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Reading the Meanings of Oracle/Tarot Cards

Erin writes about various topics concerning Pagan/Wiccan practice and knowledge.

Read on for interpretations of the meaning of tarot/oracle cards.

Read on for interpretations of the meaning of tarot/oracle cards.

What Are Tarot Cards?

Tarot cards are a form of cartomancy, or fortune-telling. In principle, it's similar to the practice of divination. The difference is that divination involves religious rituals, invoking deities or spirits, while fortune-telling is less serious and formal. That said, it's best not to think of tarot or oracle cards as sage predictors of the future but rather as a set of suggestions for spiritual or practical guidance and affirmation.

With any of the various tarot or oracle decks, the user needs to read between the lines and creatively interpret the symbols and images. If you're seeking a specific answer, it's important to remember that the placement of the cards will not necessarily make sense in relation to the question being asked.

Tarot vs. Oracle: What's the Difference?

Tarot reading follows a more rigid set of rules and structure that is based on 78 traditional cards (the 56 suit cards of the Major Arcana and the 22 trump cards of the Major Arcana). Oracle reading can be similar to tarot, but the cards range in number from 22 to 88 and are more open to interpretation.

While oracle cards are similar to your typical tarot deck, they do not hold any particular suit. Rather, each card supplies a picture or situation that is meant to be interpreted symbolically.

What Oracle Cards Are Trying to Tell You

According to legend, a wise nomad spoke of two elements that had to be kept in mind: the image, which 'provoked feelings and memories in the heart and mind,' and the sentence (the card's title), which 'guided sensitivities and perception in the right direction.'

Admittedly, I am a novice in the world of tarot decks and oracle reading, but I'm interested in the idea of interpreting ancient archetypes in the context of our modern world. The combined elements of spirituality and creative detective work at play makes me want to dig deeper into the meaning behind these mysterious and beautiful cards.

Below you will find a detailed description for each and every oracle card. The cards have alternate meanings depending on what's going on in your life and what position the card is in. Make sure to read both the typical interpretation as well as the reversed or alternative meanings for each card. They have been arranged in alphabetical order for your convenience.

Cheerfulness tarot card

Cheerfulness tarot card

Cheerfulness or Party

When Facing Right Side Up

When facing right side up, this card could mean a social event, a reception, a wedding, and/or baby shower is coming your way. It may suggest a great need to get out more and enjoy yourself. Let yourself escape the mundaneness of normal life for a little bit. You deserve it.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternately, when facing upside down, this card could mean that you are feeling uncertain about your social skills and/or fearful of social situations. It may serve as an omen that you will face an event requiring you to interact meaningful with others. Take note of the other cards that you have pulled in your reading to possibly narrow down the nature of this event.

Child oracle card

Child oracle card

Child or Baby

When Facing Right Side Up

When facing right side up, this card could be telling you about a new start, such as a pregnancy, or a child coming into your life. It is sometimes interpreted as representing the infancy stage of life.

The card could also represent the start of a new project or relationship. Or, you may be called upon care for someone who is less fortunate than you.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When facing upside down, the card could mean naivety or inexperience. It may also suggest that you are nostalgic for the past or need to satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes.

This card is sometimes interpreted as representing a new addition to the family.

Consolation Oracle Card

Consolation Oracle Card

Consolation or Money

When Facing Right Side Up

When this card is facing up, it could mean a bonus, raise, purchase, small win, or refund is in your future. This could include finding lost assets, receiving a check, or even an entitlement.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

In reverse, it could mean that you are not receiving what you are owed or that a small financial loss is on the way.

Constancy Tarot Card

Constancy Tarot Card

Constancy

When Facing Right Side Up

Forward-facing, this card can represent a lack of change, accountability, and that everything will stay the same but in a positive light.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, if you are wondering about a negative situation when the card is upside down, then your situation is unlikely to improve. This may be due to stubbornness.

This card represents the quality of being dependable and faithful, as well as enduring and unchanging. Take note of the surrounding cards that you've pulled in order to narrow down this card's meaning.

Conversation or Judge tarot card

Conversation or Judge tarot card

Conversation or Judge

When Facing Right Side Up

When this card is presented facing forwards, it could mean that a conversation is going to take place soon, or a final verdict/decision will be made by those in authority. Weighing the pros and cons in a situation may be the solution for you at this time.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

If this card has been presented upside down, you are either being put through some kind of a test or you are seeking acceptance to move forward.

