The Chariot

General Meaning:
The Chariot Tarot card points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the Charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.

Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver's will power can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to one ambitious enough to seize The Chariot's reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.

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The Emperor

The Emperor

Key Words for the Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

  • Strategy
  • Rulership
  • Authority
  • Masculinity
  • Practicality


The father figure of the Tarot deck, the Emperor Tarot card meanings are all about advice, widsom, authority, and grounding. Take a moment to observe the Emperor card. It becomes apparent that this is a character who has been there, done that, and has the battle armor to prove it. The Emperor has obtained his wisdom through experience. He's been through the wars, he's ruled his people wisely, and he's experienced all life can throw at him. What better source for advice than a battle-tested, thoughtful, strategic ruler?
Look more closely at the card, and you will detect a scrutinous quality in his eyes. When you've seen everything the Emperor has seen, you would have cause to be a bit skeptical too. This contributes to the Emperor being the perfect authority figure. He is as wise as his years because caution has served as the better part of valor in his life. This makes him an excellent source of wisdom and advice. He does not become carried away by fad or fancy - he sees through the most clever of disguises and nothing slips by his scrutiny.
When we pull this card in a reading we get an instant "grounding effect." In areas of business, we are encouraged to consider all the facts, revisit our strategic plans, reconsider our partnerships and re-evaluate our allegiances. When we are unsure of circumstances, the Emperor reminds us that sometimes "doing" is the only method we have for "knowing." Another tip - the Emperor is a master of his own making, and when he shows up in a reading, we would do well to realize our own inner strength and motivation is what makes us a leader.

Key Symbols:


This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Emperor Tarot card meaning.
Beard: As mentioned earlier, the Emperor has "been there, done that" and the beard is a symbol of his experience. As an archetype, we commonly see masculine figures of authority or father figures with long white beards. It reassures us that this man has acquired years of wisdom and experience - he is worthy of listening to because he's seen first hand the effects of his own actions. He offers us the gift of his own life example - a short-cut, because when we heed the advice of our elders we can often avoide repeating the same mistakes.
Ram: Featured prominently in most decks, the head of the ram is a symbol of determination, action, initiative, and leadership. The ram is also a symbol of Aries, which is the astral ruler of the Emperor. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, further reinforcing attributes of leadership, authority, and other forefather-type characteristics.
Staff: In this rendition, the cross is at the top of his staff. This is a symbol of balance, and each arm of the cross represents balance amongst the four directions, four winds, and/or the four elements. As a ruler, it is imperative to understand the interconnectedness of things, and to be able to balance the elements of nature appropriately. Other decks depict the Egyptian ank upon the Emperor's staff - this is a symbol of balance and life.

Key Questions:


When contemplating the Emperor Tarot card meaning, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I leading by example?
What kind of ruler am I?
Am I being inflexible? Too practical?
Do I need some advice on this situtation?
Upon what resources am I calling in order to be the best leader?
What's my strategy to accomplish these goals and are they realistic?

The Moon

The Moon
Key Words for the Moon Tarot Card Meaning Cycles Emotion Intensity Reflection Confusion Influence Emergence Perplexity

No one is immune to the influence of the moon. She is the mirror, reflecting back the light that shines upon her. She is a timepiece to the ancient movements of our galaxy. She is the music that prompts the ocean to dance. She is the illuminator of our creative powers. Pretty intense, no?
This kind of intensity laces all of the Moon Tarot card meanings. This is one of the few cards that is a story in-and-of-itself, and tells it from start to finish in one flash.
The story of this card begins with the lobster (crawfish, or crab in other deck renditions) which represents us and our greatness or higher purpose/calling. Emerging from our primordial ignorance (this is not derogatory - we are simply unknowing of our divine potential), to start our journey of higher purpose, we are met with all manner of influences. The symbolic crab also links to the astrological aspects of Cancer with moon as its ruling celestial influence.
Yapping dogs, gnarling wolves, winding paths, the lure of empty promises...it's a wonder we can get any where with all these influences pulling at our attention. What's more, we are attempting to find our way and higher purpose in the midst of the darkest of night.
We see the Moon, forever our illusive guide through all the distractions. But is she a help or a hindrance? When she is in her growth we feel ourselves expand in confidence with her. We can even become pregnant with our own importance when she is in her prime fullness. When she is waning, we feel ourselves shrink into the abyss of darkness, we grow unsure of our path and purpose. We may find ourselves confused at every turn.
The key to this card (and the moral of its story) is influence. We must constantly be aware of what is influencing our lives, our decisions, our actions. We must unravel the perplexity of our thoughts and see clear to that which is causing us to move in a certain direction. And when it comes to our higher purpose, we must have the highest intensity of diligence to stay the course and persue the path that leads to expressing our highest selves.
We must also keep in mind that we have the power to use the pull of the Moon to our advantage too. She holds immense power available for us to use if only we hone in on it; focus and direct its energy.
Further, the Moon is a luminary - which reminds us her reflective light can serve as a source of intuitive clarity.
Effectually, when we pull this card in a reading it often indicates we're torn between many influences. From the TV that stays turned on for too long to the boss that calls us during dinner - we are distracted by external influences that have taken us away from our core path. This card is a message that we need to reflect upon our life and use our intuitive abilities to determine what best thoughts and actions to take to correct our course.

