Rider-Waite Major Arcana

Divinatory meanings, keywords, attributes and descriptions for the twenty-two cards of the Rider-Waite Major Arcana tarot deck

0 The Fool – Rider-Waite

0 The Fool – Rider-Waite

Keywords of the Rider-Waite Fool card Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment. Reversed Keywords Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity. Symbolism of the RWS Fool Dog Aleph Shin Rider-Waite - The Fool...

1 The Magician – Rider-Waite

1 The Magician – Rider-Waite

Keywords for The Magician Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety; sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies; self-confidence, will; the Querent, if male. Reversed Magician Keywords Physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet. Rider-Waite - The Magician A...

2 The High Priestess – Rider-Waite

2 The High Priestess – Rider-Waite

Keywords for The High Priestess Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science. Reversed keywords for the High Priestess Passion, moral or...

3 The Empress – Rider-Waite

3 The Empress – Rider-Waite

The Empress Keywords Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance.The Empress Reversed Keywords Light, truth, the unravelling of involved matters, public rejoicings; according to another reading,...

4 The Emperor – Rider-Waite

4 The Emperor – Rider-Waite

The Emperor Keywords Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will. The Emperor Reversed keywords Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity. Rider-Waite - The...

5 The Hierophant – Rider-Waite

5 The Hierophant – Rider-Waite

The Hierophant Keywords & Meanings Marriage, alliance, captivity, servitude; by another account, mercy and goodness; inspiration; the man to whom the Querent has recourse. The Hierophant Reversed Meanings Society, good understanding, concord, over-kindness,...

6 The Lovers – Rider-Waite

6 The Lovers – Rider-Waite

Keywords for the Lovers Attraction, love, beauty, trials overcome. Keywords for The Lovers Reversed Failure, foolish designs. Another account speaks of marriage frustrated and contrarities of all kinds. Rider-Waite - The Lovers description The sun shines in the...

7 The Chariot – Rider-Waite

7 The Chariot – Rider-Waite

Keywords for the Chariot Succour, providence; also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble. Keywords for the Chariot Reversed Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat. Rider-Waite - The Chariot description An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword...

8 Strength – Rider-Waite

8 Strength – Rider-Waite

Strength Keywords Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity; also complete success and honours. Strength Reversed Keywords Despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord, sometimes even disgrace. Rider-Waite - Strength Description A woman, over whose head there broods...

9 The Hermit – Rider-Waite

9 The Hermit – Rider-Waite

The Hermit Keywords Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption. The Hermit Keywords reversed Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution. Rider-Waite - The Hermit description The variation from the...

10 Wheel of Fortune – Rider-Waite

10 Wheel of Fortune – Rider-Waite

Wheel of Fortune keywords Destiny, fortune, success, elevation, luck, felicity. Wheel of Fortune Keywords reversed Increase, abundance, superfluity. Rider-Waite Wheel of Fortune Description In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Éliphas Lévi, who...

11 Justice – Rider-Waite

11 Justice – Rider-Waite

Justice Divinatory meanings & Keywords Equity, rightness, probity, executive; triumph of the observing side in law.  Justice Reversed Meanings and Keywords Law in all departments, legal complications, bigotry, bias, excessive severity. Rider-Waite - Justice...