The modern-day 78-card tarot deck has evolved considerably since its first documented appearance in 14th century Europe. However, even with a progression of changes, the authenticity of the tarot has remained, garnering massive devotion in all areas of the globe. Though often considered a tool for divination, it is gently settling into a reputation as a reliable medium for gaining insight and fostering personal growth.
Previously called as ‘tarocchi’ and ‘tarock,’ tarot had its beginnings as a popular card game, Triumphs. However, from the 18th century onwards it came to be employed as a tool for divination. The occult societies, like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, made it a popular tool for divination.
Tarot readings are made from a deck of cards. The tarot deck consists of 78 cards, of which the 22 are the major arcana, and the remaining are the minor arcana.
A tarot deck is divided into the major and minor arcana (“arcana” referring to the arcane, or unseen elements), with the 22 major arcana cards depicting aspects of higher consciousness. The 56 minor arcana cards characterize the themes of ordinary everyday life. Also within the tarot deck are court cards that can signify either people or personality traits depending on the context of a reading.
The Major Arcana
Since they represent the common influences experienced in the journey of life, the 22 cards in the major arcana have the honor of being regarded as the core of the tarot deck. Their appearance in a reading denotes the impetus of a situation, the heart from which all else flourishes.
The major arcana cards are highly symbolic with each card holding a greater meaning.
The Meaning and Interpretation of Tarot Cards
The Fool in the upright position indicates fresh starts or the exploration of a new frontier. Along with this comes the innocence or wonder that comes with experiencing something totally new. There is potential for many different outcomes. Mindfulness is necessary.
The tarot card The Fool reversed is just as its name suggests. There is imprudence; a disregard of boundaries and consequences and very little forethought is being practiced in regards to the situation at hand. Recklessness is creating a potential for a disastrous outcome.
The Magician in the upright position is considered the first card of the tarot deck and aptly expresses the aspects of beginning a new journey, taking on new opportunities or working with new knowledge. An enriching situation approached with confidence and openness because of the chance to develop gifts and abilities.
The Magician reversed indicates delaying or shying away from opportunity. There may be a lack of self-confidence, fear of change or just plain laziness. There may also be an unrealistic expectation to achieve without effort.
The High Priestess
Infused with feminine energy, the High Priestess (or, Papess) in the upright position denotes the expansion of knowledge and wisdom through education or life experience. There may be an increased desire for understanding or a period of spiritual growth that leads to greater intuition. In either case, the path is open for learning.
The High Priestess reversed indicates there is a resistance to learning or a habit of learning things the hard way. Intuition is being ignored or a there is a refusal to heed a genuine offer of advice, insight or wisdom.
The Empress upright is an auspicious card, denoting abundance in multiple areas of life. In addition to material wealth, there is indication that the time is ripe for matters revolving around fertility and aspects of domestic life. There is also an influence of gain, prosperity or steady efforts paying off greatly in the near future.
The Empress reversed signifies stumbling blocks in achieving goals in marriage, financial stability or parenthood. This may be due to indecisiveness, anxiety, unfaithfulness or poor timing. Goals and motives need reexamining.
The Emperor upright exemplifies the characteristics of authority, leadership and handling matters with practicality. Concerns revolving around career, business or administrative-related issues appear to have the appropriate combination of elements to achieve success. This may also indicate an executive-type individual in (or about to enter) the situation.
The Emperor reversed signifies a lack of business sense and/or a disregard for authority, order or vision. Someone or something entrusted to bring things back on track may not be as dependable or trustworthy as expected. A career situation feels oppressive.
Infused with masculine energy, the Hierophant (or, Pope) in the upright position denotes aspects of learning and spiritual knowledge and wisdom. There may be a need, want or call to expand intellectually or to study religion or its related topics. An influence concerning traditional thinking or roles and conforming to standards is present.
The Hierophant reversed signifies the dogmatic approach or view to learning that warps knowledge and hinders the ability to truly learn. There may be misguided counsel or stifled creativity; the contradiction of unconventional minds stuck in conventional outlets.
The Lovers upright actually represents the various types of relationships found in life and the choices that are made within them. Whether it is a connection through love or friendship, there is a situation that requires choosing between the head (logic) and the heart (intuition). There is an influence of self-examination that brings values into sharper focus.
The Lovers reversed signifies an imbalance in attraction or a fizzling of whatever interests instigated a coming together in the first place. Alternately, it is a caution to rethink entering a partnership, romantic or businesswise.
The Chariot in the upright position represents obstacles faced down and conquered with hard work backed up with level-headed self-assurance and determination. A situation is present where relying on hope or luck is an inadequate game plan. Remaining assertive and pushing through results in success.
The Chariot reversed signifies a feeling of being at the mercy of a situation or the elements within it. It is time to straighten up, become more disciplined and get a backbone. Focus on regaining control of the things that can be.
Justice in the upright position refers to the concept of universal order and the divine balance to life that exists even when it doesn’t seem all that evident. Matters involving being held liable, taking responsibility or doing what is right need the most attention right now. The decisions made within the issue appear to create a favorable outcome.