Above all else, this card represents judgment and finality. A discussion is to take place soon. Take note of the surrounding cards pulled in your reading to determine what the conversation or decision will be about.

Death tarot card

Death tarot card

Death

When Facing Right Side Up

Despite the ominous name, when in the upright position, this card's meaning usually relates to the start of a new cycle, a time to move on and forget the past. It's time to head off in a different direction.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When placed upside down, it means farewell, a finalization or ending; if a yes or no question has been asked, the answer is no.

It's often depicted as a negative card to pull, but it also brings some joy. This card represents endings, but also brings in new beginnings (similar to how the Faithfulness card has alternate meanings). It can also be used to answer yes or no questions.

Despair or Anger tarot card

Despair or Anger tarot card

Despair or Anger

When Facing Right Side Up

When placed right side up, this card usually regards a provocation or a circumstance that tests one's patience. This is a card of emotions that could be telling you how you, or others, are feeling. It could also represent the despair of other people, and may suggest that someone around you will be in need of your help or compassion.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Upside down, this card signifies that someone near you is prone to sudden outbursts or will 'fly off the handle.' There are some anger issues that exist along with frustration, negative emotions, annoyance, and an all-around bad mood.

This card represents the many hardships and cruelties that you will experience in the world. Alternatively, it may be a pun on 'the spare.' Perhaps the meaning is hinting at the fact that you may need some backup.

Doctor or Physician Tarot Card

Doctor or Physician Tarot Card

Doctor or Physician

When Facing Right Side Up

When this card has been placed in the upward position, it can represent a medicine man or woman. Perhaps there is someone near you who needs care and advice.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, in the reversed potion, there is a need for emotional or physical healing, and perhaps even medical concerns are present.

On the card, you can clearly see a doctor comforting his patient. The card may be telling you to seek guidance or to pay attention to the health of the person receiving the reading.

Enemy Tarot Card

Enemy Tarot Card

Enemy

When Facing Right Side Up

This card can suggest a variety of conflicts:

  • Weakness
  • Hostility
  • Impostor
  • Self-doubt
  • Opposing ideas and contradictory attitudes
  • Denial or rejection
  • Inner conflict

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

This card means the same forward as it does in reverse, though the severity of the situation may differ. Consult the surrounding cards to decipher this card's meaning. Is there someone near you that has ulterior motives? Perhaps an acquaintance that does not have your best interest at heart?

Faithfulness or Good News Tarot Card

Faithfulness or Good News Tarot Card

Faithfulness or Good News

When Facing Right Side Up or Upside Down

This card is positive in either position. It is a "Yes" card signifying positive results. It also represents a joyful announcement, generosity, loyalty, protection, and intuition. It could also be telling you that you were recently or are about to be put through a test that you will pass.

This is a positive card to receive. Just like the Death card can be used for "yes" or "no" questions, this is a "Yes" card, suggesting that good news is coming. Strong values and good intentions will enable you to move forward in the world and succeed.

Falseness Tarot Card

Falseness Tarot Card

Falseness

When Facing Right Side Up or Upside Down

This is a card of lies, corruption, defensiveness, and negativity. Perhaps there will be a betrayal by someone in whom you have put your faith. There is some kind of deception going on and someone is trying to cover it up by lying to you. This card can also represent the person that is getting the reading. If this is the case, the card is telling you to make things right.

This card's meaning is the same forward as it is reversed, though the severity may differ. This card represents lies and manipulation. Consult the surrounding cards in the reading to decipher its meaning.

Own Worst Enemy

“You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.”

— Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon

Foe or Rival Tarot Card

Foe or Rival Tarot Card

Foe or Rival

When Facing Right Side Up

There is an embrace of some new joy. Something may not have gone your way but something good will still come from it as long as you can be aggressive and make good things happen. Are you competing or comparing yourself to others' accomplishments? It is sometimes better to do things that are just for you and not out of competition.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When in the reversed position, you are losing your credibility by standing with or against others. It also may suggest that you have neglected your duties or abandoned your responsibilities. Don't be reluctant to assert your rights and stand up for yourself or for a cause you believe in.

This card does not represent another person; rather, it represents your own idealism and/or cowardice. As the saying goes, "You are your own worst enemy."

