Tarot Card Meanings


The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards that represent universal symbols or archetypes. The images in the Tarot seem to speak to people regardless of their age, background, or religious beliefs. The Tarot is powerful and sacred. It’s almost as if you are looking at the collective experience of humanity illustrated in 78 images. The cards in the Tarot are divided into 2 main groupings: The Major Arcana (22 cards) and The Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Minor Arcana is further divided into 4 Suits: Swords, Wands, Cups, and Pentacles. You may recognize these 4 suits if you pull out a modern set of playing cards and behold the spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds! Below you will find information on the Major and Minor Arcana, as well as individual Tarot card definitions. The cards shown below are from my own hand-made Tarot decks: The Laughing Eye Weeping Eye /LEYE WEYE Tarot (left), and the Unicorns of the Universe Tarot (right). The card definitions are consistent with traditional Tarot meanings, but are filtered through my own lens.

The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana cards consist of 22 cards or Trumps. The word “Trump” is an altered version of the word “Triumph,” and Arcana originates from the word Arcane, which means secret.  So. the Major Arcana cards represent major secrets or ways to triumph. While the rest of the Tarot cards (the Minor Arcana) present us with situations and our day-to-day circumstances, the Major Arcana presents us with ways of being in the world. The Major Arcana cards show us where we stand as we face the challenges and situations (in the Minor Arcana) surrounding us. Symbolically, the Major Arcana represents the element of SPIRIT (cards of the soul), while the Minor Arcana cards represents the elements EARTH, AIR, WATER, and FIRE (basic elemental energies). Below are my interpretations of  the Major Arcana cards, which are derived from traditional associations.

The Fool

The Fool
Number: 0

Element: Air

Planet: Uranus

Keywords:
New Beginning
Spontaneity
Risk

To the Fool, the world is an open book. Nothing has boundaries, divisions, or limits. As you can imagine, a world without limits can either be a wonderful or a terrible thing. The Fool can signify the need for freedom, spontaneity, or a fresh start. Upright, the Fool card indicates the need to venture down a new path and to let go of limitations. The Fool is often though of as the cosmic wanderer in the Tarot; with no experience, the Fool sees the world full of potential and can create anything they want. Conversely, this card can show also problems with an impulse gone awry. Normally when the card is reversed, it is indeed a warning. As with all Tarot cards, the meaning of the card changes depending on if its reversed, what other cards surround it, and also the question that’s asked. Is there a need to jump head first into the unknown? Or have you soared headfirst into the abyss only to find yourself amidst a terrible storm? The Fool reversed can also indicate that it is not time to take that risky leap.
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The Magician

Major-1-Magician

Number: 1

Element: Air

Planet: Mercury

Keywords:
Will Power
Manifestation
Persuasion

The Magician acts with creativity and confidence! Numbered one, this card often indicates a new beginning or the “spark” of something happening. The Magician understand the workings of the cosmos and their own power within it. They direct their intentions and they have the skills they need to manifest their goal(s). On the right (from the Unicorns of the Universe Tarot), you see the tools laid out before the Pegasus Unicorn. The Cup, Sword, Pentacle, and Wand are the four suits in the Minor Arcana and are used in elemental magick. Seeing the Magician in a reading suggests that you are ready to direct your will and take action. You have the necessary tools to manifest your dreams. Additionally, the Magician card can indicate deception – but not in an altogether bad way. The Magician stuns their audience with amazing events that defy logic. The Magician is persuasive. Whether it’s smoke and mirrors or true magick doesn’t matter. People want to believe in the magick they see. So, in essence, this card can also be saying “fake it till you make it.” If the Magician card appears reversed in a reading, a new beginning may be blocked by circumstance, or you may be unable to act towards your vision. You also be deceiving others in a way that will later come back to haunt you.
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The High Priestess

Major-2-HighPriestess
Number: 2

Element: Water

Planet: Moon

Keywords:
Wisdom
Intuition
Potential

The High Priestess is intuitive and wise. Ruled by the moon and the element water, the High Priestess may often indicate psychic abilities or the need to use your sixth sense. The moon is symbolic of ebb and flow, the unconscious, and feelings. The moon illuminates the truth and allows us to feel, while it’s counterpart, the sun, encourages us to act on what we feel. To see the High Priestess in a reading suggests that you need to listen to your intuition and strengthen your connection to the mysterious world of all that is unspoken. You may benefit from trusting your feelings with regards to yourself or a situation surrounding you. It is not a good time to act or move forward, but rather to observe what is happening in your environment and listen to your feelings. Additionally, the High Priestess is the keeper of divine wisdom and understands the esoteric. Upright, this may indicate a time where great mysteries and knowledge is accessible. This is also thought of the as the “psychic” card in the Tarot, the divine feminine that has access to other worlds and therefore embodies psychic mysteries and phenomena. So, seeing this card can also indicate the need to develop and/or use these skills. To see the High Priestess reversed can indicate you are not allowing yourself to trust your intuition. If there are other cards in the reading that suggest nothing is moving forward, the reversal of this card can also indicate that the stillness of the High Priestess is becoming stagnant and it is time to move forward.
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The Empress

Major-3-Empress
Number: 3

Element: Earth

Planet: Venus

Keywords:
Sensuality
Fertility
Beauty

The Empress is the sexiest card in the Tarot (It’s true, she’s got my vote above the Lovers). Here we have lady Venus herself. She adorns the earth with all that is beautiful and bountiful. As lady Demeter, she grows our crops so that we may have food. Sometimes this card can indicate a connection to the earth in terms of someone’s vocation or interests. The Empress is a nurturing, abundant, motherly archetype that symbolizes beauty, grace, and fertility. To see the Empress in a reading suggests that you are in touch with the physical and are open to experiencing pleasure with your senses. You may also be making the earth and your immediate environment more abundant with your gifts. Others around you are drawn to your beauty and see you as nurturing and sensual. Sometimes this card can also indicate the potential for having a child or starting a family. Look to see what other cards appear in the reading to help you understand if this is why the Empress is appearing. To see the Empress reversed in a reading suggests that you may not be in touch with your physical and sensual desires, or open to expressing them. You could also be denying yourself the potential for growth and abundance.
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The Emperor

Major-4-Emperor
Number:
4

Element: Fire

Zodiac: Aries

Keywords:
Authority
Structure
Planning

The Emperor is a no-nonsense kind of fella. Whenever the Emperor is around, you know that things will get done the right way. Ruled by headstrong Aries and the active element Fire, the Emperor represents achievement through structure, planning, organization, and authority. The Emperor is not all concrete and stone, either. As the Emperor, you are firm, but fatherly. You know that the rules you create affect others, and you stress fairness and equality. To see the Emperor in a reading suggests that you benefit from having a structured approach that involves planning and organization. What you want will be gained through a steady, slow, and logical approach. To see the Emperor reversed in a reading can indicate that you are not ready for the responsibility and commitment with regards to a situation. Alternatively, it can also indicate that you are sticking to a structure that’s worked in the past, but that’s now holding you back. It could also indicate structures that are forced upon you and may be challenging to operate under. What cards surround the Emperor and what is the question asked? The context is key.
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The Hierophant

5-Hierophant

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, 1st edition image

5 Hierophant

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye, 2nd edition image

Major-5-Hierophant
Number:
5

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Taurus

Keywords:
Religion
Systems
Belief Structures

 

 

 

The Hierophant is also known as the Pope. This is someone who has a lot of power, is connected to the heavens, and acts as an intermediary to help people connect with God (or the Divine, or whatever your name is for the great Spirit in the Sky!). Also, the Hierophant is a leader, and they present a formal view and belief system for people to adopt. To see this card in a reading suggests that you may find yourself in a place to become a spiritual leader, or you may benefit from joining a group to explore your spiritual beliefs. You may also gain from having a more systematic approach to your life in general. A conventional, structured approach will give you a greater sense of purpose and focus. This may translate into a focus on education, some type of formal training, or in general, having a more disciplined framework to your life.  Numerically, the Hierophant is number 5, which is halfway between 0 and 10 and alludes to the midpoint of a journey. To see the Hierophant reversed in a reading suggests that you may be having difficulty with powerful systems or structures in place, or that you may be having a hard time with a leadership or spiritual role. It may also suggest the need to free yourself from conventional bonds.
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The Lovers

Major-6-Lovers
Number:
6

Element: Air

Zodiac: Gemini

Keywords:
Passion
Excitement
Connection

 

Who doesn’t want to see this card in a Tarot reading? The lovers are red hot passion! This card may indicate that you have a strong connection with someone in your life. It may also bring the message that now is the time to reconnect to your inner passions! Ruled astrologically by the twinned Gemini, this card brings two forces united as one. We can think of these two faces as lovers, or as aspects of our persona that come into harmony for fuller expression. Represented by the active element Air, we have the need to communicate and act on our desires. Are we connected to what we are passionate about? Are we communicating about our interests and desires? Do we know what we want? To see this card reversed in a reading suggests difficulties in a relationship, and/or moving forward with your desires. There may be a block to understanding and accepting what you are passionate about.
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The Chariot

Major-7-Chariot
Number:
7

Element: Water

Zodiac: Cancer

Keywords:
Victory
Commitment
Assertion

 

Imagine everyone lined up as you ride along in your Chariot. They are cheering for you and celebrating a great achievement! To see this card in a reading suggests that you are focusing on a long term goal that requires an incredible amount of commitment. It indicates that victory will be achieved, but that you will need a lot of determination, strength, will, and planning. You may also benefit from using your connections and getting others around you involved. You may all have different plans, but having allies will support the culmination of your efforts. Additionally, the Chariot suggests a lot of outward force will be needed. You must show your strength and determination in order to get what you want. To see the Chariot reversed in a reading suggests that are lacking focus on a goal, or that what you have been working towards has been difficult to achieve. It can also indicate that a super ambitious, win-all attitude may not serve you at the moment. What other cards are surrounding this card? Look at the themes you are seeing to see what the reversal is suggesting.
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Strength

Major-8-Strength
Number:
8

Element: Fire

Zodiac: Leo

Keywords:
Patience
Compassion
Courage

 

To see the Strength card in a reading suggests that you are in a position where you’ve had to show an incredible amount of compassion, courage, and patience. You may find yourself surrounding by challenges, both external and personal. Your resolve has been tested, and you feel that you may have been pushed to your breaking point. The Strength card has arrived to show you that you must continue to stay strong! It may be tempting to throw it all to the wind, and lash out with anger, frustration, and fear. After all, you’ve been through a lot and you’re tired. Who can blame you?  This card reminds you that the best way to overcome difficulties is not with a heavy hand, but with inner strength. A steady and calm hand will triumphs over adversity. Look at the LEYE WEYE tarot card on the right. Many people are scared of snakes, but most often they are not poisonous and they have needs too. They are creatures just like us. This card encourages you to not let fear, sadness, or exhaustion overtake your frame of mind. You do have the strength to triumph over everything! Make the snake your friend. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are letting the difficulty of a situation consume and overtake you. Look deeper for courage and fortitude to carry on and overcome any obstacles. You can do it!
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The Hermit

Major-9-Hermit
Number:
9

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Virgo

Keywords:
Introspection
Wisdom
Reflection

 

The Hermit card is about taking time to do some soul-searching. Who are you? What is your place in the cosmos? What is your purpose in life? The Hermit retreats from the trappings of society in order to wander the overgrown and wild path in the woods in search of an answer. You are at a leg in your journey where you must reflect on where you’ve been, and where you are going. You are developing your own personal wisdom and creating your own truths. You are trying to see the deeper meaning around and within yourself. The rules, expectations, and confines of what everyone else has told you to believe need to be broken and recreated by you. You will emerge from this period of reflection with a much stronger vision of your place in the world and what you believe in. To see the Hermit reversed in a reading suggests that you have not been able/willing to do some much needed reflection. If there are other cards in the reading that suggest isolation, the Hermit reversed may also indicate that the period of self-reflection is over and you should return to a more active and outward state of being.
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Wheel of Fortune

Major-10-WheelofFortune
Number:
10

Element: Fire

Planet: Jupiter

Keywords:
Opportunity
Transition
Cycle

 

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning! The words sung by the band Journey describes this card well. Sometimes it does feel like there is some unseen force at work, and we are just hanging in there, rolling with the punches. But what we must remember is this: We are the center of the wheel and the web, and the circumstances we find ourselves lay on the outside of the wheel. While much that comes to us may be unexpected moneky wrenches, how we choose to react to those wrenches is under our control. In the LEYE WEYE Tarot, we see a web where we are the center, and there are many options surrounding us, options that may both be seen and unseen. In the UNICORNS OF THE UNIVERSE TAROT, we see three Unicorns forming a trinity and cycle. Thus the wheel of fortune card encourages us to be open to the possibility of change. You may find your life taking an unexpected turn, and old ways of thinking may no longer work. To see this card in a reading also suggests that you should also be in touch with the larger cycles at work. It’s no use to plant a seed in the ground in the middle of the winter. It won’t grow! You must be open to the importance of timing right now, and following an unexpected turn. Ruled by the luck filled planet of Jupiter, this card suggests that you may also find great opportunity and fortune from an unexpected source or direction. But only if you are open to change! To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you may have a plan for something and that the timing may not be right, or that you are not considering enough options. There may be possibilities that you have not been open to before but that will now work. The reversal of this card may also indicate setbacks, delays, or the need to change directions. It can also indicate that there are too many options surrounding you and that you need to focus.
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Justice

Major-11-Justice
Number:
11

Element: Air

Zodiac: Libra

Keywords:
Decision
Truth
Resolution

 

It’s not always fun and rainbows to do the right thing (aka Justice). It may cause pain and heartache to others. It may cause people to face what they’ve been avoiding. But we all must face the truth, because we will never be able to escape it. To see the Justice card in a reading suggests that you are in that moment of tough decision. You are focused on doing what is right, for yourself, for others, or with regards to a situation you find yourself in. While the choice may be hard, you will find great freedom and reward from sticking to your ethical guns. Numerically, 11 is composed of two 1’s, just like the teetering scales of Justice. To see this card in a reading suggests that you must balance those scales in order to move forward. You will not be able to continue as you’ve been until you acknowledge and act on what is fair and right. Ruled by the active element Air, we see the sword striking out with truth to restore balance. Doing the right thing will set you free. To see the Justice card reversed implies avoidance of a decision. It could also suggest that you have been suffering from what you feel is an unfair judgement, or that you are at the mercy of a larger structure, authority figure, or person.
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The Hanged Man

Major-12-HangedMan
Number:
12

Element: Water

Planet: Neptune

Keywords:
Sacrifice
Suspension
Surrender

 

Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do. You want to move forward, make a change, or experience something different. The Hanged Man shows us that there is no way to move, no where to go, and that we are just hangin’ around. You are at the mercy of the present situation and there’s not a whole lot we can do to change it. While the Tarot often brings us a message about what’s in our power to control, it also reveals that sometimes there is no control.  Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. The Hanged Man is saying that you must make a sacrifice at the present moment. It is time to be still and accept what is. In some cultures and traditions, you reach enlightenment from hanging upside down. In the Nordic myth of Odin he obtains the Runic language and receives great wisdom after hanging upside down from the world tree for 9 nights. Perhaps you need to see the world from a new angle, and maybe that’s what the needed change is all about. While this card is about the need to surrender control in order to move forward, we also have to consider the idea of powerlessness it implies. And of course to clarify the meaning, you need to see the surrounding cards and also the question being asked. For example, if the Hanged Man appears next to the Devil, this would imply powerlessness to unhealthy forces. Next to a card like the Hermit, the Hanged Man’s meaning might be that of enlightenment through sacrifice. Now for the reversed Hanged Man, we’ve got a real doozy. If we look at the Hanged Man reversed he appears to be floating. This lack of grounding may be bad. Reversed Hanged Man could also indicate that things are coming out of suspension and are moving forward. We also have to think of reversals as avoidance, so possibly yet another translation would be that there is hesitation to submit or yield to something which will ultimately bring us clarity and wisdom (as in the story of Odin). I know I’m a broken record here, but again clarity on the card’s meaning may be found through seeing the patterns in the cards surrounding it.
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Death

Major-13-Death
Number:
13

Element: Water

Planet: Scorpio

Keywords:
Ending
Transition
New Beginning

 

This card always scares people. It’s easy to fear the unknown. But alas, this card is rarely about physical death, and usually signifies a major change in your life. Endings are unavoidable. The very nature of life itself is change. Every winter, it appears that everything is dying, but that’s not the case. The trees go into a dormant state and blossom again in the Spring. And so, with the Death card, you have the end of a season or a cycle, and the beginning of something new. To see this card in a reading suggests that something major is coming to an end, and that you are experiencing a much needed transition. It is time to move on! While the change may be difficult, you will feel reborn, rising from the ashes like a pheonix. It is also interesting to consider the previous card, the Hanged Man (Major Arcana card number 12). We see the idea of sacrifice, and leading to card 13, the end of suspension as it transpires through death. To see this card in a reading suggests that something in your life must come to a close, to make way for the new. To see the Death card reversed in a reading may mean that you are avoiding an important transition. It may also indicate the transition has already taken place, and you are starting again.
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Temperance

Major-14-Temperance


Number:
14

Element: Fire

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Keywords:
Health
Balance
Combination

 

In the Unicorn Tarot, there is a winged pegasus and lots of water flowing into cups. Surprisingly, this card is ruled by Fire, which has an uncanny ability to destroy and purge. It’s opposing element Water, then renews. Temperance is about finding balance and harmony in your life. You must purge what is not working, and focus on your health and making sure that everything in your life is manageable. To see Temperance in a reading suggests that you are going through a much needed period of restoring balance to your life. In order to do this, you need to focus on improving your physical and mental health, as well as finding the right blend of work and play. This card emphasizes the importance of balancing all of the forces in your life, despite what you may think your priorities are. Temperance reminds you that you’re the center of your own world, and that you must make sure that your core is strong. There are many things that contribute to your well-being, and a blend of all of them is required to restore your health. This card may also suggest that you need to focus on your self before giving to others. To see Temperance reversed in a reading suggests you not be taking the necessary time you need to find harmony and balance in your life.
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The Devil

Major-15-Devil
Number:
15

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Capricorn

Keywords:
Addiction
Fear
Material Pleasure

 

Another name for this card is the silencer. As soon as people see it, you can hear a pin dropping in their heads. The important thing to remember about this card is that it allows us to see what’s holding us back. The Devil is not some horned creature running around and cursing people. The Devil is a part of all of us, which may not always be bad. It represents the darker aspects of our selves we work so hard to keep in check. Desire is ruling over judgment. This is not necessary always bad. For example, as material pleasure, the upright meaning of this card can mean that you need to ask for more money or indulge in some type of very material or physical need. On a bad day, to see this card in a reading suggests that you may be feeling the chains of fear, hopelessness, or addiction. You may believe there is nothing you can do to change, and that your life is out of control. While this is not the happiest place to be, it is something we all experience at some point in our lives. You have to face your inner demons in order to triumph and build a strong and sturdy foundation. If you know your weaknesses, you will become stronger. Darkness illuminates. Light creates shadow. Opposing forces define each other. To see the Devil in a reading suggests that it is necessary to understand and control the darker elements within yourself (or external forces ) in order to grow and move forward to a more positive place. You may also be working through fear, anxiety, mental health, or addiction issues and may benefit from extra support. You may also have unhealthy attachments.  To see the Devil reversed in a reading suggests that you are avoiding confronting some of the darker aspects of your life that prevent you from true happiness. It can also indicate that you have recently overcome a difficult period.
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The Tower

16-tower

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye deck, 1st edition image

16 Tower

Laughing Eye Weeping Eye deck, 2nd edition image

Major-16-Tower
Number: 16

Element: Fire

Zodiac: Mars

Keywords:
Downfall
Destruction
Release
So, everything you have worked so hard to achieve comes crashing down, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The Tower is about a sudden change that has left you standing exposed and uncertain.  To see this card in a reading suggests that there has been a drastic turn of events. Something you’ve built up to provide you with a sense of security is no longer there. This card may also mean that you’ve built up a structure that was not stable in the first place, and that you must rebuild a stronger foundation that better suits you.  There may be outdated beliefs or constraints that need to be destroyed and recreated. Quite literally, this card can also indicate problems with a building, construction project, or house. Numerically, 16 reduces to 7, the number of the Chariot. This suggests a change or the dissipation of the victory achieved from the Chariot. Have you built something up on a material or surface level that became unfulfilling? Often this card appears in a reading when a downfall (loss of job, change in residence or home location, etc) forces you to make a change that may actually be a blessing in disguise. To see the Tower reversed in a reading suggests that you are avoiding the unavoidable. Best to embrace the change. The reversal can also indicate that the experience of the tower is in the past.
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The Star