Justice reversed signifies that the balance of a situation cannot be returned until the action or habit of avoiding responsibility is done away with. Alternately, outcomes revolving around legalities, settlements or contracts appear unfavorable.
The Hermit in the upright position indicates a need or desire to know answers that can’t come from a book. The distractions of the world have lost their luster; the consciousness is budding. A period of deep introspection and self-discovery is either present or on the horizon.
The Hermit reversed signifies a search for truth that has led to an imbalance. There is utter isolation, the inability to maintain relationships, receive genuine counsel or remain open to new ideas. Alternately, not enough time is being allocated to the opportunity for personal discovery.
The Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune upright illustrates the cycle of life and its duality, steadily turning yet filled with ups and downs. Too much is being attached to highs and lows, making life an exhausting rollercoaster. Go with the flow. Alternately, a situation has changed for the better.
The Wheel of Fortune reversed signifies natural forces that are about to take a situation or area of life for a rough ride. Patience is warranted. It is the nature of the wheel to inevitably shift between peaks and valleys.
Strength in the upright position refers to the use of inner strengths such as compassion, patience and insight to prevail over obstacles and persevere through hardships. Victory cannot rely on brute strength. Kindness and consideration will be much more effective for dealing with a difficult situation or person.
Strength reversed signifies a loss of control due to pride, anger issues or poor impulse control. A need to feel strong exposes weakness. Unkind words or foolish, immature actions may lead to longstanding feelings of regret and shame.
The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man in the upright position speaks to aspects of preoccupation revolving around behaviors, notions or issues of the past. There is a need to let go and be more willing to adapt to a new situation or the process of life. Alternately, a much-desired level of achievement will not come without personal sacrifice.
The Hanged Man reversed signifies resistance to change, dogmatic views or emotional inflexibility. Additional barriers to creating solutions or achieving balance are created, inevitably resulting in loneliness and isolation. Also, a preoccupation with material concerns disrupts personal growth and relationships.
The Death card in the upright position represents aspects of transformation and immortality. A stagnant situation comes to an intense conclusion in order to open the door to a new and improved phase of life. Alternatively, it is time to embrace a more constructive pattern of thought.
The Death card reversed signifies the unwillingness to admit a situation has reached its logical end. Hanging on to the past, people or circumstances inevitably leads to a disastrous end. Alternately, a lack of motivation is creating stagnation.
The Temperance card in the upright position denotes conscious and subconscious awareness brought together into stable, consistent alignment. There is a need or there will be a great opportunity to bring balance and harmony in to a life experience or situation. Alternately, a situation requires a balance of ideas in order to come up with a solution.
The Temperance card reversed signifies habits or behaviors being practiced to excess. Alternately, insisting there is only one right way to do things leaves others feeling bitter at the lack of consideration.
The Devil in the upright position represents the self-imposed illusion of being limited by outside sources. Recent feelings of powerlessness and frustration are nothing more than thinking based on false premises or negative habits and thought patterns. It is time to take responsibility and retool the mind towards more constructive patterns of thought.
The Devil reversed signifies honesty creating a breakthrough or solution to a painful situation that has gone on for far too long. There is no longer a need to equate self-worth with material possessions.
The Tower in the upright position speaks to the reorganization of an established way of life as well as its related thoughts, habits and behaviors. A narrow focus collides with a recent event or situation that shatters an otherwise ordinary sense of security. A reassessment of one’s priorities and/or realities of life are in order.
The Tower reversed signifies the lessons that need to be learned from a major upheaval in life are being ignored. The occurrence must be viewed as opportunity for growth and expansion rather than punishment. The ego needs to be tamed.
The Star Tarot Card in the upright position represents encouragement and hope, indicating restoration and rejuvenation after a difficult period. A new path in life is the right path.
The foundation is blessed and spiritual guidance will be readily available.
The Star Tarot Card reversed signifies that the path is right but the timing is not. The desire to walk by sight rather than faith results in missed opportunities or elements not coming together as they should. Poor judgment and a lack of patience stall progress.
The Moon upright illustrates the aspects of goals, outer influences and inner awareness. The distractions of everyday living have derailed a life path or dream.
It is time to quiet the mind and let intuition lead the way back to original aspirations.
The Moon reversed signifies a stifling of gut feelings and sticking to behaviors or a path that is steering further and further away from a goal or desire.
Self-destructive thought patterns lead to going in circles. Emotions are imbalanced or overwhelming.
The Sun in the upright position exemplifies the full-on illumination or clarity that occurs after struggling through a time of darkness or obscurity. An event or situation is full of positive opportunities that create joyous expansion. Previous feelings of doubt or defeat rapidly dissipate.
The Sun reversed signifies disappointment as a result of taking people or opportunities for granted. An ungrateful attitude or failure to show appreciation dims further chances for success. Also, a negative outlook or poor habits are complicating things that should be easy.
