SOO you want to learn a little about Tarot Cards do you?
I’ll do my best in explaining what I’ve learned about them. Mostly this page will just be break down of each of the cards and a small description of what they mean and what categories they fall under (Major or Minor Arcana, Cups, Pentacles Etc…). Most importantly though the BIGGEST RULE being, just having fun with reading your tarot cards. Obviously take what your practicing seriously but it doesn’t have to be completely black and white, there are room for grey areas in tarot. It’s all about reading the cards and really feeling what they mean to you. How you should interpret the spreads laid are totally up to you and how your gut feels towards them. This is all about tapping into your intuition and universal energies.
SIDE NOTE: Now when I say “highs and lows” or “upsides and downsides” to a card, take it with a grain of salt. It’s very misleading as some of the “highs” seem to have very negative connotations and vice versa with the “lows” having positive aspects to them. It all depends on the type of reading that you’re doing that influences the way these cards are read. It’s just a figure of speech I’m using. Different cards that are laid in different readings and spreads combined with other cards can mean very different things.
The Fool: The positive meanings to drawing the Fool card would be being a free spirit, new beginnings, innocence and spontaneity. The downsides to this card would be holding back, risk-taking and recklessness.
The Magician: The positive meanings to drawing the Magician card would be power, resourcefulness, manifestation and inspired action. The downsides to drawing this card would be manipulation, poor planning and untapped talents.
The High Priestess: The positive meanings are intuition, sacred knowledge and the subconscious mind. The downsides to the High Priestess are secrets, disconnected from intuition, silence and withdrawal.
The Empress: The positive meanings behind the Empress are femininity, abundance, beauty, nature and nurturing. The downsides would be creative block or dependence on others.
The Emperor: The positive meanings are authority, a father figure, establishment and structure. The downsides to the Emperor are domination, inflexibility, lack of discipline and excessive control.
Justice: The positive meanings would be truth, cause and effect, law fairness and obviously.. Justice. The downsides are lack of accountability, unfairness and dishonesty.
The Lovers: The positive aspects to this card are relationships, love … duh, harmony, alignment of values and choices. The downsides would be too much self love, imbalance, disharmony and misalignment of values.
The Chariot: The positives are willpower, control, determination, success and action. The opposites would be lack of self discipline, opposition or lack of direction.
The Wheel of Fortune: The positive things would be destiny, good luck, karma, life cycles or a turning point in your life. The opposites would be bad luck, breaking cycles and resistance to change.
Strength: The positives to strength are courage, compassion, persuasion, the title of the card itself (strength) and influence. Some downsides would be inner strength, self-doubt, low energy or raw emotion.
The Hermit: The upsides to the Hermit are soul-searching, introspection, inner guidance and being alone. Downsides would be withdrawal, loneliness, or isolation.
The Hierophant: Upsides are spiritual wisdom, conformity, institutions tradition and religious beliefs. Opposites would be personal beliefs, challenging the “status quo” and freedom.
The Hanged Man: The upsides to the Hanged Man are pausing, a new perspective, letting go and surrendering. The opposites would be stalling, delays, indecision or resistance.
The World: The positives are completion, travel, accomplishments and integration. The opposites would be seeking personal closure, short cuts and delays.
Judgement: The positives to this card are just like the title, Judgement, also rebirth, absolution and inner calling. The opposites are self-doubt, inner critic and “ignoring the call”.
The Sun: The upsides to the Sun card are positivity, vitality, warmth and success. The opposites would be your inner child, feeling down or being over optimistic.
The Moon: The moon can be a tricky card. The “positives” are illusion, fear, subconscious, intuition and anxiety. On the other end we have release of fear, inner confusion and repressed emotion.
The Star: The stars positive aspects are hope, spirituality, renewal, purpose and faith. The opposites would be despair, lack of faith or disconnection.
Death: The upsides to the Death card are change, transformation, endings and transition. The opposites are resistance to change or personal transformation. Like death of an ego. Contrary to popular belief you will not die after pulling this card.
The Devil: The lighter aspects to this devilish card are sexuality, restriction, your shadow self, addiction and attachment. The opposites would be releasing limiting beliefs, detachment and exploring dark thoughts.
