In my upcoming podcast, Amy Winehouse was a topic of conversation. Specifically, her resistance to her Saturn Return. Amy was a Virgo and is a beloved member of the infamous ’27 Club.’ In the podcast, I claimed Virgo corresponds to the Star tarot trump. I associated the Star with the Hermit (a traditional Virgo correspondence) and the 5 of Cups. Why? How?
The 5 of Cups is centered around the experience of loss. Three of the five cups are lost. There is a sense of distance from the once grand tower yet the bridge is not burned and two cups remain. Nevertheless, there is a feeling of isolation and “crying over spilt milk.” It is the only card of the three with an obscured gender. We all go through the experience of emotional turmoil regardless of the silver linings. Grief is not gendered where the Hermit and Healer (the Star) archetypes are.
The 5 of Cups relates to the Star with it’s strong water motif. There are two cups/vases in both cards. But in the Star, the remaining chalices are intentionally having it’s contents poured out. Hope and Faith are not on reserve; they are readily available. This is the gift of Wisdom born of Faith.
The 5 of Cups has a dry landscape with a flowing river; the Star has a pool of water in an abundant field. The 5 of Cups is thirsty; the Star is well-nourished. Alternatively, the Hermit stands on a snow-covered landscape with a grey sky. Outer visibility is limited. The elements are cruel. Isolation is necessary and preferred. It is not painful and forced like the 5 of cups; however, the 5 of Cups could lead to a Hermitic period. If you look closely, within the lantern, the merkaba star exists. The trump card of the Hermit is in service to cultivating and maintaining the light of the Star.
It is important to note the similarities of the cape of the 5 of Cups and the Hermit. Both are shielded and protected from visibility and the elements. The Star is absolutely naked (some versions have her exposing nudity from beneath a cape) and vulnerable to the elements and perception. The Star emerges after a period of healing and transformation.
http://www.TheCosmicPath.com referes to Virgo as the Master Healer. This relates to the myth of Astraea. Astraea was the Virgin of the Cosmos. She was a symbol of Purity and Innocence. She was the last of the Immortals to abandon humanity and ascended to the constellation of Virgo. Astraea lived among men and met them face to face. This was the strength of her purity. She is the female form of the symbol of Justice (I will write a separate post on how this came to be).
Whether it is Original Sin or Karma, we are not born pure. It is something that emerges within us due to time and experience. It is something we earn.
Some Justice correspondences are Libra and Ace of Swords. Libra is the mirrored self. Ace of Swords represents wisdom, intellect, truth, illumination. Justice relates to purity, truth, and balance. Justice is a reflection of our most vulnerable selves. I will do a separate post on Justice very soon.
To conclude, the Star emerges out of a period of isolation born out of grief/loss. It shows the purity that emerges after a transfiguring period of reflection. Only surrendering to vulnerability will these qualities emerge. Not everyone is strong enough to fully sit in their multi-dimensiality.