Tarot has astrological connections that are thought to have been first combined by the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.”
The origins of both Tarot and astrology date back to ancient times; however, Tarot was reimagined into what we know today during the Renaissance period, while astrology is a system that has been in place since pre-Christianity and mostly at its basic structural level unchanged.
Planets were added as they were discovered. New ways of using the system have been a big part of its growth and continued popularity.
Those connections are of the Major Arcana. The astrological concept is applied and broken down further in the Minor Arcana by an elemental grouping. Each astrological sign has a Tarot card association.
The elemental groups are as follows:
It seems to me that Tarot and astrology are really two tools working from the same energy source in a harmony that can’t be denied. The deeper you look into it, you will see despite having been created separately they work together perfectly.
When we look at the cards that have been associated with the astrological signs, we see that somehow the relationship between the two seems rather divine in nature.
Each astrological sign has two Tarot cards that completely complement the energy already present in the zodiac signs. This creates the ability for them together to tell you a far deeper story than they could alone.
Aries Tarot Cards: The Emperor and The King of Wands
The Emperor is applied to the Aries horoscope sign for the authority and power of the sign reflected by the Tarot card.
Aries as the first astrological placement symbolizing the first spark of flame. The sign of Aries belongs to the elemental grouping of fire.
The King of Wands is the first card of the fire group of Tarot cards, which is perfectly fitting for Aries.
Taurus Tarot Cards: The Hierophant and The King of Pentacles
The Hierophant is assigned to the zodiac sign Taurus because the Hierophant conveys a carefulness, and certain deliberateness, those same qualities can be found in the sign of Taurus.
The King of Pentacles represents the first card of the earth elemental group in Tarot and Taurus is the first of the astrological earth signs.
Gemini Tarot Cards: The Lovers and The King of Swords
The Lovers Tarot card represents Gemini as a symbolic way of indicating the duality of both the sign and the card. Gemini as the zodiac sign of the Twins matched with the Lovers card, which shows up the male-female counterparts, dualities of each other.
The King of Swords is the first card in the elemental group of air. This card naturally places with Gemini, as it’s the first astrological sign to represent the air signs.
Cancer Tarot Cards: The Chariot and The King of Cups
The zodiac sign Cancer is matched to The Chariot Tarot card, indicating movement in the form of growth. Change is indicated by this card, and for the sign of Cancer, the Chariot reflects the signs ability to use intuition to move to a higher emotional perspective.
The Tarot card The King of Cups is applied to Cancer for the position of the sign as the first sign in the elemental water group.
Leo Tarot Cards: Strength and The Queen of Wands
The Tarot card Strength is given to the zodiac sign Leo for the symbolic strength they both share, the Tarot card even carries the lion in depiction. The sign Leo is attributed with that quality.
The Queen of Wands is the second card in the elemental group of fire, and Leo stands in the mirror position for astrology as the second fire sign.
Virgo Tarot Cards: The Hermit and The Queen of Pentacles
The Hermit is associated with Virgo when Tarot and astrology are combined.
This is interesting, as Virgo is associated with the concept of virginity; it’s a metaphorical state, through a more representative view of the purity that can be found in being alone; the time to be in one’s thoughts analyzing the lessons in the quest for perfection.
The Queen of Pentacles is the second of the earth elemental group in Tarot, and is matched by Virgo as the astrological second earth sign.
Libra Tarot Cards: Justice and The Queen of Swords
Libra and the Tarot card Justice are matched through the symbolic connection they share with the theme of justice, weighing options and making decisions.
The Tarot card the Queen of Swords is the associated card for Libra to indicate the shared connection of the air elemental group.
Scorpio Tarot Cards: Death and The Queen of Cups
The Death Tarot card is considered a wonderful card to find in a reading; it represents the concepts of death, birth, and rebirth.
Scorpio for the zodiac is the mirror of these symbolic qualities for human experience. The Queen of Cups is the second card in the water elemental grouping, Scorpio being the second astrological water sign.
Sagittarius Tarot Cards: Temperance and The Page of Wands
The Tarot card Temperance is a card of balance, striving for enlightenment — a philosophical tempering if you will. The astrological sign of Sagittarius is symbolic of the very same themes.
Both Temperance and Sagittarius are embodiments of searching out into the environment in order to refine what has been learned prior.
The connection between Sagittarius and the Page of Wands is like the ones before; they are posed in matching placements, both representing the second fire elemental grouping.
Capricorn Tarot Cards: The Devil and The Page of Pentacles
The Tarot card symbolic of the astrological sign of Capricorn is the Devil card. This card has some hard misconceptions and it tends to create anxiety when it’s drawn in reading.
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The Devil card is more symbolic of desires and striving for the fulfillment of cravings of all types. Of course, not all cravings are healthy, especially when there is a single-minded focus toward them, such as in drinking or smoking.
Capricorn is connected to the Devil card because both the card and the sign strive ever onward for those things that will satisfy their drives; whether that be acquiring goods or business conquests, this connection represents those things that may slowly take over one’s life and not necessarily to the overall benefit.
The Page of Pentacles is connected to Capricorn as a representation of the third of the earth signs for astrology and the Tarot elemental group.
Aquarius Tarot Cards: The Star and The Page of Swords
The Star Tarot card is a wonderful card to associate with Aquarius as, first of all, we can see the symbol of pouring water from a vessel into a larger body of water. Aquarius and the Star are both “water bearers” in their symbolic representations.
Both the sign Aquarius and the Star are connected with the same themes, in one way they show that standing out from the crowd, being original and going with the flow are entirely possible to integrate together.
The Page of Swords is a Tarot card associated with Aquarius, for the position they both share as the third air sign placements.
Pisces Tarot Cards: The Moon and The Page of Cups
The astrological sign Pisces is associated with the Moon Tarot card. Both the Moon and Pisces are symbolic representations of dreams and illusions. The mysteries of the depths of the ocean, and the movement of tides as in emotions and emotional reactions and processes, are themes for both.
The Tarot card the Page of Cups is connected to the sign of Pisces, both with a shared connection to being the third placements for the water elemental group.
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Amanda Ilene Sawyer is a writer and Mississippi native who is interested in science, anthropology, and spiritualism. She writes about astrology, numerology, and Tarot.