Tarot Card Meanings

Index
Aces Twos Threes  
Fours Fives Sixes  
Sevens Eights Nines Tens
Pages Knights Queens Kings
Major 0-10 Major 11-21    

ACE OF WANDS

A creative beginning. A new business venture or profitable journey. An inheritance, new career, or birth in the family. Activity in social affairs. A new way of life. Telephone call, letter, telegram, information. Accept offered invitations. New ideas. New relationships. Male virility. Taking the initiative.

Reversed

Selfishness spoils new venture. Setbacks for new enterprise. Postponed journey. Lack of determination to see a project through. Wasted or misdirected power. Weakness, lack of ideas, negative outlook. Impotence, lack of sexual energy, frustration, inability to obtain satisfaction.


ACE OF CUPS

The beginning of all good things. Love, beauty, joy, health. A new breakthrough in spiritual understanding. Activity with home or a new home causes happiness. The start of a new love relationship. Emotion, sensitivity, close relationships; artistic, poetic, or psychic ability. Fulfillment and inspiration. A new birth or marriage. Love and sexual satisfaction in a warm, secure relationship. Favorable to all love aspects. Engagement, marriage, or pregnancy.

Reversed

Egotism, selfishness, boredom, stagnation. Imbalance in love or passion. Depression; ill health. Sorrow, pain, loss. An unhappy relationship. Problems and disappointments in a relationship or marriage. Lonliness. Lack of love. Sexual deprivation. Joyless sex that is unfulfilling.


ACE OF SWORDS

Reversed


ACE OF PENTACLES

Reversed


TWO OF WANDS

A kind and generous person wants to see plans bear fruit. An interest in the sciences. Creative ability, courage, good things to come, Achievement in business or plans. Ability and foresight bring success. Possible business or partnership. Important contract or transaction coming. Early desires achieved; wondering what to do next. Feelings of duality about a relationship that has gone well but doubts exist.

Reversed

A good beginning may not bring desired result. Caution against impatience. Possibility of domination by others. Doubt and discontent are a problem. Lack of enthusiasm, feeling of frustration or wasted time and effort. Disagreement with colleagues or ending of partnership. Relationship feeling futile, not meeting goals of love and security, or dull and meaningless. Serious misgivings about personal relationship.


TWO OF CUPS

Beginning of a new romance or friendship that is well balanced. Good ideas created with partner. Harmony, cooperation, adn a well balanced personality. Balance of spiritual and earthly love. End of a conflict or rivalry. Sympathy and mutual understanding. Tolerance and forgiveness. Possible engagement or marriage.

Reversed

Loss of balance in a relationship. Too-violent passion. Love turns to hate. Possessiveness, pride. Misunderstanding with someone important and close to you. Quarreling and clashing of personalities. A relationship ends or engagement is broken. Lack of consideration. Breaking of trust or promises. Hasty, destructive acts or impulsive behavior which will be regretted later. Bad tidings for a relationship. Possible sexual incompatibility. Difficulty in understanding and fulfilling the needs of one another.


TWO OF SWORDS

Reversed


TWO OF PENTACLES

Reversed


THREE OF WANDS

Cooperation in business affairs. Trade and commerce flourish. A good partnership brings success. Practical help from a successful person. Successful beginning to new project. Abundance of ideas, energy, and opportunities. Prospects look good. Signs look favorable for new relationship; hopes and plans are there, but seem to depend on good fortune for fulfillment.

Reversed

Scattered energies. Mistakes made through carelessness. New venture may be a disappointment. Caution against pride and arrogance. Talents and skills being wasted; new direction needed. Difficulty putting plans into practice. Ideas remain undeveloped; realization of ambitions is impractical. Sexual fantasies and delusions of romance, without realistic idea of how to attain goals. Timidity as an obstacle. Possible love for someone who is not free to reciprocate.


THREE OF CUPS

Good fortune in love. Success in an undertaking, especially a creative or artistic one. Unexpected artistic talents. A sensitive and sympathetic nature. Hospitality or a party coming. Something good coming. Abundance and joy. Possible pregnancy. Metaphysical interests. A relationship grows. A secure home and starting a family. A creative work of great value is brought into being. Times of happiness and good fortune coming. Possible wedding or baby shower.

Reversed

Pleasure turning to pain. Abundance turns to want. Talents and abilities remain hidden. Caution against gossip from an old friend. Overindulgence in food, drink, or drugs causing problems. Selfishness or inhibition spoiling a promising relationship. Lack of generosity. Intolerance. Reluctance to share and discuss problems. Lack of expressed love and affection. Marital problems. Troubled family life. Problems with a pregnancy. Sex without love. An unloving or exploitive relationship. Inablility to have children or obstacles to starting a family.


THREE OF SWORDS

Reversed


THREE OF PENTACLES

Reversed


FOUR OF WANDS

Perfected work, prosperity, peace. Celebration after labor. The beauty of the harvest home. Romance may end in marriage. Happy times coming. Harmony, inner satisfaction. Pleasant, orderly environment. Enthusiastic outlook. Holiday party. Creative or artistic pursuits. Expressions of love and freedom from sexual inhibitions. Romantic holiday, honeymoon, or second honeymoon.