Major-17-Star
Number:
17

Element: Air

Zodiac: Aquarius

Keywords:
Renewal
Inspiration
Hope

 

In Rachel Pollack’s book Tarot Wisdom; Spiritual Teachings and Deeper Meanings, she points out that the Star is shaped like a compass. Like a guide, the Star lights up the night sky for all to find their direction and way in the world. The ancients used the stars to track time and cycles, and the North star (Polaris) has long been a light in the darkness to keep people heading in the right direction. To see the Star card in a reading suggests a renewed sense of hope that is helping you recenter and focus on what is most important to you. You are cultivating your inner truth and light. You are turning inward for a sense of renewal and inspiration. You are finding your balance so that you always know who and where you are, even in the blackest of nights. This card suggests that you must focus on being open to healing and doing what you feel while allow you to feel renewed, grounded, and centered. Listen to the guiding light from within. Until you do this for yourself, you will not be able to help or inspire others. The card is a singular light in an abyss of night, so there is also the idea of independence, solitude and inner strength. To see the Star card reversed in a reading suggests that you are not allowing  the time and space to nurture your inner light. You are lacking inspiration and need to restore your balance.
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The Moon

Major-18-Moon
Number:
18

Element: Water

Zodiac: Pisces

Keywords:
Intuition
Shadow
Reflection

 

Numerically, the number 18 reduces to 9 (1+8=9), which is the number of the Hermit in the Major Arcana. The Moon represents the Hermit gone to the underworld, searching in the night. There are 13 Moons in a year, representing a full cycle. 13 is also the number of the Death card, so there is the theme of transition. Once seeking truth through a more isolated approach as Hermit, the Moon represents the shadow self dwelling in seclusion. The shadow-self is another word for our deepest fears and weaknesses, which we usually don’t confront. The concept of the shadow-self was created by Carl Jung (read Man and his Symbols!), and represents the process of continual self-actualization. Opposing but also relying on the Sun’s outward light, the Moon is its polarity, focused on feeling. The Moon is ebb and flow, cycles, and intuition. Women’s bodies follow the Moon cycle (menses). To see the Moon card in a reading suggests that you are entwined within the darker and more emotional aspects of your personality. This may be a time of soul-searching in order to gain clarity. Lunar is also the base root for the word lunacy. The Moon cards points out that the need to understand the shadows and illusions we create about ourselves and our lives, but to not dwell in their power. Spending too much time within the darkness can lead you to an irrational place of fear (aka lunacy). If this card is reversed, it can indicate emotional imbalances, or something that you are not seeing clearly. Look at the other cards in the reading (and if the card is reversed) to see whether or not you are working with or against the power of the Moon. Are you letting your emotional, shadow-self help guide you through your deepest fears, or are you howling at the Moon and seeing ghosts in the night? The Moon can help us overcome our deepest wounds, but stay in the darkness too long and you may emerge guided by illusion.
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The Sun

Major-19-Sun
Number:
19

Element: Fire

Planet: Sun

Keywords:
Vibrancy
Health
Happiness

 

The Sun is a big fireball in the sky. It photosynthesizes. It supports life and makes the world visible. The Moon guides feelings and explores the hidden, and the Sun encourages us to act on our feelings in the physical realm. The Sun card suggests that you are confident, happy, and active. Others around you enjoy your shining vibrancy.  You are like a giant smiley face in the sky. Your presence brings joy to others. There may also be a recovery – the return of health and vitality, or perhaps, the need to focus on health overall. In early versions of the Sun card, there is a smiling infant boy with an adult head (how medieval!). This suggests rebirth, or the mythos of the dying God, who is reborn in the Spring with the returning light. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, and when the sun returns every year it is like seeing in color for the first time. People freak out. Paired next to card 3, The Empress, there may be an emphasis on fertility (pregnancy). To see the Sun card in a reading suggests that you are shining like there’s no tomorrow. You are in a place of your life where you are experiencing health and vibrancy. You know how you are, and you are not ashamed to express yourself. Others are also drawn to your light and power, and it is definitely the time for an outward presence. The Sun encourages growth and manifestation. You are confident, bold, and true to your nature. To see the Sun card reversed suggests that you are struggling to shine. You may be held back by none other than yours truly.  There may also be circumstances that prevent you from feeling healthy, happy, and fulfilled. Additionally, the reversed Sun card could indicate confidence taken to the extreme (cockiness), growth thwarted, difficulty with plans and goals becoming realized, or health concerns.

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Judgement

Major-20-Judgement
Number:
20

Element: Fire

Planet: Pluto

Keywords:
Decision
Freedom
Awakening

 

It’s hard to look at the Tarot without giving the images some religious context. This is especially true of the Judgement card. It prompts us toward the Christian idea of the judgement day with the dead rising from their graves. Or we think of crazy Noah, building  an arc and surviving a great flood. When the rain ceased, the rainbow appeared to promise him eternal life. The story symbolizes the difficulty we face in sticking to what we know is right, but being rewarded when we do. Linked numerically to the Justice card (both cards reduce to the number 2), Judgement represents a deeper manifestation of the lesson brought on by Justice. Where Justice represents seeing the facts and the matter of a situation, Judgement recognizes the rebirth that occurs when you are listening to your highest, most divine self and truth. Seeing the Judgement card in a reading suggests that are experiencing a rebirth and more ecstatic state of being. You understand that you are connected to a divine purpose, and you are shedding that which does not support this. You are listening to and living by your own truths, and as a result, are experiencing an expanded view of your place within the cosmos.  Feelings of guilt, fear, and self-doubt are leaving you as you embrace your beauty and higher calling. To see the Judgement card reversed suggests that you are having difficulty committing to your soul purpose, and listening to your deepest sense of truth and Justice. You may benefit from making a decision that involves listening to your deepest, truest heart of hearts.
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The World

Major-21-World
Number:
21

Element: Earth

Planet: Saturn

Keywords:
Integration
Fulfillment
Synthesis

 

The World is undeniably one of the most exciting cards in the Tarot. Ending the journey of the Major Arcana cards, the World tells us we have the learned life’s lessons and that we are triumphant. To see the World in a reading suggests that you experiencing true fulfillment. In the LEYE WEYE tarot on the left, we see a bee pollinating a flower. This image symbolizes union. While the flower and bee are separate entities, their symbiosis as key to their survival, as well as the ecosystems around them. To see the World card in a reading suggests that you are living in accordance with your true self and that are fulfilling your dharma. Dharma is about how you uphold cosmic law, within and outside of yourself. Your talents, inner beauty, and love enriches all those you come in contact with. You are are living your life in way that promotes others around you to become more connected to their own dharma. To see the World card reversed suggests that you may be having trouble manifesting your inner calling. It may also suggest that you are close to integration, but not quite there yet. To see what may be preventing full synthesis, see what cards surround the World.
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The Minor Arcana

While the 22 Major Arcana cards presents us with deep truths, the Minor Arcana Cards show us our day-to-day circumstances, or “lessor” (minor) truths. The Minor Arcana is typically composed of 56 cards divided into four suits: Pentacles (or coins/disks), Wands (batons/clubs), Cups (or chalices), and Swords. Each suit has 10 numbered cards (1-10), as well as four court cards. Typically, the numbered cards represent circumstances, actions we can take, and various concerns in our lives. The court carts in each suit most often represent a person; either the querent or someone in the querent’s life.

Each Minor Arcana Suit is ruled by one of the four elements:
Pentacles = Earth
Swords =Air
Cups = Water
Wands = Fire

Understanding the properties of each element can greatly increase your understanding of each suit. For example, the element water is symbolized by the cup, which rules the realm of our emotions, intuition, and spirituality. Water, and the suit of cups therefore represent circumstances or actions that happen with emotional, spiritual, or intuitive force.

Suit of Wands

The suit of wands is connected to the element Fire. Fire is creative energy, transformation, and boldness. Each card in the suit of Wands in some way manifests the confident and active element fire. Use your judgement in a reading as to whether or not this energy is helping or hurting. In the LEYE WEYE Tarot, all wands have eyes and represent an awakening. You may have the ability to transform yourself and the world around you through a less conventional approach. In the Unicorns of the Universe Tarot, the suit of Wands is ruled by the Monokerata Unicorn. This Unicorn is wild and difficult to tame. The Monokerata is one feisty, fiery Unicorn that can help you take bold action.
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Ace of Wands

Wands-1
Number:
1

Element: Fire

Keywords:
Passionate awakening or beginning:

Creativity
Confidence
Transformation

Ace is numbered one, and starts out the suit of Wands. Associated with the active element Fire, this card suggests a new beginning, and that you are ready to take action. The suit of wands and the element of fire is creative and forceful. Through magick, wands transform all that they come into contact with. You may have an unconventional idea or approach that you are ready to manifest. To see the Ace of Wands in a reading suggests that you are ready to take a risk and commit to something that you are truly passionate about. Fire also represents creation and destruction. Creating something new requires you to destroy something old.  You are ready to transform your life and take a step towards something that takes you in a new direction. To see the Ace of Wands reversed in a reading suggests that you have the need and desire to transform some aspect of your life, but are fearful or somehow blocked. You may be prevented from realizing your vision.

