My personal belief is that every person, everywhere, has an intuitive spiritual side. Of course, spiritual growth and intuitive learning take both time and patience; each person is different. With Tarot cards, step one is learning the basics. This approach is perfect for anyone who's learning about tarot cards or who is generally curious about each card's basic fundamental meaning.
(Sage, Selenite and Tarot)
Each unique deck of Tarot Cards is made up of 78 cards and broken down into two primary categories. The first being the "Major Arcana". The second is known as the "Minor Arcana".
Each set is equally important. When I first started studying tarot cards, the number one thing I kept searching for online was just a simple breakdown of each card, without all the nonsense and ads. One question I've been asked is, "Does different art, on different decks, have different meaning?" The artist of each deck can have their own interpretation of the art, however, the meaning of the cards themselves stays the same regardless of the art on the deck.
Also, while doing a reading, the cards all depend on their surrounding cards in a layout. For example, you may have a negative "past card" (moving forward), "current state card", and a successful "outcome card". Learning the basic meaning of each card is very important, especially early on. The meanings of the cards posted below are just the key meanings (key word meanings), not the fully detailed meanings for each card.
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(Tarot- Major Arcana Cards)
The Fool: A pretty self explanatory card. A card of madness and excess. Also an indication of foolish actions. Drunkenness, for example. Planning or preperation that has not been carried out properly. Unforeseen obstacles. Pay attention to risks as the current situation continues, even though a better one will appear.
The High Priestess: Secrets, hidden facts, upcoming events or wisdom and learning. A card that indicates hidden facts by a female in the form of lies or even deception. Double check all information because something is being hidden. Mysterious events may occur.
The Empress: Self doubt, a new start, pregnancy, or love. At times, you may doubt yourself or even your circumstances. However, new and exciting times are approaching. A time of love and sensuality. Pregnancy may be indicated.
The Magician: Knowledge, determination, or action. Possibly illness and pain. Represents a person of power with a great deal of creativity and determination. One who follows through with actions. An intelligent person. Now is the time to create that which you want and need. A success card. A good time for education and taking control over your life. Speak your mind when necessary.
The Emperor: Strength and maturity. Powerful and opinionated. Stubborn but noble. Assertive and fearless. Represents a person who is not afraid to speak their mind, has a very strong belief system, and does not change their mind easily. Indicates a promotion at work and a time for advancement; a great time to make money and a time of power.
The Lovers: Physical and sexual attraction. Love, relationships, better times, and romance. Possibly new romance. Sometimes a choice between two lovers. A time of desire, or contemplating a current romance. Marriage or sometimes, simply a memory of a past lover.
The Chariot: A success card. Issues involving revenge and/or power. Though it's a "winning card", you'll lose the battle. But, because your actions are valid, stand firm for your beliefs. Decide what you want to do and do it. Success is there. Move forward.
Strength: Emotional and physical bravery, as well as self discipline and patience. Now is the time for strength. However, use patience wisely to achieve your goals. You are above your enemies - always remember this. Do not overreact. Confront your troublesome situation now.
The Hermit: Loneliness and solitude. Betrayal. Incorrect dealings and actions. Introspection. A time of being alone, or a time away from the world. Look at your situation and consider this carefully. Rest and relax. That's where you'll find your answer. Loneliness may occur and so can betrayal from others. Heal.
The Wheel Of Fortune: Personal journey. Happiness. Positive results, opportunity, and abundance. Prosperity, luck, advancements, and destiny.
Justice: Balance. Decisions based on one's character. Fairness and integrity. Possible legal actions. Debts will be paid.
The Hanged man: Mediation. Reasoning. Insight and selflessness. Flexibility and dedication. A time for change; a time to remove yourself from the situation (help to see the situation from a new perspective).
Death: End of a matter. A time for change. Can indicate an actual physical passing which can come to you by news of another. Rebirth and profound change. A card representing dramatic change. As with all cards, this change depends on it's surrounding cards as it's laid out together in a spread.
Temperance: Patience. Balance of actions, compassion, and tranquility. Avoid rushed or hasty actions here. Patience is needed.
The Devil: Anger, violence, and intimidation. Sometimes death by violence. This card generally indicates something is very wrong. Lies and deception.
The Tower: Conflict in one's home. Lies. Sadness and a lack of peace. Change that occurs dramatically. Disruption of tradition. A shocking loss of something which was believed to be true.
The Star: Sense of loss. Hope and reflection. A card of hope for the future and reflection on goals. Good things on the way. This is a wonderful card.
The Moon: A gossip card. Lies and deception. Nosy individuals within close proximity. Hidden truths. Friends who could in fact be enemies. Events becoming crazy or unpredictable.
The Sun: Material wealth. Positive and solid. Loving relationships. Peace and vitality. A card representing joy, peace, and happiness. Good things approaching. A card representing ultimate success.
