ABOUT TAROT CARDS

Ace to King (About Tarot Cards)

Once you have become acquainted with the meanings of the 22 cards of the Major Arcana the next step is to learn the basic meanings of the remaining 56 cards of the Minor Arcana. It may sound daunting but most cards have a number and a suit and if you understand what the number signifies and the meaning of the four suits you can easily combine these to remind yourself of the meaning of each of these 56 cards. Keep in mind at this stage that we are merely looking at very crude meanings for each card. The tarot cards are actually rich with meaning and have nuances that change depending on the situation. Some of the meanings given might be too basic for a professional About Tarot Cardstarot reader, so bear in mind this is just a start. If you have a little intuition and keep referring to the detailed meanings within this app, then over time you will pick up each card’s full meaning.

Memory Aid (About Tarot Cards)

For each suit there are cards numbered from 2 through to 10. Each of these numbers has a meaning. Below is a list of the meaning of each number expressed in a simple keyword. To help you remember the meanings each word has as many letters as the number it is associated with so for example eights represent strength and the word ‘strength’ contains 8 letters. Try and memorize the following list.

2. TO
3. NEW
4. SAFE
5. ISSUE
6. SOLVED
7. WAITING
8. STRENGTH
9. COMPLETED
10. UTTERMOST

Let’s go through each of the numbers and explain what they mean and learn how they can be combined with your new-found knowledge of the suit to work out particular card meanings.

Twos (About Tarot Cards)

The twos represent action and direction. One person on their own can be quiet and introspective but when two people get together then things start to happen. They may start a business, fall in love, get married, fight or just interact. We use the keyword ‘TO’ here because it is associated with action and direction: going to fight, running to school etc. So if twos are about things happening then it follows that the two of coins for example represents things happening with money or material possessions. Turning up this card might be an indication that the questioner is getting to grips with their financial situation. As we go through these numbers it will become clearer how we work out the meanings.

Threes (About Tarot Cards)

When two things get together then often a third will emerge – whether it be two people having a baby or producing an idea or a shared experience. Three is the number of newness and creativity and you can remember this because the word ‘NEW’ has three letters. So for example if you wanted to work out what the Three of Wands means, we know that Wands are about what we do; so it follows that the Three of Wands is about doing something new. It invites us to be creative and find new ways of doing things.

Fours (About Tarot Cards)

Four is a safe solid number. A chair has four legs and a house four walls to provide stability. Solidity and stability can be a good thing especially when one has been through a turbulent patch, but this card can also represent stagnation if things are ‘safe’ for too long. An example of this number then is the Four of Cups, which represents stability in the feelings (sometimes interpreted as being in a stable relationship). This would be welcome if the questioner has been seeking a relationship; or it could refer to things becoming boring or too safe if they are already in a relationship.

Fives (About tarot Cards)

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The keyword ‘ISSUE’ is another word for problem. After the solidity of fours, fives are difficult and cumbersome numbers. Ever tried building a house with five walls? Whenever you see a five in a tarot card reading think of it as pointing out a difficulty or conflict, where the nature of the difficulty is dependent on the suit. The Five of Swords for example refers to a conflict of ideas or words i.e. an argument. You may not have worked out that meaning exactly from our system, but you wont go far wrong as long as you remember the card has something to do with problems; and also with thoughts or ideas.

Sixes (About Tarot Cards)

After the five comes six and after a problem comes a solution. Sixes represent resolution and re-balancing after a difficulty. The Six of Coins for example predicts the solving of money issues and a balancing of your financial situation.

Sevens (About Tarot Cards)

Sevens are simply about waiting and patience. The Seven of Cups talks of holding out for love or waiting for a loved one. You should be getting the hang of this by now.

Eights (About Tarot Cards)

The eights are about strength. The Eight of Swords for instance refers to strength of will and having the strength of character to say just what you are thinking.

Nines (About Tarot Cards)

The nines represent completion and finishing. Thus, if the Nine of Wands turns up in a Tarot reading it can be advising us to finish what we have been doing.

