Despite the almost hegemonic skepticism we find in modern society, humanity has not lost nor weakened its relationship with astrology – Largely because it plays such a fundamental role in shaping how we view the Zodiac and Tarot.

Astrology, in its simplest definition, is a field of knowledge created in ancient times by both the Greeks and a mixture of middle-eastern civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, etc.), which interprets the movement of astral bodies to direct life on Earth.

Most interactions between the typical layman and astrology happen in the form of your daily newspaper horoscope, a simplified form vilified by both skeptics and “believers” alike.

This last group is also quite numerous, comprising 22% of the total earth population, which is approximately 154 million! This serves to show that not only is it still relevant but also a valid field of study, even if you don’t believe it.

With this in mind, I have compiled a quick guide of astrological terms and information discussing ‘Zodiac and Tarot’.

The Zodiac And Tarot

The Zodiac is an astral map composed of several imaginary lines (much like those you see in a map of our globe), which track the movements of the astral bodies in the sky.

Zodiac and Tarot

It is divided into twelve sections, each named after a different constellation. That is what the word “Zodiac” means; it derives from the Greek term zōidiakòs kýklos, “the circle of little animals” in English.

Despite its relationship with spiritual and occult practices, the Zodiac was and is used to this day in astronomy, is the basis for the Ecliptic Coordinates system, primarily because of how precise its mappings are on the movement of the planets.

When it comes to astrology, the coordinates of the Sun, Moon, and planets are read and interpreted for guidance, under the belief that they influence what happens on Earth.

The scale of this guidance varies considerably; the Zodiac can be read to predict major historical events or to gain insight into one’s personal life; it all depends on the scope the astrologist is using.

So, how does all of this apply to your horoscope warning you about being too emotionally attached or avoiding a specific color on a particular day?

A horoscope reading considers the dominant astral body in the sky at the moment of your birth and uses it as a basis to read the current alignment of the cosmos and what that means to you.

When your astral body is at its peak, good fortune follows, when it is at a low, so are you, but that is only a small piece of the puzzle. The other has to do with cartomancy.

The Tarot as a deck of cards dates its existence back to the 14th century, having appeared in its modern form in the north of Italy.

Initially, they played mostly the same role as a regular deck of cards would for us today; the instruments of popular games between neighbors you may see them fulfill this role still in many places of the world.

The use of Tarot in cartomancy and other divination arts became widespread through the two French men Antoine Court and Jean Baptiste Alliette (Also known as Etellia).

There is no such thing as a standard set of Tarot decks; instead, they are divided into many regional variations that can be more broadly defined as southern (Latin countries like Italy Spain and Portugal), Northern (France), and Central (Germany).

This variation implies changes in the suit’s names and the illustrations of each card type, but don’t be intimidated, as all can be used to the same ends.

Cartomancy with Tarot cards is done based on the zodiac and its signs and it has a series of categories that help you read it for predictions.

The Major Arcana

The trump cards of the Tarot deck, the Major Arcana, signals excellent life lessons, karmic influences, and the more significant themes that conduct one’s life.

Each card symbolizes a series of virtues or values represented by different figures that embody it; for example, the Emperor, sitting on its throne, represents authority, structure, and order, but there’s a catch.

If a card of the Major Arcana is presented in Reverse, it represents a destructive form of its values, so if the Emperor represents order, it will become a symbol of tyranny and inflexibility.

The major Arcana comprises 22 of these cards, going from 0 to 21, twelve of which are associated with the different signs of the Zodiac.

The Minor Arcana

If the Major Arcana is about the great themes of your life, the Minor Arcana is about the small day-to-day events and presenting insight on a short-term basis.

Do not let the word “minor” fool you, our lives are nothing if not a series of small ordinary events, and having the knowledge, or at least a minimal orientation, about them, can have incredible benefits.

Within the Minor Arcana the cards are divided into smaller groups, the suits, the royal court and regular cards.

The Suits are the major families within the minor arcana, a feature they share with the standard game decks of today, the divergence is that each of them represents a different element, which we’ll cover lower in this article.

  • Wands (fire)
  • Cups (water)
  • Swords (air)
  • Pentacles (earth)

The Royal Court represents a mixture of two elements, and often predict events that will have significance in both. The elements of the court are:

  • Kings = element of Air
  • Queens = element of Water
  • Knights = element of Fire
  • Pages = element of Earth

So for example, if the person reading the cards were to pull out a king of wands, it would be an event of both fire and Air. But what exactly do the elements mean?