The Judgement card in the upright position tells of wise discernment, restoration and decisions that inevitably lead to betterment. Natural forces have come together, strongly reinforcing a conscious change or decision with positive energy. The arrival of a gratifying reward for facing difficult situations with integrity results in feelings of validation.
The Judgement card reversed signifies the disappointment that comes when decisions do not turn out as positively as expected. Current perceptions or experience is neither grounded nor realistic. Alternately, indecision complicates a matter, heightening anxiety.
As the last card in the Major Arcana, the World in an upright position represents completion and fulfillment. A journey or long and arduous situation has achieved total balance, bringing clarity and a satisfying conclusion. Nonetheless, the cycle of life continues and new experiences lie ahead.
The World reversed signifies the beckoning arms of freedom spurned due to a fear of change. A frustrating lack of growth stems from the arrogant belief that one is owed something by the world. Despite many life experiences, none of the lessons within them have been absorbed.
The Minor Arcana
The minor arcana, on the other hand, are split into four suites consisting of 14 cards each. The 56 cards of the minor arcana are divided into the Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each suit contains distinct attributes and the cards within them denote aspects that are literally or figuratively influencing a current situation. Also referred to as pip cards, the minor arcana provide the details that fill in a tarot reading.
These four suites represent the four elements, with the Wand representing the fire, Cups the water, Swords the air and the Coins or the Pentacles the earth. Each of these elements work on the various faculties like Wands on creativity, Cups on the material possessions, Swords on love and other deeper emotions and the Pentacles on the reasoning power.
The Meaning of The Suit of Wands
A suit of the minor arcana, wands represent the aspects of creativity, passions and the pioneering spirit. Original ideas, inspired action and self-concepts are all attributed to the Suit of Wands. Not only do they speak to the inner passions that provide the drive in life, they are an indicator of true purpose.
Ace of Wands
The Ace of Wands in the upright position relays the aspects of action, creative energy and possibility. Whether it is a long-held idea, venture or professional opportunity, the time to bring dreams into reality is now. Ambition is strong and so is confidence and ability.
The Ace of Wands reversed signifies a lack of motivation stemming from an unwillingness to define or explore passions. Creative energies are being invested in all the wrong places. Personal fulfillment remains elusive.
Two of Wands
The Two of Wands in the upright position represents the aspects of preparation, development and progress. An idea or goal now has the foundation of a well-thought-out plan beneath it. The seeds of success have been planted.
The Two of Wands Tarot Card reversed signifies a lack of success in a venture due to a fear of wading in to new territories and experiences. The slowing of momentum is bringing disappointment, worry, anxiety and sadness. Expectations for success are unrealistic.
Three of Wands
The Three of Wands in the upright position conveys the aspects of open doors, progress and commitment. The implementation of a solid foundation is providing opportunities to expand one’s horizons. Greater success comes from openness to new ideas and innovative methods.
The Three of Wands reversed signifies a goal or venture that seems to be crumbling or is fraught with obstacles. Talents, skills and capabilities are being underestimated or misapplied. Instability rises from a lack of planning, organization, and ethics.
Four of Wands
The Four of Wands in the upright position expresses the aspects of stability, realization and reward. A period of reaping the benefits of good planning and stable, hard work has arrived. There is an ascendance in lifestyle, perceptions and standards. It is a time for celebration and appreciation.
The Four of Wands reversed signifies an obsession or a focus on achievement so intense that friends, family and loved ones feel ignored. There is a need to restrike a balance between the two. Communication skills need revamping.
Five of Wands
The Five of Wands in the upright position denotes the aspects of transition, conflict, snags and rivalries. A series of minor setbacks, discord and upheavals serve to bring about growth and change if they can be approached with openness and positivity. Fighting to maintain the status quo results in stagnation.
The Five of Wands reversed signifies the resistance of change and opposing energies focusing more on problems than solutions. Anxiety and assumption are taking the place of reason and logic. There is a breakdown in productivity.
Six of Wands
The Six of Wands in the upright position illustrates the aspects revolving around achievement, balance and recognition. A rebalancing of energies has come about now that formidable challenges have been faced and defeated. A commendation or award for achievement brings feelings of satisfaction and validation.
The Six of Wands reversed signifies setbacks and lack of confidence creating an inability or unwillingness to address conflict. Persistence is needed to get back on top. Unguarded positions allow for sneak attacks and betrayal.
Seven of Wands
The Seven of Wands in the upright position indicates the aspects of struggle, determination, experience and inner strength. Opposition appears to come from all sides. There is a need to use pure grit and logic to maintain one’s position and/or defend hard-won assets.
The Seven of Wands reversed signifies indecisiveness and self-doubt are providing the opportunity for others to take the upper hand. Strengths and weaknesses are being underestimated on both sides. Defeat may be on the horizon without decisive action.
Eight of Wands
The Eight of Wands in the upright position expresses the aspects of energy, motion, accomplishment and efficiency. A strong flow of energies come together, allowing for the rapid manifestation of goals and other initiatives. There is a strong recommendation to take advantage of this opportune time.