Key Symbols:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Moon Tarot card meaning.

Dog and Wolf: The dog is a symbol of our tamed mind which is loyal to our bidding. The wolf is a symbol of our primal urges and bears its teeth at our every attempt to be conventional. Neither beast is all bad nor all good - but they both war with each other in our minds. Hence each is on either side of our path. One yapping at us to "do the right thing" the other growling at us to "break out and go wild." All the while the Moon has her own ideas about what we should be doing. The key here is to tap into our inner wisdom and gain the ground by our own internal navigational faith system.

Lobster: Also depicted as a crayfish or a crab in other deck renditions, crustaceous creatures are a symbol of hidden psychic power. These creatures live in water (which is a symbol of the subconscious) and when they emerge from the depths of the water it is an expression of coming out of the dark or coming out of hiding. Further, these creatures are usually equipped with a hard exoskeleton which is a symbol of armor which protects the tender, beauty we all carry inside our souls. As mentioned in the introduction above, the lobster is a representation of us on our pilgrimage to carry out our higher (most often hidden) divine purpose. Additionally, it's worthwhile to investigate the astrological aspects of Cancer as the moon is its ruler.
Towers: Apart from being phallic symbols and thus appealing to our base (primitive) natures, the towers also represent the trappings of an easy life. One either side of the path stands the promise of treasure, stability, safety, and comfort. Although these are appealing qualities, they are often illusions when we are on the path of our higher purpose. In the case of this card the towers represent stagnation, or lure us into settling for something when we could have the divine gifts that are our birthright. The towers also remind us that if we build our lives upon false illusions, or settle for something leser, they will inevitably come crashing down upon us.

Key Questions:
When contemplating the Moon Tarot card meaning, ask yourself the following questions:
What am I allowing to distract me?
How can I see clear to my higher ideals?
Do I have clarity of thought, purpose and deed?
What is taking me away from my highest achievements?
What am I allowing to sway my judgment are influence my decisions?
Have I strayed from my divine path? What do I need to do to get back on track?
What steps can I take to silence those yapping (nagging) thoughts that distract me from my joy?

THE STAR

regaining hope
having faith in the future
thinking positively
believing
counting your blessings
seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
feeling great expectation
looking forward to success

 

being inspired
regaining motivation
realizing an inner strength
seeing the way clear
being stimulated to a higher level
creating
receiving the answer

 

being generous
wanting to give or share
spreading the wealth
opening your heart
giving back what you have received
letting love flow freely
offering with no reservations
holding nothing back

 

feeling serene
experiencing peace of mind
relaxing
finding your still center
remaining untroubled
savoring perfect calm
being tranquil amid trouble
enjoying harmony

 

 

People have always looked to the stars as a source of inspiration and hope. There is something about their twinkling light that draws us out of ourselves and up into a higher plane. When we turn our eyes heavenward, we no longer feel the distress of earth. The Star reminds me of the clear, high voice of a soprano. There is something otherworldly about it. All the harshness and density of everyday life has been refined away leaving only the purest essence. After being exposed to the Star, we feel uplifted and blessed.

In readings, the Star is most welcome when grief and despair have overwhelmed us. In our darkest moments, we need to know that there is hope,that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Star is the opposite of the Devil who strips us of our faith in the future. Card 17 holds out the promise that we can eventually find peace of mind. The Star also reminds us to open our heart and release our fears and doubt. If you have been holding back in any way, now is the time to give generously.

