to Tarot meanings
My advice, if you are new to or learning more about Tarot, is to use a simple colorful deck like Riders Waite Tarot deck or Celtic Tarot deck.
Get to know your cards very well, study the meanings but also read and feel what they mean
to you when looking at the pictures.
It’s like having a story book with no words only pictures to tell the story. When reading the cards, pay attention to what is jumping out to you in the picture, this is your intuition or the energies around you showing the true meaning for the person you are reading for.
I have given you a basic meaning for each card, but each card will have different values depending on where in the spread it is and what cards are around it. I will explain this in more detail in my book
Also in my book, I will talk you through a step by step guide on how to use your intuition, give you 20 do’s and don’ts when reading the Tarot, meanings of symbols within Tarot and examples of 3 spreads that I use successfully. As you become a more experienced reader you will start to trust your intuition. This process takes time, so ask people to be patient with you as you learn to read Tarot with intuition. If you need some extra guidance with this. You can book an appointment with me to discuss further development over Skype. I will also be running regular workshops, to help with this face to face. Keep visiting my web page/ facebook page/ or follow me on Twitter for updates on this.
Tarot is one of the popular methods of divination used today.
The exact origin of when and where it first started is still unproven,
but it is thought to have been used as a method of foretelling the
future in far spread countries all over the world, like ancient Egypt, China and India. There is proof however that the Tarot was used in Renaissance Europe in the 14th or 15th Century. The Tarot deck,
as it has always been, consists of 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The word: Arcana means secret or mysteries. I have chosen to work with The Rider Waite and Celtic
Tarot deck, for the purpose of teaching you about Tarot. There are many different decks of Tarot out there, some have very easy to read pictures on them which are bright and colourful and some are very dark and not so pleasant to read. When picking a Tarot deck for yourself, choose the ones that you feel most comfortable with.
The Minor Arcana cards are very similar to that of today’s
playing cards, in fact todays playing cards have derived from Tarot cards. The four suits in today’s playing cards are similar to the four suits in Tarot.
Hearts = Cups, Swords = Spades, Pentacles = Diamonds, Clubs = Wands.
Like today’s playing cards each suit of cards are numbered 1 – 10 but Tarot cards have four court (face) cards instead of three: Page, Knight, Queen and King. Each number and face card represents different meanings. (Please read the Tarot meaning page to read the meanings of each card).
The suits are also aligned to Astrology sun signs, which will be important when learning to read the cards.
Earth signs are: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo .
These earth signs are represented by the suit of Pentacles.
Air signs are: Aquarius, Gemini and Libra
These air signs are represented by the suit of Swords.
Water signs are: Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio .
These water signs are represented by the suit of Cups.
Fire signs are: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius .
These fire signs are represented by the suit of Wands.
The suit of Pentacles (Earth) are generally associated with money, material possessions, business, property and work. The court (King, Queen, Knight and page) cards are usually sensible and careful with money but generous, trustworthy, stable, practical
and down to earth. They are not generally overly emotional, but don’t tend to cope well with long periods of intense stress. Unfortunately
due to their need for financial security they often work long hours at work, which can often impinge on their mental health and family.
They are very tactile and nurturing people who have big hearts and love animals, family and children, they will always greet you to their home with a warm welcome.
The suit of Swords (Air) are generally associated with communication, swift action, courage and conflict. The Swords court cards are intelligent, quick thinking, funny, humanitarians and very talkative. They will want to tell you everything they are thinking and feeling. They have a fantastic zest for life and new ideas, however quite often change their minds the next week. They quite often will have a strong
love of books, movies and the dramatics of theatre. Anything that is a bit unusual will appeal to the Swords. The Swords can be easily offended, but don’t seem to realize that they often hurt others with their sharp tongues. You could be left feeling wounded for days after a sword has said something unpleasant – whilst they will have forgotten all about, as they will be charging ahead with their next goal/project.
to Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana cards are very similar to
that of today’s playing cards, in fact Pentacles. Today’s playing cards have derived from
Tarot cards. The four suits in today’s playing
cards are similar to the four suits in Tarot.
Hearts = cups, swords = spades,
pentacles = diamonds, Clubs = wands.
Like today’s playing cards each suit of cards are numbered 1 – 10 but the Tarot cards have four court (face) cards instead of three: Page, Knight, Queen and King. Each number and face card represents different meanings. (Please read the Tarot meaning page to learn the meanings of each card).
There is an upright meaning and a reversed meaning to each card.
The suits are also aligned to Astrology sun signs, which will be important when learning to read the cards.
Click the tarot cards for their meanings >
The suit of Cups (Water) is generally associated with love, romance, and affairs of the heart, family, friends, and creativeness.
The Cups court cards are very deep thinkers (waters run deep within). They love being creative, with music, art materials or with home/garden décor. Family are really important to them, they are very loving and giving, but not so good at receiving love. Cups are very intuitive and know when you need a hug. They tend to be very set in their ways, though and can be secretive about what they are really thinking and feeling. These are very complex people and emotions can run deep within them. They can hold a grudge far longer than is reasonable.
The suit of Wands (Fire) are associated with power, forcefulness, charging ahead and growth of ideas and business.
The Wand court cards are people who are always busy, sometimes juggling with many different projects at a time and they can take an immense amount of pressure, in fact they seem to thrive on it. They are warm, funny, generous, charismatic and full of life.
They can be brutally honest with their thoughts and often fail to
see others perspectives. They don’t seem to suffer fools gladly and sometimes their attitude is unforgiving. This keeps the milder mannered people at bay.
Earth signs are: Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. These Earth signs are represented by the suit of Pentacles,
Air signs are: Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. These Air signs are represented by the suit of Swords.
Water signs are: Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. These Water signs are represented by the suit of Cups.
Fire signs are: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. These Fire signs are represented by the suit of Wands.
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The Fool - 0
This card can be at the start of the Major Arcana
or the last card. It has no number. However, because of its meaning I always have it at the beginning of the pack. This card shows a picture of a lone traveler with his dog, standing at the edge of a cliff.
New beginnings either spiritually, with career or a new life. Taking a leap of faith.
Foolishness, nativity, risk taking.
The Magician – 1
The Magician is number 1 In the Major Arcana pack .In numerology 1 means a leader, someone in control and taking charge.
This card shows a picture of a powerful figure who has all the elements from the suits of Tarot cards for his use in front of him. (Cups, swords, pentacles and wands). He is wearing white robes and a red cloak. Above his head is the sign of infinity.
Empowered, spiritual and practical knowledge, resourcefulness.
Lack of confidence in using talent, not being organized.
The High Priestess – 2
The number two means getting the best, both ways. The High Priestess works with her heart and her head.
This card shows a figure of authority sitting between two black and white pillars. She wears a cross necklace around her throat and heart chakra - this may signify someone who wants to know more about their mystical powers and how to use them.
Intuition, trusting your instincts, pay attention
to your dreams.
Letting others cloud your judgment,
not trusting your inner self.
The Empress – 3
The number three in numerology means someone who versatile and has interests in many things – someone who is busy.
This card shows a picture of a pregnant woman, sitting outside amongst an abundantly green garden. She wears a crown and a heart shaped shield is on her lap. Her face looks serene and contented.
Fertility, abundance, feminity, nurturing. Creativeness.
Unhealthy dependency, creative block, over bearing.
The Emperor – 4
In numerology number 4 signifies stability, formality and methodical. This card shows a picture of a King sitting on his throne dressed in robes. In one hand he hold a staff.
Authority, rules, strategy, support from someone with more knowledge.
Over bearing, too rigid with rules and red tape, no freedom of choice.
The Hierophant – 5
The number 5 in numerology means change, resourcefulness, adventurous and restlessness. You will see that all the suit cards with the number 5 are not very positive.
This card shows a picture of a priest, pope or dome other hierarchy in the church. He dressed in fine robes and a hat. One hand is holding a staff, the other hand is raised in a blessing.
Ceremony, higher knowledge, tradition, law, conformity.
Unable to conform to rules, feeling stifled by other peoples traditions and expectations..
The Lovers- 6
Number 6 in numerology means romance, considerate and creative.
This card shows a picture of a naked man and woman together. Behind them are two trees. One tree is on fire, the other tree is abundant with apples – he snake is slithering up the trunk. Above the couple is a bright full sun and angelical creature in the sky.
Partnership or union in love or business, sex, passion.
Infidelity. Temptation, vulnerability, lovers growing apart.
The Chariot – 7
The number 7 in numerology means mystical,
intellectual and vibrant.
Control, power, forging ahead with confidence.
Aggressiveness, lack of control, physically overpowering.
Strength – 8
In numerology 8 signifies ambitious hardworking, focused and a winner. Solid foundations bringing in results. It is considered an extremely lucky number in Feng Shui.
The Strength card shows a woman taking control of a lion – the king of the jungle. The lion is submissive and comfortable to her touch. She wears a flower headpiece and white robes.
Patience, compassion, courage, emotional strength.
Unable to cope, needing to rely on others for a while, submissive.
The Hermit – 9
The number 9 in numerology is about humanitarian aspects and hates all things barbarian. It’s considered an extremely lucky number in Feng Shui.
This card shows a picture of a cloaked old man or sage, traveling alone through the snow in partial darkness with only an oil lamp showing the way and a staff to guide his step.
Wisdom, soul searching, time out.
Detachment, loneliness, fear of or actually being left out in the cold.
Wheel of Fortune – 10
In numerology the numbers only go up to 9, when there are two numbers or more, to get the true value, you add the numbers together. So this card will be number one again.1 + 0 = 1.
This card shows a picture of a wheel in the center. The wheel is split into 8 sections, with 8 symbols or pictures around the wheel.
Fate, good luck, serendipity, karma.
Bad luck, events out of control.
Justice – 11
1+1=2 - see the numerological meaning for this on the High Priestess card.
This card shows a crowned figure sitting between two pillars, wearing a red gown. In the left hand they hold the scales of Justice and in the right a sword of authority held upright.
Truth, justice without prejudges, balance, equality, examination, evaluation.
Dishonesty, unfairness, wrongly judged on incorrect information.
The Hanged Man – 12
1+2 = 3 in numerology - please read The Empress for the definition.
This card shows someone hanging upside down from a tree branch by one leg. His other leg is bent and his hands are tied behind his back. The figure has a slight halo around his head,
Suspension, uncertainty of how to proceed, non – action, sacrifice.
Upheaval, delay, restrictions.
Death – 13
Some people believe that 13 is a very unlucky number. There are 13 full moons in a year – one of them being named “Blue moon” as it is the second full moon in one month.
The picture on this card always makes people draw their breath in when this card is drawn for obvious reasons. The picture shows the Grim reaper with his scythe or riding high on his horse, with sick and dying people on the ground .The symbol of the white rose means purity, promise and beauty.
Endings and beginnings, transformation, change, inevitability.
Unable to move on after a change, unwanted change.
Temperance – 14
This card shows a picture of an angel with one foot in the water and another on the land, the angel is pouring water from one cup into another. The triangle on the chest symbolizes love, creativity, moderation and intelligence.
Balance, equilibrium, healing.
Imbalance, excessive behavior, unhelpful influences.
The Devil – 15
This card shows two naked people, a male and female in chains. In some deck they are tied to a chest of jewels and in some to the actual Devil. The Devil has the inverted five pointed star (the pentagram) above his head meaning disharmony.
Addiction, ego, restriction either by self or imposed by others.
Will power, support, overcome negative restrictions.
The Tower- 16
This card shows a picture shows a dark tower being struck by lightning, a fire has broken out and people are jumping from the top of the tower to their deaths below.
Disaster, unexpected negative change, shock.
A lucky escape from catastrophe. Perhaps the events won’t have life changing consequences.
The Star – 17
This card shows a naked woman pouring water from two jugs, one onto the ground and one back into the stream in front of her. There is one big star and 7 smaller stars around her head.
Wishing star, positive hope, guidance.
Delay, disbelieving of good luck, overlooked opportunities.
The Moon – 18
The Moon card shows a dog and a wolf by a pool, in between two towers, bathed in the light of a huge full moon. In the pool of water there is a scorpion.
In the dark, confusion, empty promises, secrets, intuition.
Unhappiness, lost in the dark.
The Sun- 19
This picture shows a large sun, there are sunflowers around, and a small child is riding on a white horse or unicorn.
Positive energy, happiness, luck, vibrant life, warmth, success.
Disappointment, sadness, lack of self-confidence.
Judgment – 20
This card shows a picture of a naked person ,or people rising up from their graves, with their arms raised to the air in celebration In some decks it shows a picture of a winged angel blowing a musical instrument and in some a beautiful phoenix.
Honesty, transformation, resurrection, rebirth, reflection, cross roads.
Fearful of change, worried of judgment, unable to release the past.
The World – 21
This card shows a picture of a naked woman dancing inside a laurel wreath, which is the symbol of victory. The red ribbons on the wreath represent eternity, she is partially wrapped in the cloth of protection and has the four elements of earth, fire, air and water represented around her.
Completion, victory, end of a cycle, fulfillment, and achievement.
Unexpected change, temporal delay in life change, more effort needed.
Ace of Wands
This card shows a picture of a hand, coming out of the clouds, holding one wand.
New beginnings, pregnancy or birth, new creative business idea, initiation, passion, energy, aspirations.
Keep your emotions in check, too much or not enough energy may hinder your progress, anxiousness, impatience to start may cause conflict.
Two of wands
This card shows a picture of a man dressed in fine robes, holding a wand in his left hand and a globe in his right hand. He is standing with his back to us, and behind him is another upright wand. He is looking out from the high ground (possibly his kingdom) toward the ocean, in contemplation.
Forecasting, contemplation, strategy, leadership, ideas, choices, adventure, progress.
Reversed; Delays with business ventures, unable to make clear decisions on moving forward with a project. Not prioritising options. Unrealistic expectations.
Three of wands
This card shows a picture of a well-dressed man, with his back to us looking out to the ships sailing on the sea. He is holding a wand and two others are upright beside him and behind him.
Expansion, contemplation, commitment, success, planning, persistence, opportunities, travel.
Delays, frustration, unrealistic expectations, let down by others, partners with different long term views.
Four of wands
This card show a picture of four, upright wands forming a firm structure. The garlands of flowers joining the wands, like a canopy or a roof. In the background we see a house or village. In the Rider Waite deck there are two people skipping with happiness towards the wands.
House or office move or renovation of a building, marriage, commitment, celebration, rejoicing, homecoming.
Dreams of a new home or expansion have not come to fruition, instability, uncertainty, disagreements, and change.
Five of wands
This card shows a picture of five young males fighting with each other, using wands as weapons. The wands are raised in the air, so no real damage is caused.
Arguments, competitiveness, challenges, strong opinions, strife, conflict.
Avoidance of conflict, being stuck in a perpetual, ongoing argumentative environment, being worn down with conflict.
Six of wands
This card shows a picture of a well-dressed man, sitting high on his horse. He wears the victory wreath of laurel on his head. People are all around him cheering him on with wands raised in the air.
Honour, pride, victory, triumph, power, recognition, confidence, achievement.
Negativity, self-doubt, guilt, lack of confidence, over committed.