Reversed

Lesser degree of the upright meaning. Should learn to appreciate the little things in life, beauty of nature, peace and harmony among friends and family. Caution against losing someone or something from a careless attitude. Should learn to appreciate what you have. Personal inhibitions a possible problem. Possible fear of criticism or intolerance. Restraints on sexual freedom. Circumstances unfavorable for lovemaking; possible lack of privacy or too conservative attitude. Difficulty in relationship due to others' criticism or disapproval.


FOUR OF CUPS

Discontent. Boredom. Dissatisfaction with material success. Apathy. Lack of motivation. World-weariness. Emotions turned inward. Others may not understand, or they might show kindness. Stuck in a rut. Boring love life. Lack of sexual enjoyment; possible failure to attain orgasm. Pessimistic view of relationship. Positive effort is needed.

Reversed

New relationships now possible. Renewed desire for work and achievement. New goals and plans. Ambition returning. Action slowly increasing. Caution against self-indulgence or depression.


FOUR OF SWORDS

Reversed


FOUR OF PENTACLES

Reversed


FIVE OF WANDS

Competition in querent's field of activity is strong. Possible lawsuit, fight, or quarrel. Obstacles. Advice to have courage and fight for what is right. Stress from too much competition. Opposing energies creating agitation. Quarrels between lovers. Competition for love and sexual favors. Obstacles to love. Sexual bragging or teasing.

Reversed

Harmony in one's affairs. Love of exercise and games. Generosity. Exciting new opportunities. Possible encounter with someone who is deliberately trying to cause trouble or derail plans. Meddling in a relationship.


FIVE OF CUPS

Despair; inner turmoil. Loss of a loved one. Relationship or marriage seems to be breaking up. Refusal to see that all is not lost. Disillusionment, vain regret, hopelessness, but something still remains. Love fades and a relationship declines. Dwelling on lost love and missed opportunities. Unsatisfactory love life and lack of sexual fulfillment. Frustration of hopes in love.

Reversed

Return of hope. Return of an old friend or loved one. Courage to overcome difficulties. A relationship has failed, or a loved one has been lost, but there is strength to recover from the grief.


FIVE OF SWORDS

Reversed


FIVE OF PENTACLES

Reversed


SIX OF WANDS

Good news. Victory is achieved. Hard work brings success. Advancement in the arts and sciences. Increasing harmony in relationships. Friends are helpful. Possible journey as a leader or representative. Hopes of successful relationship are fulfilled. Forming a friendship or initiating sexual relations are successful. Possible engagement or marriage after long period of waiting. A love letter arrives.

Reversed

Bad news, possibly of another's victory. Rewards or payment delayed. A trip is postponed. A victor is insolent. Overly proud of riches or success. Someone trying to take advantage. Caution against letting tension build up. Existing problems continue. Miscommunication. Misunderstanding involving other people. Delays to romantic or sexual fulfillment. Engagement or marriage is postponed. Love letter fails to arrive.


SIX OF CUPS

Meeting with an old friend or acquaintance may bring happiness or a gift. Happiness coming from the past. Pleasant memories. Possible new friendship or gift from an admirer. New surroudings and opportunities may come. Possibility of an inheritance. A past act of kindness is returned to you. Renewal of a relationship with a past lover who unexpectedly returns. Reconciliation after separation.

Reversed

Living in the past. Clinging to outmoded ideas, thoughts, morals, or manners. An outworn friendship should be discarded. An inheritance may be less than expected, causing disappointment. A trip, event, or reward that had been looked forward to may be postponed. A past lover returns to make trouble. Dwelling on past relationships. Regretting past actions. Wishing to return to past times of love and sexual fulfillment. Longing for lost romance.


SIX OF SWORDS

Reversed


SIX OF PENTACLES

Reversed


SEVEN OF WANDS

Strength and ability to hold one's own against adversaries or adversity. Stiff competition in business. Victory depends on energy and courage. Under pressure -- resist tensions that don't belong. Inner strength is good. Success in competition or examination. Challenges in love life. Obstacles to overcome or rivals to defeat before love can be attained. Confidence in ability to rise to challenges. Hard-won love appears more desirable.

Reversed

A threat passes you by. Caution against letting others take advantage. Caution against indecision. Lack of confidence in current position isn't justified. Patience is required. Possible threats and blustering. Possible backing away from a challenge. Initial rejection of amorous advances cause feelings of defeat. Fear of rejection blocks attempts to find love or sexual partners. Lack of confidence in sexual performance. Sexual problems.


SEVEN OF CUPS

Illusion and delusion. Overactive imagination. Inability to make a decision or choose a direction. Scattered energies. Unrealistic viewpoints. Indulgence in dreams rather than taking action. Delusion of success hides reality. Confusion. Romantic dreams and desires without concrete plans to fulfill them. Many possibilities seem to be open but a choice can't seem to be made. Self doubt.

Reversed

Determination and will put to good use. End of indecision. A project is selected. Small successes must be followed up. Fantasies are folded into concrete plans. The ability to see through illusions. Better self knowledge putting an end to self-delusion. Seeing the real person in a partner. Making a definite choice among multiple romantic possibilities.