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Two of Wands

Wands-2

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Wands 2

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Number:
2

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Mars in Aries

Keywords:
Manifestation
Creation
Vision

 

 

Where the Ace of Wands represents the realization of a new path, the Two of Wands represents the first step taken towards achievement. You can see your vision unfolding, and now is the time to put your energy into directed action. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are in the process of seeing how you can meet a major goal through short-term and long-term decisions. You have the idea and the drive, but need to figure out how to actualize your dream. To see this card reversed suggests that you are committed to a vision or idea, but are unsure of how to begin making your dream a reality. You may benefit from further reflecting on the practical needs that will help see your goal realized. The reversal of the card may also indicate that you are having difficulty following through on your vision.
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Three of Wands

Wands-3

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Wands 3

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Number:
3

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Sun in Aries

Keywords:
Opportunity
Leadership
Expansion

 

 

This card is a great sign that doors are opening up for you. You have confidently followed your vision and have made a lot of progress towards achieving your dreams. You are a natural leader, and may find yourself at the forefront of your field, due to your great ideas and confident approach. Similarly, you may have the opportunity to further expand your horizons. To see this card in a reading shows that a potentially huge opportunity lies ahead, and you should be open to any possibilities that come your way, even if it may be outside of your comfort zone. If you are thinking about relocating, this card confirms that the move will likely be a fruitful one. To see this card reversed in a reading can suggest a number of things. You may have difficulty expanding your world of possibilities and taking risks. If there are other cards in the reading that point to potential peril (like the Knight of Wands or the Tower), the reversal of this card may indicate that now is not the time to expand or move, but to focus on maintaining what you already have going on. It may also suggest that you need to stop trying to take the lead.
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Four of Wands

Wands-4

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Wands 4

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Number:
4

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Venus in Aries

Keywords:
Joy
Celebration
Achievement

Let the good times roll! The Four of Wands speaks of great joy and happiness. Now is the time to see friends, family, and to make plans that involve enjoying the company of those you love. The festive banner on this card indicates that there may be cause for celebration, such as a wedding or family reunion. Regardless of what the reason may be, seeing this card suggests that you spend time with those you love, and that you celebrate the happiness in your lives! In addition to having a social or familial meaning, seeing this card in a reading may also indicate that you have achieved something great. Where the Three of Wands shows the possibility in the unknown, the Four of Wands represents the triumph of having taken a risk, worked hard, and seeing your dreams become reality. It can indicate a new level of happiness. You need to celebrate your accomplishments! Additionally, this card can also indicate new horizons, a potential move, or a change in general that will lead to greater happiness. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that there may difficulty with arriving to a place of satisfaction with your goals, or that you are not feeling connected to activities that bring you joy. It can also indicate some dissonance with friends and family, or avoidance of making a change for the better.
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Five of Wands

Wands-5

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Wands 5

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Number:
5

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Saturn in Leo

Keywords:
Disagreement
Competition
Opinions

 

 

Wands-5Well, every card in the tarot can’t be sunshine and roses. We need the rain to make the flowers grow. And the lightening… well, I’m sure it has a purpose too. It’s a force you cannot easily reckon with, that’s for sure. The Five of Wands is about finding yourself in the middle of some very strong opinions and/or a tough conflict. Everyone around you thinks that their way is the best way to do things, and in fact, so do you. This card urges you to find a balance within the dissonance. You need to remain confident in your ideas, but you also need to find a way to give everyone the chance to express what they think will work. You need to remain competitive, but act with respect. It is not the time to back down from the challenge, nor is it the time to demand that it’s your way or the highway. Seeing the Five of Wands reversed can indicate that you are backing away from conflict or competition.
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Six of Wands

Wands-6

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Wands 6

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Number:
6

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Jupiter in Leo

Keywords:
Victory
Stamina
Recognition

 

 

This card is about reaching a goal and being recognized for your accomplishments! Wham. Who doesn’t want to see this card in a reading? Seriously though, this card indicates that you are at a great point of achievement. Everyone around you sees your success and they’re celebrating with you! Ruled by the optimistic and driven character of Leo and the luck-filled planet Jupiter, this card confirms that you have had great stamina and focus. You have been dedicated, courageous, and bold, and should feel good about what you have accomplished. To see the Six of Wands reversed in a reading can mean that you have had difficulty defining some life goals, and that you are avoiding dedicating the time and energy to see them through. Its reversal may also imply that now is not the time to take action towards something new and big. Look to what other cards appear in the reading to understand the reversal.
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Seven of Wands

Wands-7

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Wands-7
Number:
7

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Mars in Leo

Keywords:
Aggression
Boldness
Defense

 

 

Sometimes heads need to crack. That’s what the Seven of Wands is about, at least metaphorically (please refrain from actual physical violence!). To see this card in a reading suggests that you need to stick to your beliefs, visions, and attitudes. You may find yourself in a situation where your abilities are being tested. You need to speak honestly and openly. You must stand your ground and remain confident. You have to defend your actions and opinions more than you have in the past. Stay true to your convictions and express them openly. Keep in mind that you will be encountering resistance. The best thing to do is prepare your defense strategy in a way that is straightforward and honest. To see this card reversed in a reading may suggest that you are avoiding necessary conflict.
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Eight of Wands

Wands-8

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Wands 8

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Number:
8

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Mercury in Sagittarius

Keywords:
Quick Action
Movement
Conclusion

The Eight of Wands is about everything happening all at once. Things are falling into place almost faster than you can handle. To see this card in a reading suggests that a situation, or something you’ve worked towards is coming to it’s conclusion. You are busy taking care of a million things so that things settle into place perfectly. You are planning, and arranging all of the pieces to make the puzzle seamless – and if you’re not, then you need to get moving! To see this card in a reading suggests that you need to remain vigilant, organized, and focused on balancing the many things that are in your sphere. If you can do this, you will have great success. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are avoiding taking care of the things you need to in order to ensure success, or that there is difficulty reaching your desired outcome. You may also need to slow down.
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Nine of Wands

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Number:
9

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Moon in Sagittarius

Keywords:
Defensiveness
Vigilance
Wariness

To see the Nine of Wands in a reading suggests that you are close to victory, but there seems to be a few last challenges and setbacks thrown your way. There may also be hidden troubles that have yet to surface. You’ve worked so hard, and you are on the last leg of getting to where you want to be! This card encourages you to remain vigilant. Continue to persevere. You may have to fight challenging forces. Stand your ground, especially if others around you attempt to question what you are doing, or block you from achievement. This card encourages you to hang on even when the going gets tough. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty overcoming challenges at the end of the journey,.  It can also indicate that you are not seeing things with a clear frame of mind, and that your wariness may be leading to paranoia.
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Ten of Wands

Wands-10
Number:
10

Element: Fire

Astrology:
Saturn in Sagittarius

Keywords:
Overextending
Burdens
Stress

This is not a fun card to see in a reading. But not all of life is full of roses. This card suggests that you are overextending yourself. You have a ton of responsibility and you have worked hard to get to where you are, which is great, but it’s time to take a step back. Your plate is full and close to tipping. While you need stamina to continue, you may also need support. Is there someone around you that can help bear the load? You need to consider delegating responsibilities. If you are going it solo, you may benefit from enlisting the support of friends, family, or whatever resources are around you. To see this card warns that the load is too heavy and something must change. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are overcoming burdens and are in the process of making changes to better balance your full plate. It could also mean you are in denial of how overwhelmed you actually are. For example, a card pairing like the Sun may show that you are overcoming the burdens, whereas a card like the Devil may show that you are imprisoned by your commitments but are in denial about the pressure you’re under.
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Page of Wands

Wands-Page


Element:

Ruled by Fire,
but blended with
Earth

Keywords:
Youthful person or energy with confidence, creativity, and passion.

The Page of Wands is a messenger that brings the message of it’s suit. In this case, the Page is bringing a message to work with the power of Fire, as represented by Wands. Also, traditionally the Page was the servant, or younger person that worked below the Knight, Queen and King. This idea of “rank” can translate quite literally in a Tarot reading, and might imply a younger sibling, student, or person on the lower rungs of a power structure of some sort (please note that this does not mean the Page is powerless!). Generally, the idea of potential, energy, learning, and excitement surrounds the youthful spirit of the Page. You may benefit from learning from or serving the ranks above you. Wands are Fire, which is full energy and ideas. The elemental combination “Earth of Fire” implies that your ideas will best be employed by taking bold (Fire), and yet grounded steps (Earth). Root your ideas and actions in a practical way. The Page of Wands suggests that you need to trust your creative vision. You should move forward quickly and confidently, knowing that things will work out. You may not be able to predict what’s in store, but that’s okay. You need to be confident in your abilities. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty moving forward, that may be doubting your abilities, or that there may be power struggles (especially if the Knight, Queen, or King surrounds the Page). Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Consider the question asked, trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Page to help you decide if the card represents you or someone else.
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Knight of Wands

Wands-Knight

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Wands Knight

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Element:
Ruled by Fire,
but blended with
Air

Keywords:
Fierce person or energy that acts with confidence, creativity, and passion

Wands-Knight

 

 

Knights are generally action oriented people who are guided by the element they represent (in this case, Fire). They are awesomely fierce, and sometimes they struggle to find balance. The Knight of Wands is one fireball. This is someone who leaps headfirst, completely confident in their abilities. The Knight of Wands knows who they are and they’re not afraid to show it. Ruled by the elemental combination of “Air of Fire,” we can see that the active, aggressive elements of Air and Fire blend together to create an undeniable force. To see the Knight of Wands in a reading suggests that you are bold, confident, and passionate and you’re not fearing much in the moment. You are full of ideas and energy! You may also be sexually charged and full of charisma. This can be a great thing! The willingness to take unthinkable risks can also backfire though, too. The reversal of this card can indicate cockiness or lack of stability (too much fuel in the fire). Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Knight to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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Queen of Wands

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Element:
Ruled by Fire,
but blended with
Water

Keywords:
Mature or wise feminine person or energy that  acts with confidence, creativity, and passion.

The Queen of Wands is super sexy. This is someone that is full of ideas and radiates confidence. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are brimming with boldness and power. As a ruling Queen, you inspire others and easily take charge of a situation. You are inventive and take a creative approach to all that comes your way. Your energy and charisma is attractive to others, and you may find yourself taking the lead or being sought out for your incredible ideas. The Queen of Wands is definitely someone who can think outside of the box. Ruled by the elemental combination of “Water of Fire,” this suggests that the confident aspect of Fire is balanced with the emotionally sensitive side of Water. This makes the Queen a trustworthy and loving person as well. Also, in terms of rank, a Queen would imply someone with power. This card may represent you or someone else – a boss, parent, or authority figure. To see the Queen of Wands reversed may indicate that you are having trouble trusting your ideas, or activating your power. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the Queen to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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King of Wands

Wands-King

Element:
Ruled by Fire,
and even more Fire

Keywords:
Mature or wise masculine person or energy that  acts with confidence, creativity, and passion.

