Although there are many similarities between the Tarot and Astrology, they are both entirely different fields of study. Some believe that astrology offers better insight into the timing of events while the tarot offers better insight into the various people surrounding the querent (the person being read for).
In either case, intuition is required for both disciplines. It is important to recognize, however, that there is not a direct relationship between astrological and tarot symbolism. Typically, correlations between these two fields can differ from interpreter to interpreter.
For our purposes, the associations made between astrology and the tarot should be used as a tool for deepening one’s understanding of the subtleties of the tarot’s meaning. The tarot cards have their own, completely independent symbolism and the generalized astrological associations offer only another layer to their interpretations.
Below I have listed the most accepted approaches to assigning astrological meanings to the cards in the tarot.
Seasons and Direction
- The Suit of Cups Direction is north and the season is summer.
- The Suit of Pentacles Direction is south and the season is winter.
- The Suit of Wands Direction is east and the season is spring.
- The Suit of Swords Directions is west and the season is fall.
- Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are signs of the summer.
- Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo are signs of the winter.
- Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are signs of the spring.
- Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius are signs of the fall.
Astrological Associations of the Major Arcana
- The Fool: Uranus
- The Magician: Mercury
- The High Priestess: Moon
- The Empress: Venus
- The Emperor: Aries
- The Hierophant: Taurus
- The Lovers: Gemini
- The Chariot: Cancer
- Strength: Leo
- The Hermit: Virgo
- Wheel of Fortune: Jupiter
- Justice: Libra
- The Hanged Man: Neptune
- Death: Scorpio
- Temperance: Sagittarius
- The Devil: Capricorn
- The Tower: Mars
- The Star: Aquarius
- The Moon: Pisces
- The Sun: Sun
- Judgment: Pluto
- The World: Saturn