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Here is a quick overview of all the minor and major arcana cards. These are simply my interpretations; however, most of them are from the "Easy Tarot Handbook" by Josephine Ellershaw.

Wands represent...

Fire; action and initiative; inspiration; career

Ace of Wands

New ventures or way of life.

Two of Wands

Initial accomplishment.
Possible partnership.

Three of Wands

Completion of first stage of project.

Four of Wands

Marriage plans.

Five of Wands


Six of Wands


Seven of Wands

Defending position.
Overcoming obstacles.

Eight of Wands

Fast progress after delays.

Nine of Wands

Pull reserves together for final push.

Ten of Wands

Feeling overburdened.
Determination required.

Page of Wands

Good news (work related).
Active, cheerful child.

Knight of Wands

Change of home or long journey.
Energetic young man.

Queen of Wands

Warm, cheerful woman who is always busy.

King of Wands

Entrepreneurial, dynamic man who can be rash.

Cups represent...

Love and emotions, relationships, and creativity.

Ace of Cups

New relationship.
New start that brings happiness for all at home.

Two of Cups

Important union.
Balance in a relationship, reconciliation.

Three of Cups

Happiness and achievement.
Wedding/family celebrations.

Four of Cups

Boredom and discontent.

Five of Cups

Feelings of disappointment.
Letdown or betrayal.

Six of Cups

Happiness from the past.
Old friends.
An old love revived.

Seven of Cups

Feeling overwhelmed with choices.
One must be made.

Eight of Cups

Abandoning a path.
Emotionally unfulfilled.

Nine of Cups

The "wish" card.
Emotional and material fulfillment.

Ten of Cups

Committed and contented love.
Happy home life.

Page of Cups

Happy news (emotional nature).
Sensitive, creative child.

Knight of Cups

Love proposals.
Romantic, idealistic young man.

Queen of Cups

Kind, thoughtful, sensitive woman with caring nature.

King of Cups

Warm, thoughtful man.
In the caring of creative professions.

Swords represent...

Intellect, analytical thought, challenges and animosity.

Ace of Swords

Triumph over adversity.
Inner strength and mental clarity.

Two of Swords


Three of Swords

Misery through separation.

Four of Swords

Rest and recovery following strain.

Five of Swords

Hidden agenda.
Unfair dealings.

Six of Swords

Harmony after strain.
Long journey over water.

Seven of Swords

Diplomacy, not aggression.
Situation not going as anticipated.

Eight of Swords

Feeling restricted by fear.
Being withdrawn.

Nine of Swords

Sense of anxiety and despair.
Feelings of oppression.

Ten of Swords

End of cycle.
Failed plans.

Page of Swords

Delayed, disappointing news.
Minor problems with a child.

Knight of Swords

Swift movement, chaotic.
Quick minded, serious young man.

Queen of Swords

Perceptive lady, efficient, no-nonsense type.

King of Swords

Man in uniform, connected to law, government, etc.

Pentacles represent...

Material aspects of life.

Ace of Pentacles

Start of successful venture.
Important document.

Two of Pentacles

Maintaining balance with more than one area of life.

Three of Pentacles

Success through effort.
Gains and recognition.

Four of Pentacles

Overly cautious.
Fear of loss.
Material focus (or miserly).

Five of Pentacles

Temporary hardship.
Guard against loss.

Six of Pentacles

Successful gains.

Seven of Pentacles

Work and patience rewarded.
God news financially.

Eight of Pentacles

New job.
Moneymaking venture from existing talent.

Nine of Pentacles

Financial success.
Material security.

Ten of Pentacles

Financial and family stability.
Property or inheritance.

Page of Pentacles

Good news (financial).
Academic, methodical child.

Knight of Pentacles

Eventual positive outcome.
Reliable young man.

Queen of Pentacles

Woman of worth.

King of Pentacles

Successful man who works with finance/figures.

0. The Fool

Unexpected opportunity.
Major choice.

I. The Magician

You have the ability you need to succeed.

II. The High Priestess

Intuition, secrets to be revealed, unexplored potential.

III. The Empress

Nurturing to full potential, marriage, motherhood.

IV. The Emperor

Ambition, authority, financial, stability, achievement.

V. The Hierophant

Traditional values, a wise person provides guidance.

VI. The Lovers

Love relationship, perhaps love choices.

VII. The Chariot

triumph over difficulties, strength of will needed.

VIII. Strength

Gentleness with inner strength and courage.

IX. The Hermit

Withdrawal for contemplation, inner wisdom.

X. The Wheel of Fortune

Change of fortune, a new cycle commencing, progress

XI. Justice

Fairness, the need for a balances mind, legal matters.

XII. The Hanged Man

Understanding, different perspective, self-sacrifice

XIII. Death

Major change, transformation.

XIV. Temperance

Patience, moderation, compromise, balance, healing.

XV. The Devil

Manipulation, overindulgence, self-enslavement.

XVI. The Tower

Destruction of something built upon false beliefs.

XVII. The Star

Hope, healing, optimism, better times ahead.

XVIII. The Moon

Uncertainty, illusion, fluctuating emotions, unseen depth.

XIX. The Sun

Success, happiness, good health, happy marriage.

XX. Judgement

Renewal, revival, reward for past efforts. Karma.

XXI. The World

Triumph and achievement, success and happiness.

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