Disclaimer: I’m no expert. I’m sharing my journey into learning about the tarot cards and sharing my perspectives with you.
Did you know that the Minor Arcana cards (swords, cups, pentacles and wands) are associated with the four elements of air, water, earth and fire? I explained this in one of my first Tarot Tuesday posts, if you’re interested in a refresher.
I learned about the zodiac connection while listening to tarot readers on youtube. Some read tarot cards for each zodiac sign (libra or taurus for example) whereas others might read for the collective, say all the fire signs. So if you’re a Sagittarius you would tune in to the fire sign reading because Sag is associated with the element fire.
So here’s a short lesson about elements and how the relate to the zodiac signs.
Elements and the zodiac
At times, the tarot reader on youtube might make references to a zodiac sign by pointing out a specific element.
Refresher: the Minor Arcana cards are the suits from Ace to 10 and the court cards Page, Knight, Queen and King.
For instance, every time you see a Minor Arcana card featuring swords, you know the element air is present in this card.
The suit of swords links to the air signs, which are Libra, Aquarius and Gemini.
Minor Arcana cards and the zodiac
Suit of Swords = Air signs = Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
Suit of Pentacles = Earth signs = Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
Suit of Cups = Water signs = Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Suit of Wands = Fire signs = Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
So, next time you look at your tarot cards, or listen to a youtube tarot reader, pay attention to the symbols representing the elements. If you see a wand card, for instance, you know it makes reference to fire, which is present in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Elements are ever present in the in the entire tarot deck. As I travel through the deck and learn about the cards’ meanings, I am fascinated by its incredible creativity, the symbolic values, the artistic representations, and its unique ability to teach us how to tap into our intuition. I enjoy the link to the zodiac as well, particularly because I have been learning more about my sign (Libra) and its associated elements (air) while deep in my midlife journey toward If Not Now, When. 🙂
But the Minor Arcana is not the only place where you see signs of the zodiac. The Major Arcana also features symbols and signs which align with the zodiac. For instance, the one I remember easiest is Justice, the Major Arcana card that comes in at number XI (11).
If you look at the standard Rider-Waite’s deck, you can see that the Justice card feature a scale, which is the zodiac sign for Libra. So, when I listen to tarot readers and they pull the Justice card, they often say “oh look, Libra, you showed up in this reading”.
Major Arcana cards and their corresponding zodiac sign
- Aries = the Emperor
- Taurus = the Hierophant
- Gemini = the Lovers
- Cancer = the Chariots
- Leo = the Strength
- Virgo = the Hermit
- Libra = the Justice
- Scorpio = the Death
- Sagittarius = the Temperance
We are at the tail end of Libra season as I write this post (end of October), and on the cusp of Scorpio season. Do not fear the Death card (associated with Scorpio), as I’ve described here; often it is simply a reminder that a cycle is ending and a new one is beginning.
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