Quick Tarot Card Meanings

Traditional Tarot Card Meanings: Major Arcana

These are basic meanings to give you an idea of the  meaning of a card, with practice and journaling you can expand upon these meanings.  This is also a start for you to develop your own intuitive meanings. Sources/Credits at the end of the Major Arcana Descriptions.

0 The Fool: Adventure, something new, luck, road trip, following your destiny. Carefree.

1 The Magician: Possessing all of the skills needed to build your future yet, still young or inexperienced.

2 The High Priestess:  Intuition, imagination, dreams, inspiration. “She brings new understanding of situations through listening, not acting”.

3 The Empress: Pregnant, creativity, expressing yourself freely, happy.

4 The Emperor:  A male authority figure, government, stability, the person in control.

5 The Hierophant: Conformity, following the rules, doing as tradition requires.

6 The Lovers: Relationship, sexuality, personal beliefs, values.

7 Chariot:  Victory, will, self-assertion, hard control.

8 Strength:  Strength, patience, compassion, soft control.

9 Hermit:  Introspection, searching, guidance, solitude/

10 Wheel of Fortune:  Destiny, turning point, movement, personal vision.

11 Justice: Justice, responsibility, decision, cause and effect (karma).

12 Hanged Man:  Letting go, reversal, suspension, sacrifice.

13 Death:  Ending, transition, elimination, inexorable forces.

14 Temperance:  Temperance, balance, health, combination.

15 The Devil: Bondage, materialism, ignorance, hopelessness.

16 Tower: Sudden change, release, downfall, revelation.

17 Star:  Hope,inspiration, generosity, serenity.

18 Moon: Fear, illusion, imagination.

19 Sun:  Enlightenment, greatness, vitality, assurance.

20 Judgement: Judgement, rebirth, inner calling, absolution.

21 World:  Integration, accomplishment, involvement, fulfillment.

(Source/Credit: The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot- Ever! by Dusty White)

(Source/Credit: Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning)

The Minor Arcana


Wands Cups Swords Pentacles
Ace Creative force, enthusiasm, confidence, courage Emotional force, intuition, intimacy, love Mental force, truth, justice, fortitude Material force, prosperity, practicality, trust
Two Personal power, boldness, originality Connection, truce, attraction Blocked emotions, avoidance, stalemate Juggling, flexibility, fun
Three Exploration, foresight, leadership Exuberance, friendship, community Heartbreak, loneliness, betrayal Teamwork, planning competence
Four Celebration, freedom, excitement Self-absorption, apathy, going within Rest, contemplation, quiet preparation Possessiveness, control, blocked change
Five Disagreement, competition, hassles Loss, bereavement, regret, Self-interest, discord, open dishonor   Hard times, ill health, rejection
Six Triumph, acclaim, pride Goodwill, innocence, childhood The blues, recovery, travel Having/not  having resources, knowledge, power
Seven Aggression, defiance, conviction Wishful thinking, options, dissipation Running away, lone-wolf style hidden dishonor Assessment, reward, direction change
Eight Quick action, conclusion, news Deeper meaning, moving on, weariness Restriction, confusion, powerlessness Diligence, reward, direction change
Nine Defensiveness, perseverance, stamina Wish fulfillment, satisfaction, sensual pleasure Worry, guilt, anguish Discipline, self-reliance, refinement
Ten Overextending, burdens, struggle Joy, peace, family Bottoming out, victim mentality, martyrdom   Affluence, permanence, convention
Page Creative,

enthusiastic, confident, courageous

Emotional, intuitive, intimate, loving, Use your mind, thankful, truthful, just, fortitude Effect, practical, prosperous, trusting, trustworthy


Charming, self-confident, daring, adventurous, passionate Romantic, imaginative, sensitive, refined, introspective Direct, authoritative, incisive, knowledgeable, logical Unwavering, cautious, thorough, realistic, hardworking


Superficial, cocky, foolhardy, restless, hot-tempered Overemotional, fanciful, temperamental, overrefined, introverted Blunt, overbearing, cutting, opinionated, unfeeling, Stubborn, unadventurous, obsessive, pessimistic, grinding
Queen Attractive, wholehearted, energetic, cheerful, self-assured Loving, tenderhearted, intuitive, psychic, spiritual Honest, astute, forthright, witty, experienced Nurturing, big hearted, down to earth, resourceful, trustworthy
King Creative, inspiring, forceful, charismatic, bold Wise, calm, diplomatic, caring, tolerant Intellectual, analytical, articulate, just, ethical Enterprising, adept, reliable, supporting, steady