Identifying Zodiac Signs In Your Tarot Reading

Posted on July 25, 2016

Daily horoscopes provide you with general direction and guidance. But when you need to get more specific and seek answers to questions about people in your life — friends, bosses, partners — we often use tools to help uncover the answers. The most common tool we use for that purpose is a deck of tarot cards. A tarot card reading is always a great addition to any astrology reading when you have a specific question about an event or person in your day-to-day life. But many people don′t know that the tarot even has zodiac influences. That′s right, each zodiac sign corresponds to different tarot cards. Here′s how to identify specific zodiac signs and answers about specific people in your life using the tarot.

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Aries: The Emperor Card

The Emperor is a leader, and so is our friend Aries. He makes sound and quick decisions and is in control of his domain. You can count on him to use analysis and authority to get the job done. This card will appear in a Tarot reading when Aries energy is present in your life, or if you are an Aries and need to take control of a situation. Other clues Aries energy is present in your reading can be found with the King of Wands card.

Taurus: The Heirophant Card

Taurus is practical and traditional and usually does the right thing. As an Earth Sign they are rooted in old school methods and conservative tradition. This means if you see the Heirophant card appear in your reading that Taurus energy could be present. Taurus can also crop up in your reading in the Queen of Pentacles, a wise traditional woman whose gardens and life is plush and abundant with all that she needs to be content.

Gemini: The Lovers Card

Gemini is the Mutable Air Sign and is always going two ways at once. Decisions predominate their world and seeing the Lovers Card crop up in a reading could be pointing you to some Gemini energy. Gems make a big deal out of every decision. Choosing a restaurant on Saturday night could take hours. This is the dilemma of the Lovers Card. Abundance awaits, upon the right decision. You may also see the Knight of Swords appear in your Tarot reading if Gemini energy is important in your life at the time of the reading.

Cancer: The Chariot Card

Cancer is ruled by the Moon and thus sometimes denoted by the Moon card. However many Tarot readers cite the Chariot as the go to card for Cancer energy. Cancer is hard working and motivated to succeed. The Chariot card represents victory and success after a period of hard work. As Cardinal signs, Cancer leads the way to success in their lives and the lives of those around them. Security is key for Cancer and this is the promise of the Chariot. You may also see the Queen of Cups appear in your Tarot reading if Cancer energy is significant in your life. The Empress Card, the eternal matriarch of the zodiac that rules family, children, and fertility or women matters may also be a sign that a Cancer is near in your reading.

Leo: The Strength Card

The Strength Card is denoted with a lion and thus the card that symbolizes lovable Leo. We see bravery, courage, and passionate energy in both the Strength card and Leo. This card also marks loyalty and complete control over your world and situation. When Strength appears, a loyal Leo may be near. Leo is also ruled by the Sun, so the Sun card may appear to announce a Leo in your life. You may also see the King of Wands appear if Leo energy is having an effect in your life.

Virgo: The Hermit Card

As the Mutable Earth Sign Virgo is a practical and quiet one. Virgo is also deeply reflective and gives everything careful thought. Virgo is also quietly spiritual, making the Hermit card the ideal card to symbolize Virgo. The Hermit moves slowly and takes the time to find the answers within. If you see the Hermit appear in a reading a message from or about Virgo is possible. You also may see the Knight of Pentacles arrive in your reading if a message from Virgo is relevant to your question.

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Libra: Justice Card

Libra is the Cardinal Air Sign and known to rule peace and harmony. Libra hates conflict and presides over it graciously. Thus, Libra is marked by the Justice Card in Tarot, symbolizing balance and the scales of justice and diplomacy. If Justice appears in your reading, Libra energy could be important for your question. You may also see the Queen of Swords appear when you need an answer about Libra.

Scorpio: Death Card

The one zodiac sign most often quoted saying, “they are dead to me” is Scorpio. Mess with a Scorpio and hell hath no fury, but they will cut you out in a heartbeat before they explain why, and even without explaining why because Scorpio flees drama. Scorpio can be dramatic but chops it out of their life quickly. If you see Death appear then In Your Tarot reading, be not alarmed. You may just have some Scorpio energy making a play. Scorpio is about powerful transformations and the Death card brings this promise, as well as the promise of a sunny horizon.

Sagittarius: Temperance Card

As the Mutable Fire Sign Sagittarius is a philosopher ruled by the big and expansive mighty Jupiter. Sagittarius learns about the big mysteries of the world by exploring it, and most often through travel. This makes Temperance the card that symbolizes Sagittarius. Temperance denotes harmony and balance and a constant flow of energy and unconditional love. When Temperance appears in your Tarot reading you may be getting a message about Sagittarius. The Knight of Wands, also a traveler or someone with foreign connections may also be a sign of Sagittarius in your Tarot reading.

