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Link between Tarot Cards and the Zodiac Signs

Link between Tarot Cards and the Zodiac Signs

The Link Between Tarots & Astrology

Tarot – the word that is so widely and wrongly but often linked with the occult sciences and paganism. The cartomancy and the concept of using tarots for divination is evidently more popular in the western society than in the eastern society. The images that are often used in the tarot decks linked to the European renaissance age. The tarot as we know them today were originated before the Renaissance and apparently gained traction during this period.

The Origins of Tarot

Tarot is known by various names across the world: Tarock, Tarokk, taroc but ultimately the word ‘Tarot’ stuck. The origin of the word 'tarot' are apparently unknown, but the origin of the playing cards (as these were earlier used for games similar to modern day bridge) can be traced to the Islamic countries of the Middle East most probably to the Mamluk Dynasty; these cards subsequently & gradually spread all over Europe. But then again, it should be pointed out that the origin of these elusive cards is susceptible to conjectures. Many historians say that the country of origin is China while many others claim that the ancient game of Tarot originated in the Middle East.

It can be safely assumed that the tarots as we know them today were originated in Italy during renaissance. This particular theory can be traced to the Duke of Milan -1440. The earliest known tarot deck was used by the Duke of Milan - Filippo Maria Visconti between 1441 and 1447. This deck comprises of 67 cards and is known 'Visconti di Mordone' deck.

From Italy the use of tarot spread quickly all over Europe and various other countries around the world. There are of course various vernacular versions of tarot is attributed to its widespread usage and hence changes as per the local region in Europe.

Most famous decks of tarots are Tarot of Marseilles, Rider-Watie Smith Deck, and the Thoth Tarot Deck. Some decks had 62 cards while others have 72 or even 98 cards, withthe images differing according to the region of origin.

But there is a sign of commonality among all the major tarot decks and these are the standard 52 cards deck, with the 4 suits of tarot. The two of the most common suits are Italian and French suits. Italian suits contain the following spreads- coins, cups, swords & batons while the French ones contain - diamonds,hearts, spades and clubs (which are also commonly observed in the regular playing cards). The another common element is a suit of 21 special cards called trumps which are heavy with Christian symbolism apparently pointing towards its origin during the heavy Christian movements.

The inception of the use of the tarot as the means of divination begun in the year 1781 andis commonly attributed to Anotine Cuourt de Gebelin.

How Astrology & Tarot are linked?

Astrology and the mystical tarot cards go hand in hand: Various cards of tarots fall under the major elements that are common with Astrology: Air (Suits of Swords), Water (Suits of Cups), Earth (Suits of Pentacles) &Fire (Suites of Wands). Link between Tarot Cards & the various Zodiac Signs is as follows:

  • ARIES: The Emperor
    The tarot card that represents the Aries zodiac sign is the emperor. The Emperor is symbolic of the person that who is always there at the time of need &sticks through thick & thin. The Emperor denotes a royal figure, precisely king, and hence, explains the leadership quality and analytical power of the person born under Aries.

  • TAURUS: The Hierophant
    The Hierophant represents learning through teachers and denotes learning from higher truths. This card represents demarcates the superficial from the significant,and usually reveals profound insights, and lead to the matters of heart. The tarot card of hierophant is the perfect representative of the spiritual aspect of life. This card is all about the link between the humans and higher plane. Hence, this card is a true representative of the Taurus zodiac sign.

  • GEMINI: The Lovers
    The Zodiac Sign of Gemini is the sign of duality and is represented by the Tarot Card - The Lovers. This cards rightly represents the choices that everyone faces i.e. to choose between what is moral and what is immoral. The significance of this card lies in weighing the options carefully and follow the path that does not compromise the integrity.

  • CANCER - The Chariot
    The Zodiac Sign of Cancer is the zodiac sign of the proud and the mighty. This zodiac sign is represented by the Chariot, hence, representing the course that one should take and rise above the conflicts. This card also signifies the inherent need of following one's own path led by the higher power or the intuition.

  • LEO: The Strength Card
    Leo signifies the mighty lion, the king of the jungle. The strength card is allegorical of courage and strength depicting the emotional, mental and spiritual capacity. Asa lion & a Leo, the person born under is blessed with plenty of fortitude which subsequently helps with overcoming problems obstacles.

  • VIRGO: The Hermit
    People born under the zodiac sign of Virgo often have the propensity towards slowing down& assess any kind of deviation. This zodiac sign is represented by the hermit tarot card - represented by an old man who is extremely tired of the outer world. The hermit exemplifies the constant turn toward the rick inner life of an individual.