The Eight of Wands reversed signifies frustration at a succession of petty obstacles and snags that are hindering the progression of a goal or venture. It is important to not give up. Slipups may actually be the result of neglecting small but crucial details.
Nine of Wands
The Nine of Wands in the upright position articulates the aspects of maturity, inner strength, attainment and completion. Experience has created a secret cache of knowledge and capability to conquer one last challenge before a cycle or phase of life completes itself. Resilience surfaces when it is least expected.
The Nine of Wands reversed signifies feelings of being overwhelmed and trapped. Constant struggles have made it hard to remain optimistic. It is time to revitalize oneself, reassess goals and rebuild levels of hope and faith.
Ten of Wands
The Ten of Wands in the upright position communicates the aspects of responsibilities, consequences and completed cycles. After a long struggle for achievement, the line between blessings and burdens has become blurred. There is a need to find a way to take responsibility for hard-won successes without feeling burdened by them.
The Ten of Wands reversed signifies the lifting of burdens. There is a delegation of responsibilities, reprioritizing and discarding habits or practices that no longer serve their purpose. Balance and liberation is achieved.
Page of Wands
The Page of Wands in the upright position indicates aspects of communication, potential, childlike wonder and exploration. It is time to look into following the desires of the heart related to creative inspiration. A yearning to add more spontaneity in life must be done without giving over to recklessness.
The Page of Wands reversed signifies a habit of delving into new ventures and interests but rarely following through with any of them. Energies are scattered and there is a lack of focus. It is time to separate true passions from fleeting interests.
Knight of Wands
The Knight of Wands in the upright position represents the aspects of action, enthusiasm and spontaneity. Eagerness in the pursuit of a goal or venture must be balanced with a solid plan of action. If not, an undertaking will quickly become unfocused and energy will be wasted.
The Knight of Wands reversed signifies a lack of foresight and unrealistic expectations have allowed endeavors to crash and burn. Impatience, frustration and a negative attitude stand in the way of recovery. There is more focus on feelings of exhilaration than consequences.
The Queen of Wands
The Queen of Wands in the upright position expresses the feminine influences behind the aspects of intelligence, generosity and outgoing, vibrant energy. Creative inspiration, courage and common sense have converged, allowing pursuits and undertakings to naturally flourish into success. Follow opportunities tenaciously.
The Queen of Wands reversed signifies acting from the far side of the emotional spectrum. Whether lashing out in aggression or simmering in self-doubt, emotions are out of balance and creating problems all the way around. It is time to put an end to negative thought patterns.
The King of Wands
The King of Wands in the upright position alludes to the masculine influences in the aspects of vision, resolution, hard work and achievement. Ambitions come into focus. As long as they are carried out with a foundation of courage and confidence, the result will be achievement and self-expansion. It is important to remember those who help along the way.
The King of Wands reversed signifies an imbalance between assertiveness and aggression. Boundaries are being crossed, leading to resentment and hurt feelings. This can result in alienation and a lack of support where it is needed most.
The Meaning of the Suit of Pentacles
One of the four pillars of the minor arcana, the Suit of Pentacles or Coins portrays aspects related to physical and material matters. Health, wealth, home, security and reciprocity all relate to this suit. As the suit denotes physical experiences, coins also represent all elements of nature and the connection or interactions within it.
The Ace of Pentacles
The Ace of Pentacles in the upright position expresses the elements of abundance and opportunities for success. A situation or experience suddenly showers its receiver with prosperity. Achievement in one area has opened a door that will lead to many other material or financial successes down the road.
The Ace of Pentacles reversed signifies the accomplishment of a goal that came at too great a price. An underlying influence of insecurity is spurring the need for financial and material gain. Hedonism has given way to spiritual bankruptcy.
Two of Pentacles
The Two of Pentacles in the upright position relays aspects of harmony and synchronization. A shared situation, experience or venture requires cooperation and flexibility to reach success. Burdens are eased when small but helpful financial blessings arrive out of the blue.
The Two of Pentacles reversed signifies a juggling act that is creating too many problems in the area of financial affairs. Priorities need to be reassessed. Physical aches and pains may be the result of dwelling extensively on a troublesome issue.
Three of Pentacles
The Three of Pentacles in the upright position revolves around aspects of labor, motivation and a job well done. Efforts are well-rewarded thanks to hard work using natural talents, skills and abilities. Recognition and opportunities for further achievement are on the horizon.
The Three of Pentacles reversed signifies a lack of skill or experience to achieve a goal. The enthusiasm that was present at the beginning of a job or career has taken a nosedive. A lack of recognition for efforts and hard work go unnoticed, resulting in a buildup of frustration.
Four of Pentacles
The Four of Pentacles in the upright position speaks to elements of control, attachment and material wealth. The reward of good decisions and hard work are becoming apparent and continue to build. The full benefits of stability can now be experienced.
