Astrology and Tarot are both super personal spiritual tools — it’s all focused on perspective and you how yourself perceive the archetypes. While there are so many tools to assist one in the process of learning, it’s also highly important to seek inward for your own answers.
There’s a popular association of each sign with certain major arcana cards. And a lot of these I just don’t vibe with. So I thought I would write down my own associations, incase someone vibes with my train of thought!
Aries — The Chariot / The Magician (not the Emperor) — Aries is super driven and ambitious. This sign often moves at 100 miles a minute and is so goal oriented, and it has a bit of tunnel vision. Aries is pushy and will do whatever it takes to make its goals a success, much like our friend in the Chariot. Aries is also a leader and an initiator, much like the magician, who never hesitates to make magic on a moment’s notice.
Taurus — The Empress / The Hanged Man (not the Hierophant) — Taurus is super sensual and slow-moving. Our bull friend understand and accept their own rhythm and know that sometimes you need to slow things down greatly to connect to the energy of the Earth and its cycles. The Empress encompasses this super sensual, earthy vibe, and the Hanged Man represents the understanding of pace.
Gemini — The Lovers — This is one association that I do love. It’s been said that the constellation of Gemini is actually two lovers and not twins, and we know our Gemini friends are often seeking for that other half, for the energy that completes them. (Which is why they might appear flirty and flakey. They aren’t afraid to test the waters, and they aren’t afraid to ditch the waters if the energy isn’t right.) The Lovers represents the layers of love, and the importance for self-love and knowing what you stand for. You need to find yourself whole before you can find the person who mirrors your wholeness to you.
Cancer — The Empress / The Moon (not the Chariot) — Also super sensual and connected to Earth’s rhythms, Cancer understands the movement of the energetic tides and the ebb and flow of daily life. Cancer is also highly nurturing and embraces the motherly energies of the Empress. But, Cancer being ruled by the Moon can also be super moody and indecisive/confused. The Moon card represents this other aspect of our Crabs.
Leo — The Emperor (not Strength) — Leo is the dramatic showy queen / king of the zodiac. Leo is also the extremely loyal and proud best friend that you love and adore. Translated to the tarot, there’s no particular major arcana that I feel ideally represents this energy, but the Emperor seems to fit the glove the best. The Emperor has the steady and stable energy of the fixed modality of Leo. It is authoritative and a leader, driven and eager to help others prosper.
Virgo — The Hierophant / Justice (not the Hermit) — Dear, responsible, and meticulous Virgos are dedicated to their passions and their duties. They understand responsibility to t. The Hierophant is a symbol of hierarchy, of tradition, of teachers and mentors, and of doing things properly. This isn’t a perfect match, but I feel the Hierophant does a decent job of mirroring some of the qualities of Virgo. On the other hand, Justice represents more of that responsible energy — following the rules, understanding how fairness works. Virgo has both air and earth qualities, being ruled by Mercury but being an earth sign. And Justice has the rational, analytical qualities of air and shows them in a Virgo-y way.
Libra — Temperance (not Justice) — The actual card of balance, Temperance shows the need to temper things, to take things with a grain of salt, and to find the perfect medium between conflict. Libra is the pro of this, and is always the ideal person to resolve conflict. And when things are unfair, Libra will come in and temper them, causing just the right amount of confrontation to allow balance to flow in.
Scorpio — Death / The High Priestess — Scorpio is the fixed water sign that is highly psychic and understands undercurrents of energy. It’s also obsessive, vengeful, and a bit extreme when it comes to emotions. Death does a pretty good job of embracing the energies of Scorpio - the profound energies of the phoenix, of understanding that death and birth go hand in hand. But, Scorpio is also highly private and intimate. Here, the High Priestess represents the “lighter” side of this sign by showing that it’s possible to be intense and psychic and intuitive without doting on the ends of things.
Sagittarius — Wheel of Fortune/ The Fool (not Temperance) — Sag is Santa Clause wearing rose colored glasses. It’s the jolly good, open, generous, joyful energy of the Fool who is naive and eager to get its hands dirty with experience. Sag is also intuitive, wise, and a bit all knowing/arrogant and trusting of the Universe. Everything has a season, and the Wheel of Fortune does a swell job of encompassing Sagittarius’s faith.
Capricorn — The Hierophant / The Emperor (not the Devil) — Similar to Virgo, Capricorn knows the benefits of responsibility and hard work. Capricorn also has tunnel vision and is so goal oriented with its cardinal nature that it can be a bit ignorant and a bit judgmental. The Hierophant represents the responsible, traditional, authority loving, Saturn energy of Capricorn and the Emperor represents the other half of being grounded and focused and ambitious.
Aquarius — Judgement (not the Star) — This is one I’m iffy on. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, private about its emotions because it buries them most of the time, and so utterly open regarding opinions, facts, and rational thinking. The water bearer is fond of friends, groups, organizations, and people coming together with a purpose and a mission. Judgement is a card of revelations, awakening, redemption. It kind of takes on some of the Uranian genius vibes of Aquarius, but no card really reins in the activist and team member quality of it. Thoughts on this one??
Pisces — The Devil / The Star (not the Moon) — Pisces is our favorite escapist. Our favorite savior. Our favorite healer. Our favorite artist. But escapist is an important aspect of the fish. So eager to slip out of reality, the Devil I think truly embraces the facet of Pisces that refuses to break free of its own patterning and conditioning. And the Star represents the trust, the perfection, the divinity of Pisces. It really is both and is always teetering on that balance of being addicted to negative patterns and being free and whole.
Sun — The Sun — Kind of self explanatory.
Moon — The High Priestess — The Moon card represents confusion, illusion, indecision, etc. Thats not the moon in astrology. In the cosmos, the Moon is our emotions, our subconscious, our comforts, our intuition, basically the High Priestess in a nutshell.
Mercury — There is no major arcana card that I feel relates to the planet Mercury. Womp womp.
Venus — The Lovers / The Empress — Venus is the planet of love, arts, relationships, friendships, creativity, beauty, etc. The Lovers takes on the relationship and love aspect, and the Empress takes on the beauty, creativity, arts, charm, etc.
Mars — The Chariot / The Magician — Mars is our will power, our ability to make decisions, to take action. It’s also our anger, our temper, and our ability to deal with confrontation and problem solve. The Chariot shows the will power and action energy of Mars and the Magician shows the ability to solve problems and be resourceful.
Jupiter — The Hermit / The Star — Ugh I’m so over writing at this point. So things are getting more and more terse. Jupiter is our spirituality, belief systems, faith, etc. Hermit is that spiritual journey and Star is that sense of faith and hope.
Saturn — The Hierophant / Temperance — Saturn is the planet of responsibility, hard work, and solid foundations. Temperance is the slow paced gradual energy of Saturn and its beneficial energy. And the Hierophant is the authoritarian, mentor figure of Saturn, who is often our greatest teacher. You looking for guidance, as Saturn. He’s always willing to help and values learning from experience.
Uranus — The Fool — The spark of creation, Uranus is the energy of innovation, of newness, of birth. The Fool is the beginning of the tarot, that first initial energy of Uranus.
Neptune — The Moon / The Hanged Man — Neptune is the energy of divinity, spirituality, trust, illusion, sometimes fear, confusion. It is really similar to the Moon card of the tarot. But Neptune also represents patience and letting things fall into place, trusting in the divine, and takes on those qualities of the Hanged Man.
Pluto — The Devil / The Tower — Pluto is the planet of death as well as power and empowerment. It’s the planet that wants us to stand in our own sovereignty and truly know that we are the face of God, capable of all that we desire. The Devil represents the need for us to empower ourselves, to free ourselves from conditioning. And the Tower represents the collapse of external structures in our life, which happen so that we can find our own support structures within us.
Cards I didn’t include: The World and Strength. The World is maybe like the Sun a bit, and Strength like the Moon.