The Star – Fay Catherine Howe

The Star brings hope, renewed power, and strength to carry on with life. It shows how abundantly blessed you are by the universe as evidenced by the various things around you. It may not be directly evident at the moment, for this card follows the trauma of the Tower card. Remember that you hold within you all that you need for your fulfillment – the only thing that you need is courage. For this, you have all reasons to rejoice. To see this card is a message to have faith, for the universe will bless you and bring forth all that you need.

Kellie Maize writes that “The Star is, in one keyword, hope. But not just that simple idea of what stayed with Pandora after her famous unboxing– this kind of hope is a renewal of spirit, a reassurance that, although the way forward is murky and frightening and the naysayers are loud… you are on the right path, doing the right things, and in navigating to the right place. The light guiding you forward may be faint, but it is there, so take comfort and keep going”.

A simple wave from a distant lighthouse off the coast of Albany from a 15-year-old girl became a beacon of hope for departing Australian soldiers who wrote to the lighthouse keeper’s daughter from the frontline.

IN THE DAYS before some 30,000 soldiers sailed from Australian shores to fight in World War I, many kept their eyes focused on a tiny, rugged island off the West Australian town of Albany. There lived Fay-Catherine Howe, a lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, who became well known among the confined Anzacs.

Adept in the art of signal communications, 15-year-old Fay relayed messages via semaphore flags or Morse code to the troops from their loved ones as the men waited to set sail. She would then send their replies in Morse code via telegraph and undersea cable, back to Albany, where they were transferred from office to office and printed as telegrams.

In doing so, she inadvertently became a cherished symbol of home, the last glimpse of it for many. And although they never met or even spoke to the soldiers, her efforts inspired an untold number of them to write her postcards from the front.