Tarot - Symbols

Here you will find further suggestions for the interpretation of the symbols on tarot cards. If you have other associations, you should follow your own voice.

A: Ajin, Aleph, Angel, Antlers, Aquarius, Aries, Armor,
B: Bat, Baton, Bed, Beggar, Belt, Berkana-Rune, Beth, Black Horse, Black Robe, Boat, Branch, Bridge, Bull, Bush, Butterfly,
C: Cancer, Candle, Capricorn, Castle, Cat, Cauldron, Chain, Chalice, Child, Church, City, Clouds, Club, Coffin, Coin, Column, Cornfield, Covered Eyes, Covered Face, Crab, Crescent, Cross, Crown,
D: Daleth, Dance, Demon, Desert, Dog, Dove, Droplet, Dunce cap,
E: Eagle, Ermine,
F: Feather, Ferryman, Field, Fire, Fish, Fist, Flowers, Forest, Foundation, Four-Leaf Clover, Fruits, Full Moon,
G: Gallow, Gemini, Gimel, Globe, Goblet, Grass, Green earth,
H: Hammer and Chisel, Hand, Heh, Hexagram, Hourglass,
I: Island,
J: Jewelry, Jupiter,
K: Key,
L: Lantern, Laurel Wreath, Leaf, Lemniscate, Leo, Letter, Libra, Lightning, Lily, Lion,
M: Medusas Head, Mercury, Monk, Moon, Mountain, Mushroom,
N: Neptune, Night,
O: Olive Branch, Ouroboros,
P: Papal cross, Pennant, Pentagram, Phantom, Pisces, Pitcher, Punctured Heart,
R: Rabbit, Raven, Red Cloak, Red Shawl, Resh, Rider, River, Rose,
S: Sagittarius, Salamander, Sand, Saturn, Scales, Scepter, Scorpio, Sea, Shackle, Shield, Ship, Shore, Sin, Skeleton, Skull, Snake, Snow, Sphinx, Spurs, Staff, Star, Storm, Stretcher, Sulfur, Sun, Sunrise, Sword,
T: Taurus, Tent, Tet, Thief, Third eye, Throne, Tightrope Walker, Tora, Totem, Tower, Track, Tree, Trident, Trumpet,
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V: Vav, Venus, Village, Virgo, Volcano,
W: Walking Stick, Wall, Water, Water lily, Waves, Well, White Horse, Wine, Wings, Wolf, Wound,
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Ajin

ע - The Hebrew character Ajin stands for authority

Aleph

א - The Hebrew character Aleph stands for cattle

AngelAngel

Protection, message, wonder, help, joie de vivre and guilt are possible meanings of an angel

Antlers

Self-esteem, spirituality, adornment, independence, transformation, charisma, transition, brilliance, glory, struggle, following new paths, peace

AquariusAquarius

This zodiac sign stands for complexity, incalculability, inconsistency, desire for knowledge and progress, skill with technology, inventiveness, originality, organization, dishonesty, skill, self-awareness, human knowledge, arrogance, contempt for mankind, ridicule and irony, competency or resourcefulness in life, recklessness, inner independence, loneliness, relationships that are often more friendly than romantic, ruggedness, selfishness, egotism, concentration and stability

AriesAries

This zodiac sign stands for open-mindedness toward life and needs, self-reliance, motivation, self-confidence, need for recognition, impulsivity and energy

Armor

Armor can mean courage, daring, glory, retreat and protection


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BatBat

Sin, deceit, darkness and evil can be symbolized by a bat. However, it can also stand for immortality, luck, long life, virtue, health, affluence and a natural death

Baton

A baton can also mean: support, connection, help, magical gifts, holy gifts, defense, authority, dependence

Bed

A bed can mean dreams, rest, safety, the unconscious, transition, eroticism and sexuality, illness and overcoming obstacles

BeggarBeggar

A beggar can symbolize poverty, freedom, fear of loss and life balance

Belt

Solidarity, protection, strength, journey and service can be represented by a belt

Berkana-Rune

The Berkana Rune symbolizes motherhood, peace, reception, security, home, fertility, actualizing ideas, patience, feminine principle, cycle and slow growth

