Master of Stars/King of Wands
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
The Master of Stars is associated with maturity, dynamism, Air and Fire. Air is the element of intellect and authority, Fire the element of action and energy. So this is the Master of Stars: Intelligent, Ambitious, and most of all, Powerful. The Master of Stars is strong and motivated, but he’s also a man of vision. His forte is setting forth and changing the world to match his ideals – he is a daring entrepreneur, taking bold action when needed to achieve his goals. This can be the sign of a self-made man, someone who seized his power through his own actions. Fire is also the element of inspiration, and so this man can represent a bold new world order that he’s trying to bring about. Though he has both maturity and authority, he’s not a sign of stability like the other Master cards – he is closer to a revolutionary. If he’s on the wrong side of an argument, he can cause a lot of damage, but if he’s on the right side, he can bring the world into a bright new future. But one thing that can never be said of him is that he walks away from problems, whatever they are.
This is a power-hungry megalomaniac, pure and simple. He has a hunger inside him that can never be filled, and he’ll consume everyone in his path in his attempt to fill it. All of his intellect and ambition are laid upon the grand altar of himself, and he only cares about his own vision – usually one with him at the top. He is driven by his desires, hooked on the adrenaline of victory, temperamental and demanding. He often has his sights set on goals he cannot reach, which leads him continually to disappointment. This doesn’t stop him from trying again and again, burning everything in his path. Even if he succeeds, nothing will ever be enough. Happiness, for this man, must be taken – and he will take it.
Mistress of Stars/Queen of Wands
The Mistress of Stars is associated with maturity, dynamism, Fire, and Water. Fire gives her energy, Water means she has strong intuition and emotions. The impression one has upon meeting the Mistress of Stars is that of power. She has a powerful personality and a powerful will. This is a very capable woman, self-governing and sure of what she wants in life. She cannot be swayed from her goals, no matter how strong the opposition turns out to be. Often she takes others’ problems into her own hands to see them solved more quickly. Her forceful nature is attractive to many, however, and she is often found at the center of a group of friends. She is a sensual woman, vivacious and spirited, and her power draws others to her. She is a fierce lover and a fierce enemy – beware of crossing her.
At least one tarot card I’ve seen has Queen Boudicca on it – and it’s a pretty good comparison. This woman does not knuckle under and she does not bow. She can be a force for great good or great evil, but she will be great, either way.
Yikes. That forceful woman up above is just as forceful, but she’s high strung and domineering. She shoves her way into situations and causes more trouble than she solves. She’s not invincible, but she can act like it, and this can quickly lead to her burning herself on her own ambition. Once that happens, she turns even nastier. The inverse Mistress of Stars is a bitter, jealous woman, easily offended and quick in her wrath. She’s judgmental and quick to punish for those perceived flaws in others. She’s disorganized and doesn’t necessarily look ahead. She refuses to tolerate anything that will constrain her, even when she really ought to consider if it’s a good idea anyway. She has powerful emotions and a powerful will just the same as above, but they are turned to nasty and selfish ends, and she will likely destroy everyone she is involved with – be they foe or lover.
Knight of Stars/Knight of Wands
The Knight of Stars represents youth, dynamism, energy, and Fire. As both the Knight of her suit and bearing the suit of Wands, she is a Fire/Fire card. Her daring and enthusiasm are unmatched, and she is always champing at the bit to go charging into the fray. Her energy and courage are boundless, and she has no fear of anything – while this sometimes serves to get her into trouble, these are also the means by which she can free himself from any detrimental situation. She has all the energy and speed of a forest fire. She will be highly supportive of those he considers friends – and you’d be surprised how high that number can go. She is always swooping into dangerous situations, saving the day and then moving on to the next adventure. This suddenness hides a deep sense of honor; she is always ready to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But she cannot stand to stay in one place for long. There is always more to do!
This is a person that lives for excitement and danger. She is impulsive, and eager to help anyone who needs it. Beware her temper, however – it’s just as fiery as her elemental affinity suggests. She’s quick to anger and quick to friendship, and she is ardent in both her wrath and her love.
Once again, the Knights are cards of extremes, and thus it’s hard to tell her virtues from her faults. The inverse Knight of Stars is fine enough when she’s off running around, but it’s hard to get her to sit still, an thus she can be unreliable. She gets bored easily, charging off to the next battle as soon as the exciting bit ends – or dragging other people to the next battle before they’ve recovered from the last one. Her temper is quick, and she can rapidly get irritated with other people, pushing and shoving other people to try and make things move faster. She can also get frustrated very quickly. She wants to keep moving forward, and if obstacles get in her way, she can get angry or burn out. There’s a chance that she’ll just dump the whole affair if she can’t find a way to resolve the issue quickly.
Squire of Stars/Page of Wands
Back to the Court Cards for the last time. Just to recap, the Court Cards represent a personality – they can either be another person, an aspect of yourself, or a message/event that shares the same “character” as the person on the card.
So who is the Squire of Stars?
She’s associated with youth, dynamism, Fire, and Earth. Fire means she has energy and a passion for life, Earth means she is concerned with the world around her. Her youth means her understanding of life is incomplete, but that only increases her appreciation and joie de vivre. She is a free spirit, outspoken and direct in her actions. Her fiery nature pushes her to be an enterprising spirit – someone drawn to fast-moving or cutting edge new fields. It could be the sign of an inventor or an athlete, or someone like a test pilot. She demands some manner of action in her life, usually dragging excitement and change along for the ride. Her ambitions are high but not unattainable – she will challenge herself, but it’s likely to overstep her limits unless pushed. Like the other Squire cards, this can be the sign of a student, who approaches learning (as the rest of her life) with nearly limitless passion and enthusiasm.
