Tarot Meaning
The 78 Tarot cards, their meaning in divination, and free online reading.

By Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer. In addition to fiction, I've written books about Tarot, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. My personal website: stenudd.com

Tarot Meaning & Online Reading

Tarot Online Reading
Free Celtic Cross card reading.


Major Arcana
The 22 Tarot trump cards and their meanings.


Minor Arcana
The 56 suited Tarot cards and their meanings.


The Celtic Cross
The most famous and used Tarot card divination spread explained.


Tarot Card Decks
Some of the Tarot designs through the centuries.


The Rider-Waite Tarot
The most famous Tarot card deck.


Tarot vs. Playing Cards
The same ancestry but evolving for different purposes.


What to Make of It
Is Tarot divination accurate, and if so - how?


Tarot Archetypes
The symbolic ingredients in the cards.


Tarot Speaks to You
The cards mean what they mean to you.


Tarot Copyright
The Tarot in the public domain.


Tarot Unfolded
My book on the Tarot and its symbolic imagery.


Contact
How to get in touch with me.





Major Arcana
Click the image to get the card reading.

The Fool Tarot Card The Magician Tarot Card The High Priestess Tarot Card The Empress Tarot Card The Emperor Tarot Card The Hierophant Tarot Card The Lovers Tarot Card The Chariot Tarot Card Strength Tarot Card The Hermit Tarot Card Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Justice Tarot Card The Hanged Man Tarot Card Death Tarot Card Temperance Tarot Card The Devil Tarot Card The Tower Tarot Card The Star Tarot Card The Moon Tarot Card The Sun Tarot Card Judgement Tarot Card The World Tarot Card


Complete Horoscope
Complete Horoscope
How predictions are done by classical astrology and the complete horoscope, with many examples.


I Ching Online
I Ching Online
The 64 hexa­grams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.


Book by Stefan Stenudd:

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope
This book shows you what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the planets, the Zodiac signs and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.


Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.




Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot cards

Divination Reading with the Tarot Deck of Cards



Tarot is the extended deck of cards, usually 78, used for divination reading. It's an old tradition, dating back to the Renaissance. Here's how to do it, and the meaning of each card. You can also get your own online reading for free.



Free Tarot Online Reading

Click the header to get your own free Tarot card spread and reading of its meaning. It's the Celtic Cross, the most established and widely used of the spreads. Deal the cards and read their meanings. I recommend you to read about the Celtic Cross spread first, but if you're impatient you can go ahead and try the Tarot Online reading immediately.


Divination by Images

It must be understood that the Tarot cards work by images, especially the Rider-Waite card deck, which has descriptive and meaningful images for all the 78 cards. And that's the thing.

     Since the Renaissance, Tarot cards were decorated with allegorical images, carrying lots of symbolic meanings familiar to people at the time. When they saw these images, their minds went spinning on how to interpret them in relation to the question at hand. That's still the best way of working with the Tarot cards.

The 8 of Swords Tarot card.      Any card deck with a number of images that are meaningful and suggestive to the viewer will inspire an enlighting reading. Watch the pictures and let your mind spin. The card meanings are in the images.

     That's why, ulitmately, you need to make your own Tarot card deck with the images to which you relate the most, the ones that make you react and get your imagination going. The card images with the most meaning to you. Maybe you can use your photo album, or search the internet for pictures you find significant - somewhat like the old tradition of collecting material for a scrapbook.

     Until then, I recommend that you work with the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which has wonder­fully suggestive images, rich with meaning, on all the 78 cards - although these pictures are very evidently from an era other than ours. These cards were originally published in 1909. Click the link to read more about them.


What To Make of Tarot Divination

What to think of Tarot card divination? Is it real, is it fantasy, is it of any practical use? Click the header to read my speculations about this and similar forms of divination.


The Major Arcana

The Tarot card deck consists of 78 cards, each with its own divination meaning: 22 in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana cards are the trumps, which are unsuited. Each card represents a major force to be taken quite seriously when appearing in divination. Read more about the Major Arcana and the meanings of the cards in it, by clicking the header.


The Minor Arcana

The 56 Tarot cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits: Wands, Pentacles (also called Coins), Cups, and Swords. Each suit has its general meaning, and each card of it brings its very own message in a divination. Read more about the Minor Arcana and the meanings of the cards in it (click the header).


The Tarot Celtic Cross Spread

The Tarot Celtic Cross spread.In divination with the Tarot cards, there are different spreads used. By far the most famous and used card spread is the Celtic Cross, which consists of ten cards, each with its own specific meaning. Here's how to do the Celtic Cross Tarot card spread, and how to read it (click the header).


The Hanged and Death from the Charles VI Tarot.

Tarot Card Decks

Playing cards are originally of Chinese invention, documented already in the 9th century, but the actual Tarot cards appeared in Europe around 1440, also at first for card games. The European use of the Tarot card decks for divination, cartomancy, where all the cards were given their divinatory meanings, commenced already in the 16th century and grew during the following centuries. That's just about its only use today, and it has become widely spread.

     This website focuses on the Tarot card use for divination, how it's done and what divinatory meanings the cards contain.

     I use the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which is by far the most popular one, although there are lots of others (see the links on the left menu). It's my favorite deck, too - until I find the time to make my own version, which is what I really recommend for everyone who finds delight in divination with Tarot cards. That's how to perfect it, filling each card with personal meaning.

     See the most famous variations of the Tarot card deck from the 15th century until today, by clicking the header.


Tarot vs. Playing Cards

The Tarot card deck has many similarities to regular playing cards. That's no surprise, since they have the same origin. But there are also significant differences, not only in the number of cards each deck contains. Read more about it (click the header).



The Book

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tarot Unfolded

This book by Stefan Stenudd presents an imag­inative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Also, it gives many examples of symbolic and allegorical imagery within and beyond the Tarot. This book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.