Tens (About Tarot Cards)

The word ‘UTTERMOST’ means the ultimate of the suit so The Ten of Cups might represent true love or the Ten of Coins absolute wealth.

Ace (About Tarot Cards)

Now that we’ve looked at all the numbers the one number we have neglected is number one – the ace. Each ace represents the pure essence of the suit so the Ace of Swords is about pure uncluttered thoughts; and the Ace of Cups about pure feelings of love.

Court Cards – The Royal Family (About Tarot Cards)

There are four court cards for each suit:

Pages (About Tarot Cards)

A page is a boy or young man within the royal court. The page represents youthfulness or perhaps naivety. The Pages have a childlike sense of adventure and openness. Think of the page as a fresh beginning after the last of the numbered cards. It is the first of the 4 court cards.

Knights (About Tarot Cards)

If the Page is a boy then you can think of the Knight as an adolescent. It represents the impulsive, impetuous and belligerent side of the suit. So for example, the suit of Swords represents thoughts and words, so the Knight of Swords represents a rash person who is quick to speak his mind.

Queens (About Tarot Cards)

The Queens traditionally represent the feminine side of the suit: positive, nurturing and caring.

Kings (About Tarot Cards)

The King is at the head of the hierarchy. It represents the masculine side of the suit: in control and dominant.

Sometimes when a court card turns up in a reading it represents a person in the questioner’s life. The trick at these times is to work out exactly who this person is:

The Page » a child
The Knight » a teenager or adolescent
The Queen » a woman
The King » a man

The suit might give a clue as to whom the person might be: so for example if you draw the king of cups, this might represent a man for whom the feelings are important or prominent – an emotional man or a man with a lot of feelings of love for you. The knight of coins could represent a teenager or young person for whom possessions are important. He could be materialistic or perhaps business-minded. The more readings you do the better you will become at identifying these individuals. The meanings shouldn’t be taken too literally, however, so a page may not always indicate a child but may in some cases represent someone who is childish or child-like. Pages and knights are generally depicted as male but they can equally be female. Kings and queens are however invariably male and female respectively. You can practice identifying court cards by thinking of people you know and asking yourself which court card best represents them.

Major Arcana (About Tarot Cards)

The Major Arcana (also known as trump cards) are 22 picture cards, usually numbered from 1 to 21 in roman numerals. They are considered the most powerful cards in the deck and deal with matters of greater importance. When they turn up in a reading you should sit up and take notice.

This simple guide will help get you started learning the meanings of these cards, but please remember this is just a starting point. As you develop an understanding of each card and look up its meaning within this app, you will start to develop a more nuanced feeling for each card.

The first four cards we will look at are very straightforward because their name tells you exactly what they mean.

Strength – strength
Justice – justice
Temperance – temperance (an old-fashioned word meaning self-restraint or moderation)
The Lovers – love and commitment

To make remembering the remaining 18 cards easier we have grouped them together in pairs with opposite meanings.

The Fool – beginnings
Death – endings

The Magician – state of doing
The High Priestess – state of being

The Empress – feminine
The Emperor – masculine

The Chariot – adventurous
The Hermit – withdrawn

The Sun – truth
The Moon – lies

The Star – hope
The Devil – negativity

The Tower – consequences
Judgement – rewards

The Hierophant – conventional ways of doing things
The Hanged Man – unconventional ways of doing things

The World – completion
Wheel of Fortune – things still needing to be worked out.

These definitions are not exact and they lack nuance; but are simple ways to jog your memory when you are first learning.

The best way to memorize these is to lay the nine pairs out in front of you and try and fix the coupled images in your head. Shuffle them and see if you can put them in pairs again. Grouping the cards in this way means you only need to remember the meaning for one card and the other one follows on from that.