Judgement: Paying debts. Making important decisions. Judging yourself and being judged by others. A time for a fresh start; "the price has been paid, it's time to begin again". Can represent legal matters ending on a positive note.
The World: A card of travel, usually over a long distance. A trip taken over a body of water. Relocation to escape difficulties. A card that indicates a possible change of residence. An opportunity to open up and realize more possibilities. Anything positive is possible.
(Tarot-Minor Arcana Cards)
THE SUIT OF STAFFS
King of Staffs: A card that indicates a dominant male; one who is good hearted, old fashioned, often married and straightforward. This card shows a strong, honest, and blunt person who is not afraid to take the lead. Represents a wise person that can listen and give good advice.
Queen of Staffs: A card that shows a dominant female who is simple in her pleasures. She is likable, loyal, and a strong mother. Represents a caring and trusting person.
The knight of staffs: A card that shows movement of all kinds. Sometimes distance, or an upcoming trip. Indicates a good time to move or an opportunity to leave a situation.
Page of Staffs: Arrogant. Tailored. Devoted. Well educated with a mind for business. A good person but sometimes egotistical. A card that is indicative of upcoming news. Listen to it. A trustful person.
10 of staffs: A card of struggle, followed by success. Depending on it's surrounding cards, it can be a card of trickery or deceit. Continue forward through difficulties.
9 of staffs: A strategy card representing preparation and patience that is required to succeed. Issues from the past haunting you. Enemies; be very careful who you trust. Take what you have learned in the past and apply it now.
8 of staffs: A card of powerful movement, hastened actions, and anticipation for the future.
7 of staffs: A card of integrity and conviction. A stable position. Keeping strength and beliefs even though others may challenge you. This is the correct approach.
6 of staffs: Achievement. Also, important news vital to making other decisions. You may expect some good news very soon. A card representing victory.
5 of staffs: A card of verbal or physical struggle or disagreements. Complete discord. A card indicating that people may become argumentative. Use caution as these arguments may occur or continue.
4 of staffs: A card of peace, positive energy, and success. Represents easy movement, anticipated marriage, or a happy home life.
3 of staffs: A card representing courage and fortitude and hard work or new ideas. Expanded vision. A card showing a time to work hard for what you want. News of advancement.
2 of staffs: A card of uncertainty, reflection of past actions and choices. A time for self assessment and the emotions that follow. Consider where you are now and how it relates with the past.
Ace of staffs: A card of representing childbirth or new projects and business ventures. Starting a new business, beginning a new career, or the possibility of child birth depending on surrounding cards.
THE SUIT OF CUPS
King of cups: Represents a balanced male; a man of business or law, with vast knowledge and imagination. A person with great education who has many interests and abilities. Indicates you can expect to receive some good advice and generosity from an individual soon.
Queen of cups: Represents a loving female who requires lavish possessions around her; a good counselor. A devoted person when it comes to love. Possible Psychic abilities.
The Knight of cups: A card of notification, through letter or proposal; a possible employment notification. Learning of a new venture, love, or business opportunity; depending on it's surrounding cards. It may be hard to say no to this type of offer.
Page of cups: A male of short stature, who may sometimes be stocky; often in need of assistance. Also dependent, but with a good heart. A person that will help in some way but will require help as well.
10 of cups: A card representative of home and family. A peaceful spirit and heart. An opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of life. Attention should be focused on home and maintaining or building peace within your home. It is time to bring balance and harmony together within your home.
9 of cups: A card of accomplishment and self satisfaction. Comfort or peace. Celebration. After much work you'll be rewarded for your efforts. Be careful of being foolish or allowing yourself to become egotistical.
8 of cups: A card warning against vanity. Maintain humility and exhibit appropriate behavior. Remember to be unselfish and giving.
7 of cups: A card the represents the many choices of the inquirer; a review of past choices and an outlook on future choices.
6 cups: A card that represents a person's past or memories. Signifies simple pleasures.
5 of cups: A card showing a loss of control. May be indicative of addiction or destructive behavior resulting in shame. A realization of something you thought was true, that ended up being false. Tendency towards drugs and alcohol.
4 of cups: A card that illustrates worry, petty issues, stress, self doubt, self pity, and frustration. Represents a tiresome and stressful time. A card that conveys disappointment. Avoid letting negative thoughts consume you. Aim for self empowerment.
3 of cups: Completion of a matter at hand, and thus, a reason for celebration. Represents an opportunity to heal and grow.
2 of cups: Represents marriage. Often referred to as "The couples card". Friendships as well as passion. Strong foundation and respect.
Ace of cups: Represents a loyal heart, peace of mind, and overall good physical health. All desires and needs are fulfilled (generally meaning a happy past in relation to past tense cards). A positive "yes" to an outcome card and positivity regarding your current state.
THE SUIT OF SWORDS
The King of swords: A tall, thin male in stature in a position of authority. Decision and execution. Decisive action or action coupled with justice. Avoid letting personal desire take place of fairness.