Beth

ב - The Hebrew character Beth stands for house

Black-HorseBlack Horse

Movement, emotions, passion and ferocity or the desire for it

Black Robe

Black robes can symbolize simplicity, attention, rescue, joy, or grief and depression

BoatBoat

Advancement, transition and travel

Branch

A branch often stands for hope and life

BridgeBridge

A bridge points to connection, separation, transition and switching sides

Bull

A bull can mean procreation, fertility, power, drive, peace and composure, visual acuity, point of view, shape of one’s life, stubbornness, tenacity and health

BushBush

Growth, life, wonder and transformation

Butterfly

A butterfly can mean joy, transience, lightness, transformation, nervousness and dementia

CancerCancer

This zodiac sign stands for receptiveness, aesthetic interests, feelings, need for support, solicitousness, desire, fickleness, hardiness, persistence, a strong will, compliance, indifference, adherence to external freedom, frugality

Candle

Awareness, bringing light into the dark, celebration, security, consciousness and illumination

CapricornCapricorn

This zodiac sign stands for physical poise in all aspects of life, practical goals, frugality, greed, thoroughness, endurance, prudence and caution, sobriety, lack of illusion, diligence, aspiration, tenacity, ambition, arrogance, hypocrisy, self-limitation, sense of what is accomplishable and restraint

CastleCastle

A castle can point to secure housing, protection, attack, arrogance, power and indomitability

CatCat

A cat can stand for freedom and independence, shrewdness, cunning, ferocity, fondness, night, mystery and individuality

Cauldron

A cauldron can mean rebirth, nurture, life, death and transformation

Chain

Chains stand for unwanted connection, coercion, safety, outbreak, flight and new beginnings

Chalice

A chalice can point to, among other things, conception, life, affluence, paradise and knowledge

ChildChild

A child can mean innocence, intuition, freedom, trust, growth and carelessness

ChurchChurch

Belief, hope, constraint and salvation

City

Home, restlessness, community, safety and protection, livelihood, getting lost, losing sight of a goal, not getting one’s bearings, not knowing the way and distance

Clouds

Ambiguity, smoke screen and hiding. Unconscious ideas and energies come to light. Hidden fears

Club

A club can symbolize ignorance, light of awareness and struggle

Coffin

A coffin can symbolize loss, turning point, end, mortality and farewell

CoinCoin

Coins can indicate gratitude, affluence, exchange and fertility

ColumnColumn

A column symbolizes dignity, wealth, power, stability and support

CornfieldCornfield

A cornfield can symbolize fertility, wealth, maturity, affluence, life and hope

Covered Eyes

Covered eyes can stand for equality, relying on one’s intuition, sharpened senses and darkness

Covered Face

A covered face can represent hidden powers, not seeing one’s own abilities, hiding one’s purpose and secrets

Crab

The crab represents slow progress, the unconscious, misfortune, a stroke of fate, healing and luxury

Crescent

A crescent often stands for fertility and pregnancy

Cross

A cross symbolizes Heaven and Earth, relationships, death and paradise. An upside-down cross points to martyrdom

CrownCrown

A crown can represent dignity, power, sovereignty, consciousness and awareness

Daleth

ד - The Hebrew character Daleth stands for door

Dance

Dance can mean mercy, fertility, joy, illusion, ignorance, beauty and body

DemonDemon

A demon can stand for the power of fate, cautionary or admonishing voices, destiny, evil spirits and possession

Desert

Desert can stand for retreat, reflection on the essentials, freedom, isolation and loneliness

DogDog

Loyalty, friendliness, connection, adherence, dependence, camaraderie, construction of steady foundations, trust, good and true friend, patiently waiting for someone, not questioning the relationship, someone helps you

DoveDove

A dove can represent peace, dirt, harmony, love and gentleness

Droplet

A droplet can represent blood, tears, fertility, inner purification and new life

Dunce cap

If someone is wearing a dunce cap, it can stand for: dangerous desires, stupidity, ignorance and idleness

EagleEagle

Message, courage, vision, objective observation of one’s own life, protection, healing, change, advancement and power—an eagle can stand for all of these

Ermine

Ermine can mean purity, innocence, power and preferring to die than to be defiled

FeatherFeather

Lightness, fleetingness, falling, flying, message and strength

FerrymanFerryman

Crossing barriers, slow advancement, transition, death and travel

FieldField

Fertility, satisfaction, work and being grounded can be shown through a field

FireFire

Fire can represent purity, destruction, sacrifice, temper and joie de vivre

Fish

Finances, property, able to be influenced by money, addiction, acquaintance with one’s own body, tears, the psyche, soul, unconscious forces

FistFist

The fist stands for victory, conflict and power

FlowersFlowers

Flowers often stand for feelings, love, wishes, a request, devotion, transience, or a successful conclusion.