Capricorn: Devil Card

Capricorn is the Cardinal Earth Sign and this makes them born leaders. Capricorn is also traditional and does things the right way, or not at all, most of the time. Sometimes the Devil gets the better of them making the Devil card the card that symbolizes Capricorn. The Devil card asks you to release these shadow acts, but could also simply mean a Capricorn is near with a message. You may also see the King of Pentacles appear to symbolize Capricorn in your Tarot reading.

Aquarius: Star Card

Aquarius is the Fixed Air Sign ruled by Uranus. This makes Aquarius a little quirky and out of this world on occasion. The Star Card marks just that, wonderful surprises in store that are truly out of this world. In a good way. The arrival of the Star in your reading could suggest an important Aquarius in your life and sends the message that beautiful things are pending in your world.

Pisces: Moon Card

Pisces is the Mutable Water Sign and thus one of the most emotional zodiac signs. Sometimes their emotions are all over the place, and when that happens Pisces usually retreats. If you see the Moon Card appear in your Tarot then, Pisces energy may be near. The Moon card represents a pulling back from a situation to see the bigger picture. Often information is missing or not available to the querant at the time of the reading. The Moon could however simply represent a Pisces as the source of that needed information. Sometimes Pisces is also symbolizes by the Knight of Cups bearing messages of love.

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The great thing about tarot cards is that anyone can become a reader. Even if you′re simply doing a daily tarot reading for yourself or your friends, it just takes the right knowledge and some practice. Let us know in the comments below, if you have any questions about zodiac signs in your Tarot reading. And provide your tips for newcomers! the more people who are relying on tarot for everyday guidance, the more in tune we all become.

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Charla Stone

Hi! I’m Charla Stone and I learned astrology and mysticism way back in the 1970s. I've spent the last four decades using the stars, tarot, runes, crystals, totems, and more to bring light and guidance to others. I’m just an old hippie at heart who has traveled the world to learn of its cultures. I’ve been published online and in print—which still rather surprises me, as this isn’t something I do, it’s just who I am! When I’m not writing or doing readings, I’m spending time in my garden or the art studio, or with my beloved dogs. Read More by Charla Stone

Tarot Cards & Their Meanings

The tarot is a series of 78 tarot cards used in fortune telling, psychic readings, and insight into past, present, and future events. These tarot card definitions help you understand how to interpret your tarot reading. Tarot cards are divided into 2 main sections—the major arcana and minor arcana—and further into 4 suits:

Before a tarot reading, the cards are usually arranged in a spread. A tarot spread is the pattern in which the cards are placed on the table to be interpreted by a tarot card reader. There are many different types of tarot spreads—entire books have even been written on the subject. Spreads can be as simple as a 1-card draw, or complex enough to use all 78 cards.

One of the most popular spreads is called the 3-card spread, which gives you answers to immediate questions about your relationships, career, and life in general.

A Brief History of The Tarot

No one knows for certain where or when the cards originated—some say the practice goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. What we do know is that reading the tarot cards gained notoriety sometime around the 18th century.

The tarot can be used for many different purposes. The archetypal images reflect your story back to you, and bring you insights on situations in the lives of those around you. Those same images make good meditation companions or provide you with a ‘thought for the day.’ You might even use the tarot as a writing prompt in a blog, or as inspiration in artwork. There is no limit to how these images can be used, you just need to decide what works for you and go for it.

Modern technology made it even easier to get daily readings, peruse different interpretations of the classical images, and connect with others who share your interest in the cards. Of course, before you can get really immersed in understanding the tarot, you have to know a few basics. They’re not difficult, and once you recognize them you can master the mysteries of the tarot.

The Major Arcana (Tarot Trump Cards)

The major arcana (trump cards) represent your journey through life, starting out as the innocent and carefree card representing The Fool (at number 0), and going through all your stages of life until you get to The World (at number 21). Each of the trump cards represents an important issue in your life and asks that you pay particular attention to this situation. As you get to know the Major Arcana, you’ll see that the first 11 cards represent your journey out into the world while the last 11 represent your journey into your own awareness.

The Minor Arcana

The minor arcana is a grouping of 56 tarot cards that acts as a support system for the major arcana. It's divided into 4 suits, much like playing cards, and each suit has 10 numbered cards and 4 court cards. Traditionally, these court cards are called page, knight, queen, and king.

Some decks may use different titles for these figures but their meanings and their positions in the hierarchy of the court cards remain the same. Each suit of the minor arcana corresponds with a specific area of life, and each card has a meaning within that area. The number 1 is the first in a sequence (representing beginnings).

The numbered minor cards may have images on them, or they may just have ‘pips’ on them like playing cards, depending on the deck you're using.

Each suit of the minor arcana is also associated with specific signs of the zodiac.


Wands (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)


Pentacles (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Cups (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Swords (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

The tarot provides guidance that has stood the test of time. And as with any tool, the tarot needs to be used responsibly. The cards themselves are not good or evil—it’s how you use them that creates them a positive or a negative experience. After all, the tarot is just a collection of images and have no power on their own—it’s their mystery that allows them to endure. What wisdom do those images want to share with you today?