It is important to remember that the Star is inspiring, but it is not a card of practical solutions or final answers. Truly without hope we can accomplish nothing, but hope is only a beginning. When you see Card 17, know that you are on the right track. Your goals and your aspirations are blessed, but to realize them, you must take positive action. Use the light of the Star to guide you in your efforts.

The Hanged Man - Reversed

 While the card in its upright position suggests voluntary service and temporary waiting, the reversed card feels drained of choice and hope. One of the people in a relationship feels like a martyr, resentfully serving someone who fails to appreciate their efforts. The relationship seems stuck, without any hope of regaining momentum. Addiction and delusion are among the other negative meanings of the Hanged Man. Sometimes the reversed Hanged Man comes up in readings where one partner is deeply in denial, choosing not to see the signs of chemical dependency or a gambling problem. You glue on a pair of rose-colored glasses, refusing to perceive your lover’s lies. This card also suggests the need to move out of passivity, even if that means cutting your losses.

Empress

The Empress is the archetypal Earth Mother, the Anima, the Feminine Principle, Demeter, Freyja and the Goddess of Fertility. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, art, harmony, luxury, beauty and grace.

The main feature of this card is the Empress herself, a full-figured woman with blond hair and a peaceful and calm aura about her. On her head she wears a crown of stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm of angels and fairies. She is dressed in a patterned robe of pomegranates, symbolic of fertility and is seated upon a luxurious array of cushions and flowing red velvet with the symbol of Venus emblazoned upon it.

The Empress is surrounded by a beautiful, lush forest with a stream running through it, demonstrating the Empress’s deep emotional connection with Mother Earth and life. She draws her sense of peace from the trees and the water and is rejuvenated by the energy of nature. In the foreground, golden wheat springs from the ground, reflecting abundance from a recent harvest.

The Wheel of Fortune -Reversed

Some unforeseen changes and developments will stand in the way of your desires. Things will not go as expected. You will be forced to adapt to new conditions and will have difficulty keeping things balanced. You will reap what you have sown, as you will be forced to tie up loose ends from the past and to deal with problems you have overlooked and left unresolved. Keep in mind that, even though you will often find yourself feeling unlucky and the period lying ahead of you will not be particularly favourable for you, you will eventually be rewarded for your pains and efforts. You will have to keep fighting and do your best to overcome the obstacles you will encounter.

THE HIGH PRIESTESS

The High Priestess counsels you to listen more deeply to your intuition. Your inner wisdom, rather than the advice of friends, will help you find romantic fulfillment. Pay attention to your dreams-- they might harbor messages to guide you. This is a period of nesting and retreat. Couples benefit from time spent alone together rather than socializing with others. If you are single, remember to nurture and pamper yourself. Self-care gives you a burnished glow which makes others find you more attractive. If your love life is unsatisfying, pay attention to your home, especially the bedroom. Clutter can act as a deterrent to romance. Create a space which feels like a welcoming, romantic retreat. Beware of sounding demanding or needy when talking with your lover. An aura of reserve and self-sufficiency enhances your allure.

Karmic Bonds of Love

Karmic Bonds of Love

 It is very helpful when carrying out a Tarot reading to recognize the cards that possibly lean towards a karmic situation when there may be karmic debt to be repaid or simply there is beneficial learning that needs to take place.

There is often no easy way through a Karmic situation, except the hard way but I do feel that as we develop at Soul level, our lessons are quicker recognised and learnt.

The people involved will often struggle to find their way of letting go and feel such a strong pull towards the other person.
The relationship may be ending or has ended and yet the break isnt being made and although there is significant hurt, they still tolerate the misery.
The guidance we give, will be invaluable to the situation and one aspect of the message that I find very important to get across is that if the break is not made, these guys often end up hating each other.
It really is such a traumatic experience.


