The Tarot Card Individual meanings
The 22 Cards of the Major Arcana (or is this the first two packs?)
Followed by the 56 Minor Arcana
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Top Cups Wands
The Fool 0
The sun shines as the traveler sets out cheerfully at the start of this
new and important journey. Meanwhile the little dog offers the voice of
caution. Interpretation: Start this fresh chapter of life with optimism.
Use the knowledge and experiences from the past to make this a positive
The Magician 1
Resting on the table are the cups, pentacles, swords and wands.
The magician is poised to work with them under the sign of infinity Interpretation
All these personal resources are here to be used now. Keep a healthy,
balanced and positive approach in this new era.
The High Priestess 2
The figure represents a woman, symbolising the feminine force. The card
represents mystery and magic, shown by the scroll Tora signifying the
greater law and the second sense of the world. The crescent moon symbolising
the energies of the earth. Interpretation There is a focus on waiting,
gathering knowledge, and balance. The High Priestess represents wisdom,
mystery, understanding, intuition and serenity. A time of gestation to
The Empress 3
The earth mother sits centre stage in this fertile setting of corn, forest
and waterfall. Her crown glistens with the twelve starts of the zodiac.
Interpretation The focus is on a nurturing, nesting period. It is important
though, to retain the vital sense of personal identity at this time.
The Emperor 4
This venerable ruler sits firmly on the throne. The orb, sceptre and rams
declare his power. This figure may be younger or older and either male
or female. The common feature is of taking control and making important
decisions. Interpretation A strong father figure will protect and support
in times of need. A natural authoritarian, he or she prefers to give the
The Hierophant 5
The High Priest, sometimes known as the Pope, blesses his bishops in a
formal ceremony. The cross and keys of Rome add to the traditional symbols
of Christianity. Interpretation Official blessings are given and well
deserved. Ongoing care and confirmation will nurture growth and development
for the enterprise."; The Lovers 6 The archangel hovers overhead in the
Garden of Eden. A mountain retreat is available, but the serpent is about
to eat the forbidden fruit. Interpretation This complex and tempting personal
dilemma requires careful consideration. Listen to and act on the inner
voice of reason.
The Chariot 7
The chariot moves forward smoothly, pulled by the well harnessed mythical
creatures,. Images of balance, guidance and success complete the scene.
Interpretation Welcome this progressive phase. Much ground can now be
covered, self-control and inner harmony will be maintained.
Under the halo of infinity, a woman handles the lion like a favorite pet.
The well developed spiritual direction, shows in the mountain peak. The
whole picture is infused with light. Interpretation Courage overcomes
the anger which holds back personal growth. The inner strength gained
is a very real victory.
The Hermit 9
Father Time looks for illumination to the star lit lamp. He stands alone
on the mountain top, the classical place of meditation. Interpretation
Time is precious. Clear out deep seated burdens from the past, as they
seriously limit the present. Only then, is it possible for the real self
to emerge. Reincarnation too, depends on what use is made of the present.
Therefore, it is doubly important to attend to this challenge.
The Wheel Of Fortune 10
Classical symbols support a seemingly endless rotation of life. The good
ascends with Anubis, and is counteracted by the bad descending with Typhon.
However the symbols from the Book of Revelations and the Sphinx hold the
key to the answer. Interpretation There is an orderly pattern. By rising
above material things in the next upswing, life will be far richer.
Justice will be done. The symbols are clear. Although the scales are balanced,
the sword of Damocles is poised to fall either way. Interpretation Be
fair and compassionate in all circumstances in order to receive true justice.
A generous and forgiving approach is needed.
The Hanged Man 12
The saintly halo features in this stylised, yoga-like position. Twelve
leaves on the branch in earlier decks represent both the Apostles and
the signs of the Zodiac. Interpretation Be objective and logical about
future plans. Sacrifices will be required in order to achieve significant,
long term goals. The results will justify the commitment.