About Tarot Cards – The Suits

The traditional Tarot deck comprises the Major and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards, such as the iconic Death and Lovers, which describe significant life events and themes. The Minor Arcana is made up of 4 suits of 14 cards each. It is this Minor Arcana that has morphed into modern playing cards, though along the way it has lost its 4 Pages and the suits have changed from Wands, Cups, Swords and Coins to Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds. Each suit refers to a different aspect of life. Cups for example focus on our feelings about situations (love, fear anger etc).

The basic meaning of the four suits are as follows:
Wands » what we do – actions, motivations
Cups » what we feel – love, happiness, sadness
Swords » what we think – ideas, thoughts spoken and unspoken
Coins » what we have – money, possessions

Developing a deeper understanding of each of the suits will help you when you go on to learn the individual meaning of each card.

Lets look at each of these in turn.

Wands (About Tarot Cards)

Key words: Action, change, beginnings and resolution, fire element.

The Wands represent doing. When a Wand turns up in a reading it will generally be referring to something you or another person has done. It may also mean something you will do or perhaps an action you should have taken. The Wands are dynamic and full of energy. The Knight of Wands for example is about impulsiveness and enthusiasm but also about taking action without thought. The Five of Wands, on the other hand, represents the more negative side of the suit signifying conflict, disagreement and upheaval. When you see a lot of Wands in a reading it can be a sign of great change and turbulence.

Cups (About Tarot Cards)

Key words: Feeling, emotions, spirituality, love, water element. If Wands are the suit of doing, then Cups are the suit of being. The suit of Cups has evolved into that of Hearts in the modern playing card deck and Cups can often refer to matters of the heart, love and relationships. The Two of Cups, for example, can indicate a relationship or an emotional connection between two people. The Nine of Cups, sometimes called ’the wish card’ represents all that your heart desires. When a Cup turns up in a block or problem position then it probably refers to an emotional block or negative feeling. You can think of Cups as being the inner suit, telling you what’s going on in the innermost feelings and soul of the questioner.

Swords (About Tarot Cards)

Key words: Ideas, understanding, reason, conflict, air element. The suit of Swords is about thoughts and beliefs. It can also represent standing up for our beliefs. The King of Swords for example signifies someone with integrity who stands up for what he believes. The Ace of the suit represents the power of reason, reminding us that the value of a thoughtful methodical approach to our problems can be transformative. A thought, like a sword, can be incisive and cut through confusion. Swords can also indicate conflict where two opposing beliefs clash. The appearance of a lot of Swords in a reading may therefore be an indication of many conflicting ideas.

Coins (About Tarot Cards)

Key words: Money, property, abundance, earth element. If Cups is the inner suit then Coins can be thought of as the outer suit, representing the material world of money and possessions. In short the Coins represent having: what we have, what we have lost and what we would like to have. However, Coins don’t necessarily always refer to physical possessions. For example the Six of Coins represents giving and sharing: which could refer to money or gifts, but could also mean something more intangible such as giving support. Again, the Ten of Coins represents stability and security, but this could refer to emotional as well as financial security.

An easy way to help you remember the suits is:

Coins » picture yourself putting a coin in your pocket. This is what you have.
Cups » imagine yourself drinking a cup of something alcoholic. This brings on feelings of happiness or sadness.
Wands » imagine yourself waving a wand. This is you doing something or making something happen.
Swords » picture the word ‘sWORDS’. We think and speak with words.

Achievement & Success

  • Chariot
  • World
  • Six of Wands
  • King of Wands
  • Nine of Cups
  • Two of Coins
  • Eight of Coins
  • Ten of Coins
  • King of Coins

Balance

  • Justice
  • Temperance
  • Ten of Wands
  • Seven of Cups
  • King of Cups
  • Four of Swords
  • Two of Coins

Conflict

  • Five of Wands
  • Seven of Wands
  • Knight of Cups
  • Five of Swords
  • Moon
  • Eight of Swords
  • Nine of Coins

Connections & Relationships

  • Lovers
  • Two of Cups
  • Three of Cups
  • Six of Cups
  • Page of Cups
  • Queen of Cups
  • King of Cups
  • Queen of coins

