The Glittering Star
he beauty of the heart
is the lasting beauty:
its lips give to drink
of the water of life.
Truly it is the water,
that which pours,
and the one who drinks.
All three become one when
your talisman is shattered.
That oneness you can’t know
Mathnawi II, 716-718
One of my favourite decks is the Rumi deck by Nigel Jackson.
If, like me, you have an interest in oriental esotericism, the beautiful and enduring poetry of Rumi and the wisdom of Sufi shaykhs and sages, then you too will fall in love with this deck.
Nigel Jackson remains a bit of an enigma. However, he certainly is well positioned in the Sufi philosophy as each card unifies with an aspect of a philosophy in such a beguiling fashion that it is hard not to be entranced.
It wasn’t hard to draw a card for this piece today. Joyful in fact.
When I work with these cards I am taken into an inner realm that is both healing and insightful as to the ways of the world and I can feel comforted and empowered all at the same time.
So, the card that emerged is the Star. ‘Love is the astrolabe of the mysteries of God.’ Rumi.
We are instantly reminded that love is central to this card and we navigate a path to love as though we are plotting with the stars.
The Star is connected to the planet Venus and is thus personified, in this deck, by the star maiden, Zuhara.
It is an Arabic name and comes from the root zhr, meaning ’to shine, to be radiant.’
She sits amongst roses and an eight pointed star shines above her. Eight is a significant number, it relates to the Babylonian God of heaven, Anu. This was when the morning star was also Jupiter. Confused? Just remember we are talking aeons here as the eight pointed star was also Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love, sex and war...stay with it, it might make sesne eventually!
Anyways, Zuhara, in this manifestation also speaks of the morning (and evening) star being connected to love, sex and war. Any of you who have a major zodiac link to Venus will probably know what I mean here!
Zuhara is the maiden who the test angels, Harut and Marut tried to seduce when they got a bit big for their boots and revealed a divine name to her. Not only did they lose their power but Marut was slung into a well in Babylon where he hangs, to this day, by one foot. Thereby giving a connection, albeit a tenuous one to the Hanged Man…still with me...great!
So, the lovely Zuhara was raised unto heaven.
After all no good was going to come from pretty maidens scampering around throwing magical, divine names all over the place. By raising her up she was transformed into the beautiful star of morning and evening, Venus. Just to thicken the plot, Lucifer or the Devil as he is commonly known is also from Venus. As we know Lucifer is a fallen angel, he decided to bear the shadow side of Earthly life. Zuhara, however is also twinned with Sophia, a fallen but redeemed representative of wisdom...another link then between the Star and the Devil…hope you are still hanging in there with me...all this progression and cross pollination of myths...phew!
Now Zuhara is also related to Anahid, a Persian archangel of the flowing waters and was prevalent in Islamic astrology.
Safe to say that there is a lot of angelic stuff going on inthe star card. Actually, each major card is worthy of great research as they can yield so much about our advancement through consciousness and evolution of humanity.
‘When you behold what is veiled without a veil, like a star you will walk upon the heavens.’ Rumi.
The divine, beautiful name for the star is al Latif. The subtle, the gracious, the benign.
Meaning: One who is most subtle, one whose nature is gentle, affectionate, courteous and refined.
Kind and understanding with the regard for the details of the individual circumstances. One whose actions are so fine that they may be imperceptible, beyond our comprehension.
One whose delicate perception reveals the subtleties of all things.
The Star then is hope and optimism.
It is healing and revitalisation. Renewal and refreshment. Achievement of dreams. Idealism and love.
If your expectations have been disappointed, false hopes raised or you have been deceived, then the Star as a card for reflection and meditation will bring a balm to the soul.
I hope that if this card was synchronistic for you that it was beneficial and meaningful. Peace and blessings.