What Are the Tarot Card Meanings?
There are 78 tarot cards and each of them can be interpreted in a certain way. So what are the meanings of tarot cards?
We will explore together the meanings of the different tarot cards. However, it is important to understand that a good reading involves more than checking what are the symbols behind each card. Experience plays a big role in putting together everything.
To give you the high level perspective first, there are 22 cards in the so called Major Arcana and 56 cards in the Minor Arcana. Then, the Minor Arcana consists of four suits: Cups, Swords, Wands and Pentacles.
What Are the Major Arcana Card Meanings?
The Major Arcana cards deal with the major areas of our life. They form the core of the Tarot deck and they help you get in-touch with the spiritual side of life. If you are open, you will receive important lessons that allow you to deepen self-awareness and grow spiritually.
Major Arcana Tarot Spreads
If you are interested mainly in a spiritual growth type of reading, you may decide to go for a Tarot reading using only the Major Arcana cards.
This type of reading will provide you with deep insight into what is the direction you should consider in order to gain better self-awareness and grow.
Major Arcana Cards Symbolism
Their symbolism goes beyond the specific meaning of each card. You need to take a broader view and try to connect all the dots in a way that resonates with you. The more experienced you become and the more you understand their symbolism, the more value-added you will get from your readings.
The human journey through life is complex and it involves a growth process that is often challenging. We get to enjoy nice surprises, love and positive life events. However, we also need to face adversity, deal with all kinds of situations and people, make tough decisions. This is known as “the journey of the Fool”.
The reversed Major Arcana cards in your reading mean that you have to learn yet the lesson related to that card.
|Upright: spontaneity, extravagance, beginnings|
Reversed: carelessness, negligence, vanity
|Upright: skill, power, action
Reversed: manipulation, disgrace
|Upright: wisdom, intuition, mystery|
Reversed: passion, conceit
|Upright: initiative, femininity, fruitfulness
Reversed: dependence, doubt, ignorance
|Upright: power, protection, accomplishment|
Reversed: domination, rigidity
|Upright: conformity, kindness
Reversed: servitude, weakness
|Upright: attraction, beauty, love|
Reversed: failure, imbalance
|Upright: triumph, control
Reversed: trouble, defeat
|Upright: power, courage|
Reversed: abuse, weakness
|Upright: prudence, introspection
Reversed: treason, corruption
|Upright: success, luck, abundance|
Reversed: bad luck
|Upright: fairness, justice
Reversed: unfairness, dishonesty
|Upright: sacrifice, suspension|
Reversed: selfishness, indecision
|Upright: transformation, transition
Reversed: resistance to change
|Upright: moderation, balance|
Reversed: excess, competing interests
|Upright: materialism, sexuality, vehemence
Reversed: breaking free, detachment, selfishness, self-distruction
|Upright: catastrophe, failure, confusion|
Reversed: danger, fear of change
|Upright: accomplishments, promises, hope
Reversed: disappointment, frustration
|Upright: danger, enemies, fear|
Reversed: doubt, failure, unhappiness
|Upright: success, richness, wealth
Reversed: lack of success, acceptance, lack of ambition
|Upright: judgement, rebirth|
Reversed: conviction, repression
|Upright: completion, accomplishment, fresh new start
Reversed: lack of direction, lack of closure
Minor Arcana Tarot Cards Meaning
While the Major Arcana deals with the major archetypal elements, the Minor Arcana cards deal with the day to day aspects of of lives.
The Minor Arcana is made out of four suits, each of them made out of 14 cards.
Tarot Suit of Cups Meanings
The natural element associated with Suit of Cups is water. The Suit of Cups Tarot cards meaning has to do mainly with relationships, connections and feelings. They are therefore important for all the aspects that are related to love and to maters of the heart in general.
Cups also symbolize imagination and creativity, with both their positive and negative associations. On the positive side you can put them to good use, like for accomplishing an artistic goal for example.
On the negative side, you can stay too much in a fantasy world, being out of touch with reality.
What Does it Mean When You Get Mostly Suit of Cups Cards in a Tarot Reading?