The Tower: The positive aspects to this card or sudden change, awakening, upheavel, chaos and revelation. The opposites are personal transformation, averting disaster and fear of change.
The Temperance: The positives to the Temperance are moderation, patience, balance and purpose. The opposites are imbalance, re-alignment, excess and self healing.
SUIT OF SWORDS
Ace: The highs are breakthroughs, new ideas, mental clarity and success. The lows are inner clarity, clouded judgement and rethinking an idea.
Two: The highs are difficult decisions, weighing up options and an impasse avoidance. The lows would be indecision, confusion, information overload and stalemate.
Three: The high points are heartbreak, emotional pain, sorrow, grief and hurt. The lows are negative self-talk, releasing pain, optimism and forgiveness.
Four: The highs are rest, relaxation, meditation, recuperation and contemplation. The lows are exhaustion, burn outs, stagnation and deep contemplation.
Five: The highs are conflict, disagreements, defeat, winning at all costs and competition. The lows are reconciliation, past resentment and making amends.
Six: The highs are transition, change, right of passage and releasing baggage. The lows are personal transition, resistance to change and unfinished business.
Seven: The highs are (surprisingly enough) betrayal, getting away with something and acting strategically. The opposites are something called “imposter syndrome”, self deceit and keeping secrets.
Eight: The highs are negative thoughts, self imposed restriction, imprisonment and having a victim mentality. The lows are self limiting beliefs, inner critic, releasing negative thoughts and being open to a new perspective.
Nine: The highs are anxiety, worry, fear, depression and nightmares. The lows are inner turmoil, deep seeded fears, secrets and releasing worries.
Ten: The highs are painful endings, deep wounds, betrayal, loss and crisis. The lows are recovery, regeneration and resisting an inevitable end.
Page: The highs are new ideas, curiosity, the thirst for knowledge and new ways of communicating. The lows are self expression, all talk and no action, haphazard action and being hasty.
Knight: The highs are being ambitious, action oriented, the drive to succeed and being a fast thinker. The lows would be being restless, unfocused, impulsive and feeling burnt out.
Queen: The highs are being independent, having unbiased judgement, clear boundaries and direct communication. The lows are being overly emotional, easily influenced, bitchy and cold hearted. (this is my favorite card)
King: The highs are mental clarity, intellectual power, authority and truth. The lows are quiet power, inner truth, misuse of power and manipulation.
SUIT OF CUPS
Ace: The highs are love, new relationships, compassion and creativity. The lows are self love, intuition and repressed emotions.
Two: The highs are unified love, partnership and mutual attraction. The lows are self love, breakups, disharmony and distrust.
Three: The highs would be celebration, friendship, creativity and collaborations. The lows are independence, alone time, hardcore partying and “three’s a crowd”.
Four: The highs are meditation, contemplation, apathy and re-evaluation. The lows could be retreat, withdrawal or checking for alignment.
Five: The highs would be regret, failure, disappointment and pessimism. The lows are personal setbacks, self forgiveness and moving on in life.
Six: The highs are revisiting the past, childhood memories, innocence and joy. The lows would be living in the past, lacking playfulness and forgiveness.
Seven: The highs would be opportunities, choices, wishful thinking and illusion. The lows are alignment, personal values and overwhelmed by choices.
Eight: The highs are abandonment, disappointment, withdrawal and escapism. The lows could be giving something another chance, indecision, aimless drifting and walking away.
Nine: The highs are contentment, satisfaction, gratitude and wishing something would come true. The lows are inner happiness, materialism, dissatisfaction and indulgence.
Ten: The highs would be divine love, blissful relationships, harmony and alignment. The lows are disconnection, misaligned values and struggling with relationships.
Page: The highs could be creative opportunities, curiosity, possibility and intuitive messages. The lows might be new ides, doubting intuition, creative blocks and emotional immaturity.
Knight: The highs are creativity, romance, charm, imagination and beauty. The lows would be overactive imagination, unrealistic, moody and jealousy.
Queen: The highs could be compassionate, caring, being emotionally stable, intuitive and going with the flow. The lows are inner feelings, self care, self love and co-dependency.
King: The highs would be emotionally balanced, compassionate and diplomatic. The lows are self compassion, inner feelings, moodiness and being emotionally manipulative.