The difficult path leads to a sun-lit horizon. Blessings are given for
both the end and the beginning. Interpretation Welcome the promising new
beginning. Leave the past gently but firmly behind and go forward joyfully
A pool of water is murky and the liquid flows only between the cups. The
path is long and difficult. It leads however to the light on the mountain,
confirmed by the symbols of archangels and the Tarot. Interpretation Things
appear to be quite stagnant. With patience, new promising personal goals
will soon appear on the horizon.
The Devil 15
Here is the blackest picture, of a couple chained in hell. The devil dominates,
along with other symbols of his power. Interpretation The hell may be
inherited or personally made. Kindness to oneself is vital. The courage
to forgive can then dissolve the darkest thoughts and heal the soul
The Tower 16
A bolt of lightning strikes. The seemingly impregnable tower quakes and
shatters from its foundations. Not even the rulers of the world escape
the crash. Interpretation A false exterior protects or hides the truth.
Now, shattering events seem likely. Time is the healer. The new foundation
will then be stronger, firmer and more authentic.
The Star 17
Spilt water flows all around. However, the bright morning star in its
galaxy, dominates the scene. Interpretation When everything seems to have
been lost, the guiding star appears. It points to recovery, followed by
the renewal of faith, for a brighter future.
The Moon 18
The old notion of excess and madness at the time of the full moon is evident.
The path is very slippery and the water badly disturbed. Interpretation
Life has its darker side, with excess and unstable people or situations.
Help may be needed to understand and accept this difficult time.
The Sun 19
The sun shines brightly and wisely on the earth. The child appears on
a white horse, carrying the banner of victory. Interpretation True happiness
is fully appreciated as it has been well earned. The real pleasures and
joys of living are warmly shared.
The dead rise up from their coffins as an angel sounds the final judgement
call. The scene, reminiscent of Revelations, the last book of The Bible
is very clear. Interpretation Ultimately we are responsible and answerable
for ourselves. It is time to be prepared to account for all the decisions
of the past and receive what is due.
The World 21
The four living creatures of Revelations are shown in the four corners
of the world. So too are the classical symbols of the Sphinx. The veil
is worn lightly by the woman as she dances in the wreath of victory. Interpretation
Having conquered fears and doubts, learned and done so much, it is time
to celebrate. The priceless treasure of integrity is gained and the world
opens up fresh vistas.
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Top Cups Wands
Ace of Cups
An aura surrounds the hand which holds the cup. Watery elements and symbols
dominate the scene, whilst the dove and cross provide a peaceful blessing.
Interpretation There is enormous potential for a very healthy relationship.
With care and consideration this could develop into something deeper and
Two of Cups
The angels wings hover above the Egyptian symbol of earth, fire, air and
water. A traditional love-nest complements the scene in which the couple
salute each other. Interpretation These two people are well matched to
further explore their goals and values. The focus is on the development
of the harmony and trust already evident.
Three of Cups
Dressed for a special event, the women are offering a toast. A wonderful
harvest is all around. Interpretation A joyful event will be welcome.
An engagement, commitment, marriage, birth, birthday or special occasion
Four of Cups
Arms folded, the person sits alone looking pensively down. The cup and
what it offers go unnoticed. Interpretation Relationship issues are less
than satisfactory or non existent. A significant effort is required to
improve the situation.
Five of Cups
The figure looks at the overturned cups and at the strong ripples on the
water. The two upright cups are out of the line of vision. Interpretation
There is a tendency to dwell in the past. It is time to move on to welcome
the new opportunities which are very close.
Six of Cups
The older person looks back a little pensively. The younger one willingly
carries the flower filled cup to a new destination. Interpretation The
old ways are now left behind and the next cycle is beginning. This may
involve a change of attitude and new direction. There may be an accompanying
change of location.
Seven of Cups
This figure reaches towards the cups, each of which contain something
different. The cups themselves are resting in the clouds. Interpretation
Dreams present a variety of ideas. They should not be allowed to slip
away, as sometimes happens. It is very important to develop definite plans
to fulfil the dreams.
