Spiritual Meaning of Stars

Pleiades star cluster (Courtesy of Mike Lynch)

The nightly skies have fascinated humankind since the dawn of time. Sparkling away there in the distance, stars have always been reminding us of other worlds and celestial forces out there in the universe.

In all mythological, religious and spiritual system around the world, beautiful shining stars have their place. After all the mystery of the universe is reflected in them and ancient cultures often identified stars with powerful deities.

Stars have often been thought of as being magical and mysterious and many stars were given names of deities of the ancient world.

Astrology, which is the science of stars, studies the skies and reads destiny of the humankind from the positions of the stars and planets.

Constellations are frequently mentioned in religious, spiritual and esoteric sources. Most of the constellation names originate from ancient mythologies that describe the creation of certain ones.

Astrology comes from two Greek words, “astron” and “logos”, which mean ‘a star’ and ‘that which is said’. In Christianity, the term logos is identified with the wisdom of God and the very idea of God.

From a spiritual point of view, stars and planets, since some planets are also regarded as stars, affect our lives in mysterious ways.

Stars are often seen as symbol of divine guidance, of enlightenment or light in the darkness. Everyone has heard of the Star of Bethlehem so that is a good example of symbolic the divine guiding role of a star. In addition, stars have been associated with angelic beings and even fallen angels.

Symbolism of Stars

Stars are one of the earliest symbols of guidance. Stars are often regarded as protective symbols.

The Symbol of a star appears in numerous cultures and traditions around the world. It always represents a celestial force. However, the meaning greatly depends on the use of a symbol and of its very appearance.

Generally speaking, stars are associated with mysteries and magic. They represent guidance, since the nightly sky has been regularly used as an orientation map.

People know sides of the world by looking up the sky. Ancient astronomers have calculated many things and got amazing perception of own world by looking into stars, observing changes in the night sky, motion of planets and so on.

Stars represent distant divine force or energy. All people, of all traditions in the world, look up the sky and stars in prayer and they send their wishes to realms above.

Stars are far away and the also represent goals that are hard to reach or that are impossible to reach. The common phrase “reach the stars” figuratively, one must aim high.  Stars often represent distant goals that are not for us ever to reach but more to strive towards.   “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” If you’re aiming for something, even if you don’t achieve it, you’ll still be somewhere better than where you started.

Star symbols most commonly represent something good and positive. In contemporary art, design and modern world in general, star is widely used as a symbol of something beautiful, good and positive.

We use the terms star to describe a person sayings like “you are a star”.  Some people are described as stars because their aura is good and pure and they leave a mark in our life because of their good character. They shine out and lead the way for others by “keep shining their light”.  Then we have “rising stars” linked to great success that brings fame and glory. So the symbolic meaning of stars is vast and complex.

The Morning and The Evening Star

The Morning and the evening star are actually one the same and, which is more interesting, not actually a star but the planet Venus. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks thought they see two celestial bodies and named it two different names.

It is inside the earth’s orbit and always close to the Sun in the sky. Before sun sets down and the sky gets too dark, we shortly see it beautifully shining at one side.

It is also seen on the other side, as leading the Sun into the sunrise and it is seen just few moments before the Sun rises. It is also mentioned as daystar. Greeks have named the Morning Star “Phosphorus” and the Evening star “Hesperus.” According to some the morning star bring new dawn. In other interpretations, the beauty of the morning star is seen as an illusion; something that is breathtaking, but short-term.

If we think of the Morning and Evening star as Venus the Goddess, we could associate it with feminine principle and all attributes associated with this beautiful deity. Venus represents love, passion, desire, fertility and prosperity and in a way it represents earthly pleasures.

Shooting Star

The spiritual meaning of shooting/falling stars depends on local traditions. It is a worldwide spread belief that shooting stars are miraculous signs and extremely positive omens. They are often regarded as a destiny sign, a good omen that proves you are on a good path.

These are signs of heavenly forces that guide and enlighten your way. All around world people would make a wish upon seeing a shooting star.

It is interesting to note that in some Asian cultures, shooting signs represent the opposite; they are not seen as signs of guidance, but as bad and negative omens. In Judaism and Christianity, shooting stars are associated with the idea of fall from heaven, more precisely, with fallen angels.

Solomon’s Pentagram

One of the most widely known and, at the same time, most commonly misinterpreted star symbol is that of Solomon’s pentagram.

King Solomon, who built the famed Temple of Jerusalem, was one of the most remarkable historical figures of all times. He was known by his great knowledge and wisdom, but also for his richness and is the main character in many legendary stories. He was known as one of the greatest masters of mystical knowledge of Kabbalah and the symbol of pentagram is closely related to this character.  The words found on pentagram are Abdia, Ballaton, Bellony, Halliy, Halizza and Soluzen.

The purpose and the meaning of this symbol is that it is the key to the greatest and the most secret knowledge.  It is meant to be used for good purpose, to make us one with the nature and makes us closer to the cosmic perfection.  Solomon’s pentagram is meant to open up our consciousness, which could help us develop on a spiritual level, but also to maintain our physical health and more.

Although pentagram is commonly associated with witches, black magic, and all sorts of other negative ideas, the true purpose and meaning of the symbol is exactly the opposite.

The pentagram is a symbol of good and light. Or the Pentacle as it is also referred to in it geometric form, which includes other symbols capable of protecting bring good luck, love, happiness and success. A star in a circle is one of the elements. Always with 5 points (one facing upwards), each has its own meaning.  The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit.  The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire and water.  All these things contribute to life and are a part of each of us.

Other worlds and Other Times

People have known for centuries that there were some mysterious races that come from the stars and once walked the earth. Ancient civilisations have carved images on walls of temples, rocks and art work depicting this.  

In all the traditions around the world, since the most ancient times until our age, stars have remained a mystery of the cosmos. Stars are the past and the future, the destiny of the universe written in the heavenly skies. 

How blessed are we to see the everlasting magic, allurement of irresistible power of the sparkling starry skies.

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