Some of the 'big' Majors will often make an appearance for these reads. The sitter may be experiencing a troubled relationship or ex relationship and the cards will reflect this, such as:


Justice: Karmic energy of the relationship
Devil: Strong and often negative bond with the other person
Hanged Man: The universe is advising to let go
Death: Time to let go, no longer a choice
Tower: If the situation is still dragging on, the Gods say 'No more!'.
Judgement: A call to let go
8 of Swords: Often appears with the Devil to reflect the mental strain.
5 of Pentacles: The more this relationship survives the more miserable the two partners can become
5 of Cups: Feeling the loss
9 of Pentacles: Often with the Devil when finally free emotionally of the bond
Recovery: The Star/Moon/ Sun/World: Debt repaid and lesson learnt

Five of Pentacles


The 5 of Pentacles comes into our lives or our client's lives at times when they are struggling in some aspect. We cannot discount the fact that there are two individuals in the card, we therefor need to consider the role of each within the scenario.
The struggle is evident but why such misery as the imagery reflects?
For some reason, these guys are in that difficult place where hope is lost and they don't know which way to turn.
If we are looking at a relationship then we are looking at one where there is little empathy for each other's predicament because they are focused on their own misery and quite possible even adding to the others misery by detaching themselves to some degree from their partner.
The Hierophant's energy is in presence and he may well be the root of the problem.
I find often that there is a 'difference' in the relationship, such as age difference, different cultures and so on.
This difference is magnified in the presence of the Hierophant who is forever the traditionalist.
I find it quite sad because often we are often seeing a relationship decline at this point, yet they are each still hanging in there.
Transfer this to any aspect of one's life, whether it be finances, career etc but the theme is the same and because this is the realm of earth, it is worth reminding our client is a considerate way that such struggles can affect our health if we are not careful and if we allow a situation to continue over the longterm.
Waite Smith 1971

Justice

Eight of Cups Reversed - Stay where you are, this is not the time to be searching for anything or to go on a trip. Patterns need to be broken. Rules of relationship need redefining. Time to let others in to help as you cannot do this alone. The journey you thought you had to take is uncertain. Perhaps everything will be okay.

8 of Cups Reversed

This allows you to close out a phase and begin new in a particular area. The 3 of Wands is a card of looking toward the future, especially in a preparatory manner.

3 of Wands shows you turning your back on something.  This new phase will begin at the New Moon and take you through late May, early June. Yes, that is your future off in the distance and it is drawing nearer day, by day; “Your ship is coming in” is a catchy phrase which fits quite well.

There is no sorrow here, remember that; it is another leg of your journey, and life never stays the same forever. This will be a gradual change, but you should be able to begin to see that it is entirely possible after all. You simply need to put in the work and set off in the direction of the future which awaits you.

3 of Wands

When the Magician appears in a spread, it points to the talents, capabilities and resources at the querent's disposal. Depending on the card's placement in relation to other cards, the message is to tap into one's full potential rather than holding back, especially when there is a need to transform something. There are choices and directions to take. Guidance can arrive through one's own intuition or in the form of someone who brings about change or transformation.

The card can mean that a manipulator is floating around, usually if it's reversed. He may be a beneficent guide, but he does not necessarily have our best interests in mind. He may also represent the querent’s ego or self-awareness. He can also represent the intoxication of power, both good and bad.

According to Arthur Edward Waite, this card signifies the divine motive in man. It is also the unity of the individual being on all planes, and in a very high sense it is thought. With further reference to the "sign of life", i.e. the infinity symbol and its connection with the number 8, it may be remembered that Christian Gnosticism speaks of rebirth in Christ as a change "unto the Ogdoad." The mystic number is termed Jerusalem above, the Land flowing with Milk and Honey, the Holy Spirit and the Land of the Lord. 8 is the number of Christ.

Magician

The Fool is numbered 0, the number of unlimited potential, and does not actually have a specific place in the sequence of the Tarot cards. The Fool can come either at the beginning of the Major Arcana or at the end. The Major Arcana is often considered as the Fool’s journey through life and as such, he is ever present and therefore needs no number.

The Fool is shown at the beginning of his journey with unlimited potential. The sun rising up behind him represents the beginning of his journey. He is facing north-west, the direction of the unknown. He is looking upwards, toward the sky, or Spirit. He is about to step off a cliff into the material world but is he prepared? He has all the tools and resources he needs in the bag on his staff but he has not opened the bag yet. The white rose in his left hand represents purity and innocence. He has a guardian in the little white dog who will protect him throughout his journey but who will also push him to learn the lessons the Fool came here to learn. The mountains behind the Fool represent the realms of Spirit that he has just left and will spend his life trying to regain.