Eight of Cups
The figure walks the difficult path with the help of a staff. Despite
the dark rocks, clear waters are ahead. There is a focus on the changing
phase of the moon and the upright cups. Interpretation At last the emotional
upheavals of the past are left behind. Calm times lie ahead, both personally
and in relationships.";
Nine of Cups
These cups are grouped like trophies. A cheerful figure is seated in front
with arms folded to form the sign of infinity. Interpretation Relationship
issues are resolved and personal growth achieved. Happiness won through
personal efforts can now be maintained.
Ten of Cups
The coupe embrace each other and their children. The placid waters flow
gently by. Overhead glows the rainbow. Interpretation An ongoing commitment
to a healthy relationship is shown. Spiritual guidance is assured and
Page of Cups
Gentle waves set the watery scene. The young person looks quietly at the
cup containing a fish. Interpretation A gentle awakening to the possibility
of a new romantic relationship. This may be for the first time. Alternatively,
it may suggest a readiness for such a situation.
Knight of Cups
The dazzling knight on a fine horse gallantly offers the cup in a romantic
gesture. The beautiful location complements the scene. Interpretation
A romantic offer or the romantic stage in a relationship. All the traditional
features of this stage are implied. e.g. flowers, wine and idyllic situations
Queen of Cups
Her fragile position is close to swirling water where she sits pensively
looking at the ciborium. Mermaids and fish add to the water scene. Interpretation
Someone who is deep emotionally and often intuitive. She may have been
a victim in the past and now chooses to remain one. It is preferable though,
to make positive changes.
King of Cups
The ruler is surrounded by symbols of the sea. However he sits well above
the water with the fish leaping around. The ship too is quite safe. Interpretation
Healing, health and all related professions are in focus. This potential
could be developed. The person should give more attention to his or her
own needs which may be neglected.
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Top Cups Wands
Ace of Wands An aura
surrounds the hand which holds the wand aloft, like an Olympic torch.
Clear water and a large castle provide the setting. Interpretation This
new project has enormous potential. An energy filled time, which should
be used to good effect. Stay balanced as the ideas and action gain momentum.
Two of Wands
The globe rests firmly in the hand as the character looks out confidently.
He sees fresh vistas of mountains, lake and a fertile landscape. Interpretation
There may have been slight delay but everything is now moving forward.
Exciting plans can be made for future expansion. These may be quite large
scale and include travel.
Three of Wands
A golden light shines on the entire scene. The traveler surveys the broad
horizons from his vantage point Interpretation A most expansive period
in which much can be achieved. A wonderful action packed time which often
includes long distance travel.
Four of Wands
Two people share the fruits of their harvest. They are standing under
a canopy decorated with symbols of triumph. The bridge in the background
leads to a castle in the air. Interpretation The honesty, effort and shared
commitment to a team or partnership pays dividends. It brings a well-earned
reward for both the personal and or professional relationship.
Five of Wands
The people involved appear active, enthusiastic and confident. There is
clearly something of a challenge involved. Interpretation Individual and
team efforts must be harmonious and focused on the goal. Less than enthusiastic
players may need a different environment.
Six of Wands
The crown and wreath are held high in triumph as the victor leads the
honors parade. Interpretation Inner battles have been won and self congratulations
due. Wonderful progress can now be made.
Seven of Wands
A well prepared mountaineer strides out. The day is clear and fine. Interpretation
This character needs action and must avoid stagnation. A fresh challenge
should be found and interesting plans formulated if one is not on offer.
Suggests adventure lies ahead.
Eight of Wands
The long stretch of water and clear skies provide the setting. The wands
are thrown forward, javelin like, towards the target. Interpretation The
previous delays are over. Take advantage of this fine stretch of plain
sailing for all plans. These may well include romance.
Nine of Wands
The wands form a barrier behind the character who appears to be under
some stress. The original green fields seem very far away. Interpretation
Things have not gone according to plan and the person is now trapped.
It is necessary to fully acknowledge the difficult situation and seek
new insights and approaches.
Ten of Wands
The storybook village is in sight. Staggering towards it is the traveler
who is weighed down badly by the wands. Interpretation The burden should
be shed. Delegate if possible. If not a superhuman effort will be required
to complete the task. Rest and recuperation will then restore the body
and the spirit.
Page of Wands
The young person pauses on his journey. He looks ahead to a welcoming
landscape Interpretation There is a message of good news which may have
been awaited. It is now possible to proceed with longer term plans.
Knight of Wands
This adventuresome knight is slightly out of control. The horse also bucks
and rears. Interpretation A lighthearted person is in focus who may not
take life seriously. Otherwise a lighthearted approach or leisure activity
is needed if someone is overworked.
Queen of Wands
The queen sits easily on her throne in a position of authority and balance.
She has selected a flower along with the wand as her symbols of office.
The cat adds a magical touch. Interpretation A natural leader, she leads
by her positive example. Lively, yet grounded, she enjoys all aspects
of her well-balanced life.
King of Wands
The king is a splendid, colorful figure, with rich red robes, wand and
hair. He looks out with confidence to view the world. A salamander, the
symbol of fire is by the throne. Interpretation A bold person who vigorously
embraces life. He enthuses everyone with his big, imaginative plans.
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Top Cups Wands
Ace of Swords
An aura surrounds the strong hand which holds the sword firmly in the
air. Threaded into the crown is an olive branch and palm leaf. Interpretation
A challenging new idea with great and humane potential. Resistance to
the plan may have to be approached with care and consideration.
Two of Swords
The blindfolded figure sits with crossed swords. The water is very disturbed
and the new moon significant. Interpretation Some pressure needs to be
resisted in this difficult situation. Wait until all the information is
available and make a very clear assessment before arriving at a firm decision.
Three of Swords
Storm clouds fill the entire picture and the three swords pierce the heart
very deeply. Interpretation It may be necessary to fully acknowledge a
broken heart. Grief is appropriate in its season. There comes a moment
when the first steps to recovery should be taken for healing to occur.
Four of Swords
The effigy on the tombstone is in the traditional pose of prayer. Three
of the swords hang like a banner in the church. A stained glass window
completes the scene. Interpretation Quiet thought or prayer is needed
to cope with the daily demands of life. Here is a definite ongoing responsibility
to look after oneself, properly and regularly.
Five of Swords
Those who lost the fight look towards the threatening clouds and rough
sea. So too does the apparent winner. Interpretation A compromise position
might be in the best interests of all concerned. This could be difficult
to accept but may well be the only viable option.
Six of Swords
The swords are at test. The people are propelled away from the heavily
rippled waters and into clear seas. Interpretation A calm period is ahead
where problems can be put aside. It is up to the individual concerned
to be positive and resist the self-inflicted headaches of the past.
Seven of Swords
The person looks back to check that his deceit has not been observed.
He is fleeing quickly and stealthily with the swords, which are here seen
as stolen goods. Interpretation Tact, diplomacy and caution should be
used in order to achieve the desired results. Watch for a little deceit
and take sensible everyday precautions.
Eight of Swords
The captive is backed against a wall of swords with small pools in the
foreground. The castle and clear water appear in the distance. Interpretation
The original situation may not be of the persons making. The current conditions
though are mainly self-imposed and can be changed at any time.
Nine of Swords
The black setting and the figure bolt upright in bed indicate a nightmare.
The swords however point to the east and the zodiac symbols decorate the
be cover. Interpretation There is hope out of this darkness. A period
of respite is vital, in order to recover from the dismal and depressing
Ten of Swords
Stabbed deeply and repeatedly in the back, the person appears to be dead.
Nevertheless, the new dawn is clearly featured. Interpretation It is time
to acknowledge the nightmare from the past. Only then is it possible to
move on fully and welcome the new future.
Page of Swords
A young person stands on slightly higher ground with a backdrop of mountains.
He waves the sword in a testing sort of attitude. Light storm clouds are
starting to gather. Interpretation Someone may try to wound with a few
hurtful words. These comments may give good for thought, but more likely
should simply be ignored.
Knight of Swords
He speeds in brandishing his sword with some agitation. The thunderous
clouds add to the atmosphere. Interpretation Carefully chosen words are
required. These will clear the air of a situation which might have been
festering for some time.
Queen of Swords
Seated above the cloud line, the queen extends one hand beyond the sword.
