Basic Tarot Card Meanings

Basic Tarot Card MeaningsThe Minor Arcana

Wands
Usually predict energy, growth, enterprise, animation, and glory.

Ace of wands Upright

A creative beginning, a new business venture, a profitable journey, an inheritance, a new career, a birth in the family

Reversed
Selfishness may spoil the venture; setbacks for a new enterprise, a journey may be put off, a lack of determination

Two of Wands Upright
A kind and generous person, an interest in science, patience, creative ability, courage, good things to come

Reversed
Caution is advised against impatience, a possible domination by others

Three of Wands Upright
Cooperation in business affairs, trade and commerce, success brought by a good partnership, practical help may come from a successful person

Reversed
A tendency to scatter energies, mistakes are made through carelessness, disappointment, caution against pride and arrogance

Four of Wands Upright
The beauty of the harvest home, perfected work, prosperity, peace, celebration after labor, end of romance in marriage, happy holidays to come

Reversed
Learning to appreciate the little things in life, beauty of nature, peace, harmony

Five of Wands Upright
Competition, possibility of a lawsuit or quarrel, obstacles, courage

Reversed
Harmony, new opportunities, generosity

Six of Wands Upright
Good news, victory, success after labor, helpful friends, leadership during journey

Reversed
Rewards are delayed, postponed trip, bad news, an insolent winner, pride in riches/success

Seven of Wands Upright
The ability to "hold one's own" against adversaries, stiff competition in business, a fight won, a fight one may have to face soon, victory, energy, courage

Reversed
The threat will pass by, don't let others take advantage, caution against indecision, patience

Eight of Wands Upright
A Goal is approaching, new ideas, a journey by air, love will find its mark, love of open air, gardens, meadows

Reversed
Jealousy, violence, quarrels, domestic disputes, a force of courage or boldness is applied to suddenly

Nine of Wands Upright
Preparedness, eventual victory, good health, strength in reserve, tendency to obstinacy

Reversed
Unprepared ness, refusal to fight, weakness in character, ill health, bending over adversity

Ten of Wands Upright
An oppressive load, pain, all plans or projects ruined, complete failure

Reversed
Strength, energy, a desire to ruin the happiness of others, a clever person

Page of Wands Upright
Brilliance, courage, beauty, sudden anger or love, great enthusiasm, a messenger

Reversed
Superficial, theatrical, unstable, a broken heart, bad news to come

Knight of Wands Upright
An impetuous nature, generous friend, a lover, haste, a journey, the coming or going of a matter is of much concern

Reversed
Discord, work interrupted, jealousy, narrow-mindedness, suspicion, the journey is delayed

Queen of Wands Upright
A woman, fondness of nature or of the home, attraction, command, someone who is well liked or honorable

Reversed
Strict, domineering, a jealous and revengeful nature, deceit, infidelity

King of Wands Upright
Gentlemen, father, passionate, generous, noble, a good leader

Reversed
Severe, unyielding, strict, intolerance, prejudice, quarrels

Cups
Usually predict love, happiness, fertility, and beauty.

Ace of Cups Upright
The beginning of love, joy, beauty, or good health

Reverse
Diffidence to accept the things that come from the heart, love under a selfish grasp, egotism

Two of Cups Upright
A new romance, a well balanced friendship is beginning, harmony, cooperation

Reverse
A loss of balance in a relationship, a violent passion, love turning bad, a misunderstanding

Three of Cups Upright

A good fortune in love, a happy conclusion, unknown talents are discovered, a sensitive and sympathetic person, hospitality

Reverse
Pain, gossip, unknown talents remain hidden, overindulgence

Four of Cups Upright
Reevaluation, dissatisfaction with success, kindness may come from others

Reverse

New relationships possible, new goals, new ambitions, action

Five of Cups Upright
Sorrow, loss of a loved one, a broken marriage, disillusionment, vain regret

Reversed
Return of hope, new relationships are beginning, return of a loved one, courage is summoned from within

Six of Cups Upright

A gift from a childhood acquaintance, happiness and pleasure brought from the past, good memories, a new friendship, a gift from an admirer, new opportunities

Reverse
Living in the past, outworn friendships, disappointment

Seven of Cups Upright
A long-worked imagination, unable to choose one's direction in life, illusory success

Reverse
A good use of determination, will-power, a definite path will be chosen

Eight of Cups Upright
An abandonment of one's current path in life, disappointment in love, misery and repining without cause, desire to leave one's success for something higher

Reverse
Search for pleasure, seeking joy or success, a new love interest

Nine of Cups Upright
An assured future, physical well-being, a wish may come true

Reverse
A lack in money, overindulgence, illness, a wish may not come true

Ten of Cups Upright
A happy family life, true friendships, lasting happiness

Reverse
A family quarrel, loss of a friendship, children may turn against their parents, waste

Page of Cups Upright
Gentleness, sweetness, kindness, an interest in poetry or art, news

Reverse
Selfishness, little desire to create, a poor imagination

Knight of Cups Upright
Intelligence, romantic dreamer, the coming or going of an emotional matter

Reverse
Trickery, fraud, sensuality, idleness, an untruthful person

Queen of Cups Upright
Imagination out-ways one's common sense, a good wife or loving mother, happiness, gentle, a good natured person

Reverse
An over-active imagination, perverse, pleasure and happiness may turn bitter

