Tarot Card Meanings

The Major Arcana (The Big Secrets)

image: RWS Tarot and Tarot de Marseille

"In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first." - Jimi Hendricks

0 The Fool – Heaven on Earth, leap of faith, adventure, staying the course, independence

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"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail." - Charles Kettering

1 The Magician – Mind set, skill set, tool set

2 The High Priestess – Intuition, hidden knowledge, deep subconscious
3 The Empress – The Silver Mother, fertility, abundance, good luck, pregnancy
4 The Emperor – The protector, leadership, authority
5 The Hierophant – Questioning your beliefs, initiation, helpfulness, marriage
6 The Lovers – Melding of minds and hearts, a perfect union in love or business
7 The Chariot – Take life by the reigns, self control, ambition, success

8 Strength – Inner power, self confidence, patience, control
9 The Hermit – Inner revelation, guidance, counsel
10 Wheel of Fortune – End of bad karma, change, twist of fate, chance
11 Justice – Harmony within, fairness, reap what one sows
12 The Hanged Man – Contemplation, transition, choices, decisions, letting go
13 Death – A new way of life or seeing the world, rebirth
14 Temperance – Balance, soberness in thoughts, down to earth emotions, reconciliation

15 The Devil – Seduction, temptation – material, physical and emotional
16 The Tower – Chaos, the beginning of the end, alpha, omega, enlightenment
17 The Star – A new light, hope, destiny, happiness and good health, optimism, cosmic, future
18 The Moon – Trickery, visions, fear, unfulfilled, dreams, deception, Pisces
19 The Sun – Life force, growth, happy family, business & love relationships
20 Judgment – Starting over, the past is the past, moving forward, liberation, baptism
21 The World – Prosperity, cosmic forces, higher self, Vesica Piscis, nirvana, crown chakra, God


Image: Tarot de Marseille

And God said, "Let there be light:" and there was light - Genesis 1:1

Ace of Wands – Fire, spark of life, magick wand, creation, energy, natural force

Ace of Cups – Fertility, good news, birth, happiness, new beginning, romance
Ace of Swords –
Invocation, double edged, ideas, focus, demons, wrath
Ace of Pentacles –
Materiality, power, wealth, enterprise, money, illusion, good and evil, sow seeds

Court Cards

King of Wands – Genesis, evolution, legend of the fire salamander, action, dynamic, reward, punishment

Image: Rider Waite Smith Tarot

Queen of Wands – Chameleon, command, producer, brilliance, domineering, revengeful
Knight of Wands – Racy, passionate, intense, advancement, haughty, belligerent, combative
Page of Wands – Courage, femme fatale, rebellion, devil may care, excitement, youth

Image: Tarot de Marseille

King of Cups – Calmness, maturity, emotional intelligence, healer, father figure, fearless leader
Queen of Cups – Compassion, empath, psychic, benevolance, intuition, wife, motherly love
Knight of Cups – Wild imagination, reverie, dreamer, fanciful, loyalty, White Knight, visionary, flighty
Page of Cups – Miracle worker, magnatism, child like, messenger, devotion, bonding, lack of respect, neediness

King of Swords – Action, General, knowledge, CEO, fearless, answers, Oracle, fair, mentor, controlling, dictator

Image: Thoth Tarot

"The authentic self is the soul made visible." - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Queen of Swords – Trustworthy, honest, sharp, swift, dominant, social butterfly, warrior, unscrupulous, brazen

Knight of Swords – Valiant, courageous, gentleman, networker, cunning, close enemy, foe

Page of Swords – Cunning, solution oriented, observant, agent, spy

King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles

Minor Arcana

Two of Wands
Three of WandsFour of Wands
Five of Wands
Six of of Wands
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands

Two of Cups
Three of Cups
Four of Cups
Five of Cups
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups

Two of Swords
Three of Swords
Four of Swords
Five of Swords
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords


Two of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles