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A Simple Explanation of Different Tarot Cards and Their Meanings

Tarot Cards and Their Meanings
Tarot card reading is an art of fortune-telling, predicting the future, or divination. Information about these cards and their significance will help you interpret and understand them better.
Dhanya Joy
Last Updated: Apr 8, 2018
Did You Know?
The first tarot cards are believed to have originated in Italy in the 15th century.

The use of tarot cards for fortune-telling started a few centuries ago in Europe, and its popularity has only increased over the years. In fact, in recent times, it has quite attained the pinnacle of popularity in the art of fortune-telling and future predictions. It is not really similar to astrology or horoscopes, as all of its predictions depend upon the card that has been pulled out.

Although there are a number of ways or methods in which tarot cards can be read, their meanings and what they predict for a particular person at that point of time remain the same for all methods. To be able to read them and predict correctly, it is essential that one is well-acquainted with the meaning of each card. It always helps if the person has memorized the meanings so as to avoid giving incorrect predictions to clients.

Tarot Card Meanings List

A deck contains 78 cards with different pictures on them, which are all symbolic of something or the other. 22 of these belong to the Major Arcana, and the remaining 56 belong to the Minor Arcana. They may symbolize an event, an emotion or a situation in a person's life. These pictures are interpreted according to their meaning to predict something related to the individual pulling the cards out, and his or her query. So, here's a list of all the meanings for your reference. These meanings are all applicable when the card is picked upright.

The Major Arcana
The Fool: Pleasure, passion, a free spirit, innocence, adventures, new beginnings, possibilities and opportunities, rashness.

The Magician: Artistic, creativity, skill, dexterity of hand, self-confidence, willingness.

The High Priestess: Knowledge, purity, intuitiveness, wisdom, learning and teaching, a powerful subconscious.

The Empress: A new development, action, evolution, related to a female member of the family, femininity, beauty, fertility.

The Emperor: Confident, stability, capability, accomplishments, achievements, wealth, related to a male member of the family.

The Hierophant: Social approval, tradition, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, conforming.

The Lovers: Beginning of a new romance, happiness, positivity, harmony, trust.

The Chariot: Embarking on a journey, vengeance, turmoil, hurried decision, perseverance.

Strength: Courage, energy, freshness, determined, heroism, vitality, strength.

The Hermit: Prudence, inner strength, warning, wisdom, loner, patience, withdrawal.

The Wheel of Fortune: Luck, fortune, destiny, end of a problem, progress, unexpected news.

Justice: Balance, security, virtue, considerate, harmony.

The Hanged Man: Change, reversals, boredom, abandoning, rebirth, sacrifice.

Death: Unexpected loss, change, new beginning, illness, death, bad luck.

Temperance: Patience, fusion, influence, confidence.

The Devil: Negativity, disaster, sadness, violence, abuse, ill-tempered, crime.

The Tower: Sudden, unexpected change, past, downfall, bankruptcy, material loss, end of a relationship.

The Star: Optimism, spirituality, insight, positivity, balance, hope, inspiration, faith.

The Moon: Error, danger, disgrace, ill advantage, deception, cheating.

The Sun: Success, joy, happiness, love, fulfillment, happy marriage, satisfaction, content.

Judgment: Renewal, awakening, better health and life, healthy mind.

The World: Complete, perfect, honors, awards, recognition, triumph.

The Minor Arcana

Ace of Wands: Birth in the family, new venture, profits.

Two of Wands: Kindness, generosity, scientific, creative.

Three of Wands: Success with good partnership, help or cooperation in business.

Four of Wands: Peace, prosperity, celebration, fruitfulness, holidays, end of romance.

Five of Wands: Quarrel, dispute, competition, obstacles, problems.

Six of Wands: Pleasant news, victory, friendships, leadership.

Seven of Wands: Stiff competition, victory, fights, energy.

Eight of Wands: Positive goals, ideas, journey by air, successful love relationship.

Nine of Wands: Be prepared, delayed victory, good health, difficult to handle.

Ten of Wands: Pain, failure of projects.

Page of Wands: Beauty, intelligence, brilliance, enthusiasm.

