Rider-Waite Major Arcana

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

12 The Hanged Man – Rider-Waite

12 The Hanged Man – Rider-Waite

The Hanged Man Keywords Wisdom, circumspection, discernment, trials, sacrifice, intuition, divination, prophecy.Rider-Waite symbolism of The Hanged Man There are no obvious symbols. Rider-Waite - The Hanged Man description The gallows from which he is suspended forms...

13 Death – Rider-Waite

13 Death – Rider-Waite

Keywords for Death End, mortality, destruction, corruption; also for a man, the loss of a benefactor; for a woman, many contrarieties; for a maid, failure of marriage projects.  Reversed Keywords for Death Inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism;...

14 Temperance – Rider-Waite

14 Temperance – Rider-Waite

Temperance Keywords Household economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation. Temperance Reversed keywords Things connected with churches, religions, sects, the priesthood, sometimes even the priest who will marry the enquirer. PHB Note: Waite reversed the...

15 The Devil – Rider-Waite

15 The Devil – Rider-Waite

The Devil Keywords Ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, fatality; that which is predestined but is not for this reason evil. The devil Reversed Keywords Evil fatality, weakness, blindness. Rider-Waite - The Devil description The design is an...

16 The Tower – Rider-Waite

16 The Tower – Rider-Waite

Keywords for The Tower Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin. It is a card in particular of unforeseen catastrophe. Reversed Keywords for the Tower According to one account, the same in a lesser degree; also oppression,...

17 The Star – Rider-Waite

17 The Star – Rider-Waite

The Star Divinatory meanings and Keywords Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says hope and bright prospects.The Star Reversed meanings Arrogance, haughtiness, impotence. Rider-Waite - The Star         A great, radiant star of...

18 The Moon – Rider-Waite

18 The Moon – Rider-Waite

The Moon Keywords Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, occult forces, error. The Moon Reversed Meanings Instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error. Rider-Waite The Moon divinatory meanings The Moon tarot  arcana...

19 The Sun – Rider-Waite

19 The Sun – Rider-Waite

The Sun Keywords Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment.The Sun Reversed Keywords The same in a lesser sense. Rider-Waite - The Sun description The naked child mounted on a white horse and displaying a red standard has been mentioned already as the better...

20 Judgement – Rider-Waite

20 Judgement – Rider-Waite

Judgement keywords Change of position, renewal, outcome. Another account specifies total loss through lawsuit.Reversed keywords for Judgement Weakness, pusillanimity, simplicity; also deliberation, decision, sentence.  Rider-Waite - Judgement description I have said...

21 The World – Rider-Waite

21 The World – Rider-Waite

The World Keywords Assured success, recompense, voyage, route, emigration, flight, change of residence. The World Reversed Keywords Inertia, fixity, stagnation, permanence. Rider-Waite - The World Description The  Universe shows the end of a phase, which has its new...