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The Cards of the Tarot

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The watery suit of Cups represents emotional life. Cups are intuitive and receptive. In Cups, we find our true feelings about friends, family, and home life. The water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are at home
with the Cups.

Ace of Cups: New love, overflowing emotion
Two of Cups: Attraction, commitment
Three of Cups: Friendship, celebration
Four of Cups: Disenchantment, boredom
Five of Cups: Sorrow, loss
Six of Cups: Nostalgia
Seven of Cups: Choices, daydreams, illusions
Eight of Cups: Seeking, quests, crusades
Nine of Cups: Pleasure, drunkenness
Ten of Cups: Contentment, perfect happiness
Page of Cups: Considers emotional concepts
Knight of Cups: Delivers emotional messages
Queen of Cups: Channels emotional energy
King of Cups: Generates emotional energy


The airy suit of Swords represents intellectual life. Swords cut through the ideas, problems, and challenges we face each day. Swords also represent how and what we communicate. Air signs Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are at home with the Swords.

Ace of Swords: Inspiration, clarity
Two of Swords: Difficult decisions, restored peace
Three of Swords: Heartache, sorrow
Four of Swords: Rest, recuperation
Five of Swords: Defeat, poor sportsmanship
Six of Swords: Travel by water, solace
Seven of Swords: Dishonesty, thievery, betrayal
Eight of Swords: Restrictions, cruelty, victimhood
Nine of Swords: Despair, insomnia, nightmares
Ten of Swords: Overkill, ruin, martyrdom
Page of Swords: Considers intellectual concepts
Knight of Swords: Delivers intellectual messages
Queen of Swords: Channels intellectual energy
King of Swords: Generates intellectual energy


The earthy suit of Pentacles is the physical world--what we can touch and manifest in our lives. Pentacles aren't strictly tangible--they represent treasures of the spirit. The signs Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are at home with the Pentacles.

Ace of Pentacles: Material foundation
Two of Pentacles: Balance, juggling of resources
Three of Pentacles: Artistic/spiritual mastery
Four of Pentacles: Miserliness, stinginess, isolation
Five of Pentacles: Poverty, loss
Six of Pentacles: Charity, generosity
Seven of Pentacles: Waiting for harvest
Eight of Pentacles: Apprenticeship, industry
Nine of Pentacles: Comfort, abundance
Ten of Pentacles: Wealth
Page of Pentacles: Considers material concepts
Knight of Pentacles: Delivers material messages
Queen of Pentacles: Channels material energy
King of Pentacles: Generates material energy

The fiery suit of Wands represents spirit and energy, inspiration, and creative force. Wands are active, dynamic, and bold. In Wands, we discover how we work, act, and live. The fire signs of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are at home with the Wands.

Ace of Wands: Creativity, enterprise, potency
Two of Wands: Planning, preparation
Three of Wands: Opportunity, stronghold
Four of Wands: Prosperity, partnerships
Five of Wands: Challenges, scuffles, strife
Six of Wands: Victory, conquest
Seven of Wands: Defiance, defense, valor
Eight of Wands: Communication, travel, speed
Nine of Wands: Resilience, resistance
Ten of Wands: Burden, overwork, oppression
Page of Wands: Considers spiritual concepts
Knight of Wands: Delivers spiritual messages
Queen of Wands: Channels spiritual energy
King of Wands: Generates spiritual energy



From Llewellyn's 2001 Tarot Calendar. For more Llewellyn tarot decks and books, click here.


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