 

Where the Queen of Wands is bold, attractive, and receptive, the King is outward with an in-your-face type of Fire that cannot be ignored. The King of Wands is naturally always the center of attention. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are a natural leader with a lot of power, creating innovative ideas and winning people over with your natural charisma. You know how to motivate others and you are always ahead of the curve. You can step into any situation and transform it completely. You trust your abilities and you confront any challenge thrown your way with a self-assured attitude. The elemental combination of “Fire of Fire” suggests that you are the center of the flame (you turn heads, it’s true) and that your enthusiasm spreads to others. In terms of rank, the King may represent you (or someone else) in a position of authority; a parent, boss, guardian, or leader. To see the King of Wands reversed may indicate that you are having trouble trusting your ideas, or activating your power. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the court card to help you decide if the King is you or someone else.
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Suit of Pentacles

The suit of pentacles is connected to the element Earth. Earth represents growth, stability, prosperity, and planning. Each card in the suit of pentacles in some way manifests issues surrounding your stability and growth. The Pentacle is literally the image of star in a circle. It is like a flower, a coin, or like our bodies standing with legs apart and arms outstretched. In the LEYE WEYE Tarot, the suit of pentacles is identifiable by this powerful symbol. In the Unicorns of the Universe Tarot, the suit of pentacles is hosted by the steady, rhino-hoofed Karkadann Unicorn. Physically, the Unicorn as well as our own bodies, are composed of matter (aka the element Earth). Issues involving the suit of pentacles generally attest to the situations that involve our well-being, and our sense of feeling grounded. These would be concerns with our shelter or homes, careers, professional growth, businesses, or our sense of safety.
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Ace of Pentacles

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Number: 1

Element: Earth

Keywords:
New beginning in stability:

Growth
Stability
Planning

The Ace of Pentacles begins the suit, showing a see first seed (or pentacle) being planted in the ground (Laughing Eye Weeping Eye/LEYE WEYE Tarot, on the Left). On the right, the trusty Karkadann Unicorn plants one foot firmly forward, balancing just right to hold their pentacle, which rests on their horn. To see the Ace of Pentacles in a reading suggests that you are in the beginning stages of focusing or improving your stability. You may have started a new career, or may be considering making a change that improves your security. You are sensing your potential and know that you must take a slow and steady approach. You understand that the tried and true methods of organization and persistence will yield results.  In order to get to where you need to be, you will need to use logic and planning. You may also benefit from forming partnerships or making connections with others that are logical and dependable. To see the Ace of Pentacles reversed in a reading suggests that you may be having difficulty committing to growth, or that you may be feeling a new path is blocked.
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Two of Pentacles

Pentacles-2
Number: 2

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Jupiter in Capricorn

Keywords:
Flexibility
Balance
Juggling

The Two of Pentacles is about having a ton of flexibility. There is a lot stacked on your pile and your responsibilities seem to be growing. You have done a good job of making your efforts look seamless, much like a juggler who adds more and more balls to the whimsical circle they spin, much to the amusement and amazement of others. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are doing okay in the moment, but that what you are doing cannot be sustained in the long term. You have achieved a lot and have momentum, but may benefit from focusing your efforts into a more unified approach. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you may be avoiding investing energy into something that will be hard at first, but eventually give you more stability. The reversal could also indicate that your time of juggling has come to a close and you are now in a more stable situation.
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Three of Pentacles

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Pentacles 3

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Number:
3

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Mars in Capricorn

Keywords:
Agreement
Investment
Cooperation

I am always quite pleased to see this card in a reading. The Three of Pentacles is about a new opportunity or situation that may improve your stability. To see this card shows that you have powerful allies surrounding you and that a cooperative approach will yield great results, likely in a financial context. Now is a great time to propose a business plan, or take the lead in initiating connections with other people that have similar goals. You have the potential for a lot of gain and should invest in a solid planning effort. You should take into account different viewpoints, and in working with others, foster a sense of harmony and possibility. This is a card that’s about fruitful team efforts and copperation. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty working with others in a cooperative or financial context. The reversal can also suggest that now may not be the time to work with others. For example, if a card like the 5 of swords surrounds it, this could indicate deception.
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Four of Pentacles

Pentacles-4
Number: 4

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Sun in Capricorn

Keywords:
Conservation
Stagnation
Stalling

 

So, you’ve built a sturdy foundation after working hard. You’ve toiled, you’ve conquered, you’ve triumphed. This card testifies that you have a lot to be happy about, certainly – but that you’re struggling with change or a new way of thinking. You may be forcing excessive control and dominating a situation, because you are in a place of power or security. This may not be altogether bad – saving money and acting in a stable and conservative manner may be what’s called for. However, security can also cause complacency. Make sure that you are not fearing the unknown because you want to stick to the tried and true methods that have led you to where you are; which makes sense, because you have worked really hard to get to where you are and you know how to keep the status quo. To see the Four of Pentacles in a reading suggests that you are in a place of security or safety, but that you may benefit from some new ventures or a changes. It’s true that it may be a little scarey at first, but you’ll miss out on a lot if you’re unwilling to even try. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you have overcome a recent fear of change and that you are becoming more open to the possibilities that come your way. It could also indicate overspending and the need to pull back. Look to other cards in the reading for clarity.
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Five of Pentacles

Pentacles-5
Number: 5

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Mercury in Taurus

Keywords:
Rejection
Hardships
Ill health

Gah. Cards like this appear and we wonder why we read Tarot. There is a lesson to learn from the green ooze, and it is this: “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” – Mick Jagger. And so we have it, you’re feeling rejected. You wanted something in your life to go a certain way, but instead there was a weird turn through a dark alley with broken bottles. Seeing this card suggests that you are feeling down and out due to some hard times, but despite this, there’s hope. You may be suffering (possibly even physically or mentally), but all is not lost! What you need to do now is seek the support of others. Friends, family, doctors, lovers all fit the bill (unless they caused you to struggle in the first place). The message brought on by the 5 of Pentacles is that we all experience suffering at some point in our lives, and we all need somebody to lean on. So find your leaning post, and take things one day at a time. Surrender to the fact that you can’t control everything all of the time. To see this card reversed in a reading can mean that you’ve overcome a difficult period of loss and rejection, or that you are in denial of how much you are struggling.
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Six of Pentacles

Pentacles-6
Number: 6

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Moon in Taurus

Keywords:
Money
Power
Financial Imbalances

 

This is a card in the Tarot that everyone seems to have a different opinion about. I personally feel that this card is about financial power. To see it in a reading suggests that there is some sort of struggle with resources and your stability. You may be at the mercy of others who have more financial power than you do. Or, you may be in a situation that others are depending on you, and you may be in a strong financial place to help out. This card is about the battle between what you have and don’t have, basically. To see it in a reading suggests that you are either financially powerful, or feeling powerless and at the mercy of someone else. This card may also suggest that there is more money or resources to be had by asking (time for a raise!).  It also suggests that you may need to accept help or give help in the short term, but that you should eventually also take steps towards beginning a new path or pursuit to gain financial security. If you are in the place of power, this card can suggest that you can help someone or a group of people around you now, but should also focus on helping create long-term solutions.
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Seven of Pentacles

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Number: 7

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Saturn in Taurus

Keywords:
Assessment
Planning
Change

This card is a great sign that you’ve come a long way. You’ve worked really hard and you’re ready to take things to the next level. You’ve gained a lot of valuable skills and learned through trial and error who you are and what you are capable of. To see the 7 of Pentacles in a reading suggests that you are focusing on a new, long term goal. What you desire is a stable solution, a permanent sense of accomplishment and security. In order to get there, you will benefit from looking at your life objectively. What is working for me? What is working against me? What is a waste of time? You are in the process of asking serious questions that show you are committed to the process of assessment, planning, and change.  This card indicates that you are ready to move into a new direction, and that you will be highly successful if you do. Slow and steady will win the race. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty committing to a vision that you have and/or making the necessary changes needed to follow through. The reversal can also indicate that you are struggling with stability.
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Eight of Pentacles

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Number: 8

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Sun in Virgo

Keywords:
Focus
Learning
Knowledge

Pentacles-8

Those are some nicely stacked pentacles. It took a long time to stack those perfect pentacles to make them balance just right. You felt a little obsessive while you were doing it, but you believed in your abilities. Diligence is your name, perfection is your game. You are in the process of developing or honing a trade, craft, or skill. You are excited and involved in what you are working towards. You have been working so hard, in fact, that you may have actually kind of isolated yourself! Which is not actually a bad thing. To see the Eight of Pentacles in a reading suggests that you are very excited and committed to a new direction you are going in. It’s likely that you may be on the brink of opening a business, inventing something, or bringing about your beautiful genius into the world. You may also be considering improving your knowledge through education, whether formally in a degree, or by another means. Knowledge, learning, and skill building are very important right now. This card indicates that you will be hugely successful. To see this card reversed in a reading can imply that you are avoiding investing time and energy into something you want, or that the enterprise you had set your sights on didn’t turn out as planned or hoped.
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Nine of Pentacles

Pentacles-9
Number: 9

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Venus in Virgo

Keywords:
Self-Discipline
Prosperity
Grace

What you need to know about the Nine of Pentacles is that it combines the fertile, beautiful, and sensual powers of lady Venus with the disciplined and work-oriented Virgo. What you have then, is someone who can lace up their skates, sweat hard, but make it look all like a breeze. And this is you, of course. To see this card in a reading suggests that your self-discipline has led (or is taking you) to a place of great success and prosperity. And true to the beauty of Venus, people are taking note of your charisma and power. You are hard-working, and independent, but you also enjoy life and all that you have worked so hard for. As the attractive and feminine Venus, people envy how you make things look like a breeze. You always seem to be ahead of the curve on what’s cool and fun. It’s lucky for them that you are not selfish, and you thrive from connecting with others. It is likely that you have many admirers and are the talk of the town. You are willing to enjoy life and indulge in what you’ve accomplished. You also revel in your freedom and independence. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests difficulty lacing up your skates and sticking to the sweatier details of your plan. You have the potential to achieve a lot, but you must focus on developing the details of your long-term plans.
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Ten of Pentacles

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Number:
10

Element: Earth

Astrology:
Mercury in Virgo

Keywords:
Wealth
Home
Security

Numerically, 10 reduces to and leads us back to 1 (1+0=1). And so 10 marks the completion of a journey begun. You set your sights on a more stable situation for yourself, you worked hard, and you have risen to the top. You have (or are focused on) stability; a nice home environment, cash in the bank, and a sense of physical comfort. You are able to enjoy the finer things in life. Organic groceries, commissioned self-portraits, or nice plants to furnish your place are just a few of things that you may be enjoying. Your sense of security is complete. You have reached a true pinnacle and are satisfied with where you’re at (or you’re getting there!)! This feeling of true groundedness is making you feel so happy! To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you may struggling with stability. There may be difficulty with having the security you desire, or what had been stable for you in the past has changed.
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Page of Pentacles

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Element:
Ruled by Earth,
and even more Earth

Keywords:
Youthful person or energy with stable, career or money focused goals.

