Notes On The Symbolism of Stars
My definition: Star(s): Those celestial signals whose eminent and reflective nature serve to draw our attention and awareness to our cosmic connections- especially as portends of new gracious beginnings…. Stars can act as signals that usher in new dimensions of grace and enlightenment….
From the Tarot: Major Arcana #17 Star(s) upon seeing or being captive by their sight will usher in a new inspiration- a new depth of hope… Especially as it relates to a significant change on your life’s path…. And from that hope, you will gain a strength or a courage for the new direction or the next steps in your journey…. Assistance and support will come to you from altruistic sources…. Particularly as you unlock or bring this new light to your deep unconscious and how it relates to the collective unconscious…
It is a signal of a celestial light that looks deeply into your soul and brings anything that is the hidden to light from its dark depths….
Swedenborg: Stars symbolize the coming of good and truth as manifest-as shining in one’s life- Wisdom revealed or displayed and when followed brings greater hope and comprehension/truth…..
Indigenous Wisdom Traditions:
Stars as a shining body in the early dawn or late night sky has been historically associated with the female myths of the Ancient Near East- most specifically, the Isis cycle, Inanna, and Ishtar Stars are also associated with the planet Venus as the morning stars and how the feminine archetypal energies are drawing you inward and then outward….
Astrology and Jungian studies:
When first being instructed in the study of astrology and archetypes, I was given a phrase for guidance that I have never forgotten: “The stars impel, but do not compel”…
They can instruct by pointing us towards various possibilities, and potentials, but they are not powerful instruments of a sealed destiny, or an inescapable fate. Nor do they predict any situations that are beyond free will, or our conscious responses/responsibility…
Astrology, when best used and understood, acts as a holistic system of indications and patterns that can reveal our acausal or transformational synchronicity; The stars and planets symbolically reveal patterns of celestial correspondences that can act as a “way of knowing, learning, and perceiving” whose indications, guidelines and information need to be comprehended and understood as one of the many ways we humans are given insight and direction through life…
In my current book on Spirit, Time, and The Future, I speak about the dubious value of certain predictions around the year 2012, and review the various astrological ages of time and culture. I also recommend that there are times when faith must triumph any sense of human control, and that living a Spirit centered life is our best means for truly coming to terms with our challenges and potentials.
In my ministerial and priestly celebrations, I designed and wear an Advent stole that depicts the season of light in its two most inclusive and transdenominational ways: As a candle, and as a star… The smallest symbol of visible light, peace, assurance, and love that we can perceive with our eyes and in our lives, and the largest symbol of cosmic hope, warmth, change, that states that the cosmos itself is based on God’s love and compassion…
A Reflection of Emerson and the Star
When speaking of the necessity to maintain one’s ideals and goals in life, Emerson responded in his essays by stating ” We should hitch our wagons to a star.”
As I have pondered this phrase over the years, it seems to point us toward the importance of maintaining hope and the willingness to strive, in faith, towards lofty ideals and aspirations.
If one’s wagon is all that a person or a community carries with them, if it is how they travel through life together as a community, then the star represents those values and ideals that keep them vital and alive- those aspirations that seek to unify and that gives them the capacity to shine beyond the ordinary or beyond their past expectations that they had for being together.
“To hitch one’s wagon to a star” can mean that a person or a community reaches, seeks out and finds a guiding, shining ideal. Then this common intent and shared desire is actively reinforced and sustained in all that we decide, all that we conscious do or accomplish on behalf of the community- we, as a community need to find that connection, that tipping, hitching point that inspires each of us, and that acts as a greater or more luminous quality that heals or overcomes fear and differences, and sets us out on a path of personal guidance and a shared grace that can be found in being a church- being truly together!.
All [of us] have stars… But they are not the same things for different people.
For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others, they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are… Problems… But all these stars are silent.
You- You alone- will have the stars as no one else has them.
Antoine de Saint- Expury 1900-1944 France