The Four of Pentacles reversed signifies an unhealthy obsession with controlling everything from money to people. The feeling of confidence that went into creating financial stability has now transformed into feelings of insecurity over losing it. Creativity and individuality are being stifled.
Five of Pentacles
The Five of Pentacles in the upright position depicts the aspects of uncertainty, difficult times and change. A lack of faith has booted confidence out of the way thanks to setbacks in one or several areas of life. Being ignored or excluded from social situations creates a longing for emotional support.
The Five of Pentacles reversed signifies emerging from a period of dormancy. The natural cycle of life has moved from a state of suspended animation into a stage of new opportunities and growth. Feelings of isolation dissipate.
Six of Pentacles
The Six of Pentacles in the upright position signifies the alignment of mind, body and spirit. A habit of offering kindness and generosity is returned threefold. A period filled with prosperity, harmony and happiness is on the horizon.
The Six of Pentacles reversed signifies an imbalance created from selfishness where more is being taken than given. Callous attitudes and actions create inequity and constant conflict in a business or relationship. A person or situation that appears charitable in the beginning is anything but.
Seven of Pentacles
The Seven of Pentacles in the upright position represents the aspects of financial reward, forethought and organization. A period of enjoying the fruits of labor after hard work has brought about a desire to invest in or establish a foundation for the future. Attention to detail is crucial.
The Seven of Pentacles reversed signifies investment in a venture or plan that was not carefully thought out. An opportunity turns out less profitable than expected. Now is the time for patience as acting in haste over the issue may complicate the matter further.
Eight of Pentacles
The Eight of Pentacles in the upright position relates to aspects pertaining to the development of natural talents, skills and abilities. A period of expansion provides an opportunity to nurture and develop inborn talents or learn new skills. Focus and perseverance result in gratifying success.
The Eight of Pentacles reversed signifies seeking financial reward through deceitful practices rather than developing a skill or talent. Sloppy work or a lack of enthusiasm in a career is putting success further and further into the distance. There is an unrealistic expectation for success and achievement.
Nine of Pentacles
The Nine of Pentacles in the upright position portrays the aspects of completion and hard-won accomplishments. An investment of time, hard work and the highs and lows that came with it proves to be well worth the effort. The reward is great and it is time to enjoy the harvest.
The Nine of Pentacles reversed signifies taking shortcuts or investing time and energy in something that proves to be a waste. A habit of avoiding challenge or facing difficulties results in even bigger problems down the road. A reality check is sorely forward.
Ten of Pentacles
The Ten of Pentacles in the upright position relates to the aspects of completion, alignment and transition. A time of slow change is activated as all the elements or natural forces within a prior cycle of life have fully aligned. There is financial stability now and for the future.
The Ten of Pentacles reversed signifies a bumpy transition rife with financial setbacks. Although the issues are of a minor scope, it makes for an uncomfortable ride. The resulting anxiety sparks conflict within family or relationships.
Page of Pentacles
The Page of Pentacles in the upright position refers to aspects related to goals and dreams. The influence of possibility flows strongly and the time is right to give desires of the heart a chance. Creating a plan and lining out the necessary elements for achievement plays a vital role.
The Page of Pentacles reversed signifies the inability to obtain a goal due to unrealistic expectations and insufficient planning. Money, time and effort have been frivolously wasted on endeavors with no direction. The challenge of making realistic, long-term goals is being avoided.
Knight of Pentacles
The Knight of Pentacles in the upright position expresses the aspects of routine, practical application and productivity. There is a need for reliability and committed efforts when it comes to completing tasks or achieving goals. The way to success is through steady progress.
The Knight of Pentacles reversed signifies a succession of nagging difficulties as a result of avoiding everyday mundane tasks. The search for excitement is distracting from responsibilities related to finances, relationships, career, home and family. Priorities need rearranging.
Queen of Pentacles
The Queen of Pentacles in the upright position denotes the feminine influences behind the aspects of humility, prosperity and responsibility. Financial security reigns thanks to wise, insightful decisions and hard work. The ability to invest in home, family and freely engage in acts of generosity abounds.
The Queen of Pentacles reversed signifies an obsession with financial and material gain coupled with irresponsible habits and attitudes toward spending. The result is anxiety and consistent financial instability. There is too much dependency on others to be rescued.
King of Pentacles
The King of Pentacles in the upright position indicates the masculine influences interwoven in aspects of authority, wisdom, discipline and generosity. Wise decisions combined with honest, steadfast efforts have turned a creative venture or risky undertaking into a financial success. A foundation and period of abundance has taken root.
The King of Pentacles reversed signifies the avoidance or refusal of accountability. A person or situation creates a feeling of oppression and domination. There is a habit of careless and hurtful actions as well as a disregard for the welfare of others.
The Meaning of the Suit of Cups
In the minor arcana, the Suit of Cups signifies spirituality, inner awareness, the psyche and relationships. Just like a cup, the body and mind is a vessel for filling with profound thoughts, love and evolving insights. Cups can indicate areas of overflowing abundance or lack in a situation or circumstance.
