List of Tarot Card Meanings

Here it is…..the quick and dirty list of tarot card meanings!
If you are just learning the Tarot, print off this list of tarot card meanings to keep as a handy reference – it can be easier to look up meanings on a sheet of paper rather than flipping through the little white booklet that comes with most Tarot decks.

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Major Arcana- List of Tarot Card Meanings

0 The Fool - New beginnings, optimism, trust in life

1 The Magician - Action, the power to manifest

2 The High Priestess - Inaction, going within, the mystical

3 The Empress - Abundance, nurturing, fertility, life in bloom!

4 The Emperor - Structure, stability, rules and power

5 The Hierophant - Institutions, tradition, society and its rules

6 The Lovers - Sexuality, passion, choice, uniting

7 The Chariot - Movement, progress, integration

8 Strength - Courage, subtle power, integration of animal self

9 The Hermit - Meditation, solitude, consciousness

10 Wheel of Fortune - Cycles, change, ups and downs

11 Justice - Fairness, equality, balance

*Detailed descriptions of the rest of the Major Arcana can be found HERE.

12 The Hanged Man - Surrender, new perspective, enlightenment

13 Death - The end of something, change, the impermeability of all things

14 Temperance - Balance, moderation, being sensible

15 The Devil - Destructive patterns, addiction, giving away your power

16 The Tower - Collapse of stable structures, release, sudden insight

17 The Star - Hope, calm, a good omen!

18 The Moon - Mystery, the subconscious, dreams

19 The Sun - Success, happiness, all will be well

20 Judgment - Rebirth, a new phase, inner calling

21 The World - Completion, wholeness, attainment, celebration of life

Minor Arcana- List of Tarot Card Meanings

Suit of Swords

King - Serious, controlling, rational and mind/intellect-focused

Queen - Intelligent, writer, communicative yet cold - cuts through B.S.

Knight - Fierce, determined, aggressively pursues goals

Page - mentally unstable or intellectually immature, acts without thinking

Ace of Swords - A fresh start, a sudden opportunity or idea, clarity

2 - Indecision

3- heartbreak, betrayal

4 - meditation, rest, retreat

5 - mind games, hostility

6 - leaving, accepting help, going somewhere better

7 - secret plans, abandoning ship

8 - feeling powerless and stuck

9 - Overactive mind, anxiety

10 - feeling defeated, self sabotage

Suit of Cups

King - Need to acknowledge deep feelings, avoid drowning out emotions

Queen - Emotionally nurturing, intuitive, sensitive

Knight - Romantic, adventurous, following one’s heart

Page - Creative, inspired, learning artistic skill

Ace of Cups - emotional fulfillment, joy

2 - partnership, mutual attraction, compatibility

3 - celebration, fun with friends, laughter

4 - boredom, dissatisfaction with what is being offered

5 - dwelling on the negative, self pity

6 - sentimentality, kindness, help

7 - so many choices! Indecision, getting lost in fantasy

8 - abandoning something in search of something better

9 - indulgence, self-satisfaction

10 - emotional bliss, happiness, attainment

Suit of Wands

King - Career focused, mature, passionate

Queen - Confidant, focused, has zest for life

Knight - An adventurous risk taker who follows his passions

Page - newly inspired, excited about life and work

Ace of Wands - New beginnings, creative spark, fertile ideas

2 - Contemplation, assessing ones life direction

3 - Reaping the rewards of your efforts

4 - Celebration, safety, the home

5 - Competition, minor struggles or disagreements

6 - Success, accolades and achievement

7 - Feeling defensive and on guard

8 - Speed, things manifesting quickly

9 - Pessimism, gearing up for the worst

10 - Feeling oppressed, exhaustion, too many responsibilities

Suit of Pentacles

King - Enjoys the good life (food, drink and leisure), financially secure

Queen - Healthy in body and finances, grounded and calm

Knight - Cautious, sensible and slow to progress

Page - Student, commitment to learning

Ace of Pentacles - Financial reward, clarity of life purpose, goals

2 - Balance, multitasking

3 - Meaningful work, enjoying one’s work, suitable career

4 - Hoarding, feeling poor, holding self back out of fear

5 - Minor money troubles, health problems, feeling like an outsider

6 - Charity, accepting and giving help

7 - Patience, waiting for your plans to bear fruit

8 - Hard work, focused efforts, laying the groundwork

9 - Luxury, rest, financial and material comforts

10 - Financial success, strong business relationships

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