Seven of Wands
This card shows a picture of a warrior standing on top of a hill, battling six raised wands, thrust at him by unseen enemies. He only has himself and his wand as a means of protection.
High ground, defensive, protection, outnumbered, jealousy, competition, and perseverance.
Overwhelmed, criticised, self-doubt, oppressiveness, threatening behaviour.
Eight of wands
This card shows a picture of eight wands flying through the air. Behind the wands is a tranquil, countryside scene. There is an unusual absence of people in this card.
Travel over water, action, passion, movement, burst of energy, determination.
Delays, carelessness in haste, jumping before looking.
Nine of Wands
This card shows a picture of a wounded, warrior leaning on his wand, looking older, wiser and exhausted. Lined up behind him are eight upright wands.
Determination, courage, wiser, heroism, driven towards goals, tired but not beaten, valiant.
Exhaustion, no joy all hard work, giving up, lack of energy, feeling of under attack.
Ten of wands
This card shows a picture of someone carrying ten heavy wands. The wands are too big for him to carry and they are blocking his vision ahead. He is making his way to the village that seems like a long journey away.
Overburdened, taken advantage of, striving ahead, heavy work, commitment, too controlling to delegate.
Been taken advantage of, not taking responsibilities on, low energy, working through your mistakes, ridding yourself of clutter.
Page of wands
This card shows a picture of a well-dressed, young man standing proud and strong. He holds a wand in front of him. The background is desert and barren.
Passion, enthusiasm, talented, adventurous, initiator, bright minded, inexperienced, impulsive, and impatient.
Lack of completion, mistakes, hindrance, immaturity, undirected passion.
Knight of wands
This card shows a picture of a young man, holding a wand, charging ahead on his horse. He wears a full suit of armour under his royal tunic.
Action, forging ahead, charming, rebellious, outspoken, feisty, determined, self-assured, unpredictability, creativity.
Aggression, impulsiveness, harsh, offensive, uncontrollable.
Queen of wands
This card shows a picture of a crowned queen sitting on her throne. In one hand she holds a sunflower and in the other a wand. Sitting on front of her is a black cat.
Motherly, warmth, truthful, humanitarian, generous, busy, intuitive, nurturing.
Pushy, pig headed, aggressive, stubborn, lack compassion.
King of wands
This card shows a picture of a crowned King sitting on his throne. He is dressed in red and yellow royal robes, which symbolises fire. He holds a wand in his right hand and is looking away.
Leader, entrepreneur, integrity, bluntness, compassion, honesty.
Unrealistic expectations of others, dismissive of people considered weak, tunnelled vision, determined, uncooperative.
Ace of swords
This card shows a picture of a hand coming out of the clouds producing an upright sword with a crown of victory on top.
Clarity of thought, cutting ties and starting fresh, focus on dreams, inspiration, actioning goals, start-up communication with others about new start.
Lack of clarity, indecisions, harsh words or arguments around the new start, not reading up on how to practically action a new start, too many new starts to deal with, quick ending.
Two of swords
This card shows a picture of a woman isolated on an island, with water behind her. She sits on a stool, blindfolded, her arms are crossed and she holds two upright swords pointing towards the night sky.
Thinking with both heart and head, choice, patience, indecisions, soul searching, a final decision to be made.
Lack of information to make a decision, confusion, struggling to come to a conclusion, clouded judgement.
Three of swords
This card shows a picture of a red, blooded heart with three swords plunging through the middle of the heart.
Heart ache, operation (not usually serious on its own), conflict, loneliness, regrets, betrayal.
Holding onto past pain and it’s effecting you from moving forward, guilt, acknowledgement of balance is needed.
Four of swords
This card shows a picture of someone lying down on tomb, with their hands clasped in prayer. The tomb is inside a church, indicated by the beautiful, stain glassed window and the overall picture is serene. There is one sword engraved on the tomb and three sword hanging up on the wall.
Solidarity, recuperation, gestation, contemplation, calmness, healing.
Enforced rest, worry about outcomes, burn out, frustration of inaction, overly passive attitude resulting in delays, stagnation.
Five of swords
This card shows a picture of a young man picking up swords after the fight is over. Everyone is walking away from the scene and he has a sneer on his face, a triumphant glow.
Conflict, criticism, negativity, defeat, sacrifice, wounded, a fight lost, reward, lessons learned, disagreements, gossip.
Avoidance of conflict, an end to turmoil and strife with others, an acceptance that a parting of company is inevitable.
Six of swords
This card shows a picture of a boat on a lake, being rowed by a standing figure. The figure has his back to us and is rowing away from us. In front of him, is two hunched, figures, sitting with their back to us, possibly a woman and her child? On one side of the boat, the oar is creating waves, ahead of the vast expansion of water is smooth.
Leaving trouble behind, transition, loss, resigning, letting go of something you once valued, and hoping for a better future.
Moving away, but not of your choice, carrying baggage and regret, unable to leave a bad situation, restrictions put upon you.
Seven of swords
This picture shows someone picking up or stealing five swords whilst everyone is too far away to notice. Two swords remain planted upright in the ground behind him. In some deck of cards the person looks like he is being cautious and trying not to get caught in the act and wears a hooded cloak, but in the Rider Waite deck the person is looking over his shoulder, checking that everyone is staying in their tents, whilst he carries out his task.
Deceit, cunning, betrayal, stealth, secrets, caution, under hand, false motives.
Holding onto past hurts, fed up with keeping up with yours or someone else’s lies, wanting to make changes, irrational decisions.
Eight of swords
This card shows a picture of a woman blindfolded and tied up. Behind and around her is a wall of swords. There is a castle in the distance, but she is imprisoned in barren land.
Restricted, imprisoned, excluded, fear, domination, limitation, sacrifice, isolated.
Finding solutions to breaking free, admittance that your prison could be prevented, working out ways in which you will not have these restrictions in the future.
Nine of swords
This card shows a picture of a person sitting up in bed, with their head in their hands. Behind them in the blackness is nine, vertical swords.
Anxiety, worry, depression, suppression, negativity, fear, intense stress.
Inability to overcome depression or intense feeling of hopelessness. Advise to seek professional help.
Ten of swords
This card shows a picture of someone lying face down the ground with blood pouring out of his body. He has been stabbed in the back with ten swords. The sky is dark with just a glimmer of morning coming through. The sea in the background is calm.
Ending of pain, a new day dawning, defeat after a long struggle, a surprise attack, betrayal, conclusion, release.
Trauma, resistance to an ending, letting past traumas effect your current life, fear of change.
Page of swords
This card shows a picture of a child, standing at the top of a hill, swinging his sword in the air.
Energy, passion, enthusiasm, idealism, intelligence, communication, curiosity, probing, lack of staying power.
Quick change of direction, loosing face value, talking rubbish, over inflated ideas.
Knight of swords
This card shows a picture of a young man, charging forward into battle with his sword raised in a challenging manner on his galloping white horse.
Courage, challenging, energy, haste, bravado, determination, cutting corners, not heeding advice.
Rebellion, mistakes, being misled, acceptance of failure, causing arguments..
Queen of swords
This card shows a picture of a crowned woman sitting side ways, holding her left arm in the air and the right hand is holding a sword.
Independent, intellectual, ruthless in decision making, forth right in opinion, direct in communication, intense, controlling, humanitarian.
Self-righteous, overly confident, unable to value others point of view, cold hearted, isolated.
King of swords
This card shows picture of a crowned King sitting on his throne. His knees are parted in a relaxed state and he is holding a sword upright in his right hand. On his throne there are carvings of moons and butterflies.
Intellectual, introspective, philosophical, truth seeker, analytical, authority, educated.
Uninterested, easily bored, agitated, unfulfilled and sharp tongue.
