Each of the 78 Tarot Cards has its particular astrological significance. By introducing the following astrological connotations, we can expand the meaning of the cards and learn how to map Tarot and Astrology- two crucial and seemingly unrelated metaphysical areas.
In the following we will establish a link between each of the Major Arcana cards and the corresponding Horoscope Signs and Astrological Planets.
0. The Fool – The Fool is related to planet Neptune. A lot of authors, though, claim that this tarot card is somewhat more akin to Uranus. Our firm belief is that Neptune is indeed the planet responsible for the the energies that this card brings, that is, everything related to visions, subconscious urges, and weirdness.
1. The Magician is a card of Mercury, planet that brings communication, knowledge acquisition, and information as well as promotes the intellectual processes.
2. The High Priestess is related to the Moon. This means that here we deal with secrecy, intuition, inner strength, and subconscious streams and activity.
3. The Empress is a tarot card of Venus, related to the primal female energy (anima), fertility, beauty, luxury, and gain.
4. The Emperor tarot card is related to the astrological sign of Aries. It speaks of strength, male energy, ambition, activity and domination.
5. The Hierophant is associated to the sign of Taurus. This sign is brings stability, wisdom, persistence, and slow but efficient actions.
6. The Lovers is a card of the zodiac sign of Gemini. It hints toward the need to make a choice when there are two possible options, when there is hesitancy and dilemma.
7. The Chariot is related to the astrological sign of Cancer. Here we have slow and steady progress, and emotional sensibility.
8. Justice is related to the sign of Libra. Libra indicates just what this tarot cards innately represents: law, order, declarations, contracts, and seeking for the truth.
9. The Hermit is a tarot card of Virgo, where we see wisdom and prudence, reflection, consideration and inaction.
10. Wheel of Fortune is a card of Jupiter. It speaks of beneficial circumstances, favorable changes, and positive outcomes.
11. Strength is a tarot card of Leo, suggesting strength of will, passion, success and endeavor.
12. The Hanged Man is a tarot card of Pluto. It can help us learn a thing or two about sacrifice, punishment, suffering and endurance, but simultaneously, also about how to change the current situation for the better.
13. Death is a card of Scorpio. It will teach us of the termination of some processes, and of the turnovers that bring the possibility of new actions.
14. Temperance is a Sagittarius card. It points toward the possibility of adjustment, creating balance, and constructive activity.
15. The Devil is linked to the astrological sign of Capricorn, punctuating the materialism that leads to temptation, calculation, and interest.
16. The Tower is a tarot card of Mars – a planet that puts forward aggression, hostility and destruction, harmful actions and sudden troubles.
17. The Star is a tarot card of Aquarius and it speaks of spontaneity, attunement with the higher forces, friendly influences and attainment of our life goals.
18. The Moon is related to the Pisces, indicating unclear situations, running away from reality, wrong impressions, and hidden motives.
19. The Sun is a card of our star – our Sun. It indicates a totally clear and positive situation, personal strength, pleasure and success.
20. Judgment is related to planet Saturn. It means facing our deeds, bearing responsibility, but also new possibilities after the completion of the previous cycle.
21. The World is a card of Uranus. It brings opening new horizons, changes in any sense, and new life opportunities.
In addition to the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana cards also have a definite and important astrological meaning. We will describe them while considering their general properties and meanings of those tarot cards.
Please note that some of the tarot cards might have slightly changed symbolic and astrological meanings as compared to the original design. This is partly due to the new meanings added only recently after the discovery of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
The more you get to know your tarot cards and the more you discover the wondrous world of astrology, the more you realize how the above mapping makes a profound sense and brings insights into the nature of man and of society. Each of us has all the 12 astrological signs in their chart, and we all pass through the influence of the zodiac signs during the course of the year. Therefore, knowing how astrology relates to the tarot, as well as knowing what astrological meaning a certain tarot card possesses is of great importance, in our daily tarot readings and for our self-development practice. Above all we can say that, if correctly applied, this knowledge can and should be reflected in a positive manner upon our everyday life, our spiritual growth, and our personal development.