Practitioners of Western astrology have long applied their findings in conjunction with other forms of divination or esoteric studies. One of the more interesting potential combinations is astrology and Tarot. It is a means of providing both character analysis and a form of reinforcing any message found in a person’s astrological sign.
Tarot is a set of 78 cards consisting of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana originating in Italy. It became very popular during the 19th century as a form of prognostication (fortune telling) in England. While not as common as other combinations, it is possible to utilize Astrology with Tarot. In fact, for every each sign of the astrological Zodiac, there is a complementary Tarot Card from the Major Arcana.
Aries is linked with the Fool. Both reflect the adventurous and potentially foolhardy nature of this individual.
The Tarot counterpart of Taurus is the Hierophant. A card relating to steadiness and reliability, it reflects the essential earthiness and stability of anyone born under Taurus. Taurus is also associated with two other cards: the Emperor and the Empress. Both cards represent power on earth as well as fertility, fairness and balance.
Gemini individuals are described as versatile, adaptive, intellectual and witty. They are also gossipy and may be restless. The Star, when it is inverted, often reflects these characteristics.
Those born under the Zodiac sign of Cancer are characterized as sympathetic, kind, protective and well meaning. Tenacious Cancer also has a lively imagination. The dark side of Cancer is their moodiness. As such, it is only natural the match in Tarot cards is the Moon. This is a card of intuition, change and dreams. It can be protective but also moody.
The Lion has a strong personality overflowing with generosity. They have great organizational skills and rate high in both creativity and confidence. Yet, Leos may have certain undesirable traits. They can be dogmatic, overbearing, pompous, patronizing and snooty. The Sun is the Tarot card that may symbolize the best to be found in Leo unless it becomes inverted. It then represents the worst of powerful Leo.
Another possible Tarot card associated with Leo is the Chariot. This is a card representing the controlling nature and the desire to conquer or master all found in Leo.
Virgo is the sign of modesty. It reveals as well someone who is also analytical, very meticulous and selective. A Virgo can also be practical and reliable but also takes it to the extreme of being picky and very critical. The wiser characteristics of Virgo are captured in the High Priestess. This is a card of insight, depth and power. She is virtuous and selective. The High Priestess may also someone who is abusive of her power and very self-indulgent.
It is possible to compare and utilize astrology and Tarot. Every Zodiac sign can find a Tarot counterpart. The second part of this article will explore the matching of the final 6 signs to a Tarot card.