Cool fact, Did you know that you could be using tarot cards in astrology? They actually are a perfect match to use together because they complement each other so well. You can use both to help you understand yourself and others, help you get through those tough challenges in life, and sharpen your intuition. Let’s get into it.

This image depicts The Fool from the Major Arcana as a young traveler stepping off a cliff, which symbolizes new beginnings and adventure.

The Tarot Deck

Tarot has been around for almost 600 years. That’s a long time. Tarot originally started as a game that people would play starting in the 15th century. Over the years, tarot has morphed into something more; we use it now more as a tool to help us get to know ourselves more. At one point tarot was used for divination, and some people still use it for that purpose, I use them to journal with and work through struggles I have.

The tarot deck is broken down into two parts, the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.

The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards, each one representing a theme of life. The Fool, which is card 0, represents new beginnings and impulsivity. He is going on a journey through life and will learn something from each card. The Fool typically represents ourselves or the querent if you are reading for someone else. The other 21 cards represent everything from love to success, and anything in between.

This image features an assortment of tarot cards, including Major and Minor Arcana, spread out on a mystical table setting, creating an intriguing atmosphere.

Pay attention to when a Major Arcana card appears in your readings. They indicate that area in your life needs some attention. While the Lovers card is about romantic relationships, be aware that it also can mean platonic relationships.

On the other hand, the Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards, which are broken down into suits. There are the court cards, which can represent a specific person, but could also be other peoples personalities. After the court cards, 40 cards are left that are broken into suits: wands, pentacles, swords, and cups.

Minor Arcana cards represent the day to day activities and people in your life. You ask the minor arcana things like, “How can I communicate better at work?” or “What should I focus on today?”

Astrological Signs

While tarot has been around for about 600 years, astrology has been around for about 4,ooo years! This is truly an ancient practice. While scientists discredit astrology, we know better. The Babylonians take credit for creating astrology. People used it for divination, predicting the future, and to make decisions. It spread throughout the world. Astrology evolved over the millenia. One time period of growth for astrology is the Middle Ages and Renaissance and used with astronomy.

When you look at an astrology chart, you will notice it is broken up into 12 pieces. Each of these 12 pieces is a sign. Each person born receives a sign based on when they are born. For example, a person born on January 1 is a Capricorn. These signs give information about specific personality traits. Sticking with the Capricorn example, people born in this sign tend to be focused and hard working.

The Elements

Each sign corresponds to an element: wands, pentacles, suits, or cups. Each element represents different parts of the human experience, and will influence how you read the cards around it. In a bit, I will introduce each element in depth, but for now, you can see below how the suits go with each element.

  • Wands are fire signs
  • Pentacles are earth signs
  • Swords are air signs
  • Cups are water signs.
This image displays the four elemental symbols associated with the zodiac signs: a fiery wand for fire signs, an earthy pentacle for earth signs, an airy sword for air signs, and a water-filled cup for water signs, all arranged in a mystical layout.

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Why Use Tarot and Astrology together?

Easy answer! Using both will deepen your readings and help you understand yourself better. Your readings become more personalized and you are able to pick up details easier.

  • Both astrology and tarot use common symbols, such as The Moon, The Sun, and The Star
  • They both make use of the four elements: fire, earth, air, and water.
  • Tarot and Astrology provide information about a person
  • Tarot readers use a birth chart to focus on specific sign of the birth chart, such as Taurus or Pisces
  • Astrology uses transits to help identify important life events, and a tarot reading can explore that event more closely.
  • Each one helps the reader explore themselves and situations through personal reflections.
  • Think of Astrology as the big picture of life, and tarot as what is happening in the moment
  • Both can be used for decision making. For example, you might not want to buy a house during Mercury Retrograde.
This image features a detailed astrological chart against a starry night sky, with each of the 12 zodiac signs clearly marked and artistically stylized.

Combining Tarot and Astrology

The moment we have all been waiting for! How do we combine tarot and astrology? Let’s take a look.

The Zodiac Signs and Their Tarot Cards

Each sign is associated with at least one tarot card. The tarot cards reflect the qualities of each sign. Let’s take a quick look at sign and the tarot card that goes with it.