The Queen of swords: A card related to a female. Illustrates sadness, infertility, and physical issues. May represent mourning a child or partner. The pain being significant and one that is currently a daily battle.
The Knight of swords: A card of battle, confrontation, defense, bravery, and competition. People fighting over an issue. Indicates a young man who may need help with a situation.
The Page of swords: A card of emotional possession associated with jealously. A card of surveillance.
10 of swords: A card of emotional isolation, weariness, and sometimes depression and/or physical pain; a sense of being overwhelmed.
9 of swords: A card with many meanings (depending on its surrounding cards). It can represent loss, desperation, and broken promises. May indicate deep depression and nightmares, and trouble sleeping. Represents being burdened with much stress and pressure.
8 of swords: A card that signals confusion and disruption. Often symbolizes a female with quiet jealously. A feeling of being held prisoner; being trapped by some force. A situation that may be difficult to leave.
7 of swords: A card of industry and hard work and diligence. Sometimes a visionary. Much work is required in the end, however, the efforts may not pay off as well as hoped. Do not take the easy way out as trouble will follow.
6 of swords: A card representing travel, distance and separation. You may soon travel or be separated from a loved one.
5 of swords: A card representing decision making and consequences. May mean moving away or letting go. Limit your losses by letting go. Don't let the negativity of others influence your choices. Don't continue to fight a battle when the war is over.
4 of swords: A card of doubt, worrying, restless sleep and loneliness. May simply indicate a lack of sleep, but could also mean a possible illness.
3 of swords: A card representing sadness, hurt feelings, a sense of loss or longing. An abrupt separation. A broken heart in regards to love. A bitter heartbreak. Take care of emotional issues.
2 of swords: A card representing honor, respect, and affection. Strong, friendly, physical closeness and a reliable source of strength. A choice between two things. Look for the one who offers the most guidance.
Ace of swords: A card representing pure victory, many blessings, and intense emotions. With great power, you are able to move to many situations.
THE SUIT OF COINS
The King of coins: A formidable man through financial means, connections, status and acquired wealth. An excellent person in regards to economic status and romantic attachment. A card symbolizing a time for raising economic status.
The queen of coins: A caring, sensitive female; usually artistic and creative with her appearance. A good listener. Loyal, generous, and protective. A time for economic balance. An enjoyment of luxury and a balance of comfort.
The Knight of coins: A man of honor, often with a military or militia background who is to willing to assist. Dependable. A person that can be trusted. Approach tasks with planning and organization.
The Page of coins: A card of academia and common sense. Charm. Physical good looks. Driven. A time to engage in education. A time to explore economic activities. Great news via letter or words.
10 of coins: A card of peaceful surroundings (physical or emotional), residence, or home. Family gatherings. A secure time in the home. Stability. Remember your family.
9 of coins: A card of many blessings. Fulfillment of goals, hopes and realization of dreams. Obligations satisfied.
8 of coins: A card for employment. Promotion at work, as well as the money that accompanies such actions. Learning a new trade in which you find stability.
7 of coins: A mixed emotions card. Indicative of money and stability. Represents both positive and negative impacts on money. Continue to work on projects while remembering that money can bring joy and also, great sorrow. The importance of money comes from the freedom it allows you to have. Don't make the mistake of letting money imprison you.
6 of coins: A card of giving and receiving. Simply put, if you extend your hand to give, you will also be more likely to receive.
5 of coins: A card of despair, overdue bills, unstable residence, and fear. Money going out of the house faster than it's coming in. Stress. Avoid unnecessary expenses. Borrowing may be necessary.
4 of coins: A territorial card. Materialistic. Sometimes a dispute over a will or probate. A person who is wanting too much. Self indulgence to the fullest.
3 of coins: A card of self employment and self reliance. A great deal of time and energy expended with little compensation. It may take some extra time or effort to get what you want. Much worked is needed. Great skills are required.
2 of coins: A communication card. Legal notices, credit approvals, and invitations, accompanied by some frustration regarding these things. Be careful, and make sure you understand what you are agreeing to before doing so.
Ace of coins: A card of excellent wealth, excitement and clarity. Success comes when dealing with individuals and business. Now is the time to move forward and progress.
I hope you enjoyed my basic101 on tarot cards and their meanings! Be sure to remember that when you're learning tarot cards, you should always go at your own pace. For example, try pulling one card a day. Focus on that card and it's meaning. Go over it a few times a day until you connect that card with it's meaning. Then once you try doing readings, you'll be able to connect that card immediately to it's meaning, plus, with your own intuitive feelings while using the spread and that card's surrounding cards. It does take time, and patience as well. But with practice and repetition, you will become more comfortable with it.
These were only the "right side up" meanings. I'll be starting another blog soon on the "upside down" key meanings as well. Also, the purpose of clearing cards and cleansing the cards with Sage and more. Subscribe at the bottom of the page! Thank you! -Jane