Astrological Attributions of the Tarot for making predictions
Learning the astrological attributions to each tarot card will help you become a better and more accurate tarot reader. The divinatory meanings of the card tell the reader what is happening, while the astrological attributions, when right, tell the reader when it will happen.
There is also an association with the signs and decanates, which is very useful for when making predictions. The associations are based upon the letter attributions in the Sepher Yetsirah. There are several versions, but we use the Golden Dawn system for consistency.
The Table below is divided into three main sections. The Zodiac column has the signs in the usual order starting with Aries. The ‘Major’ column gives the twelve Major cards associated with sun signs. The Court column shows how the attributions of the court cards (not the Princesses which rule around the Pole Star) are ‘offset’ by ten degrees, which equates to around ten days. The ‘Minor’ column lists the Minor cards in the astrological order, not the sephirotic sequence; the Aces are omitted as they rule the quadrant around the Pole Star with the Princesses. Note that the column starts with Ten of Cups, which is part of the end of the sequence, not Aries. The Decanate column gives the degrees ruled by each card. The ‘Dates’ column has a multifunction, depending on what card you are looking at.
The astrological order of the four elements is: Fire, Earth, Air then Water, which is repeated three times.
|01||Aries||Emperor||Queen of Wands||2 of Wands||0 – 10||Mar 21 – 30|
|02||3 of Wands||10 – 20||Mar 31 – Apr 10|
|03||King of Disks||4 of Wands||20 – 30||Apr 11- 20|
|04||Taurus||Hierophant||5 of Disks||0 -10||Apr 21- 30|
|05||6 of Disks||10 – 20||May 1 – 10|
|06||Knight of Swords||Seven of Disks||20 – 30||May 11 – 20|
|07||Gemini||Lovers||Eight of Swords||0 -10||May 21 – 31|
|08||Nine of Swords||10 – 20||Jun 1 – 10|
|09||Queen of Cups||Ten of Swords||20 – 30||Jun 11 – 20|
|10||Cancer||Chariot||Two of Cups||0 -10||Jun 21 – Jul 1|
|11||Three of Cups||10 – 20||Jul 2 – 11|
|12||King of Wands||Four of Cups||20 – 30||Jul 12 – 21|
|13||Leo||Strength||5 of Wands||0 – 10||Jul 22 – Aug 1|
|14||Six of Wands||10 – 20||Aug 2 – 11|
|15||Knight of Disks||7 of Wands||20 – 30||Aug 12 – 22|
|16||Virgo||Hermit||Eight of Disks||0 – 10||Aug 23 – Sep 1|
|17||9 of Disks||10 – 20||Sep 2 – 11|
|18||Queen of Swords||10 of Disks||20 – 30||Sep 12 – 22|
|19||Libra||Justice||Two of Swords||0 – 10||Sep 23 – Oct 2|
|20||Three of Swords||10 – 20||Oct 3 – 12|
|21||King of Cups||Four of Swords||20 – 30||Oct 13 – 22|
|22||Scorpio||Death||Five of Cups||0 – 10||Oct 23 – Nov 2|
|23||Six of Cups||10 – 20||Nov 3 – 12|
|24||Knight of Wands||Seven of Cups||20 – 30||Nov 13 – 22|
|25||Sagittarius||Temperance||8 of Wands||0 – 10||Nov 23 – Dec 2|
|26||9 of Wands||10 – 20||Dec 3 – 12|
|27||Queen of Disks||10 of Wands||20 – 30||Dec 13 – 21|
|28||Capricorn||Devil||2 of Pentacles||0 – 10||Dec 22 – 30|
|29||3 of Pentacles||10 – 20||Dec 31 – Jan 9|
|30||King of Swords||4 of Pentacles||20 – 30||Jan 10 -19|
|31||Aquarius||Star||Five of Swords||0 – 10||Jan 20 – 29|
|32||Six of Swords||10 – 20||Jan 30 – Feb 8|
|33||Knight of Cups||Seven of Swords||20 – 30||Feb 9 – 18|
|34||Pisces||Moon||Eight of Cups||0 – 10||Feb 19 – 28|
|35||Nine of Cups||10 – 20||Mar 1 – 10|
|36||Queen of Wands||Ten of Cups||20 – 30||Mar 11 – 20|
The attributions of the Major cards to the planets are:
Fool – Uranus
Magus – Mercury
High Priestess – Moon
Empress – Venus
Wheel of Fortune – Jupiter
Hanged Man – Neptune
The Tower – Mars
The Sun – Sun
Aeon – Pluto
Universe or World – Saturn
Working with a partner, take turns to hold up a card. The other person should state the dates or periods of time represented by the card.
One student calls out a day of the year, and the other student has to announce the cards associated with it.
Points to Ponder
The system of Elemental Dignities does not apply when looking at astrology, nor do we need to look at the divinatory meanings, such as Ruin for the Ten of Swords or Love for the Two of Cups. The important aspect is that of time, the number of days associated with the cards. This system is very useful when the querent asks about a partner, and if they know their sun sign (they usually do), you can scan through the spread to find the associated cards. The advantage of this system is that you do not have to rely on hair colour etc from the traditional tarot system. Knowing and expressing the astrological attributions where necessary in a reading usually impresses the querent, and gives them confidence in your abilities.