Ace of cups
This card shows a picture of a single cup which is overflowing with water into a pool.
Love, peace, harmony, acceptance, new beginning.
Blocked emotions or unable to control the tears.
Two of cups
This card shows a picture of two people, a man and a woman, holding a cup each whilst facing each other.
Relationships, union, cooperation, instant connection, partnerships.
Break up of relationship, poor communication and no longer in harmony.
Three of cups
This card show a picture of three females dancing and celebrating with each other.
Celebration with friends, abundance, community, enjoyment.
Infidelity, stifling community groups, feeling isolated.
Four of cups
This card shows a picture of a man sitting in front of a tree. He has his knees crossed and is concentrating on three, up right cups in front of him. To the side of him there is another cup being offered to him, which he is ignoring.
Rejection, contemplation, withdrawal, refusal.
Missed opportunities, withdrawal, lessons to be learned, and isolation.
Five of cups
This card shows a picture of a dark cloaked figure standing over three spilt cups. Behind the figure are two remaining cups.
Loss, sadness, regret, loneliness, mourning.
Contemplation, revising values, forgiveness, acceptance.
Six of cups
This card shows a picture of two children coming together in reunion and happiness. The six cups are full of flowers.
Trust, nostalgia, forgiveness, friendship, childhood memories, familiarity.
Wishful thinking, stuck in the past, unrealistic expectations, naivety, disappointment.
Seven of cups
This card shows a picture of seven cups, suspended in the clouds with lots of different symbolic items in them,
Dreams, wishful thinking, ideas and thoughts, choice.
Naivety, unrealistic goals, not being practical.
Eight of cups
This card shows a picture of eight cups stacked upright in rows. There is a figure, shrouded in a red cloak in the background, walking away from the cups towards the barren mountains.
Leaving with sadness, divorce, redundancy, abandonment, withdrawal, loss, maturity.
Doubt, uncertainty, sadness, restrictions.
Nine of cups
This card shows a picture of a rounded, smiling, man, sitting in front of a table holding nine upright cups.
Success, pleasure, satisfaction, assurance, confidence, valuing yourself.
Greed, overindulgence, smugness, selfishness.
Ten of cups
This card shows a picture of people or family happy together, standing under a rainbow carrying ten cups.
Abundance, stability, harmony, sharing, accomplishment, friends and family, stability, balance.
Broken home or marriage, fragmented values, damaged egos, unbalanced.
Page of cups
This card shows a picture of a young Royal page, holding or looking at a cup. The cup holds a fish, which has popped up to face the page.
Artistic, gentle, caring, deeply emotional, youthful, romance, intuitive.
Difficulties with commitment, unable to deliver promises, self - absorbed, unrealistic.
Knight of cups
This card shows a picture of an armored clad, youngish man, riding on a white horse. Note the horse is trotting and the young man is holding out a golden cup.
Charming, well mannered, perceptive, potential lover, unpredictable, secretive, vain.
Defensive, too cool, calculating, commitment shy, too deep, lazy, unproductive, a dreamer.
Queen of cups
This card shows a picture of a beautiful, crowned Queen, usually sitting on throne by the sea. She is holding a large, golden, cup.
Loving, dreamy, calm, intuitive, emotional, a worrier.
Suppressed emotions, insecurity, unreliable, secretive.
King of cups
This card shows a picture of finely robed, crowned king holding a staff and a cup.
Charismatic, humanitarian, influential, diplomatic, negotiator, generous.
Moodiness, secretive, emotionally stunted, aloof.
Ace of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a large golden coin, surrounded by white, fluffy clouds.
New job, new start, reward, promotion, new opportunity, prosperity.
Missed opportunities, disappointment with a financial goal that you had set your sights on.
Two of pentacles
This picture shows a man juggling two pentacles, the pentacles are enclosed in an infinity shape. He’s dressed in a jovial suit and hat. Behind him is a very turbulent sea.
Balancing, juggling priorities, time management, preparation, reward, contemplation.
