Above the naked woman hovers the Santa Muerte, dressed in white, and holding an upside down water pitcher. Above the head of the Santa Muerte shines one bright white star. Eight smaller yellow stars shine in the night sky behind the Santa Muerte, four to the left of Santa Muerte and four to the right. White clouds also appear in the background of this image.
Symbolism: La Estrella represents inspiration, clarity, new ideas, positive emotions, and hope. The Santa Muerte in this depiction is wearing a white cloak, which represents harmony and general protection. As mentioned, the pitcher held by Santa Muerte is turned upside down, which makes it appear as if the naked woman was poured directly from it. Considering that the woman pictured appears young and beautiful, the fact that she was poured from the jug symbolizes the manifestation or springing forth of new and good things - she is herself a muse delivered to us by the Santa Muerte to inspire us and give us hope. The fact that she is naked represents birth or renewal, a further symbol of the birth of new ideas and of having hope for the future.
Mountains like the ones depicted in this image typically represent the spiritual realm or "the heavens", while bodies of water are generally used to symbolize the veil or wall of separation between the physical and spiritual realms. The presence of this mountain and water imagery on this card, with the naked woman standing near the mountains but in the water, symbolizes the spiritual source of things like inspiration, creativity, new ideas, and hope. Here, our muse is poured from the heavens to pierce the veil that separates the spiritual from the physical. From the pitchers held in each hand of the naked woman pours water, which falls into the body of water she stands in. This imagery of flowing water poured from pitchers represents the flowing forward or pouring on of the inspiration / hope that the naked woman stands for.
The five-pointed star is a symbol of protection and peace. This card contains the image of eight yellow five-pointed stars that hang in the night sky, as well as one additional white star burning bright over the head of Santa Muerte.
The eight yellow stars that hang in the sky are further depicted as evenly distributed with four appearing to the left of Santa Muerte and four appearing to the right. This is appropriate because the number eight is a symbol for balance and harmony. On this card, these eight yellow stars represent the balance and harmony you will experience from the inspiration and new ideas that the Santa Muerte will reveal to you.
The addition of the one white star above the head of the Santa Muerte represents her presence and authority in the lives of devotees. When we are in need of inspiration and clarity and positive emotions, we can look to Santa Muerte. The number one is also associated with strength, leadership, and willpower, and here represents the strength and willpower you will need to have in order to act on the inspiration and new ideas that Santa Muerte will reveal to you.
Counting the eight yellow stars and one white star together totals nine stars on this card. With the number nine commonly associated with absoluteness and completeness, the nine stars over this image together represent Santa Muerte's absolute and complete power over the energy of death.
White clouds, like the ones in the background of this image, symbolize peace and hope.
In a reading upright, La Estrella represents inspiration, clarity of thought, new ideas, optimism, and positive emotions. It represents a good time to begin new projects as well as a period of emotional balance and fulfillment.
In reverse, La Estrella represents confusion, depression, pessimism, and negative emotions. This card represents a bad time to begin new projects as well as a period of emotional unbalance and lack of fulfillment.
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