 
UPRIGHT FOOL TAROT CARD MEANINGS

The Fool Tarot card is a card of potential, new beginnings and innocence. This Tarot card shows the highest potential for your life, reaching a state of renewal and new beginnings, where each day is an adventure and each moment is lived to the fullest. The Fool card represents the beginning of all creativity and a desire to accomplish new goals (or to, at least, start the process of working towards those goals). The Fool indicates that anything can happen and the opportunities are just waiting to be taken advantage of.

In a Tarot reading, the Fool represents the need to set forth on a new journey, one that is completely unknown and will take you to uncharted territories. The Fool is all about new experiences, personal growth, development and adventure. The Fool Tarot card asks you to take a ‘leap of faith’ and to trust in the Universe in that if you begin a new journey, you will find success. This Fool lives a carefree life, free from worry and anxiety. He does not seem to mind if he does not really know what lies ahead.

The Fool Tarot card may represent a choice to be made—one of vital importance. However, there are always many different options available and the choice must be made wisely. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool encourages you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem. This is a time when you need to truly ‘believe’ and have faith in where the Universe is taking you.

The Fool is an excellent Tarot card to meditate on if you are experiencing a lot of fear in your life. The Fool enhances courage, risk-taking and the creative expression needed to open up new areas in your life.

The Fool is always whole, healthy and without fear. He is the spirit of who we are, the spirit expressed and experienced as wonder, awe, curiosity and anticipation. We never know what is in the future but like the Fool we must blindly go forward. You need to trust that you are a spirit born into flesh to enjoy life and grow in experience. Take a chance and see what happens.

THE FOOL

General: Just like with the Strength card, you may even more so be in the frame of mind that you need some time alone - don't be afraid to take it. Even if it's just a five minute walk around the house so that you can clear your head. This is also very much a card about "trying very hard to do the right thing." Just make sure that "doing the right thing" includes doing what is right for you personally, and not just worrying about the wants and needs of others.

Work: You are nearing the point where work success and recognition are well within your grasp. Do your best to be organized and productive. This will pay off for you in ways that aren't clear yet. Do the "right thing" even if nobody is watching. You are always watching what you are doing.

Love: It's possible that a romance from your past will be re-kindled. Is that really what you want? It seems that romantic relationships are not currently a priority for you right now. If your head says that you want nothing more than a romantic relationship; look at your behavior. Does it align with that analysis? 

Health: Ritual of any sort will be helpful to you health-wise. (this could even be something like reading a book for an hour every Saturday afternoon). Any health problems could be drawing your attention to a problem that is not in your body so much as in your life; for example, a bad back could indicate that you are "carrying too much" metaphorically speaking. Take care of yourself.

Spirituality: It's very likely that at this time a person will come into your life who is like a mentor or teacher even if they don't "teach" you directly. You will still learn from them on several levels. Honor the need that you may be having to withdraw to a degree from ordinary life - It won't last forever. You will soon be feeling much more social, so don't push yourself now to be around a lot of people unless it is absolutely necessary. You will likely emerge from this month feeling refreshed and renewed, particularly on a spiritual level.

THE HERMIT

General: Just like with the Strength card, you may even more so be in the frame of mind that you need some time alone - don't be afraid to take it. Even if it's just a five minute walk around the house so that you can clear your head. This is also very much a card about "trying very hard to do the right thing." Just make sure that "doing the right thing" includes doing what is right for you personally, and not just worrying about the wants and needs of others.

Work: You are nearing the point where work success and recognition are well within your grasp. Do your best to be organized and productive. This will pay off for you in ways that aren't clear yet. Do the "right thing" even if nobody is watching. You are always watching what you are doing.

Love: It's possible that a romance from your past will be re-kindled. Is that really what you want? It seems that romantic relationships are not currently a priority for you right now. If your head says that you want nothing more than a romantic relationship; look at your behavior. Does it align with that analysis? 

Health: Ritual of any sort will be helpful to you health-wise. (this could even be something like reading a book for an hour every Saturday afternoon). Any health problems could be drawing your attention to a problem that is not in your body so much as in your life; for example, a bad back could indicate that you are "carrying too much" metaphorically speaking. Take care of yourself.

Spirituality: It's very likely that at this time a person will come into your life who is like a mentor or teacher even if they don't "teach" you directly. You will still learn from them on several levels. Honor the need that you may be having to withdraw to a degree from ordinary life - It won't last forever. You will soon be feeling much more social, so don't push yourself now to be around a lot of people unless it is absolutely necessary. You will likely emerge from this month feeling refreshed and renewed, particularly on a spiritual level.