pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper coloured on computer. I replace the Ibis in the Star card with Thoth who is often depicted with an Ibis head. The woman’s gown represents the flowing water of the subconscious that is on the Tarot Star Card. Instead of land representing the material word, the woman’s flamboyant jewelry does this.
The Star (XVII) is the seventeenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.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.The bird nested on the tree bears resemblance to the Ibis, a bird which was venerated by the ancient 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.The pool of water refers to the subconscious or the universal. The land refers to the material world. The natural woman or goddess of Nature renews both. The two pitchers represent integration of the two opposite sides of our nature.