ForestForest

Protection, life, mystery, desire and spirituality

Foundation

A foundation can symbolize self-confidence, solid ground, stability, affluence and safety

Four-Leaf Clover

Luck, carelessness, joy, success, no reason to worry, something will happen before long, good point in time, some money, calm bliss, somewhat-hindered growth, hope, speedy recovery

FruitsFruits

Fruit can stand for vitality, affluence, maturity, fertility, success and luck

Full-MoonFull Moon

The full moon can illustrate femininity, fertility, instinct, change, intuition and orientation

GallowGallow

A gallow can symbolize death, anger, hatred and freedom

GeminiGemini

This zodiac sign stands for mental flexibility, intellect, alertness, clear vision, mobility, adaptability, fragmentation, helplessness, ambivalence, nervousness, irritability and instability

Gimel

ג - The Hebrew character Gimel stands for camel

GlobeGlobe

A globe points to strength, conquest, vanity and land ownership

Goblet

Open, receptive, passive, female form, source of inexhaustible food and abundance, life. A cloaked chalice represents emptiness or nothingness. On gravestones, the cup is a symbol of eternal life

Grass

Grass can stand for transiency, growth, indestructability, wealth, homeland and balance

Green earth

Life, affluence, fertility, wellbeing and success are possible meanings for green Earth or green land

Hammer and Chisel

Seeing even in the dark, work, handiwork, planning and finding the true sense

HandHand

The hand can mean connection, conclusion, seizure, oath, promise, right, trust, prayer and help

Heh

ה - The Hebrew character Heh stands for window

Hexagram

Symbol of protection against demons and fire, godly power

Hourglass

An hourglass points to transience and death, fleetingness of time or the memory thereof, using one’s time on earth sensibly

Island

An island can stand for rescue, solitude, isolation, rest, contemplation and paradise

Jewelry

The meaning of jewelry can be connection, support, beauty, strength, protection, luck and energy

Jupiter

This stands for freedom, being under an open sky, a bad time coming to an end, Thursday, power and victors

KeyKey

A key can point to protection, knowledge, something forbidden or suppressed, or discovering a secret

Lantern

Insight, awareness, understanding, focus, darkness, enlightenment and error

Laurel Wreath

The laurel wreath represents honor, victory and success

LeafLeaf

A leaf can be a symbol for inner growth, fertility, transformation and new beginnings. A withered leaf stands for misdeeds and grief.

Lemniscate

The lemniscate can symbolize experience, repetition, life and death, eternity and infinity

LeoLeo

This zodiac sign stands for good self-esteem, sense of honor, sense of responsibility, need for recognition, ambition, dominance, an earnest and helpful friend, generosity, importance of outward appearance and representation, courage, stability, self-absorption

LetterLetter

Text messages, email, communication, superficiality, something passes by, curiosities, love letters, news, something without obligation or commitment, superficial relationship, short-lived relationship, not letting oneself deviate, overlooking nothing, concentrating

LibraLibra

This zodiac sign stands for joie de vivre, enjoyment, ability to love, refined eroticism, cordiality, helpfulness, understanding of others, balance, bridging opposites, mobility and impressionability

LightningLightning

Destruction, procreation, justice, light and sudden realizations and truth can be symbolized by a bolt of lightning

LilyLily

Peace, purity, chastity, innocence, spirituality and goodwill can all be symbolized by the lily

LionLion

A lion can mean strength, power, good and evil, protection, defense against demons, immortality and resurrection

Medusas-HeadMedusas Head

Medusa’s head can symbolize captivating beauty, consolidation, protection and weaponry

MercuryMercury

Mercury illustrates intelligence, understanding, a way with words, diplomacy, trickiness and cunning

MonkMonk

A monk stands for abstinence, belief, conversion, or duty to mankind

Moon

The moon represents change, transformation, retreat, repetition, the psyche, instinct, desire and dislike, acceptance and nerves

