Tarot Birth Card Meanings: Strength and The Star
Your path is all about vulnerability
Your Tarot birth cards are special guides meant to help you find your way. Based on your birth date, these cards carry messages of encouragement and reminders to help you stay on track.
Strength and The Star are united by themes of openness and vulnerability in the face of adversity, so if you have this pair in your Tarot birth card lineup, you have a special opportunity to explore these themes and make them your own.
MEET STRENGTH + THE STAR
Vulnerability, Survival, Acceptance
Gifts: Tenderness, Resilience, Courage
Challenges: Coping with stress, Guilt, Naivete
Advice: Express your feelings in creative ways. Schedule your self-care. Make friends with grief.
Interpreting Strength (#8) and The Star (#17) Birth Cards
The Strength card is all about compassion and openness. With a name like “strength,” you might expect this card to feature someone with a muscular body performing some amazing physical feat, but instead, most Strength cards show a woman lovingly interacting with a fierce creature (usually a lion) and even placing her hand in the animal’s mouth. This visual reminds us of a different kind of power – the power to be vulnerable and steady in the face of something that could hurt.
The Star is a card about picking up the pieces and honoring your ability to persevere. In the sequence of the Major Arcana, The Star comes immediately after The Tower, the card where everything crumbles. Under the influence of The Star, you recognize your own survival. You see what you’re made of, and it ain’t too shabby!
Together, Strength and The Star Tarot birth cards lead you into an awareness of strength in its purest forms: strength of will, character, and self.
The gifts of Strength and The Star
Each set of Tarot birth cards suggests certain talents and natural abilities. Here are a few associated with Strength and The Star:
We often think people are strong if they don’t let anything affect them and never show emotion. The Tarot says differently, though. Strength, to the Tarot, is a matter of softness. It’s about being brave enough to take risks, open up, and be your authentic self. Strength of this nature also allows you to sit comfortably with other people in their most vulnerable moments.
With The Star on your side, you have a heightened ability to bounce back from difficulty. Anything that goes wrong or sends you in an unexpected direction is simply a chapter, not the entire story.
The word “courage” comes from the Latin word cor, meaning “heart.” Strength and The Star both put you in touch with the well of power, determination, and serenity that exists in your heart. This doesn’t mean you’ll never be afraid, but rather that you have a special gift for finding a deeper motivation so you can press on in the face of your fears.
The challenges of Strength and The Star
Alongside the gifts, your Tarot birth cards can indicate some particular obstacles. Here’s what to look out for as you get to know Strength and The Star:
1. Coping with stress
We all come up against stressful situations, of course, but there’s a wide range of ways to deal with them. You might appear to stay cool, calm, and collected, but under the surface, there’s a good chance that you’re coping in unhealthy ways. Maybe you blame yourself, engage in numbing behaviors, or withdraw from loved ones. Pay close attention to your cues that might suggest you need a little extra support.
The Star is all about survival, and this terrain can sometimes come with guilt. You may feel confused about how you’re able to navigate life with relative ease when others have a harder time. Remember that even if some unearned advantages come your way, you may still be able to use them in a way that serves those around you.
Your vulnerability is an incredible gift, but the flip side of it is a tendency to perhaps be a little too trusting in situations where it’s not merited. You may need to put some boundaries in place, almost like a personal policy, so you don’t rush into commitments or relationships that aren’t right for you.
How to work with Strength and The Star
1. Express your feelings in creative ways.
Your emotional rivers run deep! When you need to say how you’re feeling, finding the right words could be a challenge. Experiment with other ways of letting it all out, perhaps through an art form like painting, dancing, or writing.
2. Schedule your self-care.
If you don’t go out of your way to make time for yourself, you’ll probably never get around to it. Implement some restorative rituals on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to make sure you tend your heart through all the twists and turns of life.
3. Make friends with grief.
Thanks to its appearance after The Tower card, The Star card is often associated with the aftermath of loss and destruction. This is where grief resides. That’s daunting in some ways, and yet most decks portray The Star as a place of peace. When things fall apart, you can sometimes see more clearly and rebuild with intention.
Curious about other birth cards and what wisdom they hold? Use our Tarot birth card calculator to explore the possibilities!