Tarot Reference Guide
There are 78 Tarot cards in a complete tarot deck. The first 22 cards are called the Major Arcana Tarot cards. The remaining 56 cards are called the Minor Arcana cards. These Minor Arcana Tarot cards are divided into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each of the four suits contains 14 cards, 10 of which are numbered cards and the other four are a Page, Knight, Queen and King.
The Major Arcana Tarot cards purpose are to reveal messages about the overall picture of your life and its long-term direction.
The Fool – innocence, new beginnings, spontaneity
The Magician – manifestation, creatrix energy, willpower
The High Priestess – secrets, intuition, subconscious, mystery
The Empress – fertility, femininity, nature, beauty, love
The Emperor – authority, masculinity, structure, control, foundations
The Hierophant – tradition, morality, conformity, religious beliefs
The Lovers – union, duality, partnerships, love
The Chariot – direction, self-control, choice, victory, determination
Strength – inner-strength, bravery, control, patience
The Hermit – seclusion, introspection, search for truth
Wheel of Fortune – change, fate, cycles of life, destiny
Justice – cause and effect, truth, law, fairness
The Hanged Man – martyrdom, sacrifice, letting go
Death – endings, change, transformation, transition
Temperance – patience, middle-of-the-road, moderation, balance
The Devil – addictions, struggle, materialism, inner-demons
The Tower – sudden change, disaster, total collapse
The Star – hope, faith, renewal, peace
The Moon – intuition, illusions, inner-guidance, anxiety
The Sun – celebration, positivity, playfulness, vitality
Judgement – reflection, awakening, absolution
The World – completion, harmony, accomplishment, travel
The Cups cards represent your relationships, intuition and emotions. These cards can guide you in love while helping you understand and process your lowest and highest feelings.
- Ruled by Water
- Themes of: Love, feelings, relationships, healing, connections, matters of the heart, leading with heart over head
The Pentacles cards are associated with your domestic life, finances and work life. These cards can answer questions about your personal goals and your family, money and health.
- Ruled by Earth
- Themes of: Groundedness, material realm, finances, health, work/career, property, family, inheritance
The Swords cards are all about your challenges. These cards can tell you when conflict and heartache are wondering and help you to harness the strength of your own being.
- Ruled by Air
- Themes of: Thoughts, intellect, attitude, beliefs, knowledge, action, change, conflict, challenge, leading with head over heart
The Wands cards are about invention, action, and initiative. These cards help to guide how you move through your life, while advising when to continue moving and when to hold back.
- Ruled by Fire
- Themes of: Spirituality, creativity, inspiration, passion, sexuality, expansion