Astrological Attributions

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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 Elements

The astrological order of the four elements is: Fire, Earth, Air then Water, which is repeated three times.

Tarot Astrology and Dates
ZodiacMajorCourtMinorDecDates
01AriesEmperorQueen of Wands2 of Wands0 – 10Mar 21 – 30
023 of Wands10 – 20Mar 31 – Apr 10
03King of Disks4 of Wands20 – 30Apr 11- 20
04TaurusHierophant5 of Disks0 -10Apr 21- 30
056 of Disks10 – 20May 1 – 10
06Knight of SwordsSeven of Disks20 – 30May 11 – 20
07GeminiLoversEight of Swords0 -10May 21 – 31
08Nine of Swords10 – 20Jun 1 – 10
09Queen of CupsTen of Swords20 – 30Jun 11 – 20
10CancerChariotTwo of Cups0 -10Jun 21 – Jul 1
11Three of Cups10 – 20Jul 2 – 11
12King of WandsFour of Cups20 – 30Jul 12 – 21
13LeoStrength5 of Wands0 – 10Jul 22 – Aug 1
14Six of Wands10 – 20Aug 2 – 11
15Knight of Disks7 of Wands20 – 30Aug 12 – 22
16VirgoHermitEight of Disks0 – 10Aug 23 – Sep 1
179 of Disks10 – 20Sep 2 – 11
18Queen of Swords10 of Disks20 – 30Sep 12 – 22
19LibraJusticeTwo of Swords0 – 10Sep 23 – Oct 2
20Three of Swords10 – 20Oct 3 – 12
21King of CupsFour of Swords20 – 30Oct 13 – 22
22ScorpioDeathFive of Cups0 – 10Oct 23 – Nov 2
23Six of Cups10 – 20Nov 3 – 12
24Knight of WandsSeven of Cups20 – 30Nov 13 – 22
25SagittariusTemperance8 of Wands0 – 10Nov 23 – Dec 2
269 of Wands10 – 20Dec 3 – 12
27Queen of Disks10 of Wands20 – 30Dec 13 – 21
28CapricornDevil2 of Pentacles0 – 10Dec 22 – 30
293 of Pentacles10 – 20Dec 31 – Jan 9
30King of Swords4 of Pentacles20 – 30Jan 10 -19
31AquariusStarFive of Swords0 – 10Jan 20 – 29
32Six of Swords10 – 20Jan 30 – Feb 8
33Knight of CupsSeven of Swords20 – 30Feb 9 – 18
34PiscesMoonEight of Cups0 – 10Feb 19 – 28
35Nine of Cups10 – 20Mar 1 – 10
36Queen of WandsTen of Cups20 – 30Mar 11 – 20

The attributions of the Major cards to the planets are:

Fool
Fool

Fool  – Uranus

 

 

 

 

 

Magician
Magician

Magus – Mercury

 

 

 

 

 

High Priestess
High Priestess

High Priestess – Moon

 

 

 

 

 

Empress
Empress

Empress – Venus

 

 

 

 

 

10 Fortune in the Book of Thoth
Fortune

Wheel of Fortune – Jupiter

 

 

 

 

 

Hanged Man
Hanged Man

Hanged Man – Neptune

 

 

 

 

 

The Tower in the Book of Law
Tower

The Tower – Mars

 

 

 

 

Sun
Sun

The Sun – Sun

 

 

 

 

Aeon/Judgment
Aeon/Judgment

Aeon – Pluto

 

 

 

 

 

Universe/World
Universe/World

Universe or World – Saturn

Exercises

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.

Advanced Exercise

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.

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Learning the astrological attributions to each tarot card will help you become a better and more accurate tarot reader
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