SUIT OF PENTACLES
Ace: The highs could be a new financial or career opportunity, manifestation and abundance. The lows might be lost opportunity, lack of planning and foresight.
Two: The highs are multiple priorities, time management, prioritization and adaptability. The lows would be over committed, disorganization and re-prioritization.
Three: The highs would be teamwork, collaboration, learning and implementation. The lows are disharmony, misalignment and working alone.
Four: The highs are saving money, security, scarcity, control and conservatism. The lows could be over spending, greed and self protection.
Five: The highs would be financial loss, poverty, lack of mindset, worry and isolation. The lows could be recovery from financial loss and spiritual poverty.
Six: The highs are giving, receiving, sharing wealth, generosity and charity. The lows would be self care, unpaid debts and one sided charity.
Seven: The highs are long term views, sustainable results, perseverance and investment. The lows would be lack of long term vision, limited success or rewards.
Eight: The highs are apprenticeship, repetitive tasks, mastery and skill development. The lows would be self development, perfectionism and misdirected activity.
Nine: The highs are abundance, luxury, self sufficiency and financial independence. The lows would be self worth, over investment in your work field and hustling.
Ten: The highs could be wealth, financial security, family, long term success and contribution. The lows are the dark side of wealth and financial failure or loss.
Page: The highs would be financial opportunity, manifestation and skill development. The lows are lack of progress, procrastination and learning from a failure.
Knight: The highs are hardwork, productivity, routine and conservatism. The lows would be self discipline, boredom, feeling “stuck” and perfectionism.
Queen: The highs might be nurturing, being practical, providing financially and being a working parent. The lows are financial independence, self care and a work-home conflict.
King: The highs are wealth, leadership, business, security, discipline and abundance. The lows would be financially inept, obsessed with wealth and status and being stubborn.
SUIT OF WANDS
Ace: The highs are inspiration, power, creation, beginnings and potential. The lows would be delays, lack of motivation and feeling weighed down.
Two: The highs are planning for your future, progress, decisions and discovery. The lows could be fear of the unknown and lack of planning.
Three: The highs would be preparation, foresight, enterprise and expansion. The lows are lack of foresight, delays and obstacles to your long term goals.
Four: The highs are celebration, harmony, marriage, home and community. The lows would be breakdown in communication and transition.
Five: The highs are disagreement, competition, strife, tension and conflict. The lows would be conflict avoidance, diversity and agreeing to disagree.
Six: The highs could be public recognition, victory, progress and self confidence. The lows are egotism, falling from grace, lack of confidence and disrepute.
Seven: The highs would be challenge, competition and perseverance. The lows could be giving up, being overwhelmed and being overly protective.
Eight: The highs are speed, action, air travel, movement and swift change. The lows would be delays frustration and holding off.
Nine: The highs would be courage, persistence, test of faith and resilience. The lows would be being on edge, being defensive, hesitant and paranoia.
Ten: The highs are burden, responsibility, hardwork, stress and achievement. The lows would be taking on too much and avoiding your responsibilities.
Page: The highs would be enthusiasm, free spirited, exploration and discovery. The lows are set backs to new ideas, pessimism and lack of direction.
Knight: The highs are energy, passion, action, lust, adventure and impulsiveness. The lows could be haste, scattered energy, delays and frustration.
Queen: The highs are exuberance, warmth, vibrancy and determination. The lows could be being aggressive and demanding.
King: The highs are being a natural born leader, vision, entrepreneurship and honor. The lows could be impulsiveness, haste, being ruthless and having high expectations.
Pentacles can also be called coins or disks. While wands may be considered as staffs or staves.
You can research different spreads to use but ideally focus on a bout 2 or 3 spreads when you’re just starting out. I would suggest finding spreads that have minimal cards you have to lay as when you get to 10+ cards in a spread it can become overwhelming.
Before you start practicing with spreads it’s very important to remind yourself to be in a calm, open minded, clear headed state of consciousness. You could meditate before reading, do a quick yoga session and so one. Whatever helps you clear your mind and come to a calming state will work fine.
While this is not everything you need to know about tarot and again I am no expert at it, this a fair enough start so you can start practicing on your own and have a general idea of what tarot is and what the cards mean.
Good Luck! And Happy Reading!