The ones getting mainly Cups in their Tarot readings are seeking answers to heart related matters, such as love and emotional struggles.
|Upright: love, new relationship|
Reversed: repressed feelings
|Upright: partnership, taking a love relationship to the next stage
|Upright: accomplished family / friendship relationship|
Reversed: troubled family / friendship relationship
|Upright: meditation, apathy
Reversed: missed opportunity
|Upright: loss, despair|
Reversed: forgiveness, moving on
|Upright: nostalgia, paying for past mistakes
Reversed: stuck in the past
|Upright: day dreaming, fantasy|
Reversed: illusion, lack of action to make plans come true
|Upright: disappointment, withdrawal
Reversed: walking away
|Upright: satisfaction, happiness|
Reversed: dissatisfaction, greed
|Upright: happy relationship, harmany
Reversed: broken relationship
|Upright: creativity, receiving a message|
Reversed: lack of creativity, lack of emotional intelligence
|Upright: charm, romance
Reversed: mood swings, jealousy
|Upright: calm, compassion|
Reversed: dependence, lack of emotional stability
|Upright: generosity, balance
Reversed: manipulation, moodiness
Suit of Pentacles Tarot Card Meanings
The natural element associated with the Suit of Pentacles is Earth. The Suit of Pentacles Tarot meanings are mostly focused on material aspects: money, work, property.
The interpretation with the Pentacles Suit is most often related to what you make out of your material reality. How are you doing in terms of wealth, career and so on? As always, there are to sides of the coin. The negative part is related to going to the extreme, i.e. to being too greedy, or too careless in terms of managing your finances, to excessively prioritizing work over anything else.
Pentacles are also associated with ego and self-esteem, so watch-out for this more esoteric symbolism, as well.
What Does it Mean When You Get Mostly Suit of Pentacles Cards in a Tarot Reading?
What this means is the one who gets the reading is mainly preoccupied with finding answers to material matters: career, money, possessions.
|Upright: business opportunity, wealth|
Reversed: financial crisis, sign not to start new ventures
|Upright: balance, prioritization
Reversed: lack of control in terms of finances
|Upright: collaboration, results of hard work|
Reversed: laziness, lack of teamwork
|Upright: security, conservatism
Reversed: greed, materialism
|Upright: poverty, insecurity, worries|
Reversed: financial struggle recovery
|Upright: generosity, prosperity
Reversed: selfishness, debt
|Upright: reward, perseverance|
Reversed: lack of success
|Upright: engagement, learning
Reversed: lack of focus, perfectionism
|Upright: luxury, gratitude|
Reversed: financial losses, overworking
|Upright: wealth, retirement
Reversed: loss, financial failure
|Upright: financial opportunity, new career|
Reversed: lack of progress
|Upright: efficiency, conservatism
Reversed: being “stuck”, boredom, laziness
|Upright: down-to-earth, motherly|
Reversed: lack of work-life balance
|Upright: abundance, security, control
Reversed: too controlling, authoritative
Tarot Suit of Swords
The natural element associated with the Suit of Swords is air. The typical Suit of Swords Tarot card meanings are associated with courage, change, action. This suit is also associated with the mind and intellect.
Action can lead to accomplishments, but also to conflict, battles and hatred, when used in the wrong way.
What Does it Mean When You Get Mainly Suit of Swords Cards in a Reading?
The ones that get a lot of Swords in their readings are preoccupied with finding answers to mental level challenges (like making a tough decision), to conflicts and arguments.
|Upright: a new beginning, power|
Reversed: lack of action at the right time
|Upright: inability to make-up ones mind
Reversed: confusion over the next steps
|Upright: being negatively affected by an action of someone else|
Reversed: recovery after a painful loss
|Upright: peace, relaxation
Reversed: lack of focus, nervousness
|Upright: inconsistent behavior, tension|
Reversed: a coming change, resentments coming from the past
|Upright: transition, change
Reversed: someone who betrayed you will be exposed
|Upright: weakness, imprisonment
Reversed: pushing through to remove the obstacles
|Upright: having a feeling of failure, anxiety|
|Upright: tragic ending, crisis
Reversed: survival, recovery
|Upright: determined, smart, curious|
Reversed: sneaky, not serious / trustworthy
|Upright: rational, hasty, lacking practical sense
Reversed: break-up, fight
|Upright: individualist, thinking on your feet, analytical|
Reversed: cruel, dangerous, bitchy
|Upright: wise, agile, spiritual
Reversed: cold, shrewd
Tarot Suit of Wands Meanings
The element associated with the Suit of Wands is fire. The Suit of Wands Cards Tarot meanings are liked to spirituality, intuition, personal energy.