The Elements

Earth, Water Fire and Air are described in ancient philosophy as the base materials that make up the fabric of creation.

Astrology deviates from this concept in the sense that they become not the literal elements as they physically exist, but rather as the pure embodiment of the forces within us.

You can also say it is a way of interpreting the many parts that compose the world, your body, for example, can be described as having the four elements in your breath (air), blood (water), flesh (earth) and internal heat (fire).

This is their meaning within astrology:

Air – Represents logic and reason, it conveys feelings and inner thought, and is a great tool for self knowing.

Fire – Represents mental energy, it differs itself from air because while it represents logic, fire is ambition, one’s will to act.

Earth – Represents physical energy; in other words, the material that affects your senses. It helps those who build and produce things; it is also associated with fertility.

Water -Represents emotional energy, like the human heart, mutable, yet it shapes just as much it is developed. Extremely flexible, it can be deep or shallow, mild, or destructive.

Now that you are armed with the knowledge to interpret these terms of modern spirituality, its time for you to get a detailed layout of how all of these interact:

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

aries zodiac sign

The first sign of the zodiac, Aries tries to be the first in everything else; it marks those who live for competition and always strive to achieve the top, for good or bad.

This ambition and capacity to lead are represented in the card of The Emperor, but it also represents Aries’ tendency for tyranny.

Element: Fire

Major Arcana: The Emperor.

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Pentacles: Aries/Taurus
  • Queen of Wands: Pisces/Aries
  • Two of Wands: 1st decan of Aries – Mars
  • Three of Wands: 2nd decan of Aries – Sun
  • Four of Wands: 3rd decan of Aries – Venus

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

tauras zodiac sign

A materialistic sign, the Taurus revels in the fruits of his labor, but is also prone to hedonism, having the necessity to be surrounded by love and beauty.

It’s Arcana, being a symbol of faith and spiritual wisdom might seem contradictory at first, but the Hierophant also represents conformity and reliability, both characteristic of the Taurus.

Element: Earth

Major Arcana: The Hierophant

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Pentacles: Aries/Taurus
  • Knight of Swords: Taurus/Gemini
  • Five of Pentacles: 1st decan of Taurus – Mercury
  • Six of Pentacles: 2nd decan of Taurus – Moon
  • Seven of Pentacles: 3rd decan of Taurus – Saturn

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

gemini zodiac sign

Symbolizes duality and those born under its stars are known to variate between extremes, fun-loving and casual in the morning, severe and restless at noon, such is the way of the Gemini.

The card of the lovers represents harmony and equilibrium between opposites, both necessary virtues for a Gemini, in its inverted state, it will represent conflict or a lack of balance.

Element: Air

Major Arcana: The Lovers

Minor Arcana:

  • Queen of Cups: Gemini/Cancer
  • Knight of Swords: Taurus/Gemini
  • Eight of Swords: 1st decan of Gemini – Jupiter
  • Nine of Swords: 2nd decan of Gemini – Mars
  • Ten of Swords: 3rd decan of Gemini – Mercury

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

cancer zodiac sign

Emotional and intuitive, Cancer is guided by their feelings and the many phases of the moon, much like the sea. His humor comes in tides.

Its card is the chariot, which represents discipline and a willingness to act, without which a Cancer will find many hardships, its inverse form denounces a lack of direction and opposition to one’s goal.

Element: Water

Major Arcana: The Chariot

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Wands: Cancer/Leo
  • Queen of Cups: Gemini/Cancer
  • Two of Cups: 1st decan of Cancer – Venus
  • Three of Cups: 2nd decan of Cancer – Mercury
  • Four of Cups: 3rd decan of Cancer – Moon

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

leo zodiac sign

Born under the sign of royalty, Leo’s are charismatic, confident, and creative, which gives them the potential to be both great leaders, and they will never shy away from a challenge.

Its card is Strength, in all aspects, physical, emotional and spiritual, the Leo will always bring everything to its full potency, but it can sometimes be too much.

Element: Fire

Major Arcana: Strength

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Wands: Cancer/Leo
  • Knight of Pentacles: Leo/Virgo
  • Five of Wands: 1st decan of Leo – Saturn
  • Six of Wands: 2nd decan of Leo – Jupiter
  • Seven of Wands: 3rd decan of Leo – Mars

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

virgo zodiac sign

The most attentive to the details of all signs, Virgo is not the kind to leave anything to chance; they are systematic, rational, and potentially skeptical.