Ace of Cups
The Ace of Cups in the upright position signifies the aspects of abundance. A situation is brimming with inspiration, certainty or positive emotion. Natural forces have brought about an opportunity that should be enjoyed to its fullest.
The Ace of Cups reversed signifies exhausted or weak resources for coping with a difficult situation. There is a struggle to bring confidence, creativity or hope into a set of circumstances. Alternately, too much has been given in the give-and-take part of a relationship.
Two of Cups
The Two of Cups in the upright position denotes collaboration or two components creating a mutually satisfying bond. The complementing energies of two individuals or a shared situation result in a most harmonious balance. Two have now come together to create one influential force.
The Two of Cups reversed signifies a situation that has met discord due to the unwise combination of elements that do not go together. The unwillingness to compromise has knocked a partnership off balance. Alternately, insecurity or contempt is simmering under the surface in a romantic relationship.
Three of Cups
The Three of Cups in the upright position communicates open exchange and expression. A situation has created good times and an opportunity for emotions and ideas to be expressed freely. There is open invitation to explore new friendships, romance and unrealized dreams.
The Three of Cups reversed signifies a pattern of thought or behavior that is being practiced to excess. The imbalance is likely to result in loss unless and until priorities are reevaluated. Alternately, a lack of communication results in unfortunate misunderstandings.
Four of Cups
The Four of Cups in the upright position denotes an upheaval of thought and emotion. A difficult situation or event forces a reexamination of a life path, goals or values. Alternately, a distracting opportunity has the potential to derail a once-steady path to success.
The Four of Cups reversed signifies a breakthrough of mental and emotional clarity that confirms what is wanted and what it will take to get there. Confidence and focus lead the way to success. Alternately, the time has come for consistent efforts to yield a long-awaited reward.
Five of Cups
The Five of Cups in the upright position conveys the elements of loss and regret. Whether physical, mental or emotional, the loss of something greatly treasured results in remorse or sorrow. While some aspects may be recouped, it is not likely things will ever be the same.
The Five of Cups reversed signifies the revival of an idea, relationship or opportunity that was considered laid to rest. Good fortune abounds. Alternately, a happy ending to a close call instills the long-lasting lesson to never take people or things for granted.
Six of Cups
The Six of Cups in the upright position revolves around the elements of positivity, kindness and an abundance of overall well-being. A situation or opportunity to explore deep levels of happiness has arisen. The benefits create a much-needed boost and are felt throughout the areas of home, relationships and career.
The Six of Cups reversed signifies a tendency to stay rooted in the nostalgia of the past. This may hinder the inability to move forward. It is important to have good times and live, be, do and create in the now.
Seven of Cups
The Seven of Cups in the upright position symbolizes aspects of materialism and superficial attitudes. Equating one’s sense of self-worth with material possessions inevitably leads to a fall from grace. A disconnect from family and/or friends results when the “need for more” takes priority.
The Seven of Cups reversed signifies a situation or event (perhaps that fall from grace) that provides a much-needed wakeup call, reminding the receiver of what is truly important in life. Priorities are appropriately rearranged and balanced, realistic goals are established.
Eight of Cups
The Eight of Cups in the upright position expresses facets of hopelessness, failure and incompletion. A lack of courage, resources, planning or vision leaves a goal or desire abandoned. Negative emotions have stymied a project, hindering its completion.
The Eight of Cups reversed signifies a comeback. There is a reemergence of inspiration, skill and resources to turn a difficult situation around. The cooperative components needed for success come into full alignment; diligence results in remarkable growth and reward.
Nine of Cups
The Nine of Cups in the upright position indicates the elements of financial stability. A period of not only seeing but enjoying the fruits of one’s labor has arrived. Planning and wisely living within a budget results in security as well as a sense of satisfaction and validation.
The Nine of Cups reversed signifies financial instability due to unwise spending habits or inattention to money matters. Blindly assuming a source of charity will be perpetual leads to a shattering dose of reality. Recklessly spending to create an illusion of authority backfires.
Ten of Cups
The Ten of Cups in the upright position announces the completion of a progression or cycle. A relationship, dream or objective is achieved and comes into its fullness. A time of celebration and appreciating all that has manifested from previous efforts has arrived.
The Ten of Cups reversed signifies efforts have not resulted in the success that was hoped for. Elements have failed to align due to a lack of encouragement, timing or resources. Despair and a lack of direction create tension, derailing plans for achievement.
Page of Cups
The Page of Cups in the Upright position speaks to the elements of communication and dialogue. Important news or a message is received relating to the development of a relationship or project. This can also include receiving a much-needed omen or sign that brings a sense of understanding or direction.
The Page of Cups reversed signifies a lack of communication, resulting in misunderstandings and a hindrance of progress. Unfortunate news places a relationship or project on hold. Thoughtless gossip or rumormongering is creating havoc.
