Tarot Card Meanings and Combinations Full Index
Reading Tarot combinations forms part of the bigger picture in how we link the cards together to reveal the story in our reading. This can be directly, such as side by side or in a simple line that reads like a sentence, or repeated themes from similar cards appearing in a larger spread. You'll find a simple guide, showing how we gradually put all the pieces together, from the link below: -
How to Connect and Combine Tarot Cards and Make Your Readings Flow
In simple terms, a Tarot card combination is the collective meaning of cards that appear together in the reading. The easiest way to recognise combinations is through their association or relationship to one another, based on a shared meaning. Cards that have similar meaning strengthen and reinforce one another by their association, so I’ve also included an ‘Associations’ section to help you under the 'Tarot Card Combinations' area on the page for each card.
You'll find a full index for all the Tarot meanings further down this page, complete with examples and guidance for Tarot card combinations - just click on the title of your chosen card.
The Tarot combinations that I’ve included are examples that work for me but are not designed to be used as a set format or type of ‘cook-book’ formula. Tarot readings rely upon many different factors to be taken into consideration, including the interpretations you place upon the cards, your reading style, the type of spread used, context of the reading, and other cards present. There are many possibilities and thousands of computations, so it wouldn't be possible to list them all here, but I've provided some of the more popular ones that show up for me that I tend to look for in readings and hope you find them useful.
The Tarot card meanings provided on the site are in addition and complementary to those found in the Easy Tarot kit based on professional work using the Gilded Tarot.
I'm often asked about reversed cards and this is completely a matter of personal choice, some readers use them and others prefer not. I worked with reversals for fifteen years but then decided my readings were clearer without, so I've provided some brief meanings for card reversals that I used to use. Some readers see reversals as a block to the upright meaning, rather than a different interpretation. As always, I encourage you to find what works best for you!
Major Arcana Index
The major arcana holds the wisdom for our spiritual journey and the key to our lessons as we travel through life, seeking to understand, learn, and gain knowledge from our experiences, in an attempt to achieve wholeness and harmony of our inner and outer realities.
All the cards in a spread are important and form part of the story to complete the picture, but if there's a large proportion of majors it usually points to a significant event.
You can also view a slideshow of the cards with Major Arcana Tarot Keywords at a glance.
The quickest and easiest way to start learning the Tarot is to use keywords and phrases, which provide an essence of the core meaning, and can act as a memory jogger to help trigger the full interpretation in your mind. They can also be useful when dealing with larger spreads, such as the Life Spread and Anchor, to gain a quick overview as you lay out the cards.
Minor Arcana Index
The minor arcana consists of four suits and deals with the many details and nuances of everyday life.
Suit of Wands
Wands represent the element of fire and indicate action and enterprise, often connected with work and business. Fire is an active, male energy, usually surrounded by excitement and swift movement.
If you find there's a large proportion of Wand cards in the spread it tends to indicate there will be lots of activity and plenty going on, it may also point to work matters.
The court cards of this suit may represent someone with a zodiac sign from the fire element of Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, or may suggest similar qualities to those signs.
Suit of Cups
Cups represent the element of water, symbolizing our emotions and often connected to love and relationships. Water is a female, passive energy.
If there's a large proportion of Cup cards in the spread then it tends to suggest emotional matters are in the frame.
With the court cards many of the attributes of the zodiac signs connected to the water element are often evident in the characteristics (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces).
Suit of Swords
Swords represent the air element, symbolizing the intellect, analytical and logical thought, discrimination may be needed to cut through confusion and achieve clarity. Struggle and conflict are often indicated as we battle with the mind. Air is a male energy.
When there are a large number of Swords in the spread it can suggest challenges. This is a suit that many people can feel concerned about but there is a balance of helpful cards within Swords too!
The court cards often display characteristics associated with the astrological signs connected to the element of air, (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius).
Suit of Pentacles
Pentacles represent the element of earth, symbolizing our physical world and the material aspects. Earth is a female energy with a stabilizing and grounding influence.
When you have a number Pentacle cards in a spread it often highlights financial matters, but may also show that a steady and methodical approach is required.
With the court cards the characteristics, or personality traits, often associated with the astrological signs connected to earth may be more dominant (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn).