Tarot Meaning
Tarot Meaning: The 78 Tarot cards, their meanings in divination and free online reading.
By Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. In addition to fiction, I've written books about astrology as well as Taoism and other East Asian traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com

Tarot Meaning & Online Reading

Tarot Online Reading

Major Arcana

Minor Arcana

The Celtic Cross

Tarot Card Decks

The Rider-Waite Tarot

Tarot vs. Playing Cards

What to Make of It

Tarot Copyright

Tarot Unfolded


Other Divination:

Complete Horoscope
Complete Horoscope
How predictions are done by classical astrology and the complete horoscope, with many examples.

I Ching Online
I Ching Online
The 64 hexa­grams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.

Major Arcana
Click the image to get the Tarot card reading.

The Fool Tarot Card The Magician Tarot Card The High Priestess Tarot Card The Empress Tarot Card The Emperor Tarot Card The Hierophant Tarot Card The Lovers Tarot Card The Chariot Tarot Card Strength Tarot Card The Hermit Tarot Card Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Justice Tarot Card The Hanged Man Tarot Card Death Tarot Card Temperance Tarot Card The Devil Tarot Card The Tower Tarot Card The Star Tarot Card The Moon Tarot Card The Sun Tarot Card Judgement Tarot Card The World Tarot Card

Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope
This book shows you what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the planets, the Zodiac signs and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.

Tarot Meaning

Divination Reading with the Tarot Card Deck

Tarot is the extended deck of cards, usually 78, used for divination reading. It's an old tradition, dating back to the Renaissance. Here's how to do it, and the meaning of each Tarot card. You can also get your own online reading for free.

Tarot Meaning Online Reading

Click the link below to get your own free Tarot card spread and reading of its meaning. It's the Celtic Cross, the most established and widely used of the Tarot spreads. Deal the cards and read their meanings. I recommend you to read about the Celtic Cross spread first (see the link to the left and below), but if you're impatient you can go ahead and try the Tarot Online reading immediately:

Free Tarot Online Reading

Divination by Images

It must be understood that the Tarot cards work by images, especially the Rider-Waite card deck, which has descriptive and meaningful images for all the 78 Tarot cards. And that's the thing.

     Since the Renaissance, Tarot cards were decorated with allegorical images, carrying lots of symbolic meanings familiar to people at the time. When they saw these images, their minds went spinning on how to interpret them in relation to the question at hand. That's still the best way of working with the Tarot cards.

     Any Tarot card deck with a number of images that are meaningful and suggestive to the viewer will inspire an enlighting reading. Watch the pictures and let your mind spin. The Tarot card meanings are in the images.

     That's why, ulitmately, you need to make your own Tarot card deck with the images to which you relate the most, the ones that make you react and get your imagination going. The Tarot card images with the most meaning to you. Maybe you can use your photo album, or search the internet for pictures you find significant - somewhat like the old tradition of collecting material for a scrapbook.

     Until then, I recommend that you work with the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which has wonderfully suggestive images, rich with meaning, on all the 78 Tarot cards - although these pictures are very evidently from an era other than ours. These Tarot cards were originally published in 1909. Read more about them here:

The Rider-Waite Tarot card deck

The Major Arcana

The Tarot card deck consists of 78 cards, each with its own divination meaning: 22 in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana cards are the trumps, which are unsuited. Each card represents a major force to be taken quite seriously when appearing in divination. Read more about the Major Arcana and the meanings of the Tarot cards in it:

The Tarot Major Arcana

The Minor Arcana

The 56 Tarot cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits: Wands, Pentacles (also called Coins), Cups, and Swords. Each suit has its general meaning, and each card of it brings its very own message in a divination. Read more about the Minor Arcana and the meanings of the Tarot cards in it:

The Tarot Minor Arcana

The Tarot Celtic Cross Spread

In divination with the Tarot cards, there are different spreads used. By far the most famous and used Tarot card spread is the Celtic Cross, which consists of ten Tarot cards, each with its own specific meaning. Here's how to do the Celtic Cross Tarot card spread, and how to read it:

The Tarot Celtic Cross spread

The Hanged and Death from the Charles VI Tarot.

Tarot Card Decks

Playing cards are originally of Chinese invention, documented already in the 9th century, but the actual Tarot cards appeared in Europe around 1440, also at first for card games. The European use of the Tarot card decks for divination, cartomancy, where all the cards were given their divinatory meanings, commenced already in the 16th century and grew during the following centuries. That's just about its only use today, and it has become widely spread.

     This website focuses on the Tarot card use for divination, how it's done and what divinatory meanings the Tarot cards contain.

     I use the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which is by far the most popular one, although there are lots of others (see the links on the left menu). It's my favorite Tarot card deck, too - until I find the time to make my own version, which is what I really recommend for everyone who finds delight in divination with Tarot cards. That's how to perfect it, filling each Tarot card with personal meaning.

     Here are the most famous variations of the Tarot card deck from the 15th century until today:

Tarot Card Decks through the centuries

Tarot and Playing Cards

The Tarot card deck has many similarities to regular playing cards. That's no surprise, since they have the same origin. But there are also significant differences, not only in the number of cards each deck contains. Read more about it here:

Tarot vs. Playing Cards

The Book

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tarot Unfolded

This book by Stefan Stenudd presents an imag­inative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Also, it gives many examples of symbolic and allegorical imagery within and beyond the Tarot. This book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.