  • Aries (The Emperor): Aries is known as a sign for leadership and taking initiative, resonates strongly with The Emperor card. The Emperor’s energy is about authority and taking charge, much like an Aries!
  • Taurus (The Hierophant): Taurus values tradition, stability, and practical approaches, aligning well with The Hierophant. This card emphasizes conformity in communities and spiritual wisdom, reflecting the grounded nature of Taurus.
  • Gemini (The Lovers): Gemini, is associated with choices and communication, finds its match in The Lovers card. This card often represents decisions and relationships, which goes with Gemini’s two sides.
  • Cancer (The Chariot): Cancer’s protective and emotional depth correlates with The Chariot, which symbolizes triumph, control, and emotional assertion.
  • Leo (Strength): Leo’s bold, brave heart is perfectly mirrored in the Strength card, which represents courage, determination, and inner power.
  • Virgo (The Hermit): Reflective and meticulous, Virgo aligns with The Hermit, which stands for introspection, analysis, and wisdom.
  • Libra (Justice): Libra’s strong sense of fairness and balance is captured by the Justice card, which symbolizes truth, law, and well-balanced decisions.
  • Scorpio (Death): Scorpio, a sign associated with transformation and deep emotional bonds, resonates with the Death card (don’t be scared), which represents endings that make way for new beginnings.
  • Sagittarius (Temperance): The adventurous and philosophical nature of Sagittarius is well represented by Temperance, a card of balance, purpose, and moderation.
  • Capricorn (The Devil): Capricorn’s determination and sometimes materialistic focus are echoed in The Devil card, which highlights the material world and challenges.
  • Aquarius (The Star): Innovative and humanitarian, Aquarius corresponds with The Star card, a symbol of hope, inspiration, and serenity.
  • Pisces (The Moon): Deeply intuitive and connected to the unseen, Pisces aligns with The Moon, which represents intuition, dreams, and the subconscious.

Interpreting Tarot Cards Based on Astrological Sign

Understanding the connection between tarot cards and astrological signs can improve your reading. For example, if a Capricorn were to draw The Devil card, the reader might focus on their potential for workaholic behaviors or their struggle with materialistic desires. It’s a call to look at their priorities and find a balance. .

Similarly, if a Gemini pulls The Lovers card, it could be showing a current challenge about relationships or major life decisions, showing Geminis two sides.

Tips for Combining These Practices

  1. Use Sign Cards as a Personal Focus: If you are doing a reading for yourself or someone else, you could pull a card that represents the persons sun sign to tap into that energy.
  2. Consider Planetary Influences: Knowing the current astrological transits can help you understand the broader context of a tarot reading. For example, if Mercury is retrograde, communication-themed cards might have deeper significance. This is a lot deeper than what we are talking about today. If you want more information about this, check out a friend of mines blog. She focuses just on astrology
  3. Reflect on Elemental Energy: Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the four elements (fire, earth, air, water). Use this energy to add another layer to your interpretation of the cards.

Fire Signs: Embracing the Spark of Adventure

For anyone interested in the zodiac, Fire signs—Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius—are the sparks that keep excitement and enthusiasm burning bright. They are known for their boldness, passion, and the desire for a new adventure. The suit that represents fires signs are wands, which are all about creativity, action, and ambition.

Meet the Fiery Trio: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

Aries, which is the first sign in the astrological word, are the trailblazers. They’re about getting things started—whether it’s a project or a party! People with a Leo sun sign are warm and friendly. They love to be the center of attention and are great leaders. Sagittarius is the wanderer of the zodiac. They’re always on a quest for knowledge and trying new experiences, They like to make everything an epic adventure!

Tarot’s Fiery Favorites

The suit of Wands in tarot is a perfect match for our Fire sign friends, reflecting their spirited and ambitious personality. Here are some cards that resonate with each sign:

  • Ace of Wands: Think of this card as the “Let’s go for it!” signal—perfect for Aries ready to jump into new ventures with enthusiasm and excitment.
  • Queen of Wands: The queen is charismatic and creative, which fits Leo perfectly. They have confidence and charm, while also being creative.
  • Knight of Wands: Always looking the next big thing, this card represents the adventurousness of Sagittarius, ready to take off to explore new horizons.
This image features the tarot cards associated with Fire signs—the Ace of Wands, Queen of Wands, and Knight of Wands—displayed against a backdrop of a mystical forest or ancient temple, emphasizing the connection to creativity and adventure.