 

 

The Page is a messenger that brings the message of its suit. In this case, the Page of Pentacles is bringing a message to work with the power of Earth, as represented by pentacles. You may not have committed to action yet, but the potential is there. Also, traditionally the Page was the servant, or younger person that worked below the Knight, Queen and King. This idea of “rank” can translate quite literally in a Tarot reading, and might imply a younger sibling, student, or person on the lower rungs of a power structure of some sort (please note that this does not mean the Page is powerless!). Generally, the idea of potential, energy, learning, and excitement surrounds the youthful spirit of the Page. You may benefit from learning from or serving the ranks above you. As an element, Earth and therefore Pentacles is about focusing on stability through prosperity and diligence. The elemental combination “Earth of Earth” implies that your ideas will best be employed by taking very grounded steps (Earth). Root your ideas and actions in a practical way. Plan and think logically. The Page of Pentacles also suggests that you will benefit from a business minded approach. You should move forward slowly, with an organizational mindset. Patience is key.  You may also benefit from making connections to others that are on a similar path. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty moving forward, that may be doubting your abilities, or that there may be power struggles (especially if the Knight, Queen, or King surrounds the Page). Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Page to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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Knight of Pentacles

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Element:
Ruled by Earth,
but blended with Air

Keywords:
Fierce person or energy with stable, career or money focused goals.

Knights are generally action oriented people who are guided by the element they represent (in this case, Earth). They are awesomely fierce, and sometimes they struggle to find balance. So, the Knight of Pentacles is a, steadfast, dependable kind of person. You know what yields results, and you like routine. You believe in logical planning.  Ruled by the elemental combination of “Air of Earth,” we can see that the active, intellectual element of Air and the steady planning of Earth blends together to create a thoughtful, steady personality.  You are also a dependable force for others, and you are always ready to take charge of a situation that requires a sold force. While a sense of stability is important for you, you may sometimes struggle with change or uncertainty. The reversal of this card can indicate that you are having difficulty maintaining stability, or conversely that your need for security is getting in the way of change. As always, look to what cards surround it, and  consider what the question is. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Knight to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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Queen of Pentacles

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Element:
Ruled by Earth,
but blended with Water

Keywords:
Mature, wise feminine person or energy with stable, career or money focused goals.

 

The Queen of Pentacles is super dependable and kind. You are like a rock, but that does not make you void of emotions. You genuinely care, and nurture a sense of security and belonging in everything you do.  To see this card in a reading suggests that you are brimming with power and that you are stable force for all around you. As a ruling Queen, you inspire others and easily take charge of a situation. You are logical and take a practical approach to all that comes your way. You are dependable and nurturing. Ruled by the elemental combination of “Water of Earth,” this suggests that the emotional force of Water is balanced with the solidity of Earth. It seems that all you plant turns to gold, and prospers through careful planning, nurturing, and a sense of purpose. This makes you, the Queen, a trustworthy and loving person. In terms of rank, a Queen is a ruler and represents someone in power; a boss, parent, guardian, or leader. To see the Queen of Pentacles reversed may indicate that you are having trouble with stability, planning, and growth, or are in some way struggling with you power. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the Queen to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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King of Pentacles

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Element:
Ruled by Earth,
but blended with Fire

Keywords:
Mature, wise masculine person or energy with stable, career or money focused goals.

 

Where the Queen of Pentacles is stable and nurturing, the King is the outward activating force that defines what stability is. As the King of Pentacles, you are a natural leader. You have worked hard to get to the top, and you know the importance of planning and strategy. You have an intuitive understanding of the business and financial realm, and all that goes into creating something with material stability and structure. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are a natural leader with a lot of power, building things up with a logical and steady approach.  You know how to work with others and you are always expanding your connections. You can step into any situation and make it fruitful. The elemental combination of “Fire of Earth” suggests that you blend the charismatic, innovative spark of Fire with a dependable and grounded nature. In terms of rank, a King implies someone in a place of power; a parent, guardian, boss, or leader. To see the King of Pentacles reversed may indicate that may be experiencing a change or difficulty in stability and that you are having trouble taking the lead. It could also indicate that you are abusing your power. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the court card to help you decide if the King is you or someone else.
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Suit of Cups

The suit of cups is connected to the element Water. In some other decks, cups are also called chalices. Water is emotional power, intuition, love, and spirituality. Each card in the suit of cups in some way manifests the use of those qualities. Generally speaking, the suit of cups often deals with issues surrounding love, friends, family, and the way that we feel emotionally as a result of our circumstances. Water and Cups also represents spirituality and intuition. In the LEYE WEYE Tarot, the cups show what you are feeling. The cup is a vessel that represents you. In the Unicorns of the Universe Tarot, the suit of Cups is ruled by the Qilin Unicorn. This is an Asian Unicorn that is said to bring joy and good fortune. It has a calm and serene presence.
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Ace of Cups

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Number: 1

Element: Water

Keywords:
New beginning in love, awakening:

Love
Emotional Power
Spirituality

Ace is numbered one, and starts out the suit of Cups. Associated with the element Water, this card suggests a new beginning in the area of love and emotional happiness. You are feeling open and ready to share love. You may also be experiencing a renewed sense of spirituality, feeling more intuitive and connected to the ebb and flow of cycles (like the tides!). You may have also just met someone you have a good feeling about romantically, or you may be beginning new friendships, or enjoying being with family. To see the Ace of Cups in a reading suggests that you are ready to open up emotionally and enjoy a new period of happiness, calm, and serenity. Water is also associated with the moon,  which rules the intuitive side, and suggests a focus on trusting your feelings and seeking the deeper meaning in life. The Ace of Cups implies that you are ready to transform your life with emotional force. To see the Ace of Cups reversed in a reading suggests that you have the need and desire to go through an emotional rebirth, but something is blocking this from happening, whether it’s you or the circumstances surrounding you.
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Two of Cups

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Number:
2

Element: Water

Astrology:
Venus in Cancer

Keywords:
Attraction
Connection
Forgiveness

The Two of Cups is a card that sure makes you feel good. It represents the power of two, or of forces uniting. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are experiencing a new attraction or connection, or that a truce is important to you. This card can also suggest the need to forgive someone that has caused some emotional turmoil. The idea of union is important to you right now. You are in a place to create a great connection with someone you care about, and to let bygones be bygones.  To see this card reversed suggests that you are having difficulty connecting emotionally to someone. You may be having trouble opening up, or forgiving someone that hurt you. The reversal may also be urging you to let go of someone/something that is not truly serving your best interests and all-around happiness.
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Three of Cups

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Number: 3

Element: Water

Astrology:
Mercury in Cancer

Keywords:
Celebration
Friends
Community

The Three of Cups is a very joyous card. It suggests that you are enjoying a period of celebration with people that you trust and care about. What’s great is that these people are more than just friends. They are your inspiration. You all help each other out. You push each other towards achieving great things, and you are all supportive if one of you takes a spill. The sense of community that you have around you is working as a great benefit. There is a lot of love and devotion around you. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty connecting to others that share your goals and your beautiful quirks. The reversal can also indicate that you no longer connect with a community of friends that once supported you, that you somehow feel let down by them, or that you are in need of creating a supportive network and need to meet new people.
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Four of Cups

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Number:
4

Element: Water

Astrology:
Moon in Cancer

Keywords:
Retreat
Avoidance
Apathy

This card is about letting go while things fall apart around you. You may be feeling tired of the same old hassles, and so, right now all you want to do is focus on your own sense of inner peace and calm. A lot is happening around you, but you are frozen in the moment. You are in a place of isolated meditation, trying to listen to your intuition and process your emotions. You may be unsure of what your next move is, or you may be experiencing a feeling that you cannot control what is happening outside of yourself. And so, you retreat. That can be good to do for a moment, but it can be bad if you linger too long and everything around you falls apart or worsens. To see this card reversed suggests that you are coming out of a period of non-action and reflection, and that you are ready to take charge of a situation that you felt was previously out of your control.
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Five of Cups

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Cups 5

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Number: 5

Element: Water

Astrology:
Mars in Scorpio

Keywords:
Loss
Regret
Mourning

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This card suggests that you have been through some emotional turmoil. You’ve suffered a loss and you may be feeling a sense of regret, or overall sadness. To see this card in a reading implies that while there’s a lot of pain, but that there’s also a lot of good. You will benefit from remembering what you do have. All has NOT been lost. There is hope for the future. As the old saying goes, this too shall pass. Now is a time to stay positive and focus on the things that are happy and fruitful within your life. You will be able to rebuild by beginning to shift your energy away from the turmoil and pain. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are overcoming loss or sadness and have moved on. It could also indicate that you are in denial of how hurt you are by something. As always, the other cards around you can tell you what the reversal means.
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Six of Cups

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Number:
6

Element: Water

Astrology:
Sun in Scorpio

Keywords:
Giving
Service
Kindness

The Six of Cups is about giving. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are in a place to help an individual or a group of people, and that you give openly. You experience joy from trying to make things better for others that are either less fortunate or struggling. You radiate a sense of hope and beauty, and you feel strength and happiness knowing that you can help others who need support. This card can also suggest that you may be involved with issues of social justice. To see this card reversed in a reading can indicate that you need to give out less support and charity. Now may not be the time to try and help others. It may also indicate that you are not open to giving, which may not be good, either. It all depends on the question asked and the cards that surround it.
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Seven of Cups

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Number: 7

Element: Water

Astrology:
Venus in Scorpio

Keywords:
Imagination
Distractions
Indulgence

There’s a lot goin’ on in every cup. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are being pulled in a lot of directions. Who can blame you? You’ve got a vivid imagination, lots of ideas, and a sense of possibility. This can work to your benefit, but your dreamy mind can also take you off course sometimes! You have to be careful that you are not overindulging in the possibilities surrounding you. This card can also suggest that you enjoy things to excess. Be careful and make sure that you are making healthy choices. On its good side, this card shows a brilliant dreamer and imaginative mind. On the flip side, this card can indicate distraction and illusion. You need to filter through all that you are involved with, and remember what your goals are. What gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment? To see this card reversed can suggest that you are over a period of distraction, illusion, indulgence, and have become more focused. The reversal can also indicate that you may benefit from a more imaginative approach. That depends on the question asked and the other cards around it.
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Eight of Cups

