Favorite Tarot Decks

Most people, once they learn to use the Tarot, end up with lots of Tarot decks.  And like most people, I learned to read cards using a deck with more traditional symbolism and imagery–actually, I learned with two decks.  The Renaissance Tarot and one of my still favorites, the Robin Wood Tarot.  I’ve long since […]

Major Arcana: 0 The Fool

The Fool is card zero in the Tarot and the first of the Major Arcana cards.  It all starts here, with one person on a journey.

The Fool is a young person, carefree and not very careful.  In most Tarot decks, The Fool is male.  He’s got a bag slung over his shoulder, a dog at […]

Major Arcana: 4 The Emperor

Most little white books call this card the father card, the typical authority figure.  While that is often true, there’s a lot more to the Emperor than that.

He’s usually depicted seated on a regal throne, with mountains, skyscrapers or vast castles rising behind him.  The Emperor appears stern and still, unmovable.  And that’s about right […]

Major Arcana: 7 The Chariot

Just like the previous Major Arcana (sometimes called a Trump) card, the Lovers, the Chariot is also about choices.

The difference is that in the Lovers, the choice is personal and internal.  In the Chariot, the choices being faced are much more external and active.

In most Tarot decks, the Chariot features a male angelic-looking driver, being […]

Major Arcana: 8 Strength

In nearly every Tarot deck, the Strength card depicts a beautiful woman taming a wild beast.  Often, it’s a lion, and she’s holding his jaws, controlling the beast.  One of my favorite images of this card is from the Dark Grimoire Tarot, where a woman faces a massive Lovecraftian beast, calmly holding her palm up, […]

Major Arcana: 9 The Hermit

The Hermit has always been one of my favorite Major Arcana cards.  Maybe it’s because the Tarot card is usually rendered in dark blues and purples, maybe it’s the image of that lantern, serving as a beacon for the rest of us, shining down from such a removed distance from the world.

Whatever else the Hermit […]

Major Arcana; 15 The Devil

When the Devil card shows up in a Tarot reading, it’s pretty obvious that things are not going well.  Yes, that’s an understatement.  A big, fat one.

But let me first be clear about one thing.  The Devil card is not about the religious concept of the devil.  This card is not about some hellish beast […]

Major Arcana: 16 The Tower

At card sixteen of the Tarot Trumps, we’re still in the realm of active and monumental concepts.  The Tower is one of the most active Tarot cards of all.

Just look at it: dark, thundery skies and lightning bolts striking the Tower itself.  A man and a woman plummet in darkness toward the sea.  Not exactly […]