Just like numerology complements astrology, tarot is yet another of those perfect matches. While tarot tends to be more abstract and conceptual, requiring an intuitive interpretation, astrology relies on sturdy structures and on precise calculations in realizing various readings and interpretations.
Due to its diversity - tarot brings together several other forms of esoteric reading systems symbolism -, tarot is generally seen as the principal form of knowledge in any wisdom-seeking system. Tarot uses major Arcana cards, each of them associated with the Moon, the stars, and the planets within the zodiac. Although no one could say for sure who combined Tarot and astrology in the first place, Tarot scholars have been creating and using such correlations for hundreds of years.
There are some scholars who use different associations, but this should not represent a source of disappointment or intimidation for those who are new to tarot. Both tarot and astrology are powerful oracles that comprise a considerable amount of symbols. By combining them you can gain a profound insight into your readings. It is possible that you may encounter a few astral characteristics which don’t match up with the interpretation or reading that you’re working on.
In such cases you should take the time to fully analyze the spread in front of you, to contemplate it, and understand it. It is of paramount importance to completely be relaxed and calm when faced with this kind of contradicting scenario. By doing this you allow the meanings to mix with your energies, thereby eventually realizing that similarities do exist. Conclusions thus drawn are incredibly potent.
The following chart associates the trump with its corresponding astrological signifier, along with the prime characteristic of the astrological sun sign, moon or planet. The order is card, name of the signifier, and characteristics.
Fool - Uranus - Modern thought, Experimentation, New ideas
Magician - Mercury - Relation, Connection, Understanding, Enlivening
Priestess - Moon - Sensitivity, Moods, Intuition, Subconscious thought
Empress - Venus - Beauty, Love, Art, Music, Poetry, Pleasure, Refinement
Emperor - Aries - Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious
Hierophant - Taurus - Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience
Lovers - Gemini - Communication, Indecision, Inquisitive, Intelligent, Changeable
Chariot - Cancer - Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective
Strength - Leo - Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative
Hermit - Virgo - Analyzing, Practical, Reflective, Observation, Thoughtful
Wheel - Jupiter - Enthusiasm, Hope, Good fortune, Expansion, Receptivity
Justice - Libra - Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection
Hanged Man - Neptune - Illusion, Imagination, Idealism, Psychic, Distortion
Death - Scorpio - Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding
Temperance - Sagittarius - Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism
Devil - Capricorn - Determination, Dominance, Perservering, Practical, Willful
Tower - Mars - Facilitation, Intensity, Courage, Energy, Assertion
Star - Aquarius - Knowledge, Humanitarian, Serious, Insightful, Duplicitous
Moon - Pisces - Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive
Sun - Sun - Focus, Energy, Vitality, Creativity, Will, Identity
Judgment - Pluto - Perspective, Enlightement, Improvement, Experience
World - Saturn - Concentration, Discipline, Accomplishment, Depth, Patience
Familiarizing yourself with the connection between tarot and astrology is bound to help you in your readings. The more you use these associations, the more aware you become of the perfect complementarity existing between these two systems.