In readings, Wands are often connected to our ideas and actions to push things forward. They have to do with what makes us enthusiastic.
On the positive side, they may be connected to personal projects we are passionate about. On the negative side, they may symbolize lack of direction and meaning.
What Does it Mean When One Gets Mainly Suit of Wands Cards in a Tarot Reading?
The one that gets in his reading mostly Wands is preoccupied with projects that have just been initiated, with higher purpose matters of with other ideas that (s)he has strong feelings about.
|Upright: a new personal beginning |
Reversed: bore, delays
|Upright: planning, future action
Reversed: lack of action, lack of interest
|Upright: results of hard work, preparation|
Reversed: work that does not lead anywhere, lack of foresight
|Upright: harmony, sound base
Reversed: fear of losing something important, personal safety is questioned
|Upright: minor fight, mistake, |
Reversed: something goes wrong, following an accidental error
|Upright: personal victory, progress
Reversed: defeat, lack of confidence
|Upright: competition, disputes|
Reversed: giving-up, being overwhelmed
|Upright: taking action in order to achieve something important
Reversed: routine, lack of meaningful action to drive something forward
|Upright: something does not work as planned|
Reversed: lack of attention, hesitation
|Upright: stress, burden
Reversed: you get rid of an obstacle
|Upright: enthusiastic, ambitious, curious|
Reversed: superficial, unfaithful
|Upright: energetic, powerful, generous
Reversed: aggressive, offensive
|Upright: determined, attractive, kind|
Reversed: unpredictable, vindictive, demanding
|Upright: generous, fair, leader
Reversed: harsh, impulsive, selfish
What Are Tarot Card Spreads?
Tarot card spreads are ways of picking and positioning the cards, in a certain pattern. The different types of spreads have been developed to facilitate reading of a specific aspect of your life you are interested in.
You should not feel that there are fixed rules and that readings can be done only in a certain way. There is a certain degree of flexibility in which the tarot spreads can be used. You can use a generic spread in order to get answers to a more specific concern, but a dedicated spread can work better.
At the same, time you can use a spread that was designed for a certain type of reading, in order to go for a different type of reading. The more experienced you get, the more you will get a sense of what works for you better.
What Is a Reversed Tarot Card Meaning?
Each tarot card has a certain meaning if it is upright and a different meaning in reversed position. You simply need to check what is the specific meaning of a certain reversed tarot card you got.
Then, depending on the symbolism of that card in reversed position and on the spread you are going for, you will be able to make your reading.
Getting a tarot card in reversed position is not either good or bad by default. In general, the upright and respectively the reversed position of a card have totally opposite meaning. However, a card in upright position may have a bad meaning, which mean that the reversed position brings good news.
Tarot Cards Meanings in Love
It is not surprising that love relationships tarot readings are quite frequent. Weather you are currently involved in a relationship or you would like to be, you can definitely benefit from clues on the right next steps going further.
Are you interested in finding out if someone is really your soul-mate? Will you reconcile? Will you manage to catch the interest of someone you have fallen in love with?
There are a number of tarot love spreads that can provide very good guidance on how your love life is going to be. A frequent question is what are the top love tarot cards. I will cover this in a dedicated post, as it is a topic of high interest.
Can Tarot Cards Predict the Future?
There are several ways in which people view the way in which tarot card readings predict the future. I definitely believe that Tarot readings can predict the future.
We do have predispositions and based on a lot of different factors our future at one point looks as depicted for example in a Tarot reading. But this is exactly the point. How do you use such a reading? The ideal way is to use it as a tool to grow and to act in a way that sets your life on a better path.
Psychic Tarot Readings
I hope you find Tarot as fascinating and helpful as I do. With dedication and hard work, everyone can become a good Tarot reader. There is more to it than meets the eye though. It’s not only about laying a spread and checking what each card means.
It may be therefore a good idea to go for a professional reading, at least in the beginning. In this way you can get answers you can really count on.
In case you do want to want to put in the work and become great at Tarot readings yourself, than I hope you find the materials shared here helpful. If you need anything else that is not covered on the site, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help you out.
As you make progress, remember to give back and help others grow, as well. What goes around comes around! Good luck!