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.
The Minor Arcana
|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|
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|