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Cups 8

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Number:
8

Element: Water

Astrology:
Saturn in Pisces

Keywords:
Weariness
Reflection
Letting go

The Eight of Cups suggests that you’ve been going through some emotional and difficult times. You are weary and feeling a lot of different things, at the moment. With all that’s happened, you’ve started wondering what the deeper meaning of life is. You are trying to make sense of something that feels senseless. You wonder what the future holds. You may still be clinging to the past with a sense of longing and loss, but you are beginning to raise your head and heart to move on. To see the Eight of Cups in a reading suggests that you are at the beginning stages of letting go. You will benefit from focusing on the unknown path ahead, despite how scary that might seem. You may have to abandon many things (literally and figuratively) in order to truly move on.  To see this card reversed in a reading implies that you have overcome a deep loss, or feelings of sadness regarding something or someone in your past. It could also suggest that you are not allowing yourself to grieve, or that it may not be time to let go; you may be still be able to make amends and heal versus letting go.  On the other hand, the card reversal may also indicate that the hesitation to let go is causing greater pain and that you need to commit to moving forward and let go of emotional attachments to your decision. Card reversals always lend greater clarity when you look to the surrounding cards for any patterns you see, as well as consider the question you’ve asked.
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Nine of Cups

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Cups 9

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Cups-9
Number: 9

Element: Water

Astrology:
Jupiter in Pisces

Keywords:
Dreams
Wishes
Desires

 

 

So, you were handed a genie’s bottle and you got everything  you asked for. Lucky you! You are enjoying what you’ve rightfully earned. And yes, you did actually work for it (forget the genie bottle thing). This is a great card to see in a reading. You have accomplished everything you’ve set out to do, and you’ve been blessed with happiness. If you’re not quite there yet, this card is a reminder that you can have whatever you want. Love, pleasure, fulfillment, and prosperity are just a few of the treasures in your basket. You should be enjoying them right now, as you’ve worked hard for everything you have. To see this card in a reading indicates that you are reaching a blissful stage of fulfillment in your life, or that prosperity is coming your way. This card also encourages you to stay focused on your goals, and indicates good fortune. To see this card reversed in a reading can suggest that you don’t know what you want, you’re not enjoying your success, or that you’re too focused on getting it all and therefore hindering yourself by high expectations.
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Ten of Cups

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Number: 10

Element: Water

Astrology:
Mars in Pisces

Keywords:
Family
Community
Celebration

This card is about good times with your family, whether that be relatives or friends that you consider family. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are in a place to enjoy the people that you care about! You have a deep sense of love and connection to family, and should celebrate the company of those close to you. To see this card suggests that it is important for you to foster those bonds right now. This card can also imply that you will soon be starting a family of your own, or that you will be hearing happy news from your family shortly. Paired with the Empress card, this can suggest fertility and that a new child may be on the way! To see this card reversed in a reading implies that you are facing challenges with your family or a group of people you consider as family.
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Page of Cups

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Cups Page

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Element:
Ruled by Water,
but blended with Earth

Keywords:
Youthful person or energy with emotional, intuitive, or spiritual force.

 

 

 

The Page is a messenger that brings the message of its suit. In this case, the Page of Cups is bringing a message to work with the power of Cups and the element Water. Also, traditionally the Page was the servant, or younger person that worked below the Knight, Queen and King. This idea of “rank” can translate quite literally in a Tarot reading, and might imply a younger sibling, student, or person on the lower rungs of a power structure of some sort (please note that this does not mean the Page is powerless!). Generally, the idea of potential, energy, learning, and excitement surrounds the youthful spirit of the Page. You may benefit from learning from or serving the ranks above you. You may not know what awaits you, but the potential is there and you should be open to love and emotional growth. Water carries the power of happiness through love, emotional connections, intuition, and spirituality. Listen to your feelings, and be open to sharing powerful emotional connections! Trust your intuition! The elemental combination “Earth of Water” implies that your emotions will best be suited through patience and steady efforts (Earth). Root your feelings in a practical way. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty being open to love, embracing your emotional side, or that you feel spiritually blocked.  There may also be power struggles (especially if the Knight, Queen, or King surrounds the reversed Page). Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Page to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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Knight of Cups

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Element:
Ruled by Water,
but blended with Air

Keywords:
Fierce person or energy with emotional, intuitive, and spiritual force.

 

Knights are generally action oriented people who are guided by the element they represent (in this case, Water). They are awesomely fierce, and sometimes they struggle to find balance. The Knight of Cups is an emotional, charismatic kind of person. You know what you feel, and it guides all that you do. You believe in trusting your heart and your intuition. You are likely a poet, romantic, or dreamer. You sometimes struggle between the inner and outer world of your emotions, sharing all passionately, or closing up completely due to your sensitive nature.  Ruled by the elemental combination of “Air of Water,” we can see that the active, intellectual element of Air and the emotional force of Water blends together to create someone who expresses their thoughts poetically. You are also sentimental and excitable, ready to act quickly based on your feelings. On the flip side: The reversal of the Knight of Cups card can indicate that you are having difficulty maintaining emotional equilibrium, or conversely that you are having difficulty trusting or sharing your feelings. It can also suggest that you are not acting on how you feel. As always, the meaning of a reversal can be understood by looking to what cards surround it, and by further considering the question. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Knight to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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Queen of Cups

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Element:
Ruled by Water,
and even more Water

Keywords:
Mature, wise feminine person or energy with emotional, intuitive, and spiritual force.

The Queen of Cups is a super loving, kind, and caring personality. Your heart is the size of the rocky mountains, but as soft and deep as the ocean. You are sensitive, easily picking up on the feelings and moods of others around you. You are intuitive and may also have psychic abilities. Not surprisingly, you are the first person that people come to when they need emotional support. As a ruling Queen, you favor an approach to problem solving by trusting your feelings, and also by listening to the feelings of those around you. Guided by the elemental combination of “Water of Water,” this suggests that the qualities of water are super strong, to the point of flooding. Your emotional nature is a great asset, but your sensitivity can also cause you to feel things intensely and at times, or to become overwhelmed emotionally. In terms of rank, the Queen suggests a leader; someone that is a boss, parent, authority figure, etc.  To see the Queen of Cups reversed may indicate that you are having trouble opening up your emotional side, or that you need to focus less on being guided by feelings alone. The element earth and its energy is receptive like water, and is a good stable force to pair with water if you are looking for ways to find a balance (just a tip). Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the Queen to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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King of Cups

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Element:
Ruled by Water,
but blended with Fire

Keywords:
Mature, wise masculine person or energy with emotional, intuitive, and spiritual force.

 

Where the Queen of Cups is intuitive, and loving, the King is the outward activating force that defines how water (emotional power) rules. As the King of Cups, you are a natural leader who cares deeply about everyone around you. You have worked hard to build trust with people, through openly listening to the emotions of others, and creating a supportive environment. You have an intuitive understanding of what people need to feel cared for, and all that goes into creating trusting relationships. The elemental combination of “Fire of Water” suggests that you blend the charismatic spark of Fire with the emotional force of Water; as such, the King of Cups may be a poet, dreamer, artist, or writer. Whatever the medium, you find that expressing your feelings outwardly is not only important, but necessary. In terms of rank, a King implies that this is someone who is a leader; a boss, parent, guardian, or authority figure. To see the King of Cups reversed may indicate that you are having trouble opening up your emotional side, or that you need to focus less on being guided by feelings alone. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the court card to help you decide if the King is you or someone else.
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Suit of Swords

The suit of swords is connected to the element Air. Air symbolizes intellect, thought, justice, and communication. Each card in the suit of swords in some way manifests the use of those qualities. Generally speaking, the suit of swords is one of the heavier suits in the Tarot, often revealing hardships and struggle. Like Fire, Air is an active element that indicates change and movement. A sword is also a tool of justice, cutting through the air and acting on its judgements. However, as you can imagine, the sword is a powerful tool that needs to be wielded carefully. In the LEYE WEYE Tarot, the way that the swords are positioned helps to symbolically reveal their meaning. In the Unicorns of the Universe Tarot, the suit of swords is ruled by the Shadhavar Unicorn, whose horn is mighty and also fearsome. This is a Persian Unicorn that must be approached with care, as it can be dangerous!
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Ace of Swords

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Number: 1

Element: Air

Keywords:
New idea, communications, justice:

Intellect
Communication
Fortitude

Ace is numbered one, and starts out the suit of Swords. Associated with the element Air, this card suggests a new beginning in the area of ideas, intellectual growth, and fortitude. You have a new pursuit or idea and you are thinking about how to communicate and bring your vision out to the world. You may also be experiencing a renewed sense of wisdom, feeling more knowledgeable and confident in your ideas. To see the Ace of Swords in a reading suggests that you are ready to begin a new path, and that you are thinking logically, intellectually, and that you have the know-how to accomplish your goals. As one of the four elements, Air is active and blends well with Fire – if used carefully! Both of these active elements  inherently feel the need to move and change. The Ace of Swords implies that you are ready to transform your life with intellectual force, communication, and direct action. To see the Ace of Swords reversed in a reading suggests that you have the need and desire to follow an idea or new path, but something is blocking this from happening, whether it’s you or the circumstances surrounding you. You may also have difficulty communicating or bringing your ideas and thoughts into form.
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Two of Swords

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Swords 2

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Number: 2

Element: Air

Astrology:
Moon in Libra

Keywords:
Blocked Emotion
Avoidance
Indecision

 

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In numerology, 2’s generally represent non-action. Things are still taking form. 2’s are trying to remaining even, just like the scales of Justice. And interestingly, this card is also ruled by Libra (Moon in Libra, to be exact), the zodiacal peacemaker and balancer. To see the Two of Swords suggests that you are currently avoiding confronting the issues around you. There has been some difficult social interactions or emotions for you, and you are currently having a hard time deciding how to proceed. You may be avoiding making a decision because you know that there will be further emotional difficulties.  While you may be able to avoid stirring the boat at the moment, this card suggests that you begin to confront how you are feeling and make a decision on how to proceed soon. Ruled by the active and brave sword, this card suggests that you confront the issue directly.
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Three of Swords

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Number: 3

Element: Air

Astrology:
Saturn in Libra

Keywords:
Loss
Sadness
Betrayal

This card is straight and to the point. To see it suggests that you are experiencing sadness and heartache. There is an emotional loss in your life, or in impending one. You may even be feeling betrayed by a loved one. Sometimes this card can indicate the end of a romantic relationship, or separation from someone you care deeply about. There may be the possibility for the love to continue, but a lot of forgiveness and healing will be necessary. You will need to confront unsettled feelings in order to move forward. It’s important to process your emotions. You may be feeling traumatized, but try to understand this sensation instead of avoiding it. Sometimes we are scared of being in pain, but it is a necessary feeling that must be processed. This card encourages you to confront your grief head-on. To see this card reversed in a reading can suggest that you are overcoming a difficult period of grief.
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Four of Swords

