The Star is also called the 'Guiding Light', and is taken as a symbol of the deep realization that the chosen way is the right one, that the end of this way will be a good one, and that there is perfect harmony between the psychical feeling and the physical doing. In a negative position the Star can tell when there is a mistake in the code, some error in our feeling, that the way we feel so sure about isn't quite right. This is what makes this trump so kind - even in its most negative aspect it just gives us a gentle warning.” This is a good little summary of what XVII the Star has come to mean to me, and how I view it in a spread. It is also one of my favorite cards, as through ALL of my life, despite the surreal childhood, rebellious adolescence and then adult, full-force eccentricity running with the wild lion of my ego and amour-propre, I have ALWAYS possessed the mysterious trick of never losing “Hope” despite living experience to the contrary. This is one area that my stubbornness has served me well; despite the world telling me to abandon her, she was dead, she was ridiculous in a modern world, I have never given up on Hope coming through for me. And she has managed to help me glide through some pretty large serpent’s mouths, I assure you. She’s also the most beautiful naked superhero you’ll ever meet, I assure you of that, as well! Grin. As she pours the waters of Body and Soul, Earth and Water, Silver and Gold, onto the primordial waters, she brings calm and her gift of Love. I adore her. Regretfully moving on, we come to the engine for today’s Energy needs, the Page of Coins. This from A. E. Thierens about this Valet; “The Page, always more or less of a messenger, in this case of fiery nature, on the Seventh house, as well as on the Third. The latter house is that of the disciple and the message; so here the traditional rendering is again quite correct. The seventh house explains everything that is said about application, occupation, profession, liberality, etc., this being the house of
Libra, of relation. We may add, that the card will indicate a proposal of marriage, courting, love-making, but in a gentle, sometimes a poetical or platonic way, not without ardor however.” (*The General Book of the Tarot*.) The only thing I can think of to relate to the Page from personal experience was a time in my late childhood though early adolescence when I passed through a stage of “belonging” more to my great-great-aunt than to my own family, much to my own satisfaction. She was the financial, emotional; “historical,” hierarchical head of my mother’s family, a clan of the Osage Indian Nation (as it is now called.) So I slipped from my parent’s authorities to my aunt’s, or, if you like, I was sent to “Valet Academy,” . . . LOL. I’m quite familiar with this Energy and this role; the problem with the role is that without maintaining constant “bonhomie” therein, it almost always breeds resentment. Of the role, of the duties, of the “hierarchical shaming & placing,” and even, finally, of the perks, including “crawling on your belly like a reptile” for money. Especially with this Valet, “the input must be clean for the product to be clean.” He’s an “Earther,” remember, and while not afraid of earth-like qualities, as a member of the royal family he has a tendency to be fatuously fastidious. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL today the calm to use our resources economically. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!
Addendum #1: “XII - The Hanged Man Path of Mem 23 in the Tree of Life Uranus as neutralization and inversion, Neptune as spirit of sacrifice, the 12th House as a symbol for metamorphosis through isolation and knowledge. Tree of life: From Geburah to Hod Element: Water. Number: 12 - the perfect number, symbol of the zodiac, 3 x 4. The Hanged Man is a symbol for the turning points in life, showing up a need to stop and assess a situation. We're hanging in the air until we find a new view of the things around us, a proper way to rearrange or restart. But the Hanged Man is a 'silent' card - there's no pressing need for change. No big change is waltzing towards us - we can peacefully keep on hanging and complaining. The Hanged Man just shows that we're just 'hanging', he requires a new viewpoint, and sometimes a lot of patience. In its positive aspect, the card shows the need for a time of consideration, the forced relaxation gives the opportunity to relax and reflect, to sort thoughts and ideas and find a new way to cope with a situation.” (Raven, www.corax.com)