The stars are an indication of your Posting Level...
As a "member" you have the one yellow star. "Newbies" have one green (I think), and Jr Members have blue. The # of stars for non-moderators is determined by the number of posts.
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.