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Number:
4

Element: Air

Astrology:
Jupiter in Libra

Keywords:
Recovery
Contemplation
Reflection

This card indicates a period of rest. You may have been through some challenging times recently, and you are taking a break to recuperate. This is a necessary period for you. You are mulling things over with the careful, thoughtful qualities inherent in the suit of swords. You are not ready to move forward just yet, as the dust is still settling and you are reflecting on where you are at. To see the Four of Swords indicates that you are going through a much needed period of recovery. You are evaluating the past and thinking about how to move forward in the future. You will emerge from this period of contemplation with a clearer focus. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that the period of rest is over and that it is now time to act. It can also indicate that you are avoiding a necessary period of rest. As is always the case, look to the cards surrounding.
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Five of Swords

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Number:
5

Element: Air

Astrology:
Venus in Aquarius

Keywords:
Conflict
Abuse of Power
Self-Interest

This is a tough card to see in a reading. To see it suggests that you are in a situation where you feel that someone is using their power in an egotistical way. You are at the mercy of someone who is creating discord.  You are not alone in the matter, either. Others around you are also feeling burnt by the situation. Instead of working together as a team to accomplish something, someone is forging ahead and taking all of the credit, perhaps even “stabbing you in the back,” so to speak. To see this card in a reading suggests that you try to confront this unfairness if it all possible, or alternatively, to get out of this situation. This card can also indicate that YOU are the one holding the sword and using your power in a way that’s hurting others around you. It’s important to be honest about which side of the struggle you are on: Having power, or having your power taken from you. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that the period of conflict is over. It may also suggest that you are not fully aware of what’s happening and that you should pay closer attention to any power struggles in your immediate environment.
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Six of Swords

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Number: 6

Element: Air

Astrology:
Mercury in Aquarius

Keywords:
Separation
Sadness
The Unknown

This is a sad but hopeful card. It suggests that you have been through some hard times. You are experiencing some weariness and feeling pretty exhausted. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are in the process of letting go. There may have been a relationship or situation that didn’t work out, and you are ready to move on but are also experiencing some hesitation. While you know you need to move on, you are holding on to the past because it’s been a big part of who you are. You know that in essence, you are leaving a part of yourself behind. This is okay. As you get into your boat and row upstream, you will begin to experience a new sense of hope. There is an unknown shore ahead that will give you safe refuge as you begin to rebuild. To see this card reversed in a reading implies that you have overcome a difficult separation. It can also indicate that you are not allowing a necessary separation to happen.
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Seven of Swords

Swords-7
Number: 7

Element: Air

Astrology:
Moon in Aquarius

Keywords:
Hidden Motives
Deception
Running Away

The Seven of Swords is about something that’s hidden from view. To see it in a reading suggests that you are running away from the truth, or are yourself being deceived.  It can indicate that either you or someone around you has egocentric motives and is purposefully hiding their intentions, or “stealing,” so to speak. The perpetrator will definitely become uncovered, and the truth revealed at some point. This card encourages you to think and act with openness, honesty, and integrity. It may also be important to confront the deceiver. If it is yourself, you may benefit from talking openly with the people you have impacted. Very rarely, this card can alternatively encourage you to hide the truth from view – if others around you are not open to your truth, hiding may be your only option. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are avoiding confronting the deception. It can also indicate that you are moving on after this difficult period.
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Eight of Swords

 Swords-8
Number: 8

Element: Air

Astrology:
Jupiter in Gemini

Keywords:
Restriction
Confusion
Victim Mentality

There’s not always a clear choice in life. Sometimes I think there are too many choices and instead of moving forward, we are paralyzed by the possibilities. And so we come to the Eight of Swords. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are stuck in a rut. Instead of using your powerful swords for advancement, you feel self-imprisoned by them. To see this card in a reading suggests that you are feeling restricted and confused. While you may have been through some challenges, seeing this card suggests that you are perpetuating a sense of entitled victimhood. Instead of taking the reigns and committing to action, you are waiting for someone or something to come along and change the situation. This card suggests that you have more power than you realize. Also, you may not know what the “right” choice is, and you may not get everything you want, but that doesn’t matter. Any movement forward at this juncture is essential. Additionally, you will also find greater freedom and more possibilities coming your way if you start to change your perspective. Like attracts like. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are overcoming a period of restriction and confusion. It can also suggest that you are not open to confronting feelings of powerlessness.
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Nine of Swords

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Number:
9

Element: Air

Astrology:
Mars in Gemini

Keywords:
Grief
Sadness
Worry

This card is about anxiety, plain and simple. You are worrying yourself into exhaustion. You may even be experiencing insomnia. You are focused on the uncertainty of the future or of your life in general. While there may be some warranted feelings of grief, the Nine of Swords suggests that worrying is making the situation much worse. Trapped by your fear and sadness, you may be brewing up a potent concoction of “bottle up and explode.” There may be things that are out of your control, at the moment.  While that’s always a challenge, you will benefit from trying to remain positive. This card also suggests that you try and put your energy into a healthy form of expression and action. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are overcoming grief and worry.
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Ten of Swords

Swords-10
Number:
10

Element: Air

Astrology:
Sun in Gemini

Keywords:
Suffering
Betrayal
Ending

To see this card in a reading suggests that you have suffered through a traumatic experience. You are feeling betrayed, hurt, and completely powerless. Things didn’t go as you expected, and you feel unable to move, pinned down by shock and grief. You are at the end of the road from a long journey, and are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. While you certainly have a right to feel hurt, this card suggests that you should attempt to put this period of suffering to a close. It is time to regain your power. While you may be unsure of how to proceed, try and move forward in any way possible. You can choose to remain, feeling as a victim by the blow you’ve been dealt, or you can regain your power, understanding your potential and beginning anew. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are moving forward from a painful and overwhelming experience.
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Page of Swords

Swords-Page

Element:
Ruled by Air,
but blended with Earth

Keywords:
Youthful person or energy with a focus on ideas, intellect, communication, and justice.

 

The Page is a messenger that brings the message of its suit. In this case, the Page of Swords is bringing a message to work with the power of Swords and the element Air. Like the Page, you may not know what awaits you, but the potential is there and you should be open to thinking carefully, and communicating with truth and justice. Air carries the power of communication, intellectual thoughts/actions, and a focus on justice. Also, traditionally the Page was the servant, or younger person that worked below the Knight, Queen and King. This idea of “rank” can translate quite literally in a Tarot reading, and might imply a younger sibling, student, or person on the lower rungs of a power structure of some sort (please note that this does not mean the Page is powerless!). Generally, the idea of potential, energy, learning, and excitement surrounds the youthful spirit of the Page. You may benefit from learning from or serving the ranks above you. In the suit of swords, the Page must weight out the situation with their intellect and use direct, methodical communications that support just causes. The elemental combination “Earth of Air” implies that your actions will be most effective through steady efforts (Earth). Root your judgements and thinking with practicality. To see this card reversed in a reading suggests that you are having difficulty moving forward, and acting with the qualities of truth and justice. There may also be power struggles (especially if the Knight, Queen, or King surrounds the reversed Page). Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Page to help you decide if the card represents you or someone else.
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Knight of Swords

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Element:
Ruled by Air,
and blended with even more Air

Keywords:
Fierce person or energy with a focus on ideas, intellect, communication, and justice.
Knights are generally action oriented people who are guided by the element they represent (in this case, Air). They are awesomely fierce, and sometimes they struggle to find balance. The Knight of Swords is an intelligent and swift acting kind of person. You know what you think, and it guides all that you do. You trust your thoughts, which are often formed through logically trying to see all of the sides of a story. You then act quickly and fiercely, knowing that you are right (even if you may not be!). You are likely viewed as an intellectual or leader with strong opinions. You sometimes struggle with opening up emotionally, or considering how your actions impact others’ feelings.  You may also be quick to express a thought without thinking about it’s emotional impact. Ruled by the elemental combination of “Air of Air,” we can see that the active, intellectual element of Air blends together with even more Air to create someone who acts on their thoughts quickly and without hesitation. On the flip side: The reversal of the Knight of Swords card can indicate that you are having difficulty maintaining a balance, either acting rashly, or not trusting/expressing your thoughts enough. It can also suggest that you are not acting on what you feel is truthfully just. As always, the meaning of a reversal can be understood by looking to what cards surround it, and by further considering the question. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition and look at the cards that surround the Knight to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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Queen of Swords

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Swords Queen

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Swords-Queen
Element:
Ruled by Air,
but blended with Water

Keywords:
Mature, wise feminine person or energy with a focus on ideas, intellect, communication, and justice.

The Queen of Swords is a super intelligent, witty, and attractive personality.  You are insightful, easily understanding what motivates people and what their intentions are. You are cunning and smart, and hard to fool or lie to.  Justice and fairness is also important to you. As a ruling Queen, you favor an approach to problem solving by trusting your thoughts and using your intellect, and then communicating and acting swiftly. Guided by the elemental combination of “Water of Air,” this suggests that the qualities of Air are blended within an intuitive and sometimes emotional force to your actions.  Your intellectual nature is a great asset, but your desire to rely on your thinking and act with justice can leave others around you yearning for more sensitivity. In terms of rank, a Queen suggests someone that is a boss, leader, parent, or authority figure.  To see the Queen of Swords reversed may indicate that you are having trouble opening up your intellectual side, or that you need to focus less on being guided by thoughts alone. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the Queen to help you decide if it’s you or someone else.
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King of Swords

Swords-King

Element:
Ruled by Air,
but blended with Fire

Keywords:
Mature, wise masculine person or energy with a focus on ideas, intellect, communication, and justice.

Where the Queen of Swords is intellectual, the King is the outward activating force that defines how Air rules. As the King of Swords, you are a natural leader who builds everything through a logical and intellectual approach, favoring an open floor to share opinions and also supporting justice. You have worked hard to build trust with people, through openly listening to the thoughts of others, and creating an environment where ideas are important. You strive to act fairly, by assessing every situation through a logical approach. You are also a great communicator and strive to share your opinions; however emotional aptitude may not be your strength. The elemental combination of “Fire of Air” suggests that you blend the charismatic spark of Fire with the communicative and thoughtful idealistic force of Air.  In terms of rank, a King may also be a leader, parent, guardian, or authority figure. To see the King of Swords reversed may indicate that you are having trouble opening up your intellectual side, or that you need to focus less on being guided by thoughts alone. Seeing any court card (a Page, Knight, King, or Queen) in a reading can also represent someone else that may be in (or coming into) your life. Trust your intuition, and look at the cards that surround the court card to help you decide if the King is you or someone else.
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