Tarot, for Divination or Occult purposes, revolve around the belief that each card can be used to gain a thorough insight into the past, present or even possibly the future situations of the subject.

Some Tarot Readers are of the opinion that they are guided by some mystical or spiritual force providing them the vision.

Others opine that Tarot is not about predicting or changing the future directly - it is about allowing the subject to dive deep into her/his own subconscious mind to look for answers that will help her/him to make better choices in life thereby making the future a brighter one.

Major Arcana (also known as Trump) Cards

Major Arcana are identified by a suit of twenty two cards in the deck that are also known as Trumps.
They are usually believed to depict the major life events.

  1. The Fool (Sometimes also numbered as 22 or XXII)
  2. Dressed in colorful motley of clothes, with his worldly belongings packed near the edge of the
    cliff with a dog at his heels signify that you may have all you want with you, but you should still
    be careful about where you are going or you may fall.

  3. The Magician
  4. A magician with his wand pointing at the heaven depicts a person with a will of steel that can
    help him overcome all hurdles in this journey towards success.

  5. The High Priestess
  6. Sitting on a throne between the pillars of Solomon Temple, the High Priestess has a lot of secret
    knowledge under her veil which she may choose to illuminate at her will.

  7. The Empress
  8. She represents the cradle of creative ideas that she nurtures just like Mother Earth.
    She is in no hurry. She can wait till the time is right.

  9. The Emperor
  10. The counterpart of the Empress, The Emperor, sits on a solid stone throne and is authority personified.
    He represents that your vision in life is based upon strong foundations and can be realized with effort and time.

  11. The Hierophant
  12. Signifying tradition, this card encourages one to move on in life exploring the unknown.

  13. The Lovers
  14. They signify choice - you may have the option to listen to logic or to follow the footsteps of your heart.

  15. The Chariot
  16. Symbolizing victory, the Chariot says that when you can master your mind and do
    away with the inner conflicts, you always emerge a winner.

  17. Strength
  18. A maiden in white representing purity depicts that when you can control your
    passion you can overcome all obstacles through your conviction.

  19. The Hermit
  20. It signifies turning over of a new leaf whereby your banish all obstacles
    and move towards a better tomorrow.

  21. Wheel of Fortune
  22. Fate would bring an unexpected turn of events and you shall have to alter all the
    plans that you had made previously.

  23. Justice
  24. Fair and just, it prepares you to face consequences of your own action and generally
    means that a trying period of time is coming to an end.

  25. The Hanged Man
  26. It represents surrender - it is when you unconditionally give in to a Superior
    force that you can think of adjusting your goals in life.

  27. Death
  28. This card signifies major transformation whereby your life will change altogether.

  29. Temperance
  30. Balancing the conscious and the subconscious this card signifies that you can mould the outcome of events to your
    liking and even transform negative situations to positive ones.

  31. The Devil
  32. This forecasts that there may be a negative turn of events in your life. However, this can be overcome if you
    release your focus from material gains and adjust your priorities.

  33. The Tower
  34. An emotional journey is on the cards that will negatively affect you, but will preserve what is important in the essence.

  35. The Star
  36. This card guides you to find an inspiration and purpose in your life to welcome a
    new direction in your life - something you choose by will.

  37. The Moon
  38. It represents the duality of disquiet and inspiration. It is about finding your true
    creativity in times of turmoil to give your life a significant turn.

  39. The Sun
  40. Representing youth and clarity this card talks of new beginnings where the rays of
    sun will guide the way as things rightfully fall in their proper places.

  41. Judgment
  42. This card teaches that time is the best healer. There is no use hiding from your past. Face it, but learn to move on.

  43. The World
  44. Indicating the completion of the Fools Journey, this card is all about fulfilling life in its true sense. Travel is also indicated.

Minor Arcana Cards

The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards that can be categorized into four suits each with fourteen cards.
They are usually believed to depict the more ordinary day to day occurrences of the life of a person.

  1. Wands (also known as Batons)
  2. As the first suit of the Minor Arcana, the Wands represent the nascent stage of any idea.

    • King of Batons
    • Indicates a person who is noble and generous, but can be short tempered and driven by passion.

    • Queen of Batons
    • Indicates a proud and honorable woman who is specially attached to her home but is not free from bouts of whims.

    • Knight of Batons
    • It represents a hasty person who is passionate but may give rise to conflict due to narrow-minded approach.

    • Valet of Batons
    • Indicates a person with beauty, intellect and charm who can shine in the field of creativity or academics.

    • Ten Batons
    • This is about carrying a heavy burden. This is also about learning to detach to make yourself free.

    • Nine Batons
    • With courage, faith and discipline they fight the battle of life in their own way.

    • Eight Batons
    • This card represents movement and encompasses long distance communication including relationships as well as new ideas.

    • Seven Batons
    • This represents a person who can hold fort even at times of adversity and emerge a winner.

    • Six Batons
    • Leadership and enterprise combine to form a leader.

    • Five Batons
    • This indicates hurdle. But this can also mean that you need to find a new way for yourself.

    • Four Batons
    • Represented by a triumphant procession, this signifies prosperity and fulfillment.

    • Three Batons
    • The focus is on partnerships and putting your ideas to work.

    • Two Batons
    • The focus is on your career, social status and personal reputation.

    • Ace of Batons
    • It signifies new beginnings. It also has a seasonal significance. It represents autumn.