The Hermit represents a Virgo’s tendency for introspection and solitude, which can also become isolation and emotional distance if not regulated.

Element: Earth

Major Arcana: The Hermit

Minor Arcana:

  • Queen of Swords: Virgo/Libra
  • Knight of Pentacles: Leo/Virgo
  • Eight of Pentacles: 1st decan of Virgo – Sun
  • Nine of Pentacles: 2nd decan of Virgo – Venus
  • Ten of Pentacles: 3rd decan of Virgo – Mercury

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

libra zodiac sign

Those born as Libra’s are fair, love balance and seek justice always, they also have a love for other people and detest being alone

The justice card represents Libra’s fair treatment of others and how they put these virtues in high regard, though if it appears inverted, it might be seen as a betrayal of such ideals.

Element: Air

Major Arcana: Justice

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Cups: Libra/Scorpio
  • Queen of Swords: Virgo/Libra
  • Two of Swords: 1st decan of Libra – Moon
  • Three of Swords: 2nd decan of Libra – Saturn
  • Four of Swords: 3rd decan of Libra – Jupiter

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Scorpio zodiac sign

The sign of the Scorpio belongs to those who are obstinate and will stop at nothing to fulfill their goals; they are also very resourceful and value truth above all else.

Despite the fatalistic impression it might give, the Death card merely indicates the end, be it of a phase or cycle, when inverted, it might represent the Scorpio’s unwillingness to accept change.

Element: Water

Major Arcana: Death

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Cups: Libra/Scorpio
  • Knight of Wands: Scorpio/Sagittarius
  • Five of Cups: 1st decan of Scorpio – Mars
  • Six of Cups: 2nd decan of Scorpio – Sun
  • Seven of Cups: 3rd decan of Scorpio – Venus

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

sagittarius zodiac sign

Those born as Sagittarians are known for their open-mindedness and love for travels that broaden their horizons.

When upright, Temperance is a symbol of the moderation and patience characteristic of a Sagittarius, inverted, it can be a sign of unbalance and realignment.

Element: Fire

Major Arcana: Temperance

Minor Arcana:

  • Queen of Pentacles: Sagittarius/Capricorn
  • Knight of Wands: Scorpio/Sagittarius
  • Eight of Wands: 1st decan of Sagittarius – Mercury
  • Nine of Wands: 2nd decan of Sagittarius – Moon
  • Ten of Wands: 3rd decan of Sagittarius – Saturn

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

capricorn zodiac sign

A sign of those whose time is very precious and would instead attend to their responsibilities rather than pursue reckless fun and excitement.

Unlike what you may think, the devil does not represent Satan and, by no means, imply devil-worshipping; it refers to the raw desire that Capricorn seeks to hold under control.

Element: Earth

Major Arcana: The Devil

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Swords: Capricorn/Aquarius
  • Queen of Pentacles: Sagittarius/Capricorn
  • Two of Pentacles: 1st decan of Capricorn – Jupiter
  • Three of Pentacles: 2nd decan of Capricorn – Mars
  • Four of Pentacles: 3rd decan of Capricorn – Sun

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

aquarius zodiac sign

Deep thinkers and intellectuals who are shy at first, but become energetic in the pursuit of their interests are those born under the Aquarius.

Its card is the Star, a sign of faith and hope, which can invert into despair and distrust, signaling the emotional reservation of Aquarius.

Element: Air

Major Arcana: The Star

Minor Arcana:

  • King of Swords: Capricorn/Aquarius
  • Knight of Cups: Aquarius/Pisces
  • Five of Swords: 1st decan of Aquarius – Venus
  • Six of Swords: 2nd decan of Aquarius – Mercury
  • Seven of Swords: 3rd decan of Aquarius – Moon

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

pisces zodiac sign

The Pisces is characterized by their empathy and ability to surround themselves with friends quickly; they will often act in the benefit of others expecting nothing in return.

The moon is its major arcana and symbolizes its inclination towards the subconscious, inverted it denounces internal conflict. 

Element: Water

Major Arcana: The Moon

Minor Arcana:

  • Queen of Wands: Pisces/Aries
  • Knight of Cups: Aquarius/Pisces
  • Eight of Cups: 1st decan of Pisces – Saturn
  • Nine of Cups: 2nd decan of Pisces – Jupiter
  • Ten of Cups: 3rd decan of Pisces – Mars

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  1. As a Libra I can say the justice thing is so true! I’ve always felt like I would have been a good lawyer, lol.

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