MountainMountain

Proximity to God, ascent and descent, reaching goals, ambition, struggle and view can be represented by a mountain

Mushroom

Something shady, searching and finding, eroticism and quick growth

Neptune

Neptune stands for inspiration and spirituality, the desire for the lost paradise, fantasy, mystery and the unconscious

Night

Night can mean renewal, regeneration, dreams, danger, demons and orientation

Olive-BranchOlive Branch

Understanding, peace, togetherness and improvement of a situation can be illustrated by an olive branch

Ouroboros

The ouroboros is a snake biting its own tail. It can stand for turning in circles, finding peace with oneself, hiding from the outside world, self-sufficiency, self-renewal and rebirth

Papal cross

The papal cross can symbolize a teacher, a herder, a priest, or faithfulness

PennantPennant

A pennant points to similarities, decoration and signal

Pentagram

The pentagram illustrates intelligence, justice, strength, moderation, hard work, protection and achieving goals

Phantom

A ghost or phantom symbolizes the soul, death, straying, guilt and alienation

PiscesPisces

This zodiac sign stands for receptiveness, sense of the physical, humility, simplicity, modesty and impassiveness against external difficulties, opulence, inaction and comfort, complacency, disorder, mental receptiveness, idealism, lack of a sense of reality and robustness, weakness, instability, dependence, suggestibility, ease and friendliness, being exploited, softness and good-heartedness, resignation, privacy, sensitivity, bitterness and pessimism, dedication and humanity

Pitcher

A pitcher can mean purity, vice, grief, feminine principle, affluence and conflict

Punctured Heart

Lovesickness, indecision and suffering in general

Rabbit

A rabbit or hare stands for rebirth and resurrection, fertility, impurity, flight and sensuality

RavenRaven

The raven is a symbol for intelligence, wisdom and misfortune

Red Cloak

A red cloak symbolizes coronation, power, authority and justice

Red Shawl

red shawl can point to provocation, omens and something intolerable

Resh

ר - The Hebrew character Resh stands for face

Rider

Progressiveness, movement, advancement, advantage, young man, new beginning, something that comes to you, wishes being fulfilled, success, victory, realizing a dream, news from far away, encounter with an old love

River

A river can symbolize movement, direction and energy

RoseRose

The rose is a symbol for love, joy, youth, discretion, pain, transience and death

SagittariusSagittarius

This zodiac sign stands for a strong personality, self-respect, sense of honor and responsibility, need for external recognition, assuredness, acceptance of life, accomplishment, love of work, progressiveness, humanity in nature, sense of justice, cosmopolitanism, searching, generosity and comfort

SalamanderSalamander

A salamander can symbolize fire, rebirth, the indestructible inner self, wisdom and understanding through destruction

Sand

Sand can mean transience, insecurity, stinginess, softness and magnitude

SaturnSaturn

Saturn represents boundaries, reliability, stability, law, reversal and karma

ScalesScales

Scales can stand for balance, wisdom, law, neutrality and justice

ScepterScepter

The symbol of the scepter stands for power, a lucky charm and authority over a realm

ScorpioScorpio

This zodiac sign stands for double-sidedness and opposition, connection, abstinence, good ability to see through outward appearances and deceit, the occult, decisiveness (all or nothing), strong-willed, determination, inner discrepancy and passion

Sea

A sea or ocean can represent depth, wealth, danger, the unconscious, retreat and mother

Shackle

A shackle indicates being unable to free oneself alone, being dependent on help, prison, danger, sexual wishes, wanting to detach from or be absorbed by something

ShieldShield

A shield symbolizes protection, struggle and honor

ShipShip

Longing, travel, distance, change, letting events come to you, new horizons, uncertain outcomes, wishes, subconscious, motion, affluence, trade, or patience

Shore

A shoreline or coast can stand for arrival, return, travel, orientation and welcoming

Sin

ש - The Hebrew character Sin stands for peace

SkeletonSkeleton

A skeleton can represent decomposition, structure, foundation, remains and separation