  3. Cups (also known as Chalices)
  4. The second suit of the Minor Arcana represents emotion and creates a bridge between thoughts and action.

    • King of Cups
    • The card represents everything related to home and also love.

    • Queen of Cups
    • Magnetic and full of charisma, it deals with a person who can form ideas even from the abstract and communicate them with logic.

    • Knight of Cups
    • It signifies that there will not be any room for stagnancy in your life - change is inevitable.

    • Valet of Cups
    • It says that there is something about to unfold in your life - something phenomenal.

    • Ten Cups
    • It represents happiness, relaxation love and relationships.

    • Nine Cups
    • This card indicates fulfillment of wishes.

    • Eight Cups
    • This card says that you need to change your course as the present path is no longer going to do you any good.

    • Seven Cups
    • This card indicates a confused mind that is high on imagination.

    • Six Cups
    • This card is all about nostalgia, especially of childhood memories, and how pleasure can be attained from simple things in life.

    • Five Cups
    • This one speaks of delays and setbacks and also of obstacles leading to impatience.

    • Four Cups
    • This signifies that it is time for re-evaluation of your mottos in life and that you shall be presented with options to consider.

    • Three Cups
    • This card signifies success in matters of the heart.

    • Two Cups
    • It is all about relationships and communication.

    • Ace of Cups
    • This signifies a fresh start due to spiritual awakening.

  5. Swords (also known as Epees)
  6. Swords represent movement or struggle - it is the journey which leads to the fulfillment.

    • King of Swords
    • The focus is on advancement taking in stride the inner and outer conflicts thereby reaching complete clarity.

    • Queen of Swords
    • This signifies that the earthly prospects sometimes should be negated in favor of spiritual gains.

    • Knight of Swords
    • It brings about a good time to embark upon something new.

    • Valet of Swords
    • It brings about unexpected turn of events, especially in the romantic sphere.

    • Ten Swords
    • This tells you that the course of events will be different from what you anticipate.

    • Nine Swords
    • This card laments the block on advancement.

    • Eight Swords
    • This card signifies your indecisive mind that keeps you from acting upon something.

    • Seven Swords
    • It signifies your efforts even when the conditions are not in your favor to attempt to take things to your stride.

    • Six Swords
    • This card is about moving away from difficulties - whether material or spiritual.

    • Five Swords
    • The focus would be on winning the unforeseen without succumbing to depression.

    • Four Swords
    • This signifies a static period before you plunge into the action mode - a period you engage in planning.

    • Three Swords
    • The card brings the news of drifting apart resulting in sorrow, but also talks of rebuilding with renewed vigor.

    • Two Swords
    • The focus is on sticking to your decisions and moving ahead without any doubt or fear.

    • Ace of Swords
    • It represents a period of pressure and tension, but also to make way to move ahead.

  7. Circles (also known as Coins, Deniers or Pentacles)
  8. The Circles represent realization of ideas into actions whereby you achieve results.

    • King of Coins
    • It represents a solid financial situation or a person with great enterprising skills.

    • Queen of Coins
    • Compassion and intellect join hands to make a benevolent person.

    • Knight of Coins
    • Follow your intuitions and your efforts will be rewarded.

    • Valet of Coins
    • This says that it is time you listened and opened up to new ideas.

    • Ten Coins
    • It brings the message of stabilizing your home front with money and honor.

    • Nine Coins
    • Symbolizing wealth and success it brings the news of a new offer you cannot resist.

    • Eight Coins
    • This says that you have to bide for time and wait for the perfect opportunity.

    • Seven Coins
    • This pictures the pause before a progression and also assures that help is on the way.

    • Six Coins
    • This teaches you to give for it is only when you give that you get returns in abundance.

    • Five Coins
    • You need to seek spiritual enlightenment and need to concentrate more on your business.

    • Four Coins
    • You fear loss and shy away from taking any risks.

    • Three Coins
    • The focus here is to build career and concentrate on work.

    • Two Coins
    • This predicts your capability to juggle multiple things at a time.

    • Ace of Coins
    • It talks about replacing the old with new prosperity. On a time frame, it signifies spring.

Keep in mind, that understanding the true meaning of tarot cards depends on interpretations too.
It requires a lot of reading, practice and introspection to fathom the true significances.

Tarot Horoscope Tarot Card Decks Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana
Chariot Death Devil
Emperor Empress Fool
Hanged Man Hermit Judgment
Justice Lover(s) Bateleur (‘Magician’)
Moon Pope (‘Hierophant’) Popess (‘High Priestess’)
Star Strength Sun
Temperance Maison Dieu (‘Tower’) Wheel of Fortune

Minor Arcana
Ace of Coins Ace of Cups Ace of Swords
Ace of Batons Eight Coins Eight Cups
Eight Swords Eight Batons Five Coins
Five Cups Five Swords Five Batons
Four Coins Four Cups Four Swords
Four Batons King of Coins King of Cups
King of Swords King of Batons Knight of Coins
Knight of Cups Knight of Swords Knight of Batons
Nine Coins Nine Cups Nine Swords
Nine Batons Queen of Coins Queen of Cups
Queen of Swords Queen of Batons Seven Coins
Seven Cups Seven Swords Seven Batons
Six Coins Six Cups Six Swords
Six Batons Ten Coins Ten Cups
Ten Swords Ten Batons Three Coins
Three Cups Three Swords Three Batons
Two Coins Two Cups Two Swords
Two Batons Valet of Coins Valet of Cups
Valet of Swords Valet of Batons