  • LIBRA: The Justice Card
    The Zodiac Sign of Libra is representative of the balance and justice. This tarot card represents the constant urge to uphold fairness & to keep the emotional aspect of life aside. the card of justice is all about the honesty, integrity and karmic justice. Hence, these people readily following the idea that every action has certain consequences.

  • SCORPIO: The Death Card
    The tarot card of death signifies transformation in life. The person both under the zodiac sign of Scorpio has an inherent desire to shed their skin and reborn. These individuals find it easier to detach themselves from the ties that bind others,and hence are able to transform themselves.

  • SAGITTARIUS: The Temperance Card
    People born under this zodiac sign of Sagittarius are the gifted mediators, able to find midways through any kind of situation and find a common grand that bind others. The tarot card of temperance signifies the balance, moderation, peace, patience, inner calm,perspective, tranquility, harmonious, relationships & the soul mates.The person born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius is passionate & drawn towards new ideas & philosophies. Hence, this card rightly depicts the Sagittarius mindset and personality.

  • CAPRICORN:The Devil
    The Devil Card also upholds self-analysis. This card signifies the importance of discovering the self and gather knowledge that can lead to transformation. This card also implicitly points towards revisiting any negativity that leads to doubt and focuses on its rectification. This card clearly represents the people born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

  • AQUARIUS: The Star
    The star, represents the Zodiac Sign of Aquarius, is the part of cosmos the oneness & the universe. Hence, this card is the perfect representative of the Aquarian Idealism. The Star is symbolic of the fact that what one really believes in one achieves. The star tarot card is all the contentment and serenity. This card is also emblematic of the positivity and spiritual connection.

  • PISCES: The Moon
    People born under the Pisces zodiac sign are moody in the truest sense of the word. The tarot card also reflects the mood swings, hence, it is the perfect representative of the Pisces zodiac sign. Moon is also responsive for creating emotional upheavals as various Vedic Astrologer believes.

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    Patty LuskOctober 13th, 2019 5:09 AM Reply

    I like this very much. However not all the cards are in the same order numerically and Zodiacly. Aries N0. 1 the power of Aries. The Magician. No. 2. Taurus The inner consultation. The High Priestess. NO.3 Gemini. The duality of the double nature of man. The higher nature and the lower nature. NO, 4, Cancer The protection afforded to the helpless. Charity.The world and all it`s bounty. NO.5. Leo Man is the king of his own self with heart of a lion. NO.6 The Lovers. Innocence`s. NO 7. The Chariot Aware, alert, prepared.. NO 8. The Lion Communion with the animals. NO. 9 The Hermit Sacred sanctuary. NO 10. The Wheel of Fortune. Luck and protection from an unseen source. NO 11.Justice The gate to the righteous Path. NO 12, The Hanged Man Self Sacrifice -giving.

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    Patty LuskOctober 13th, 2019 5:09 AM Reply

    I like this very much. However not all the cards are in the same order numerically and Zodiacly. Aries N0. 1 the power of Aries. The Magician. No. 2. Taurus The inner consultation. The High Priestess. NO.3 Gemini. The duality of the double nature of man. The higher nature and the lower nature. NO, 4, Cancer The protection afforded to the helpless. Charity.The world and all it`s bounty. NO.5. Leo Man is the king of his own self with heart of a lion. NO.6 The Lovers. Innocence`s. NO 7. The Chariot Aware, alert, prepared.. NO 8. The Lion Communion with the animals. NO. 9 The Hermit Sacred sanctuary. NO 10. The Wheel of Fortune. Luck and protection from an unseen source. NO 11.Justice The gate to the righteous Path. NO 12, The Hanged Man Self Sacrifice -giving.

  • comment_img

    Patty LuskOctober 13th, 2019 5:09 AM Reply

    I like this very much. However not all the cards are in the same order numerically and Zodiacly. Aries N0. 1 the power of Aries. The Magician. No. 2. Taurus The inner consultation. The High Priestess. NO.3 Gemini. The duality of the double nature of man. The higher nature and the lower nature. NO, 4, Cancer The protection afforded to the helpless. Charity.The world and all it`s bounty. NO.5. Leo Man is the king of his own self with heart of a lion. NO.6 The Lovers. Innocence`s. NO 7. The Chariot Aware, alert, prepared.. NO 8. The Lion Communion with the animals. NO. 9 The Hermit Sacred sanctuary. NO 10. The Wheel of Fortune. Luck and protection from an unseen source. NO 11.Justice The gate to the righteous Path. NO 12, The Hanged Man Self Sacrifice -giving.

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