Knight of Wands: Generous friend, good love life, journey, haste.

Queen of Wands: Fond of nature or home, honorable, attractive.

King of Wands: Gentleman, passionate, honorable, kind.


Ace of Cups: Beginning of love, happiness, joy, good health.

Two of Cups: New romance, friendship, harmony.

Three of Cups: Fortunate in love, happy ending, discovery of talents, hospitable.

Four of Cups: Dissatisfied with success, kindness, re-evaluation.

Five of Cups: Loss of loved one or relative, sorrow, sadness, regret, broken marriage.

Six of Cups: Renewal of past relationships, happiness and pleasure from past relationships, memories, gifts.

Seven of Cups: Imaginative, illusive success, bad direction.

Eight of Cups: Abandoning, disappointing love life, misery.

Nine of Cups: Bright future, good health, fulfillment of wishes.

Ten of Cups: Happy and contented family life, long-lasting friendships and relationships.

Page of Cups: Sweetness, kindness, artistic, news.

Knight of Cups: Intelligence, emotional matters.

Queen of Cups: Lack of common sense, good wife and mother, gentleness, good nature.

King of Cups: Considerate, good businessman, admirer of arts and sciences.


Ace of Swords: Victory, extreme love and hate, valiant leadership.

Two of Swords: Balanced emotions, indecisiveness, direction less.

Three of Swords: Unsure affection, separation.

Four of Swords: Retreat, rest after hard work, exile, back to activity.

Five of Swords: Defeat, coward, failure, loss, cruelty.

Six of Swords: Journey away from sorrow, harmony, peace.

Seven of Swords: Foolish attempts, betrayal, cheating, intolerance, spying.

Eight of Swords: Illness, weakness, immobility, censure.

Nine of Swords: Suffering, injury, accidents, death of a relative, suspicion, loss, dishonesty, doubt.

Ten of Swords: Failed plans, misfortune, defeat, failure, pain.

Page of Swords: Dexterity, diplomacy, bad news, grace.

Knight of Swords: Bravery, valor, skillful, clever, strong.

Queen of Swords: Quick decision, widow.

King of Swords: Commander, counselor, good friend.


Ace of Pentacles: New ventures, opportunities, prosperity, pleasure.

Two of Pentacles: Harmony, handle situations well, helpful message, difficult new ventures.

Three of Pentacles: Rewards, recognition, approval, success.

Four of Pentacles: Power, money and recognition wishes.

Five of Pentacles: Loss of possessions, loneliness, poor health, despair.

Six of Pentacles: Sharing, gifts, charity, philanthropy.

Seven of Pentacles: Hard work, efforts, growth, paused development.

Eight of Pentacles: Trade learning, employment in future, skill, money.

Nine of Pentacles: Loneliness, solitude, good health.

Ten of Pentacles: Family stability, wealth or property attainment.

Page of Pentacles: Generous, scholarly, careful, kind, learned.

Knight of Pentacles: Patience, trust, responsible, nature and animal lover.

Queen of Pentacles: Intelligence, thoughtful, creative.

King of Pentacles: Banker, reliable, steady.

We hope that the above information proves to be helpful for your tarot card readings. You can also try to learn the various layouts for reading, and the different types of cards as well. Good luck!
King of cups tarot card
Queen of cups tarot card
Knight of cups tarot card
Page of cups tarot card
Ten of cups tarot card
Nine of cups tarot card
Eight of cups tarot card
Seven of cups tarot card
Six of cups tarot card
Five of cups tarot card
Four of cups tarot card
Three of cups tarot card
Two of cups tarot card
Ace of cups tarot card
Page of wands tarot card
Ten of wands tarot card
Nine of wands tarot card
Eight of wands tarot card
Seven of wands tarot card
Six of wands tarot card
Five of wands tarot card
Four of wands tarot card
Three of wands tarot card
Two of wands tarot card
The world tarot card
Judgement tarot card
The sun tarot card
The moon tarot card
Young woman in a forest at night
The tower tarot card
Death tarot card
The hanged man tarot card
Wheel of fortune tarot card
Tarot card with the hermit on its face
Strength tarot card
The emperor tarot card
The high priestess tarot card