17 The Star
'The Star – a journey to find the waters of life. Ishtar in the underworld?'
The similarities between the Tarot card of the Star and the myth of Ishtar's journey to the underworld, are extraordinary, even though there may be no direct historical link. Ishtar goes to the underworld to find the water of life which will restore her dead lover, Tammuz. She passes through seven portals (seven stars), shedding garments at each one, and arrives naked beside the sacred pool. In this realm, birds are the souls of the dead.
18 The Moon
‘The Moon looks down on an eerie landscape, where reality and dream overlap.’
19 The Sun
‘The Sun has been linked to twins since the Bronze Age. Fire, good cheer, energy.’