A cherub, butterfly and moon are used symbolically to decorate the throne.
Interpretation Cool and withdrawn, this person seeks solitude. It is possible
though that she needs to trust again, and be open to the potential of
King of Swords
He sits in control on a high throne. His sword is held for good effect
in the spartan landscape. Waxing and waning moons add to the scene. Interpretation
A person of definite opinions speaks clearly and influentially. While
useful in certain circumstances, a more humane approach may sometimes
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Top Cups Wands
Ace of Pentacles An
aura surrounds the hand which carefully holds the pentacle. The setting
is one of fertile fields and flowers. A hedged archway leads to the mountaintop
behind. Interpretation A moneymaking opportunity is presented. This should
be carefully considered from all angles before proceeding further.
Two of Pentacles
In this balancing act the two pentacles fit neatly into the sign of infinity.
Meanwhile the ships are cresting the biggest waves with ease. Interpretation
Life is getting back into balance both generally and financially. This
makes for optimism and forward movement for major plans.
Three of Pentacles
The stonemasons quality work is being completed in the crypt. Looking
on with admiration are his masters. Interpretation A determined approach
has earned a career highlight. The accompanying acknowledgment is well
deserved. It provides the incentive to pursue new goals.
Four of Pentacles
Modern skyscrapers provide the setting. This one dimensional person holds
very tightly on to the pentacle and looks straight ahead. Interpretation
There is a meanness of spirit and perhaps a preoccupation with money.
A change of attitude is needed in order to see a different, more personally
Five of Pentacles
These destitute people are stumbling in the blizzard. The pentacles shine
in the stained glass window. Interpretation There is a need to be thankful
for the simple things. They are often taken for granted and not always
properly acknowledged in our somewhat material world.
Six of Pentacles
The scales of justice are clearly balanced as the merchant gives out money
to the poor. Interpretation This person knows that something more valuable
than money makes life truly worthwhile. The goodness of kind deeds brings
its own reward.
Seven of Pentacles
The figure looks unhappily down onto the drab scene of the accumulated
pentacles. However the single pentacle, close to the brightly colored
boot, is also in the picture. Interpretation There is a desire to change
direction. There may be more to life than the current, somewhat jaded
situation. The situation may need a little more consideration.
Eight of Pentacles
Working productively in a natural setting, is a very skilled, creative
person. The tree is used to display the quality of his work. A peaceful
village provides the idyllic background. Interpretation A special talent
should be used to develop in a new and personally satisfying direction.
This may involve some long term change, with renewed pleasure and profit
Nine of Pentacles
An elegant young woman stands with confidence in the garden, where the
pentacles and the fruits share equal place. Interpretation The person
has found balance and harmony. A sound understanding of money is complemented
by inner wisdom and a life in tune with nature.
Ten of Pentacles
The three generations are connected by the harvest and the home. They
sit together under the archway. Both the scales and the placement of the
pentacles are clearly balanced. Interpretation Secure in all ways, these
people understand the true meaning of abundance. Their wisdom and contentment
is well earned.
Page of Pentacles
The young person holds a single pentacle with care. He stands lightly
and at ease in the fertile valley. The grass, trees and mountains add
to the scene. Interpretation A little money and talent may be well used
and lead to other opportunities. For example, a leisure activity might
develop eventually into a career.
Knight of Pentacles
A young man sits easily on a dark, placid work horse. He holds the pentacle
comfortably. His gaze takes in the rich cultivated land and newly ploughed
fields. Interpretation Income is assured for this practical person. Furthermore,
it will suit the needs and personality of the character concerned.
Queen of Pentacles
A mature woman holds the pentacle lightly. All around her are scenes of
the rich earth, mountain peaks and other symbols of nature. Interpretation
Balanced and sensual, the person understands money and values the gifts
of the earth. She gives out and receives accordingly.
King of Pentacles
He dominates the scene on his large throne. The pentacle is shown as his
symbol of office. Castles in the air feature quite largely in the background.
Interpretation Suggests a keen interest and success in career and making
money. He cares for others financially too.
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