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Tarot and Astrology

Tarot and astrology make a fine marriage. Where the Tarot is fluid, conceptual, and intuitive interpretation, astrology counters the balance with structure, calculation, analyzing and empirical interpretation.

It has been said that the Tarot is the king of all wisdom-seeking systems because of its diversity. This is largely due because the Tarot incorporates so many other forms of symbolism and esoteric reading systems.

Each of the major Arcana cards corresponds with the stars, moons and planets within the zodiac. It is unknown who originally combined Tarot and astrology, but Tarot scholars have been making these correlations for centuries.

There is some consternation when we discover different scholars have assigned different astral signifiers to the trumps according to their own experience and perspective. Don?t let this be a deterrent in utilizing the Tarot and astrology together (the associations listed below are the most common).

Tarot and astrology are two vastly powerful oracles, and their combination can provide profound insight to your readings. However, you may find some of the astral characteristics do not easily match up with your trumps personality, or align neatly within your spread.

When you encounter a juxtaposed scenario, take the time to really contemplate it. If the major Arcana and astral signifier completely confound you - odds are your left-brain (analytical) is arguing with your right-brain (creative). Let the two sides battle it out a bit - then relax. Completely relax yourself - maybe even step away from the spread for a time. Chances are very high that your conflicting perspective will find a happy confluence. When we relax and let the meanings float around in our energies for a bit we find that similarities do come, and often the conclusions we draw are massively potent.

Below is a chart showing the trump and its corresponding astrological signifier. The symbol, name and prime characteristic of the astrological sun sign, moon or planet is given for your reference also.

Card Symbol Name Characteristics
Fool uranus symbol corresponds with the fool card Uranus Modern thought, Experimentation, New ideas
Magician Mercury symbol corresponds with the Magician card Mercury Relation, Connection, Understanding, Enlivening
Priestess Moon symbol corresponds with the Priestess card Moon Sensitivity, Moods, Intuition, Subconscious thought
Empress Venus symbol corresponds with the Empress card Venus Beauty, Love, Art, Music, Poetry, Pleasure, Refinement
Emperor Aries symbol corresponds with the Emperor card Aries Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious
Hierophant Taurus symbol corresponds with the Hierophant card Taurus Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience
Lovers Gemini symbol corresponds with the Lovers card Gemini Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable
Chariot Cancer symbol corresponds with the Chariot card Cancer Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective
Strength Leo symbol corresponds with the Strength card Leo Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative
Hermit Virgo symbol corresponds with the Hermit card Virgo Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful
Wheel Jupiter symbol corresponds with the Wheel card Jupiter Enthusiasm, Hope, Good fortune, Expansion, Receptivity
Justice Libra symbol corresponds with the Justice card Libra Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection
Hanged Man Neptune symbol corresponds with the Hanged Man card Neptune Illusion, Imagination, Idealism, Psychic, Distortion
Death Scorpio symbol corresponds with the Death card Scorpio Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding
Temperance Sagittarius symbol corresponds with the Temperance card Sagittarius Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism
Devil Capricorn symbol corresponds with the Devil card Capricorn Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful
Tower Mars symbol corresponds with the Tower card Mars Facilitation, Intensity, Courage, Energy, Assertion
Star Aquarius symbol corresponds with the Star card Aquarius Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous
Moon Pisces symbol corresponds with the Moon card Pisces Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive
Sun Sun symbol corresponds with the Sun card Sun Focus, Energy, Vitality, Creativity, Will, Identity
Judgment Pluto symbol corresponds with the Judgment card Pluto Perspective, Enlightement, Improvement, Experience
World Saturn symbol corresponds with the World card Saturn Concentration, Discipline, Accomplishment, Depth, Patience

Begin to familiarize yourself with the Tarot and astrology union and contemplate the common correlations above. The more you involve yourself with these associations and incorporate them in your readings, you?ll find Tarot and astrology can be extremely complimentary and very resourceful bedfellows.

Related Tarot links on this site:

Portal Page for other Aspects of the Tarot

Numerology and the Tarot

Colorology and the Tarot

Tarot and Crystal Meanings

Dream Interpretation with Tarot

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