There are 78 Tarot Cards divided into two main groups: 22
Major Arcana numbered 0 to 21 and 56 Minor Arcana divided into 4 suits. (Arcana
means secret) The Major Arcana take dominance over the Minor Arcana in a
reading. Some novices prefer to begin using only the Major Arcana cards, get to
know these, and then introduce the rest of the pack later.
The Tarot Cards can be shuffled so that they are
upright or reversed and the Tarot Cards meaning then changes. My feeling is that
the Tarot Cards contain an equal balance of positive and negative imagery anyway
and that reversing Tarot Cards adds little to the overall reading. I rarely use
reversed cards and for a beginner it overcomplicates the meanings.
THE MAJOR ARCANA TAROT CARD MEANINGS
Here are the traditional Tarot Card Meanings:
0. THE FOOL: Youthful folly, innocence, blinded by
ignorance, listen to warnings, the novice.
1. THE MAGICIAN- Self-control, skill, action,
2. THE HIGH PRIESTESS- Intuition, wisdom,
mysteries, secrets, tenacity.
3. THE EMPRESS: Fertility, abundance, mother,
4. THE EMPEROR: Willpower, ambition, stability,
5. THE HIEROPHANT: Marriage, good advice, religion,
the higher self, mercy.
6. THE LOVERS: Love, sexual union, beauty,
emotional success, trials overcome.
7. THE CHARIOT: The driving force, triumph, war,
8. STRENGTH: Fortitude, courage, energy, success,
9. THE HERMIT: Prudence, a lonely spiritual quest,
treason, caution, inertia.
10. WHEEL OF FORTUNE: The hand of fate, a turn for
the better, luck, destiny, abundance.
11. JUSTICE: The law, truth, balance, control, a
12. THE HANGED MAN: Wisdom in difficulties,
self-sacrifice, intuition, initiation, prophesy.
13. DEATH: Transformation, events beyond your
control, ending corruption, a new but difficult start, inevitable major changes.
(the tarot will not predict an actual death)
14. TEMPERANCE: Management, economy, spirit
transcending matter, moderation, wise counsel
15 THE DEVIL: Anger, violence, jealousy, greed,
deceit, instinct, sexual passion.
16. THE TOWER: Catastrophe, repossession, ruin,
17. THE STAR: Hope, goals, expectations, guiding
force, enlightenment, bright prospects.
18. THE MOON: Dark forces, nightmares, illusion,
hidden fears, danger overcome through intuition..
19. THE SUN: Happiness, joy, rebirth, freedom,
happy marriage, success.
20. THE LAST JUDGEMENT: A major decision, outcome,
final result, rebirth, problems overcome.
21. THE WORLD: Successful completion, assured
success, recognition, long distance travel, harmony.
THE MINOR ARCANA TAROT CARD MEANINGS
The minor arcana is divided into four suits:
WANDS: This suit covers intellectual activities and
CUPS: Represents emotions, love, pleasure and
SWORDS: Involves struggles, difficulties and
PENTACLES: Deal with material world, finances and
There are four court Tarot Cards to each suit:
King, Queen, Knight, and Page. These can represent people in the querant's life
or aspects of personality. Pages & Knights can represent children or young
people of either sex. The aces indicate the beginning of a new activity and the
Tarot Cards from two to ten represent aspects of the querant's life, past,
present and future.
Here's the basic meanings for the minor Tarot
WANDS (STAFFS, RODS) TAROT MEANINGS:
ACE: A new job or enterprise, initiative, ideas,
2- dissatisfaction with material things,
restlessness, thinking about events happening elsewhere.
3.- Overseas trade, planned travel, commerce,
4.- Celebration, country life, socializing,
prosperity, peace and concord.
5.- Petty arguments between groups of people. A
sham fight. Squabbles.
6.- Victory achieved. Good news. The support of
7.- Valour. Winning against the odds. Overcoming
opposition. Getting on top of your troubles.
8.- Communication. A message or letter. Swiftness.
A speedy conclusion.
9.- An uncomfortable wait. Gathering strength.
Problems still to be dealt with.
10.- Oppression. A burden that's hard to carry.
Overwork. Emotional pressure. Unpleasant news.
KING- A cleaver, honest, man who gives good advice.
QUEEN- An astute woman with a good business sense.
KNIGHT- Change of residence. An enterprising young
PAGE- Good news announced. Faithful young person or
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CUPS TAROT MEANINGS:
ACE- The beginnings of emotional happiness. A new
love or re-kindling of marriage. Joy, contentment, fertility.
2.- Emotional and spiritual love. Love blessed by
3.- Celebration, merriment, good friends.
4.- Discontentment or depression may cause the loss
of a golden opportunity. Weariness.
5.- Crying over spilt milk. Opportunity is at hand
and there's new bridges to cross.
6.- Childhood memories or friends bring happiness.
7.- Fantasy and illusion distract the seeker.
8.- Putting the past behind you. A brave but
9.- Satisfaction guaranteed- but beware of
10.- Ecstatic personal and family happiness.
KING- Sensitive and creative fatherly man.
QUEEN.-Sensitive, visionary woman. Can sometimes
KNIGHT.-The grail knight. Romantic, artistic,
imaginative. A message of love.
PAGE.- A sensitive youngster. A bright idea. News.
SWORDS TAROT MEANINGS:
ACE- Triumph of the will. The start of a forceful
2.-A decision that requires an unprejudiced
attitude .Intuitive understanding. Amnesty.
3.- Heartache. Rupture. Division .Delay.
4.- Rest, retreat and solitude. A time of recovery.
5.- Dishonor and loss. Betrayal by friend.
6.- Travel or holiday. Escaping difficulties.
7.- Theft, deceit, trickery. Beware of impostor.
8.- Frustration, imprisonment. Criticism and
9.- Worry, despair and neurosis. Bad dreams and
10- Failure, tears, sadness or illness. But the
worst is over and a new dawn comes.
KING- Critical man in authority. His decision is
QUEEN- Sorrowful woman in authority. She
understands pain and sadness.
KNIGHT- A ruthless person. Acts quickly and will
try to twist the law to their advantage.
PAGE- An untrustworthy younger person. A spy who
will stab you in the back.
PENTACLES (COINS, DISKS) TAROT MEANINGS:
ACE- A golden opportunity. Abundance and improved
2.- Emotional ups and downs. Juggling the finances.
3.- Skills appreciated. Esteem, honor and reward.
4.- Saving money. Caution with money. Covetousness.
Wealth invested wisely.
5.- Poverty and hardship. Material troubles.
Entangled relationship. Spiritual poverty.
6.- Gifts, presents, help at hand and generosity.
Don't let money pass through your fingers.
7.- Impatience. Things will come in the fullness of
time. Anxiety about money.
8.- Success achieved by hard work. Skills in craft
and business. Job improvements.
9.- A legacy, unearned money, material contentment,
10.- Stable home, riches, family life, success
KING- Wealthy intelligent man. Valor, stability.
QUEEN- Serious, intelligent, motherly woman.
Opulence, security, generosity.
KNIGHT- Dependable, responsible man. A bank manager
or investor. Hard work, perseverance.
PAGE- An ambitious young person. Success in study
and career. Management skills, materialist.