Tarot Tips for Fire Signs

When reading tarot cards for Fire signs, you want to focus on their ideas and strategies that get their passion and ambition going. Here’s how you can make the most out of a tarot reading for Fire signs:

  • Focus on Goals: Fire signs are about having big dreams. If you can talk to them about how they are going to bring their dreams to reality. This will help them focus on what they need to do next.
  • Unblock their creativity: Since expressing themselves is key to a fire sign, look out for cards that might suggest they’re stuck in a creative rut. Talk to them about ways to break through creative blocks so they can get going again.
  • Cheer for New Adventures: Fire signs thrive on new experiences. Encourage them to embrace changes or challenges that might be scary but worth it in the end. Cards like the Three of Wands, for instance, can be a push to expand their horizons.

Tarot readings should be exciting for fire signs. We want their enthusiasm to come through and spark an inner fire that will get them going!

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Earth Signs: Grounded, Practical, and Steady

Earth signs—Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn—are the zodiac’s anchors. They are practical, reliable, and love nature! The Earth sign is represented by the Pentacles. Pentacles are know for representing the material aspects of life, like money, possessions, material things.

The Dependable Trio: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

Taurus is all about the pleasures and rewards of the physical world. They love comfort, luxury, and stability. Virgo focuses on details, organization, and perfection in everything they do. They’re the problem-solvers, making sure everything runs smoothly. Capricorn is the ambitious planner, always climbing towards a higher goal with patience and discipline. They’re the masters of long-term planning.

This image symbolically represents Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn in settings that emphasize their practical and reliable nature, with each sign engaging in activities that reflect their unique traits.

Tarot’s Earthly Guidance

The suit of Pentacles is a great tool for exploring the tangible aspects of life that Earth signs value so much. Here are some key cards that resonate strongly with each Earth sign:

  • King of Pentacles: This card is a true Taurus, embodying wealth, security, and the enjoyment of earthly pleasures. It represents success and reliability in financial matters—everything a Taurus appreciates.
  • The Hermit: Representing introspection and analysis, this card vibes well with Virgo’s detail-oriented approach. It encourages taking a step back to assess one’s path, perfect for detail-driven Virgos.
  • The Devil: Often associated with materialism and the physical world, this card speaks to Capricorn’s potential pitfalls of being overly ambitious or materialistic. It’s a reminder to not let material things be the main thing in their life. Capricorns need to learn balance.

Reading Tarot for Earth Signs

When pulling cards for Earth signs, focus on areas like financial planning, career advancement, and personal security—areas that naturally interest them. Here’s how you can provide actionable insights through tarot:

  • Material Achievements: Earth signs often look for advice on how to become secure financially.
  • Practical Advice: Since Earth signs love practicality, Earth sign readings focus on giving advice that they can use right away. use the tarot to offer specific, actionable advice. For example, the Eight of Pentacles could encourage them to keep improving their skills, working towards mastery.
  • Balance and Well-being: Earth signs might focus so much on work and financial goals that they forget everything else in the world. If you’re doing a reading that the Four of Pentacles it could suggest they might be a bit too frugal or closed off. this could mean that the person needs to enjoy the rewards of working so hard.

If you are reading for an Earth sign, be sure to focus on financial stability, their career paths and solutions that are practical. Also encourage them to enjoy their family and friends. They don’t want to miss out on the meaningful moments that will create great memories.

Air Signs: Curious, Communicative, and Clever

Meet the Air signs—Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. These signs are the intellectuals of the zodiac, known for being smart, funny, and curious. As a Gemini myself, I have been known to ask questions that might be a bit too personal. But I also love to learn! Air signs love to communicate, socialize, and share their ideas. The tarot suit we are linked with is the Swords. We love to network and a good challenge!

This image symbolically represents Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius in settings that emphasize their intellectual and communicative nature, with each sign engaging in activities that reflect their unique traits.

The Thoughtful Trio: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius

Each of the Air signs are unique. Gemini loves to multitask, ask questions about everything, and can hop from topic to topic without missing a beat. They are social butterflies and love talking to people. Libra is about fairness and balance. They smooth things over to make sure everyone is happy. They’re peace keepers and can be good mediators. Aquarius is a visionary, always a couple of steps ahead of the rest of us. they love freedom and can inspire us!

