Tarot Cards and Their Meaning

This page presents you with my interpretations of all 78 cards in a standard Tarot deck, as developed during my own readings for the past two decades, plus insights from Tarot practitioners I have consulted. While the Tarot represents a rich history of interpretation, with symbology that can take years to thoroughly understand, I share the most common themes I've encountered! Note that this page will be added to over time until all 78 cards are represented.

The cards depicted on this page are from the Tarot Royale deck by famed Tarot card designer Ciro Marchetti, who graciously gave me permission to use his gorgeous cards on my site. The individual Tarot card pages also include images from the original Rider-Waite deck, first published in 1910, which feature the illustrations of Pamela Colman Smith based on the instructions of academic and mystic A.E. Waite.

Major Arcana

The Major Arcana represents the 22 most powerful cards in any Tarot Deck, numbered from 0 to 21. These "Trump" cards represent important issues for the querent, and an abundance of Major cards in a reading indicate that the question at hand is of particular significance.

Cups

The suit of cups reflects the emotional life of the querent, including desires and the inner self. It can be considered the suit of love and relationships, but also of creative pursuits for readings focused on employment or personal projects.

Wands

The suit of wands reflects the both the work and spiritual life of the querent, including employment, learning, and growth. It can be considered the suit of ideas and knowledge, along with any entrepreneurial ventures or work-focused projects. A fiery and forward-moving suit, it can represent the physical element of relationships as well.

Pentacles

The suit of pentacles reflects the physical or material life of the querent, including finances, abundance, the ability to manifest, health and property considerations. It can be considered the "money" suit, or "health" suit, depending on your reading, but is also the suit of established foundations.

Swords

The suit of swords reflects the mental life of the querent, including intellect and logic processes. It can also be considered the card of action and change. In readings pertaining to relationships, sword cards can point to the querent following the head over the heart.

The cards depicted on this page are from the Tarot Royale deck by famed Tarot card designer Ciro Marchetti, who graciously gave me permission to use his gorgeous cards on my site. The individual Tarot card pages also include images from the original Rider-Waite deck, first published in 1910, which feature the illustrations of Pamela Colman Smith based on the instructions of academic and mystic A.E. Waite.