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The Star (XVII) from the Rider-Waite deck

The Star (XVII) is the seventeenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination.



A. E. Waite was a key figure in the development of modern Tarot interpretations;[1] however, not all interpretations follow his theology.

Some frequent keywords are: [1]

  • Calmness ----- Free-flowing love ----- Trust
  • Tranquility ----- Peace of mind ----- Pure essence
  • Hope ----- Serenity ----- Inspiration ----- Generosity
  • Thinking positive ----- Joy ----- Faith ----- Regeneration
  • Good will ----- Optimism ----- Harmony ----- Renewal of forces

A naked woman kneels 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. In other, older decks a woman (or sometimes even a man) is simply looking and sometimes gesturing at a large star in the sky.


Rider-Waite symbolism

  • The bird nested on the tree bears resemblance to the Ibis, a bird which was venerated by the ancian Egyptians as a symbol of the god Thoth.
  • There are altogether 8 stars which account for the 8 minor astrological planets (excluding the sun and moon which have their own respective cards). This is inclusive of Pluto - at the time of the deck's illustration an unknown planet X (Pluto was officially discovered in 1930). According to Waite the main star is l'Etoile Flamboyante of the Masonic tradition.[2]

Divination usage


The pool of water refers to the subconscious. The land refers to the material world. She renews both. Usually divined as hope for the future, good things to come regarding the cards close to the star.


  • Founding father of surrealism André Breton's 1945 book "Arcanum 17" invokes The Star as a figure of healing and reconciliation in post-war Europe.

The Major Arcana cards have inspired many computer games. In The House of the Dead 4, part of Sega's House of the Dead series, The Star appears as a levitating humanoid and serves as the penultamite boss of the game. All bosses in the House of the Dead series are named after the Major Arcana.

In popular culture

  • The Star is one of the bosses in The House of the Dead 4.
  • The main character of the third series of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Kujo Jotaro, is the wielder of Star Platinum, a powerful Stand that enables him to stop time. It was named after this tarot card.
  • In Persona 3 video game Mamoru Hayase is the Star Arcana (Social Link). In Persona 4 Teddie (Kuma in japanese version) the walking empty bear suit. Star Arcana features various figures relating to the stars and light, such as Lucifer/Helel and Kaiwan.


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