Struggling with life’s demands, too much on your plate, bank book not balancing, and disorganization.
Three of pentacles
This picture shows a masonry sculpturing.
Study, work, skilled profession, learning, creativity, fulfillment, conscientious, team work, project management.
Competition, lack of common goals and poor communication, uncompleted task.
Four of pentacles
This card shows a picture of mean looking man holding tightly onto a coin, whilst having both feet on two coins and he has a crown above his head. Usually he is in an isolated fortress, with a lively town behind him. His face is twisted and unhappy.
Isolation, meanness, insecurity, control, pride, material gain.
Over spending, blinkered, rigidity, isolation, lack of balance in your life.
Five of pentacles
This card shows a picture of two people, outside the window of a church or warm home. The weather is bad, snowing in some decks. One person is lame and wounded, both are dressed in rags and are deeply sad and troubled.
Exclusion, financial ruin, downtrodden, persistence, insecurity, fear of loss, unemployment.
An opportunity to recover after the loss, offer of help from yet unseen sources, realization that money isn’t everything and being part of a community will bring about a better balance in life’s goals, being humbled by acceptance.
Six of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a well-dressed man, he has six pentacles around his head. He holds the scales in one hand, whilst handing out money with the other hand, these people are in need of his financial help.
Abundance, balance, giving, receiving, humanitarian, wealth, charity.
Over generosity, favors or money given but not repaid, ‘get rich quick schemes’, debt, taken advantage of, resentment, and imbalance.
Seven of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a person resting on his gardening hoe, to survey his hard work and achievements, He has persevered in his garden which is now growing in healthy abundance.
Perseverance, long term benefits, reassessment of energy and time, rewards, contemplation of what next?
Doubts in your investments, less rewards than expected in some areas, reassessment of long term goals, changing your direction.
Eight of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a man working hard and concentrating at his work bench creating making more pentacles. He is doing this in isolation and is determined to do a good job.
Determination, apprentice, study in learning new skills, hard work, success, attention to detail, commitment, further education, productivity.
Inability to change direction, too focused on one goal, inability to be creative, not looking at the bigger picture.
Nine of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a woman standing in her beautifully abundant garden, yielding ripe grapes and heavy with nine pentacles. She is dressed in fine robes and a beautiful bird rests on her hand or shoulder, depending on the card deck.
Prosperity, confidence, abundance, growth in intellect, spiritually and materially, serenity, self-sufficiency, contentment, fulfillment, independent.
Take timeout to enjoy the beauty of people and nature around you, get back a balance that has been lacking due to too much work. Temporary financial set back which will be recovered after some time out to reflect.
Ten of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a happy family scene, with three generations together under an arch, surrounded by pentacles. In some decks it shows just a couple.
Family, celebration, togetherness, retirement, inheritance, security, accomplishment, completion, loyalty, trust.
Family breakdown, squabbles over assets or inheritance, house move fallen through and delays in agreements, lack of commitment and shared goals in relationships.
Page of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a young person, in fine clothing holding up a golden coin,
New job, intelligence, practical, love the outdoors and animals.
Knight of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a knight sitting on his big, heavy set, black, horse. They are not stationary. The knight is holding a golden coin in his hand.
Practical, routines, steady, patience, honest, materialistic, generous, hardworking, responsibilities.
Unable to stick with routines and methodical tasks, disorganization, in a rut.
Queen of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a majestic woman sitting on a throne, holding a golden coin. She is surrounded by nature.
Nurturing, down to earth, motherly, practical, understanding, nature loving.
Too much on her plate, burn out, not accepting support, not sharing her feelings.
The King of pentacles
This card shows a picture of a King sitting on a throne covered in foliage. He is also seen as the Green man. The man of the forest.
Honest, wealthy, driven, patient, fatherly, strong.
He can be a harsh, unforgiving man, he will have high expectations of others and won’t bend the rules to suit others.
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