Animal Spirits: The Starfish

images-5Lately I’ve been drawn to move closer to the beach and the sea. In Western astrology my Moon is in Pisces, whose ruler Neptune is in my 12th house. To sum that up, I have a tremendous amount of draw to and connection with the unconscious, the psyche, deep psychology, the shadow realm, feelings and emotions, intuition, and the dreamworld. It also means being near the ocean is more natural for me and good for my health.

As I research and ponder moving closer to the ocean I have come across sea creatures and sea images regularly, especially with the starfish. This morning on my friend Linda’s blog, Litebeing Chronicles, the image of a starfish “spoke” to me as if in affirmation of my wish and need to be closer to the ocean.

starSynchronistically, the Star card of the Tarot has been coming up for me regularly in my daily spread. This card is about inspiration, imagination, being in tune with feelings, wishes, and dreams (daydreams, visualizations, goals/desires for life, and even unconscious dreams and their messages, especially if lucid).

The starfish is a sensory creature. It has no brain but a highly sensitive nervous system that allows it to feel its way through life in the ocean, whose tides are influenced by the Moon. This makes it very perceptive and very connected to the symbolism of the feminine, yin, the Moon, water, and the unconscious. Unlike us humans, the starfish cannot over-analyze things, and thus remains interconnected to the Universe. The stars in the heavens are represented by the stars in the ocean, and vice versa. As above, so below

The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands.

– C.G. Jung

Starfish also have the ability to regenerate lost limbs. This symbolizes our ability to shed negative thought patterns, beliefs, attachments, and addictions, and to regrow, renew, and even rebirth parts or all of ourselves to become whole, holy, and healthy.

The Starfish symbolizes:

  • Perception, Sensitivity, Intuitionimages-4
  • Feelings and Emotions
  • The Moon and Tides – changeability
  • Regeneration, Renewal, and Longevity
  • Healing
  • The Unconscious
  • Dreams and Wishes
  • Connection to the Heavens and the Divine
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About Julianne Victoria

I am a writer, healer, spiritual life coach, astrologer & tarot reader in Santa Barbara, CA. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their journeys and in this life. © Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright; My main Blog: www.peacockseyes.com
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28 Responses to Animal Spirits: The Starfish

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    this is the third time I have seen the starfish pair and the bottom of your page…
    🙂
    life is full of signs pointing the way…
    I was talking to a friend yesterday and I was attempting to figure out how to live in the mountains but see the ocean… as I keep dreaming I live in such a place…

    Thank you once again I have enjoyed the thoughts you share…
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

  2. I really love this post Julie and it is so full of synchronicity! I visited the ocean recently and found a gorgeous starfish during a sunrise walk…I actually sent the photo to LindaLiteBeing so it seems the synchronicity is coming full circle! Love that you made the connection between starfish and moon, dreams and the unconscious….<3 ❤ ❤

  3. ~meredith says:

    Beautiful post, Julianne. So colorful, so insightful. So full of sparkle! ~m

  4. Loved this post. What deck is the Star card from? Might have to get it. ❤

  5. shreejacob says:

    Cool article. I remembered Patrick the star fish from Spongebob ..hehehe. I liked him…so…laid back 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    I have Moon in Pisces as well 🙂 It’s a nice placement.

    Live starfish are really amazing looking, aren’t they? Best wishes for your move to the sea!

  7. Marty the Manx says:

    Julianne is your journey now expanding to include location? How exciting! I can’t wait to see where it takes you and the pups. Also, blues have always felt like your colors to me 🙂 Have a wonderful week-end.
    kelly

  8. Trini says:

    Oh, how lovely!! 🙂 I just saved the lives of lots of starfish!! 🙂 I love them!! 🙂

  9. Julianne, I’ve followed and read you blog for some time. Acknowledging your personal alignment (as above) spoke directly to me. We are uniquely kindred souls. I appreciate your enlightening the simplistic viewed me, and who I am, inside. These facets/qualities of being I’ve known and been attuned to, yet your post shined a refreshing light on my essence, even if from a place of knowledge that I am unfamiliar.

  10. litebeing says:

    So pleased when our visions coincide Julie. I toyed with other shell images but the one I ultimately chose had the Starfish front and center, way cool! I really enjoy this series and hope you pick the best location for your next home.

    Namaste,
    Linda

  11. Joxua Luxor says:

    When you see the emerald green seal of shamash in the sky, go to the water.

      • Joxua Luxor says:

        the semitic root sh-m-sh means sun (eg. Maltese ‘xemx’). Which came first, the god or the word?

        I’d say neither. Shamash is the Sun : God and thing are one. While deification of concepts, wearing the name of the thing is much more strikingly present in Greco Roman mythology, this looks like an instance of it. –Svartalf 23:36, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Shamash

      • Have you heard of the theory that Saturn, as Shamash, was a second sun at one time?

      • Joxua Luxor says:

        No I haven’t heard that, do you know what the turiya state is? See, the middle pillar on the 7 stick jewish candelabra is called the shamash, it corresponds to the sushumna, there is this old concept of a sun, within a sun, within a sun. Sol, vesta, and shamash. Shamash is the blue pearl. the turiya state.

      • Yes, I know what Turiya is. Wonderful connection go the candelabra and sushumna! Are the 7 sticks also representative of the 7 chakras? I also know shamash is connected to words for lion, and hence the Sun. So, what is your interpretation of the emerald green seal?

      • Joxua Luxor says:

        I think that when a star goes supernova it gives off gama radiation and that effects other stars around it. I think it will have a violent affect on our sun. I think I am the blue star kachina, azrael, azure el, the blue angel, shiva. When the blue star kachina starts dancing in the streets with the non initiates, that ushers in the age of wisdom.

      • Joxua Luxor says:

        furthermore star fish are a liver totem, visualize a starfish of white light tinged with blue in your liver. Starfish regenerate limbs, the liver has the ability to regenerate as well. Maybe take some reishi mushrooms.

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