Fortune Tarot Card

Fortune Tarot Card

Fortune

When Facing Right Side Up

There has been a victory or a string of luck happening at this moment. Something is happening that is most satisfying and praise should be given for your abundance. This could be pertaining to inner riches rather than a more literal fortune.

This is a positive card to receive. It is either saying you will soon reap your rewards or advising you to take the first step to making your dreams come true.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When reversed, there may be some unexpressed talents that should be pursued. You're not moving in the direction you should be in to achieve your fortune.

Friend Tarot Card

Friend Tarot Card

Friend

When Facing Right Side Up

It could represent a friend or a friendship. They are an important person to have around you at the moment for they are teaching you things about yourself that you need to be in tune with. Lessons will be learned and positive reinforcement is high.

The card may signify aspects of your personality that you have rejected but are now ready to incorporate and acknowledge. Most people don't like accounting for their own flaws, but sometimes it is crucial in order to grow as a person and become the true self you are meant to be.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Whether reversed or forward, this is a good card to receive when surrounded by other positive cards. Take into account what your surrounding cards are. There is someone close to you who can be beneficial.

Frivolity or Inconstance Tarot Card

Frivolity or Inconstance Tarot Card

Frivolity or Inconstance

When Facing Right Side Up or Upside Down

With change comes new beginnings. They could be rocky at first, but they end up turning out for the better. Something is changing and an embrace is needed at this moment.

If change isn't embraced, it could lead to some negativity and irrational actions. Do not be disheartened about things not being the way they used to be. Without the river moving, it can not awaken life along its path.

When drawn, this card usually means something uncertain is about to happen, has happened, or is happening at the moment. Perhaps you must rely on your own instincts rather than seeking out wisdom from the cards. What are your instincts telling you?

Gift Tarot Card

Gift Tarot Card

Gift

When Facing Right Side Up

A gift may be perceived as anything of value to the individual. Rewards are plenty at the moment but it may not be a reward in the more literal sense. This card represents a donation, a contribution, or an inheritance and may also be representative of a generous person.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, you may be trying to express some kind of awkward feeling that needs to be "carefully packaged." This card could be telling you to allow yourself to have a more generous reaction toward a situation.

Something is coming your way in some shape or form. It could be rather grand or may be something small but special. A kind word, an inheritance, or some news that you could be waiting for. Do you need to break some hard news to someone?

Haughtiness or Pride Tarot Card

Haughtiness or Pride Tarot Card

Haughtiness or Pride

When Facing Right Side Up

Ambition is key to your situation at the moment. This card is telling you that you should not expect the rewards you seek or the treatment from others with which you long for if your ambition is lulled and no action on your part is taken.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When reversed, it may mean there is an arrogant air about you that isn't being received well. Others may be perceiving you as conceited.

When this card is in place, take into account the surrounding cards. Is this card representing you or someone else? Does your pride get in the way of things, or are you dealing with a prideful person? Or perhaps it is the opposite and the cards are telling you to go after what you need to be doing. Don't let fear hold you back. Go for it! You have nothing to lose as long as you try.

Hope Tarot Card

Hope Tarot Card

Hope

When Facing Right Side Up

You have been patient and put your faith into the future and now a positive outcome is your reward.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, in your waiting you let other opportunities slip past you. A patient man can either be wise or a fool-hearted. It is up to you to determine which one you are.

There is nothing wrong with being patient. After all, it is a virtue. But don't let waiting for something allow other opportunities to pass you by. There is no sense in letting something that may or may not happen hold you back from the reward you deserve.

House Tarot Card

House Tarot Card

House

When Facing Right Side Up

This is the card of home and security. It represents your own sanctuary, or even your own soul and self. There are abundant projects in your environment that can bring you comfort if you take the time to embrace the opportunities. This card also represents family and warm bonds.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, there is a need to accept responsibilities and be more self-reliant. You could be taking advantage of a situation or ignoring a project that needs to get done.

The house card represents a place of solitude and comfort. It can literally represent a home, or it could be representing your security with yourself. It also represents projects that you are being faced with whether they are physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual.

Journey Tarot Card

Journey Tarot Card

Journey

When Facing Right Side Up

A much-needed vacation or harmonious change is coming. You have worked hard and deserve some time off. Use this time to discover new knowledge about yourself.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When faced upside down, this card could signify an emergency or an unexpected and urgent event that requires you to travel.

There are a lot of reasons to journey out into the world. Perhaps it's not a physical journey but a journey of the spirit. Maybe a conquest of yourself is in order. Alternatively, you might need a vacation or a trip to help a family member with an emergency.