Control & Following Rules

  • Hierophant
  • Seven of Cups
  • Two of Coins
  • Knight of Coins

Courage

  • Chariot
  • Strength
  • Two of Wands
  • Three of Wands
  • Nine of Wands
  • King of Wands
  • Ace of Swords
  • Queen of Swords

Decisions & Hardship

  • Lovers
  • Judgement
  • Two of Wands

Difficulties & Hardship

  • Devil
  • Five of Wands
  • Ten of Wands
  • Two of Swords
  • Three of Swords
  • Six of Swords
  • Five of Coins

Dis-harmony

  • Devil
  • Five of Wands
  • Knight of Cups
  • Five of Swords

Endings

  • Death
  • Eight of Cups
  • Ten of Swords

Energy & Vitality

  • Ace of Wands
  • Four of Wands
  • Eight of Wands
  • Page of Wands
  • Queen of Wands
  • Page of Cups
  • Knight of Cups

Faith & Belief

  • Fool
  • Star
  • Queen of Swords

Fear & Anxiety

  • Nine of Swords
  • Five of Coins

Focusing & Applying Oneself

  • Magician
  • Ace of Swords
  • King of Swords
  • Three of Coins
  • Six of Coins

Greed & Self Interest

  • Four of Cups
  • Four of Coins

Inaction or Stagnation

  • Priestess
  • Devil
  • Four of Cups
  • Two of Swords
  • Four of Swords
  • Six of Swords
  • Eight of Swords

Insight & Understanding

  • Sun
  • Page of Swords
  • King of Swords

Isolation

  • Hermit
  • Three of Swords

Justice & Truth

  • Justice
  • Ace of Swords
  • Knight of Swords
  • Queen of Swords
  • King of Swords

Letting Go

  • Fool
  • Wheel
  • Hanged Man
  • Five of Cups

Loss

  • Death
  • Five of Cups
  • Three of Swords
  • Five of Swords
  • Ten of Swords
  • Five of Coins

Love & Compassion

  • Empress
  • Sun
  • Queen of Wands
  • Ace of Cups
  • Two ofCups
  • Three of Cups
  • Six of Cups
  • Ten of Cups
  • Queen of Cups
  • Queen of Coins

Movement & Change

  • Wheel
  • Death
  • Tower
  • Eight of Cups
  • Six of Swords
  • Page of Swords
  • Six of Coins
  • Seven of Coins

New Beginnings

  • Fool
  • Judgement
  • Ace of Wands
  • Three of Wands
  • Four of Wands
  • Page of Wands
  • Ace of Cups
  • Ace of Coins
  • Seven of Coins

Optimism & Hope

  • Star
  • Page of Wands
  • Queen of Wands
  • Nine of cups

Patience

  • Priestess
  • Strength
  • Eight of Coins

Persistance

  • Strength
  • Six of Wands
  • Seven of Wands
  • Nine of Wands
  • Three of Coins
  • Eight of Coins
  • Knight of Coins

Resolution

  • Temperance
  • World
  • Six of Wands
  • Ten of Cups

Seeking

  • Eight of Cups
  • Eight of Swords

Self Control

  • Emperor
  • Chariot
  • Seven of Cups
  • Seven of Swords
  • Knight of Swords
  • Three of Coins
  • King of Coins

Self Pity

  • Ten of Swords
  • Knight of Swords

Stability & Security

  • Hierophant
  • World
  • King of Wands
  • Ten of Cups
  • Queen of Cups
  • Ace of Coins
  • Four of Coins
  • Ten of Coins
  • Queen of Coins
  • King of Coins

Taking Action

  • Magician
  • Three of Wands
  • Eight of Wands
  • Knight of Wands
  • Page of Cups

Withdrawing

  • Hermit
  • Four of Cups
  • Two of Swords
  • Four of Swords
  • Seven of Swords

Working in Groups

  • Hierophant
  • Three of Cups