer look at The Star (XVII) from the RW-Tarot-deck. What do we see?

We see a naked woman kneeling by the water, one foot is in the water, one foot is on the land. Above her head a star shines out. In each hand she holds a jug. From one jug she pours a liquid into the water. From the other jug she pours a liquid onto the land. The jugs in both hands are very familiar with the balance in Temperance (XIV)

The pool of water refers to the subconscious or the universal, the cosmos. The land refers to the material world. The naked, natural, woman or Mother Nature renews both. The two pitchers represent integration of the two opposite sides of our nature. Usually divined as hope for the future, it may indicate good things to come in the things represented in the next cards.

nature regains
a fragile balance
Mother Earth's care

The Star (Jesus) represents a moment, a time, of renewed hope, inspiration and discovery. (The time of Aquarius in which we are living now?) We have escaped The Devil, as we saw in The Devil (XV) and The Tower (XVI) and we are now in calm waters. It's a major breakthrough, a new opportunity to rise to a higher state of consciousness. (In The Tower (XVI) there is a third window. That window means 'super consciousness' which is just granted to a few. It stands for the secret, ancient, deeper knowledge as hidden in the Crown of the Tree of Life, the Kabbalistic glyph, Kether or God Consciousness. And that knowledge is now in reach tthrough the spiritual growth, through this Aquarius era.In some  Tarot-decks The Star depicts Aquarius pouring the water into the water and upon the land.)

gaining insight
re-balancing the Inner Self
the Crown is in reach

The Star (XVII) is the first of three cards of increasing light. A higher pathway will become visible, the way to Calvary. A way we have to go to enter the City of God (Revelation 21: 1-5a. NIV). The Star is indicating that we are approaching the goal og Enlightenment, the goal of our journey and quest through the Divine Tarot.
The Star (XVII) is followed by The Moon (XVIII) and The Sun (XIX) all three cards full of light, God's Light. The Light that shines upon us and is part of us (2 Corinthians 4: 6 NIV).

divine sources
the sun, the moon and the stars
lightning our path

As we travel on we can rejoice the Love of God, we feel lightfooted and we may dance on our way to the New Jerusalem. That will bring us eternal life as we can see in the little flowers on The Star card, they are all depicted with leaves in the form of the lemniscate, the sign for 'Eternity' as we saw in earlier episodes of our journey and quest through the Divine Tarot e.g. The Magician (I)

It was really a joy, and this time no struggle, it flowed just out of my pen, to share this episode in our journey and quest through the Divine Tarot. It feels like my Inner Self has guided me. I hope you enjoyed reading it as just my thoughts on The Star (XVII) and not as a sermon. It's not my intention to preach, it's just my gift to all of you ... the Tarot is Divine and not occult.
Be inspired to compose your haiku and share them with us all. Carpe Diem is one big family and I hope that you all feel free to say what's on your mind and heart. I hope that Carpe Diem gives that safety.

This prompt will stay on 'til May 25th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post (if I can) our next episode, The Moon (XVIII), later on today around 10.00 PM (CET).



  1. thank you for such beautiful and hopeful words....Got me thinking in a new direction.....

  2. Thank you for this inspiration.. My mind went elsewhere anyway...:-) You forget a star-song the Dutch entry in the 1974 Eurovision song contest was called "I see a star" :-)

  3. beautiful words :) thank you for this. i know these prompts took a lot of research and reflection. you're a wonderful host. ^^

  4. An inspired post:) Loved the music too.

  5. a journey lit by the stars
    your blog today is beautiful

  6. A very enjoyable episode. A teacher, back 1962 explained the Aquarian age...
    the age of non-Zodiac terms. I've remembered it all these years, and never have found a reference to what he was saying til this episode.
    Thank you