Someone with too much youthful energy and too much energy in general. When inverted, The Squire of Stars is incredibly over-reactive. She’s hot headed and rash, jumping into impulsive decisions without really thinking if they’re a good idea. She can get impatient and testy in her dealings with others, trying to push them to get a move on and getting irritated if they don’t. Her over-energetic nature means she’s scattered and flighty – she just hasn’t got the patience to sit down and concentrate on any one thing. She bounces from one hobby or project to the next without ever really accomplishing anything, dropping anything as soon as she gets bored with it, regardless of obligations.
Ten of Stars/Ten of Wands
Observe the girl on the card. She’s either called up or is trying to control something that is pushing her to her limit to even look at, and she’s not sure she can contain this power. If she lets go now, it will all be lost – or perhaps blow up in her face. She is tired and pushed to her absolute limits, but she has to keep forging ahead if she wants to complete her task. The Ten of Stars is a card of oppression – not stemming from tyrants and poor authority, but the oppression of your exertions and responsibilities bearing down upon you. When you deal with the energy of Stars for too long, it can burn you and tire you. This is the sign of struggling on in the face of that.
This card can represent something we have likely all experienced – where that project that you were so enthusiastic for has hit the final stretch… and you hate it. You don’t want to work on it ever again. You are incredibly burned out and tired about the whole thing. But if you stop now, everything will be wasted. You have to make that final slog to the end for your work to pay off, no matter how much you hate it right now.
Alright, you can’t do it. The burden is too heavy. So, what happens? You either drop it, get someone else to help carry it, or get crushed by it. In the case of the first, it can be a great relief to finally put the weight down, although you may find yourself having to pick up pieces and clear away debris, and you might wind up losing everything you worked for so far. In the case of the second, you have to swallow your pride and admit you need help. In the case of the third… well, that didn’t work out very well for you, no matter how you cut it. You have to guess which of these this means based on context (and curse inverses), unless you want to take this card as a simple warning that you can’t carry things on your own.
Nine of Stars/Nine of Wands
This is sometimes called the card of great strength, though this strength does not come from simply digging in your heels. The Nine of Stars is the card of vigilance and preparation. This strength comes from knowing the darkness is coming, and being ready for it. It is a sign of having gained experience from your previous trials, and now anticipating opposition before it even presents itself. This cards can also represent standing vigil for the final conflict, a sign that you have one final hurdle to clear before you achieve your goal. The strength to overcome it will come from what you have learned on your journey up to this point. This is the light shining in the greatest darkness – you know you’ve made it this far, and thus you know you have the power to make it to the end.
It is often hard to tell whether a period of calm marks the beginning, middle, or the end of a storm. When you’re waiting for darkness to fall, there’s a temptation to jump the gun, and take the fight out to the opponent. Or, there’s a temptation to stay inside your self-made barricade, even long past the point of darkness being over. In the case of the former, you’ll likely find your preparations undone, and your forces scattered to the winds. In the case of the latter, you’ll do that to yourself, as your hyper-wariness for an attack that will never come wears you down.
Eight of Stars/Eight of Wands
This card is a bit of a strange one, having no human figures on it at all. Generally, the Eight of Stars refers to swift and decisive action, in the form of a sudden release of energy. Be quick, be bold, and have confidence. Take things in stride, but hold nothing back. If there have been major obstacles in your way, you now have the power to get rid of them. Strike while the iron is hot!
When upright, the Eight of Stars calls you to hasty action – when inversed, it warns you against it. Don’t act without thinking it through first. Such actions will fizzle out like shooting stars, leaving behind very little of note except remorse – or, if one takes the shooting stars mean a meteorite, large amounts of damage where it hit the ground.
Seven of Stars/Seven of Wands
The Seven of Stars is the card of courage and taking a stand. You can see it easily enough on the card – there is a struggle here, and a lot of opposition, but the man has picked his position and will defend it to the bitter end. The thing about this card is, despite the terrible odds, the advantage is in the hands of the one man. This is because he
is a 15th level Ranger knows himself and knows the turf better than his foes. He knows where he is and what he’s fighting for, which gives him a stronger position than the people who are jabbing at him blindly. He knows to hold his ground, because victory will be his eventually.
In modern days this is more of a metaphorical card, in that we probably aren’t going to be getting into spear-fights – the people trying to tear you down are detractors, not soldiers. In either case, the lesson is the same. Know your position and stand your ground.
Wow, those are a lot of spears. And they’re pointy. And on fire. Ehhhh. Why are you here again? You have taken a stand, but you’re not really feeling up to the task… for obvious reasons. As such, your resolve is faltering, and in so doing your position is also crumbling. In the case of the metaphorical fight, you’re afraid of the constant attacks that come from everyone who doesn’t like you – and like above, these attacks have no real basis in anything. The whole thing has devolved into pointless sniping and ignorance. Since you aren’t clear on your position, nothing is going to be gained from this.
Six of Stars/Six of Wands
Here’s an easy card for you – the Six of Stars is the card of teamwork and victory. You win! Huzzah! It’s also a card that means you are going to gain acceptance and validation from your victory. Double Huzzah!
Uh… well… you lose, I guess. Much less huzzah. People may become disillusioned with you because of this. Be warned of a seeming victory being snatched from your hands, or pride coming before the fall.