Tarot Card Meanings

Today's Tarot deck has fixed upon the 78 card standard that was popular in Northern Italy during the 16th century. The cards of the Major Arcana usually represent significant issues in the life of the Querent. They are key principles core to human life, such as life and death, ethical dilemmas, spirituality, and interaction with other people. One can view the Major Arcana as spiritual chart that the Querent can use to plot their course as they make their journey through life and beyond. The Minor Arcana often deal with the mundane and superficial, and how the Querent reacts to them. However, when doing a reading the distinctions between Minor and Major often blur, as the cards interact with each other and paint a seamless picture of the Querent's life and influences.

The following Tarot card meanings are the interpretations I have been using for decades, evolving from years of experience and study. There are no "correct" or "right" interpretations of the cards, but these foundations should guide you towards the answers you seek.

Major Arcana Card Meanings

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana are often considered the most important cards of the deck, revealing the foundations and pillars of the Querent's life. The consist of archetypes, universally recognized and highly symbolic figures that cross a broad spectrum of mythology and religions.

The Fool Meaning
The Magician Meaning
The High Priestess Meaning
The Empress Meaning
The Emperor Meaning
The Hierophant Meaning
The Lovers Meaning
The Chariot Meaning
Strength Meaning
The Hermit Meaning
Wheel of Fortune Meaning
Justice Meaning
The Hanged Man Meaning
Death Meaning
Temperance Meaning
The Devil Meaning
The Tower Meaning
The Star Meaning
The Moon Meaning
The Sun Meaning
Judgement Meaning
The World Meaning

Minor Arcana Tarot Meanings

The 56 Minor Arcana are the ancestors of contemporary playing cards, and are similarly divided into four suits. Wands correspond to clubs, cups correspond to hearts, swords correspond to spades, and coins correspond to diamonds. Within each suit there are ten pip cards (Ace through 10), and four court cards (Page, Knight, Queen, and King).

The Suit of Cups

The suit of cups are usually associated with emotions, and correspond with the astrological element of water. The associated Zodiac signs are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.

King of Cups Meaning
Queen of Cups Meaning
Knight of Cups Meaning
Page of Cups Meaning
Ten of Cups Meaning
Nine of Cups Meaning
Eight of Cups Meaning
Seven of Cups Meaning
Six of Cups Meaning
Five of Cups Meaning
Four of Cups Meaning
Three of Cups Meaning
Two of Cups Meaning
Ace of Cups Meaning

The Suit of Swords

The suit of swords are usually associated with intellectual activity, and correspond with the astrological element of air. The associated Zodiac signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

King of Swords Meaning
Queen of Swords Meaning
Knight of Swords Meaning
Page of Swords Meaning
Ten of Swords Meaning
Nine of Swords Meaning
Eight of Swords Meaning
Seven of Swords Meaning
Six of Swords Meaning
Five of Swords Meaning
Four of Swords Meaning
Three of Swords Meaning
Two of Swords Meaning
Ace of Swords Meaning

The Suit of Wands

The suit of wands are usually associated with the career, and correspond with the astrological element of fire. The associated Zodiac signs are Leo, Aries and Sagittarius.

King of Wands Meaning
Queen of Wands Meaning
Knight of Wands Meaning
Page of Wands Meaning
Ten of Wands Meaning
Nine of Wands Meaning
Eight of Wands Meaning
Seven of Wands Meaning
Six of Wands Meaning
Five of Wands Meaning
Four of Wands Meaning
Three of Wands Meaning
Two of Wands Meaning
Ace of Wands Meaning

The Suit of Pentacles

The suit of pentacles are usually associated with the fiancee and material aspects, and correspond with the astrological element of earth. The associated Zodiac signs are Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo.

King of Pentacles Meaning
Queen of Pentacles Meaning
Knight of Pentacles Meaning
Page of Pentacles Meaning
Ten of Pentacles Meaning
Nine of Pentacles Meaning
Eight of Pentacles Meaning
Seven of Pentacles Meaning
Six of Pentacles Meaning
Five of Pentacles Meaning
Four of Pentacles Meaning
Three of Pentacles Meaning
Two of Pentacles Meaning
Ace of Pentacles Meaning

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