SEVEN OF SWORDS

Reversed


SEVEN OF PENTACLES

Reversed


EIGHT OF WANDS

Acceleration in affairs. Movement, quick progress. News comes. New ideas spring quickly into action. Possible travel, possibly by air, possibly for business. Love of open air, gardens, meadows, field sports. Arrows of love find their mark. Delays come to an end. Much excitement and activity. Events set in motion require little further intervention. Swift development in matters of love and sex. Suddenly falling in love or being swept off one's feet by love or passion. Quick seduction or hasty sexual encounters. Sudden impulses cause unexpected courses of action.

Reversed

Quarrels and domestic disputes. Arrows of jealousy and violence. An expected message does not arrive. Too much force applied too soon; behavior is too bold. Apprehension and insecurity. Wasted energy by acting too soon or moving in the wrong direction. A quick succession of troubles coming. Too much, too quickly, to cope effectively. Ill considered and hasty decisions. Wasted effort pursuing relationships that go nowhere. Sexual problems from hastiness; premature ejaculation.


EIGHT OF CUPS

Abandonment of the present way of life. Seeking the spiritual over the material. Dissappointment. Dissatisfaction or misery in spite of the full cups. The end of a relationship to start a new life. Major changes in life necessary to development or personal growth. An important matter turns out to be inconsequential.

Reversed

Interest in the material side of life rather than higher spiritual matters. Happiness, pleasure, feasting. A new love interest will appear. Caution against ending a relationship has a lot more to offer than it seems.


EIGHT OF SWORDS

Reversed


EIGHT OF PENTACLES

Reversed


NINE OF WANDS

Victory after continued battle. Preparedness. Vigorous defense against attack. Good health and strength to persevere. Caution against obstinacy. Determination to succeed in spite of past obstacles and difficulties. Defensive and wary attitude but with optimism. Remaining optimistic after heartbreak and disappointment. Learning from a past relationship to better approach a future relationship.

Reversed

Refusal to fight for what is right. Unpreparedness. Weakness of character. Ill health. Caving in to adversity. Lacking initiative. Suspicious and over-defensive due to past troubles. Inflexible attitude. Fear of manipulation by others. Unable to adapt to new situations. Alienation of others who might be allies. Selfish and obstinate attitude in relationships. Foolish persistence with a wrong approach which will not bring about the desired result.


NINE OF CUPS

The wish card. You will get your wish. Happiness, material success, sensual pleasures to come. The future is assured. Good health and well-being. Contentment, satisfaction, generosity, love and friendship.

Reversed

You will not get your wish. Lacking funds or possessions. Deprivation and possible minor illness. Overindulgence in food or drink. False vanity and pride.


NINE OF SWORDS

Reversed


NINE OF PENTACLES

Reversed


TEN OF WANDS

Carrying an oppressive mental or physical load. Too much responsibility. Ruin of all plans and projects. Complete disruption and failure. Taking on too much at once. Relationship feels burdensome. Excessive emotional or sexual demands. Trying to satisfy too many people at once.

Reversed

Misuse of talents and skills. Strength and energy applied to selfish, wrong ends. A desire to ruin others' happiness. Trying to unload a burden onto others. Craftiness. Interference in the affairs of others. Attempts at asserting control over others. A sense of responsibility or of mistrust causes tiring effort to take control of partner in relationship.


TEN OF CUPS

Reversed


TEN OF SWORDS

Reversed


TEN OF PENTACLES

Reversed


PAGE OF WANDS

Reversed


PAGE OF CUPS

Reversed


PAGE OF SWORDS

Reversed


PAGE OF PENTACLES

Reversed


KNIGHT OF WANDS

Reversed


KNIGHT OF CUPS

Reversed


KNIGHT OF SWORDS

Reversed


KNIGHT OF PENTACLES

Reversed


QUEEN OF WANDS

Reversed


QUEEN OF CUPS

Reversed


QUEEN OF SWORDS

Reversed


QUEEN OF PENTACLES

Reversed


KING OF WANDS

Reversed


KING OF CUPS

Reversed


KING OF SWORDS

Reversed


KING OF PENTACLES

Reversed


THE FOOL (0)

Reversed


THE MAGICIAN (1)

Reversed


THE HIGH PRIESTESS (2)

Reversed


THE EMPRESS (3)

Reversed


THE EMPEROR (4)

Reversed


THE HEIROPHANT (5)

Reversed


THE LOVERS (6)

Reversed


THE CHARIOT (7)

Reversed


STRENGTH (8)

Reversed


THE HERMIT (9)

Reversed


WHEEL OF FORTUNE (10)

Reversed


JUSTICE (11)

Reversed


THE HANGED MAN (12)

Reversed


DEATH (13)

Reversed


TEMPERANCE (14)

Reversed


THE DEVIL (15)

Reversed


THE TOWER (16)

Reversed


THE STAR (17)

Reversed


THE MOON (18)

Reversed


THE SUN (19)

Reversed


JUDGEMENT (20)

Reversed


THE WORLD (21)

Reversed





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