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 into 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 – 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 signification. The symbol, name, and prime characteristic of the astrological sun sign, moon, or planet is given for your reference also.
Tarot and Astrology: Chart of Correspondences
|Fool||Uranus||Modern thought, Experimentation, New ideas|
|Magician||Mercury||Relations, Connection, Understanding, Transformation|
|Priestess||Moon||Sensitivity, Mood, Intuition, Subconscious thought|
|Empress||Venus||Beauty, Love, Art, Music, Poetry, Pleasure, Refinement|
|Emperor||Aries||Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious|
|Hierophant||Taurus||Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience|
|Lovers||Gemini||Communication, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable|
|Chariot||Cancer||Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive|
|Strength||Leo||Ruling, Warmth, Power, Faithful, Initiative, Compassion|
|Hermit||Virgo||Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful|
|Wheel||Jupiter||Enthusiasm, Hope, Good fortune, Expansion, Receptivity|
|Justice||Libra||Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection|
|Hanged Man||Neptune||Illusion, Imagination, Idealism, Psychic, Distortion|
|Death||Scorpio||Transient, Self-willed, Purposeful, Unyielding, Isolated|
|Temperance||Sagittarius||Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism|
|Devil||Capricorn||Determination, Dominance, Persevering, Practical, Willful|
|Tower||Mars||Facilitation, Intensity, Courage, Energy, Assertion|
|Star||Aquarius||Knowledge, Humanitarianism,Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous|
|Moon||Pisces||Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Perceptive|
|Sun||Sun||Focus, Energy, Vitality, Creativity, Will, Identity|
|Judgment||Pluto||Perspective, Enlightenment, Improvement, Experience, Realization|
|World||Saturn||Concentration, Discipline, Accomplishment, Depth, Patience|
If you begin to familiarize yourself with the Tarot and astrology union and contemplate the common correlations above, you will find a deeper connection to each of the Major Arcana icons.
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.
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I hope you have enjoyed these correspondences between Tarot and astrology. If you did the symbolism of the stars, check out the links at the end of this page. I’ve written tons more astrology posts on my other website…check out the links below.
- About Astrology
- Zodiac Signs and Meanings
- Zodiac Sign Dates – A Quick Reference Chart
- Meaning of Sun Signs
- Burmese Zodiac Animal Signs
- Celtic Tree Astrology
- Celtic Animal Signs (Lunar Zodiac)
- Chinese Zodiac Signs
- Zodiac Flower Signs
- Native American Zodiac Animals
- Astrological Meaning of Days
- Astrological Body Meanings
- Intro to Moon Sign Meanings
- Zodiac Gemstone Meanings
- Moon Sign Calculator and Symbolism
- Moon Sign Personality Types
- Native American Moon Signs
- Symbolic List of Planets
- The Sun
- The Moon
- The Earth