Tarot’s Intellectual Allies

The Swords suit will guide Air signs through challenges. Here are some cards that jump out at me as helpful when reading for Air signs.

  • Ace of Swords: This card symbolizes great ideas and thinking. Geminis in particular will benefit from using the energy of this card.
  • Two of Swords: Suggesting hard choices and decision, this card will remind Air signs to slow down for a minute and think of all the possibilities that can happen. Especially good for Libras who want balance.
  • The Star: Although not a Swords card, The Star is represents hope and inspiration. The Star is always a good card to show up in a reading

Reading Tarot for Air Signs

Tarot readings for Air signs help them understand what is going on in their minds and hearts. Here are a few ideas for reading for Air signs:

  • Sharpen those Mental Skills: Air signs love a good challenge, so when reading their cards, keep an eye out for the King of Swords. This card indicates ways to effectively share ideas. Air signs, especially Gemini, always have way too many open mental tabs. Focusing on ways to help make decisions or explore ideas will be beneficial.
  • Explore Relationship Dynamics: Air signs love and need social interactions. The Three of Swords might appear to discuss challenges or heartaches in relationships, giving a chance to address conflicts or misunderstandings.
  • Encourage Creative Thinking: Sometimes Air signs get stuck in their own thoughts, like a never ending loop. Encourage Air signs to use their creativity. The Eight of Swords might show up to indicate mental roadblocks or thought loops are in place. Brainstorming ways to get through those roadblocks would be beneficial.

Tarot readings for Air signs should encourage them to use their strength in communication to help and inspire people around them.

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Water Signs: Deep, Intuitive, and Reflective

Dive into the world of Water signs—Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. These signs are known for their sensitivity, strong intuition, and a deep connection to the mystical and emotional world around them. The are very “woo woo”. Water signs live their life through feelings, and some might even have psychic abilities to help them navigate life. In tarot, the element of Water is represented by the Cups suit, which is all about feelings, relationships, and the subconscious.

The Emotional Trio: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

Cancer is like a mother figure, always making sure to protect and take care of their loved ones. In fact, people who are born into the Cancer sign have strong ties to their home and family. Scorpio is always ready to dive into life’s mysteries. They are passionate and curious, and aren’t afraid of getting messy. Pisces is the dreamer, compassionate and imaginative, often lost in a world between fantasy and reality.

This image features the tarot cards associated with Water signs—the Moon, Ace of Cups, and Death—set against a backdrop of watery and fluid elements, using pastel and soft colors to highlight the emotional and intuitive aspects of these signs.

Tarot’s Emotional Guides

The Cups suit, filled with the energy of water, is a great match for addressing the emotional and spiritual questions that Water signs might want to answer in a reading. Here are some cards that particularly echo with each Water sign:

  • The Moon: This card reflects dreams, illusions and secrets that lie beneath the surface. It connects well with the shadow side of people.
  • Ace of Cups: This card suggests new feelings and opening your heart for emotional connections.
  • Death: Associated with Scorpio, this card symbolizes endings and new beginnings and the cycle of life. This card looks scary, but it isn’t. It could be suggesting the end of a relationship to make room for a better one to come.

Reading Tarot for Water Signs

Tarot readings for Water signs often dive into their emotional world, helping to understand feelings and look at spiritual paths. Here’s a few ideas of how to give these readings:

  • Illuminate Emotional Depths: Water signs feel things deeply. If the King of Cups shows up in a reading, it is suggesting a conversation on how to balance their feelings and what they know.
  • Address Spiritual Quests: Many Water signs are drawn to the mystical. The High Priestess, is a card of intuition and the subconscious. It can help them connect more with their psychic abilities or spiritual insights.
  • Explore Relationships and Healing: Relationships are of the upmost importance for water signs. If the Two of cups shows up in a reading it is highlighting their great relationships. If one of my favorite cards shows up, the Ten of Cups, is shows happiness. These cards focus on how much Water signs love to nurture and enjoy their relationships.

When a Water sign is doing a reading, they want to understand their feelings better. The want to get in touch with their spiritual side, and they might be looking for emotional support.

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