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The Tottenham Hotspur Tarot: XVII – The Star

In which the Tarot Pro is the subject.

Mystical wanderers,,,,hello. I, Troy Parrott, Tarot Pro, am continuing our journey through and exploration of the Tarot. What else am I to do while recovering from an appendectomy?

We are now over halfway through our our examination of the 22 major arcana cards, using a special North London themed deck of my own design. Draw the cards, gentle reader. See what they have to say.

Today, we move on to Card XVII: The Star. This one is personal.

XVII: The Star


Hope, faith, purpose, renewal


Nihilism, pessimism, false hope

Gentle readers, I did not mean to place myself in the Tottenham Hotspur Tarot. When it came time to design this particular card I slipped into my usual trance and let the spirit of my great-grandmother guide my pen. To my surprise, there I was, staring at myself from the ancient vellum.

The tarot has been in a rather dark place for the past few days. We have powered through descriptions of Death, the Devil, and the Tower in the past four days, with only the stoic balance of Temperance to serve as a reprieve. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that things are looking up. As is the subject of this card!

Stars have always been a source of great wonder, fascination, mystery, and inspiration throughout human history. We call the best of humanity “stars” because they shine with celestial light and inspire all who witness their deeds. The Magi followed a star to find the Messiah in Bethlehem. Stars represent hope and light, peace and renewal. Here, the Star represents faith, and the promise of better things to come. Perhaps you are coming out of the trauma depicted by the Tower. The Star can lead you to redemption and renewal. Or the Premier League title.

What does one say when one draws himself on The Star? What can one say? (Perhaps only this: play me, Mourinho, you coward.)

Inverted, the Star can portend a disappointment or a failure — the promise of youth that fizzles out before fully catching fire. Did Tom Carroll draw the inverted Star? Did Simon Dawkins? But the upside down Star can also serve as a test of faith — a challenge that must be overcome in order to fulfill your promise. That challenge could be overcoming an injury, a setback, or Tim Sherwood. Do you rise to the heavens, or crumble like the Tower? Take some time for self-care and nurture yourself. Your obstacles may be Kane-sized, but they are possible to overcome.

Come back tomorrow and we shall discuss the next card in the Tottenham Hotspur Tarot.