Tarot Card meanings
Click on the cards below to see the definitions and tarot card meaning, including Thoth Tarot. The tarot meanings of the individual cards are used by Tarot readers as the basis of interpretation in their tarot readings.
I include a YouTube video I made at the beginning for each card and my own insights before I list the tarot meanings from the Golden Dawn, AE Waite, Aleister Crowley, McGregor Mathers, Etteilla, Paul Foster Case, PD Ouspensky, and Thierens.
Tarot card meanings of Major Arcana
The 22 Tarot Major Arcana cards are the best known in the Tarot. The 22 cards relate to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and the astrological attributions from the Sepher Yetsirah. There are many ways of understanding the order and symbolism of these cards, which are explored on this site, particularly Liber 777. Many Major cards in a reading show situations out of control of the client. In contrast, relatively few Major cards show that the client is in control.
Tarot card meanings of Wands Minor Arcana
The Wands are concerned with actions and will, the element fire and Atziluth and Chokmah, Wisdom, on the Tree of Life. The primary symbol is the wand or stave. Many Wands in a reading show a dynamic situation, lots of change, possibly stressful.
Tarot card meanings of Cups Minor Arcana
The Cups are water, emotions and feelings, which includes relationships. The primary symbol is the cup or grail. On the Tree of Life, Cups relate to Binah, Understanding, and Briah. Many Cups in a reading shows a passive, fluid, or dreamy situation.
Tarot card meanings of Swords Minor Arcana
The Swords are Air, and are to do with the mind and intellect. The Sword is the primary symbol. On the Tree of Life, Swords relate to Tipareth and Yetsirah, Formation. Many Swords in a reading show problems and worries.
Tarot card meanings of Disks Minor Arcana
Originally known as pentacles, the Disks represent Earth, and Malkuth and Assiah on the Tree of Life. Disks relate to work, money and practical matters. Many Disks in a reading show an emphasis on work and career, and can be dull, as other areas of life are neglected.
Tarot card meanings of Court Cards
The sixteen Court cards are divided into four groups between the four elements. The Knight is the father, related to Chokmah. The Queen is the mother, related to Binah. The Prince is the son, related to Tipareth. The Princesses are associated with Malkuth and Kether, and are from outside the Tree of Life.