Knight of Cups
The Knight of Cups in an upright position denotes the elements of inspiration and the fulfillment of desires. The desire to reach an objective physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually requires traveling a long path to reach success. The pursuit of a venture based on a labor of love appears successful.
The Knight of Cups reversed signifies there are elements in a situation that are putting the kibosh on reaching a goal. A seemingly hospitable person or situation is not what it seems. Failing to read the fine print leads to being conned.
Queen of Cups
The Queen of Cups in the upright position indicates the female influences behind compassion, devotion and nurturing. A person or situation is offering an opportunity to experience deep levels of kindness and trust. Consistently offering love and support to others has created a most noble reputation.
The Queen of Cups reversed signifies a person or situation that should not be relied on as their only intent is to deceive for their own gain. Generosity is abused. A close friendship is treated with disregard and becomes emotionally draining in the end.
King of Cups
The King of Cups in the upright position denotes the masculine influences of authority, strength and controlled emotion. A person or situation is providing an opportunity to receive the type of invaluable guidance that lasts a lifetime. Acting with character and integrity has resulted in a reputation for leadership.
The King of Cups reversed signifies a person or situation that operates from a standpoint of dishonesty. Bullying, threats and outbursts are used to control a situation or bend a person’s will. A fraudulent scheme is cleverly hidden in a “golden opportunity”.
The Meaning of the Suit of Swords
Swords, a suit of the minor arcana, denote the aspects of the mind. Thought, perception, analysis, clarity and ego are appropriate keywords for the Suit of Swords. Like a sword, the mind is a powerful tool that has the capacity to processes wondrous things or become utterly destructive depending on how it is used.
Ace of Swords
The Ace of Swords in the upright position conveys the aspects of focus, clarity and triumph. A great change or powerful breakthrough results in a whole new perspective for navigating through life. There is a true understanding that everything happens for a reason.
The Ace of Swords reversed signifies hurt, disappointment and frustration over a situation perceived as unfair or undeserved. An unwillingness to be reasonable gets in the way of true understanding. Impetuous words or behavior exacerbates the issue.
Two of Swords
The Two of Swords in the upright position denotes aspects of equilibrium, decision and conscience. The solution to a situation filled with uncertainties cannot come without a fair amount of consideration from all angles. It is possible information or crucial elements are being overlooked.
The Two of Swords reversed signifies an unwillingness to make a difficult decision that must be made. The fear of facing consequences is hindering progress. Confusion may be due to an overload of information revolving around the issue at this time.
Three of Swords
The Three of Swords in the upright position illustrates aspects of difficult times, heartbreak and growth. A difficult time filled with hurt or sorrow has the potential to provide emotional and spiritual growth, given the chance. There is a need to express pent-up emotions.
The Three of Swords reversed signifies that the journey to healing after an emotional upheaval has begun. A full recovery will require the uneasy task of sifting and sorting through leftover devastation. The past cannot be settled otherwise.
Four of Swords
The Four of Swords in the upright position speaks to the aspects of respite and convalescence. The time has finally come for relaxing, healing and refocusing energies after a succession of challenging circumstances. Psychological wounds can become lifelong issues if they are not tended to carefully.
The Four of Swords Tarot Card reversed signifies a refusal to let up on a rapid pace that is slowly wearing down the mind and body. The physical manifestation of illness is likely to result without a downshift in tempo. Spreading oneself too thin will be costly.
Five of Swords
The Five of Swords in the upright position signifies the aspects of conflict, character and victories. A need to be right or the refusal to adapt to a situation is likely to result in burnt bridges. There is more focus on winning than compromise.
The Five of Swords Tarot Card in the reversed position signifies a no-win situation that has gone on for far too long. Too much has been said and done, leaving little or no opportunity for an equitable solution. It is time to either forgive and forget or walk away completely.
Six of Swords
The Six of Swords in the upright position communicates the aspects of transition, harmony and conscious awareness. A person, habit or situation must be left behind in order to move forward. Profound insights and greater clarity is achieved thanks to a willingness to see circumstances in their entirety.
The Six of Swords reversed signifies a postponement in achieving higher levels of perception. Stubbornness and the fear of change create an unwillingness to make the necessary transition. Living in the past takes precedence over the future.
Seven of Swords
The Seven of Swords in the upright position involves the aspects of thought, adaptation and organization. There is great potential for one or more natural forces to knock a plan off track. Establishing a backup plan or side strategy reduces the negative impact.
The Seven of Swords reversed signifies painting oneself into a corner after dismissing a genuine offer of advice. Help arrives but only after much time has been lost and wasted. Priorities will need to be reevaluated.
Eight of Swords
The Eight of Swords in the upright position expresses the aspects of development, accountability and freedom. A situation creates the illusion of being trapped or lacking the wherewithal to make things better. A solution remains unseen until there is willingness to accept liability for the personal actions that created the current difficulty.
The Eight of Swords reversed signifies maturity and the readiness to accept responsibility in order to move forward in life. New opportunities appear thanks to an attitude of self-confidence and positive expectation. Small gains add up to large achievements.