King of Cups Upright
A business man, a man of law, kindness, a considerate person, a willingness to take on responsibility, and enjoyment of the arts or sciences

Reverse
A powerful man but a double-dealer, crafty, violent, scandal

Swords
Usually predict aggression, force, ambition, courage, strife, misfortune

Ace of Swords Upright
Beginning of a victory, ability to love and hate with ardor, a valiant leader may be born

Reverse
Caution when trying to use power to gain ending, obstacles, tyranny

Two of Swords Upright
Well balanced emotions are needed, indecision, trouble ahead, in need of direction

Reverse
Release, beware when dealing with the unscrupulous

Three of Swords Upright
Affections may experience "stormy weather", lovers separated, possible civil war

Reverse
Disorder, confusion, loss, sorrow due to loss

Four of Swords Upright
Rest after strife, retreat, temporary exile, a change back to the "active life"

Reverse
Renewed activity, social unrest, labor strikes

Five of Swords Upright
Failure, defeat, cowardliness, cruelty, an empty victory

Reverse
A lesser chance of loss or defeat, an empty victory, unfairness in dealings

Six of Swords Upright
A journey, passage away from sorrow, harmony will prevail

Reverse
Journey will be postponed, no way out of present obstacles or difficulties

Seven of Swords Upright
An unwise attempt, unreliability, betrayal, insolence, spying, possible failure

Reverse
Excessive help is given, good advice, counsel, stolen items are returned

Eight of Swords Upright
Restricted action, indecision, censure, temporary illness, weakness, a prisoner

Reverse
Relaxation, new beginnings possible, freedom

Nine of Swords Upright
Suffering, doubt, desolation, illness, injury, death of a loved one, suspicion, cruelty, misery, loss, dishonesty, pitilessness, slander

Reverse
Healing over time, unselfishness, patience, good news of a loved one

Ten of Swords Upright
Sudden misfortune, ruin of plans, defeat, failure, pain and tears

Reverse
Evil forces are overthrown, courage, some success, better health

Page of Swords Upright
Dexterity, grace, diplomacy, understanding, an upsetting message

Reverse
A cunning person, an imposture, ill health, unexpected events

Knight of Swords Upright
A headlong rush into life, a strong man, bravery, a skillful and clever person, an unexpected coming or going of a matter

Reverse
Tyranny, a troublemaker, a crafty and secretive person

Queen of Swords Upright
A quick and confident decision, a widow, one who can bear their sorrow

Reverse
Cruelty due to keen observations, a sly and deceitful person, narrow mindedness, a gossip

King of Swords Upright
A judge, a powerful commander, a firm friendship holder but often overcautious, a wise counselor

Reverse
Evil intentions, an obstinate person, decisions or judgments may seem unfair

Pentacles
Usually predict money, industry, and material gain

Ace of Pentacles Upright
A new business venture, the beginning of prosperity, beginning of happiness or pleasure

Reverse
Possible greed or misery, money may not be everything

Two of Pentacles Upright

The ability to handle multiple situations, harmony is maintained during change, new projects may be difficult, expect a helpful message

Reverse

Difficulty with handling problems, expect a discouraging message

Three of Pentacles Upright
Reward for skills or abilities, approval, success through effort

Reverse
Quality in workmanship is neglected; good work is expended due to a preoccupation with money, common place ideals or ambitions

Four of Pentacles Upright
Love of power or money, a lack of give-and-take, miserly or ungenerous nature

Reverse

Some earthly possessions may be lost, obstacles or delays in business affairs, a spendthrift.

Five of Pentacles Upright
Loneliness, destitution, loss of possessions, poor health, despair due to spiritual impoverishment

Reverse
New employment, revived courage, a new interest

Six of Pentacles Upright
Sharing of prosperity, one will soon receive what is rightfully theirs, charity, gifts, and philanthropy, three-fold

Reverse
Bribes, unfairness, prosperity is threatened, jealousy, miserliness

Seven of Pentacles Upright
Effort and hard work will cause growth, a pause during development, reevaluations

Reverse

Little progress, impatience, anxiety, investments may be unprofitable

Eight of Pentacles Upright
Learning a trade or profession, employment is coming soon, skill, handiwork, small money gain

Reverse
Skills are not being used properly; a dislike of hard work, ambition is void

Nine of Pentacles Upright
Well-being, things in life are enjoyed alone, solitude, a green thumb

Reverse
Loss is possible, danger from thieves, caution

Ten of Pentacles Upright
Stable family, gain in wealth, property is acquired

Reverse
Family misfortune, caution, minds is dull, slothfulness

Page of Pentacles Upright
Scholar, generosity, kindness, a careful person, learning new ideas/opinions

Reverse
Wastefulness, luxury, rebellious, opposing ideas/opinions, bad news

Knight of Pentacles Upright
Trustworthy, a heavy and dull outlook, patience, accepting of responsibilities, an animal lover, a nature lover, the coming/going of a matter

Reverse
Irresponsible, impatience, timid ness, carelessness, a standstill in affairs

Queen of Pentacles Upright
Intelligence, thoughtfulness, a creative person, talents are used well, melancholy

Reverse
Too much dependence, neglected duties, mistrust, suspicion, not a very creative person

King of Pentacles Upright
A chief of industry or a banker, a reliable person, a married man, solid, steadiness

Reverse
Materialistic, slow to anger, high headed and inclined towards bribes.

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