Pentacles, Coins, Disks, Worlds

The Suit of Pentacles is often thought to come to the Tarot from the playing card suit of Diamonds.  The Pentacle suit also sometimes goes by Pentagrams, Worlds, Coins, Disks, or Rainbows, depending on the Tarot Deck and the ideas of its artist.  By whatever name, the cards in this suit all carry the same […]

Swords, Blades, Knives, Daggers

The Tarot Suit of Swords comes to us from the playing card suit of Spades.  The suit of swords is called by many names across the various Tarot decks.  I’ve seen swords in some decks called daggers, blades or knives, and even clouds in the Osho Zen Tarot.

Tarot Swords point to issues and concerns of […]


The Suit of Wands is believed to come to the Tarot from the playing card suit of Clubs.  In some decks, Wands are alternately called staves, clubs, rods, staffs, and even batons, but they all carry the same origin and meanings.

Some Tarot decks illustrate Wands as being connected with fire, and some with the element […]

Tarot Reversals

When a reversed Tarot card comes up in a reading, everyone seems to have a different opinion of how, and if, they should be read.  Some people see reversed cards as bad luck, and some refuse to read reversed Tarot cards at all.

Whether or not I read a Tarot card reversed in a reading depends […]

Tarot Suits: Cups

The Suit of Cups is often thought to be derived from the playing card suit of Hearts.  In Tarot, traditional decks and those based on Rider-Waite imagery often use Cups and Chalices interchangeably.  In art and other non-traditional decks, the suit of Cups can be called anything from Bowls to Urns, Vessels or Hearts.  I’ve […]

Major Arcana: 21 The World

And with the World card, we come to the end of the journey through the Tarot’s Major Arcana.  If you’ve not thought of the Trumps this way before, think about this: each card represents a major and important element of human experience.

The first twenty-one cards of the Tarot take us though periods of learning and […]

Major Arcana: 20 Judgment

Most people see the Judgment card and think about what they’ll say at the gates of heaven.  Judgment is the second to last card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana, and it is a card of completion.

The Judgment card is about what happens inside each of us when we finish a project or complete a circle.  […]

Major Arcana: 13 Death

At Major Arcana Tarot card number 13, the Death card, we’re definitely getting into heavier stuff.  In readings, when people draw this card, they visibly react.  Some people suck their breath in, other sit straighter in their chairs, and almost everyone starts to avoid eye contact.

They’re scared, but they shouldn’t be.  Death sounds bad, but […]

Major Arcana: 12 The Hanged Man

In most Tarot decks, the Hanged Man is actually hanging by a foot, rather than being hanged by the neck.  In some darker decks, you see the latter, but I think the former is more apt.

The Hanged Man isn’t about death or a man being hanged.  It’s about stasis.  It’s about being stuck, and how […]

Major Arcana: 11 Justice

The further into the Major Arcana cards you get, the more you get into abstract concepts rather than personality and person centered cards.

Sometimes the Major Arcana are called Trumps, based on an old concept of Triumphs and parades, which I’ll get to later, but understand that each Major or Trump Tarot card, well, trumps the […]