Nine of Swords
The Nine of Swords in the upright position exemplifies the aspects of anxieties and emotional intelligence. A situation brings about fears, doubt, guilt and other vulnerabilities. A conscious decision must be made to focus on worries or focus on solutions.
The Nine of Swords reversed signifies a situation blown out of proportion due to excessive angst. There is a need to reign in negative emotion and thought patterns. An emotionally immature person is creating drama for their own entertainment.
Ten of Swords
The Ten of Swords in the upright position represents the aspects of defeat, betrayal and difficult outcomes. The final finish to a situation comes with a painful, unexpected hit. Though it will take time to recover, the result is empowerment and the start of a new phase in life.
The Ten of Swords reversed signifies avoidance or a fear of change that keeps a painful situation from reaching its logical end. Opportunities for growth have been dismissed and lessons have gone unlearned. Energies are scattered.
Page of Swords
The Page of Swords in the upright position relays the aspects of well-structured thought, news and communication. Opportunities and a whole new chapter of life are on the horizon. The potential for success grows when situations are approached and managed from a standpoint of logic and reason.
The Page of Swords reversed signifies unexpected news or a challenge that turns life into a temporary rollercoaster ride. Luckily, the beginning is not indicative of the ending if one is willing to hang on. A difficult challenge should be accepted as opportunity.
Knight of Swords
The Knight of Swords upright characterizes the aspects of transition, conflicts and difficult times. It will take a plan of action and considerable effort to break free of a person or situation that is slowing progress to a dismal pace. Reckless actions made in haste will only aggravate the situation further.
The Knight of Swords reversed signifies a shoddy plan put into effect in the wrong place at the wrong time. An unhealthy situation has become unhealthier. It may be time to walk away and start from scratch.
Queen of Swords
The Queen of Swords in the upright position alludes to the female influence within the aspects of authority, wisdom, ambition and intellect. A distressing situation requires the help of someone who possesses a keen ability to get straight to the heart of a situation. Be prepared to face difficult truths.
The Queen of Swords reversed signifies false advice and guidance given under the ruse of wisdom and experience. A situation is purposely being steered down the wrong path. Information given in confidence is later used as a weapon.
King of Swords
The King of Swords in the upright position denotes masculine influences infused in the aspects of leadership, strength, responsibility and duality. A situation calls for the help of a firm but kind leader who also knows when to launch strategic blows. Wisdom and positive energy give way to a flood of successful, innovative ideas.
The King of Swords reversed signifies an individual who uses power, domination and control to take over a situation. Manipulation and a complete disregard for the wellbeing of others create a hostile environment. Rebellion is imminent.
The Benefits of a Tarot Reading
Tarot cards are arranged in spreads that can be used for question readings or open readings. Question readings offer insight and highlight possible outcomes for circumstances attached to a specific question. Open readings offer an overview of the details making up a situation. In either case, tarot readings work to reveal perspectives that provide a deeper understanding and awareness. They allow people to see the entirety of a situation and/or make better, more informed decisions. The tarot is not, however, a decision-making device that can be used to avoid the responsibility of having to make difficult choices.
The tarot helps provide clarity by using images and patterns to elicit information hidden deep within the subconscious. During readings, it is important to ask questions that are not only open-ended but framed from a positive standpoint. An appropriate query is neither too detailed nor too vague. Releasing all expectation and being open to the forthcoming knowledge (rather than holding out for a specific answer) allows the tarot to shed light on crucial, unseen elements.
How a Tarot Reading is Done
Typically, for tarot card reading, the tarot readers reverse half the cards drawn that holds a meaning contrary to the original position, For example, the lovers mean union, love, harmony, attraction, etc. But, an inverse card is a symbol of failure or can be a sign of a fragmented relationship. So, it is essential for a tarot reader to remain abreast of all the meanings held by the tarot cards before making a reading.
The cards are drawn from the deck at the request of the tarot seeker and then, the readings are made. Typically, the cards are arranged in a spread. It is the spread that defines what the cards represent and its greater meaning in relation to the situation faced by the client.
Unlike the other magical acts, tarots cannot make changes of the future. It is based on the current path taken by life. If the path in progress is successful, it is a way of informing you to continue to pursue this journey to reach the ultimate objective. But, if the cards provide a negative message, it demands you to make a transition to the current style of living and employ new techniques to make a success of life.
Where to Get a Tarot Reading
Today the tarot readers offer their services online or through telephonic conversations. This gives a wider reach to the powers of tarot, irrespective of your location. But, with the number of fraudsters being on the rise, always make a point to check on the genuineness of the tarot reader before seeking his advice on the future steps to be taken by you. Check on the goodwill and the experience enjoyed by these tarot readers to evaluate their knowledge in performing the act. A deeper probe into the websites of the tarot readers can inform the needy of the type of tarot reader he is.
Depending on your needs, you can make a selection, conduct the modifications according to the strengths and weaknesses of the current position and then let the nature takes its own course.