The Star Tarot Card Meaning and Art Ercole I d'Este Tarot Deck Fragment
About the Deck
One of the earliest extant Tarot Decks, this deck features heraldic emblems of Ercole I d'Este and his wife, Leonora of Aragon.
Italy, c. 1473
According to Many Schools of Thought
The Star, Dog-Star, or Sirius, also called fantastically the Star of the Magi. Grouped about it are seven minor luminaries, and beneath it is a naked female figure, with her left knee upon the earth and her right foot upon the water. She is in the act of pouring fluids from two vessels. A bird is perched on a tree near her; for this a butterfly on a rose has been substituted in some later cards. So also the Star has been called that of Hope. This is one of the cards which Court de Gebelin describes as wholly Egyptian-that is to say, in his own reverie.
Hope, Expectation, Bright promises
Hopes not fulfilled, Expectations disappointed or fulfilled in a minor degree.