SkullSkull

A skull can symbolize mortal danger, death, poison and transience

SnakeSnake

Masculinity, creation, sexuality, renewal, change, wisdom and healing

SnowSnow

Snow can stand for cold, calm, clarity, inner peace and isolation

Sphinx

A sphinx can represent a dual entity, secrecy, demons, nightmares, protection, power and mystery

SpursSpurs

Spurs point to themes such as impulse, pain and power

Staff


Star

A star can represent orientation, guideposts, protection against demons, secrecy, eternity and night

Storm

Storms stand for danger, joie de vivre, passion, strong feelings, adventure and disorientation

Stretcher

Repose, help, illness and death can be symbolized by a stretcher

Sulfur

The symbol for sulfur can mean Satan, disbelief, agony and pain

SunSun

Luck, warmth, creativity, vitality, profit, success, money, engagement, good health, hope, someone with a lot of love to give, nurturing, enjoying one’s luck, raising one’s spirits, wishes coming true, using many possibilities, resolute action, coping with obstacles. Good time to solve problems

SunriseSunrise

A sunrise can symbolize recognition, will to live, new beginnings, development, progress and joie de vivre

SwordSword

A sword can symbolize invincibility, division, attack, separation, duality, defensiveness and simple solutions

TaurusTaurus

This zodiac sign stands for being down-to-earth, perseverance, purposefulness, defiance, self-esteem, conservatism and sustainability

TentTent

A tent can point to celebration, freedom, travel, a temporary arrangement and overcoming

Tet

ט - The Hebrew character Tet stands for snake

Thief

Loss in general, loss of trust, injustice, damage, envy and dropping out of something

Third eye

This stands for increased cognitive ability, intuition, higher consciousness, truth, or empathetic abilities

Throne

A throne often means worldly power, influence and authority

Tightrope Walker

A tightrope walker stands for risk, balance, danger, courage, practice and falling

Tora

The Tora symbolizes orders, direction and instruction

Totem

A totem can represent supernatural powers, family, clan, news, one’s own life story and protection

TowerTower

Letting go, separation, distance, career, foresight, pursuing love or relationships, inner withdrawal, not receiving help, impending separation, setting boundaries, solitude and isolation

Track

Openness, decision-making, ability to choose, turning point, search for alternatives, different perspectives, crossroads, finding a common way, showing tolerance, trying new paths, deciding anew, leaving someone or something behind oneself, change of heart, waiting no longer, changing one’s opinion

TreeTree

A tree symbolizes life, guardian, becoming and misdoing, immortality, advancement, stages of mental development and keepers of the souls of the deceased

Trident

Protection, creation, destruction and awareness can all be symbolized by a trident

TrumpetTrumpet

A trumpet can symbolize magical powers, awakening, sending for someone, asking someone for help, ceremonies and warnings

Vav

ו - The Hebrew character Vav stands for nail

VenusVenus

Venus symbolizes aesthetic, love, erotic appetite, feminine sides of personality, satisfaction of sensual pleasure and beauty

VillageVillage

A village symbolizes simple living, peace and quiet

VirgoVirgo

Sense of reality, power of observation, meddling, criticism, gossip and slander, sense for details, love of order, exactness, pettiness and pedantry, methodical actions, alert capacity, clarity and strength of purpose, intelligence, understanding, sense of utility and reservation

VolcanoVolcano

A volcano can represent breakthrough, eruption, spoiling, fertility, primal violence, passion and self-control

Walking Stick

Acceptance, freedom, independence, adventure and protection

Wall

A wall can mean boundary, farewell, narrow-mindedness, prison, obstacles and protection

Water

Water stands for life, motion, flux, renewal, survival, fertility and healing

Water lily

A water lily can represent unrequited love, purity, mental development, loyalty, creativity and the highest consciousness

Waves

A wave can illustrate healing, motion, repetition, impact, little resistance and repression

WellWell

Promise, trust, love, conflict, eternal love and fulfillment are all possible meanings for a well

White-HorseWhite Horse

Wisdom, defiance, freedom, energy and mental strength

Wine

Wine can symbolize smoke, wellness, pleasure, celebration, initiation and recognition

Wings

Wings can represent the unification of opposites, potential, positivity, lightness and the joining of woman and man

WolfWolf

The wolf represents family, protection, the subconscious, growth, learning, freedom and leadership

Wound

A wound stands for passion, wrong rhythm of life, injury, or injustice
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