Joyfulness or Merriment Tarot Card

Joyfulness or Merriment Tarot Card

Joyfulness or Merriment

When Facing Right Side Up

Harmony is the theme of your life lately. Whether it's because of a harmonious event, feelings of pleasure from entertainment, a bout of creativity or general well-being, joy is a big part of who you are.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When in reverse, you may be ignoring your responsibilities or in denial of the reality of the situation. You may also be relying too heavily on external, materialistic things to bring you joy.

There is nothing wrong with feeling true joy. But you always must remember that joy doesn't come from the outside world. You must produce joy within yourself.

Letter or Note Tarot Card

Letter or Note Tarot Card

Letter or Note

When Facing Right Side Up

This could be the answer you have been waiting for, which brings a new opportunity or challenge. An approval of some sort will come.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When reversed, this message may come baring news that you weren't hoping for. It could also represent a lack of communication that should be addressed.

Who doesn't like getting mail? Every correspondence brings new imprints onto your life. Bad news or good news, something will change. Are you waiting on something of importance? It will come soon. Be patient and you will receive the answer you have sought. Keep in mind that it may not be the answer you were expecting or desiring.

Lord Tarot Card

Lord Tarot Card

Lord

When Facing Right Side Up

This card represents an authority figure such as a boss, teacher, parent, or property owner. Perhaps you are the authority figure; if so, there are obligations that should be a priority.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When reversed, you may feel that someone else has authority over your life and dictates what you can or can't do. It symbolizes your limitations and lack of freedom or originality. There is a reminder here of a higher power to which one may answer.

Look carefully at your cards. Do their portents represent you or someone you know? Do you feel like you are being limited or silenced, or are you doing the silencing? This card should be a wake-up call to those who receive it.

Love Tarot Card

Love Tarot Card

Love

When Facing Right Side Up

There is happiness, love, and affection coming to your life. Satisfaction with where you are and what you have in your life is strong.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Reversed, it may imply that you are not getting enough love or affection in your life. Are you allowing yourself to open up to people and accept positivity in your life?

Love is one of the most sought after things in the world. Often times, love and happiness go hand in hand with one another, but this is a farce. Love doesn't necessarily bring happiness and happiness doesn't necessarily bring love. Look at your surrounding cards to determine the meaning. What was your initial question for the oracle?

Lover Tarot Card

Lover Tarot Card

Lover

When Facing Right Side Up

This card symbolizes acceptance, self-worth, and acknowledgment of your true inner-value. You are feeling complete and whole.

If you are a woman, then the lover is your special man or boyfriend. If you don't have one, he can represent a male friend or brother. The potential for a love affair is in the air.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, it can represent the man in your life is not who he seems. If the drawing is for a man, you are not being true to yourself or to others.

This card is representative of the man getting the reading or the man whom the reading is directed at. Either way, the man is the lover who seeks out companionship. Alternatively, he may not be honest in reaping his rewards.

Malady Tarot Card

Malady Tarot Card

Malady

When Facing Right Side Up

There has been an illness, whether mental, spiritual, or physical, but a recovery is in sight. It's becoming easier to manage the days of your life.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

The reverse suggests an illness, a negative well-being, unpleasant changes, or an inability to cope with a situation. There is also a possibility of using sickness as an excuse not to deal with something or someone.

The card is a reminder that life is too precious and that you need to make the most of your time every day. This card represents illness and negativity. Perhaps an illness has befallen you or a loved one and recovery is in sight. Unfortunately, this card doesn't need much interpretation. There is sickness of the body, the mind, or the spirit.

Melancholy or Sadness Tarot Card

Melancholy or Sadness Tarot Card

Melancholy or Sadness

When Facing Right Side Up

This too shall pass. The sadness in the air is temporary and the situation will become much easier to deal with. It could even be a funny story someday.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

In the reverse, this card suggests an upsetting time and signifies disappointment. There is an inability to connect with others around you due to grief, mood swings, or depression.

You are going through a rather difficult time at the moment, or will soon be facing disappointment. It doesn't look like good news is coming your way, but you can always take heart that turmoil makes you stronger in the end and soon the clouds will part.

This card signifies an inability to connect with others; feeling withdrawn and distant.

Merchant or Profit Tarot Card

Merchant or Profit Tarot Card

Merchant or Profit

When Facing Right Side Up

This card represents business aspirations and professional goals. You are open to changes and looking at things with a different perspective that will lead to big advantages.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, you or someone else in your life is taking advantage of a situation. Take care not to allow yourself to be in a situation that could possibly damage a relationship whether it is through business or in your personal life.

The merchant is cunning. He knows how to make a profit and isn't shy to do it the only way he knows how. This card is telling you to go for it. Use your skills to your best advantage. Alternatively, someone may be playing you for a fool to get what they want.

Messenger or Message Tarot Card

Messenger or Message Tarot Card

Messenger or Message

When Facing Right Side Up

An announcement or invitation is on its way; perhaps some news you have been waiting for will be coming to you soon. It could also mean that there is an important message that you need to convey and let others know.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, you could be receiving ill news, or you are not receiving any communication at all.

Look to the card beside it for an explanation as to the type of message it is depending on what spread you have chosen. Maybe someone is waiting on a message from you and you haven't delivered. Be sure to reach out if necessary. Think about how you would feel if you needed information that wasn't coming to you when you needed it.

Misfortune Tarot Card

Misfortune Tarot Card

Misfortune

When Facing Right Side Up

This card serves as a warning. Be cautious about moving forward.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

In reverse, bad luck, discomfort, and obstacles may be at play. A potential mishap or freak circumstance may meet you soon. Something is in need of your attention. Stop to rethink the consequences of your actions before making a move.

This card leaves little to the imagination and represents exactly what you think it does. Take into consideration the surrounding cards. What does this misfortune pertain to?

“Fear is dangerous, not the tarot. The tarot represents the spectrum of the human condition, the good, the evil, the light, and the dark. Do not fear the darker aspects of the human condition. Understand them. The tarot is a storybook about life, about the greatness of human accomplishment, and also the ugliness we are each capable of.”

— Benebell Wen, Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth

Money Tarot Card

Money Tarot Card

Money

When Facing Right Side Up

An increase in wealth may be in the cards for you by inheritance, winnings, or an increase in pay. Success and prosperity are within your reach.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, there may be a loss or something stolen. Greed plays a big part in the reversed money card.

One must remember that wealth does not bring happiness. However, to be comfortable is not necessarily a sin. You may be about to come into some money, yet on the other hand, you may be swindled out of some money. Take care in paying attention to your finances.

Old Woman Tarot Card

Old Woman Tarot Card

Old Woman

When Facing Right Side Up or Upside Down

There may be something in the past to look back on and incorporate into your life. Look to your experiences. Have you dealt with something like this before? Base your decisions and what happened or could have happened the last time you were faced with this situation.

This card may be suggesting that rigid thinking is getting in the way of some kind of outcome. Learn to be more yielding to new experiences.

The card can either represent yourself or a person you hold in high regard. Elders are wise and have lived a long life. In doing so, they have already been on the journey you are encountering and may have something to say about it. Do not close yourself off from this advice for it may ultimately help you avoid poor decisions.

“...her own experience was beginning to tell her that an alert old age can be more keen than the cards.”

— Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Pleasure Seekers or Desire Tarot Card

Pleasure Seekers or Desire Tarot Card

Pleasure Seekers or Desire

When Facing Right Side Up

Taking risks and embracing new experiences are heading you down a path of success. Don't hesitate to try something new. It may lead to a place that you want to be.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, you could be in a lull and not experiencing things that enliven the spirit. Anxiety, longing, craving, and wishful thinking are taking place within and it may feel out of your control.

If you wish hard enough, you can manifest what it is you desire if it is in the highest good for all concerned. Do remember that most everything requires work and things do not just happen by chance. If you truly wish to receive it, then you must truly chase after it.

Priest or Ecclesiastic Tarot Card

Priest or Ecclesiastic Tarot Card

Priest or Ecclesiastic

When Facing Right Side Up

Spirituality and morality play a big part in this card. Perhaps the support from a religious organization has proved to be helpful to you.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

In the reverse, there is quite a bit of judgment being issued. Castigation may be prominent now.

This is one of those cards that can have many interpretations and you must rely on the surrounding cards for its true meaning. From faith and spirituality to sex or the lack thereof, take into account your question and what other cards have been telling you.

Prison Tarot Card

Prison Tarot Card

Prison

When Facing Right Side Up

This is a time for reflection and understanding to make the situation clear. Clarity is what is needed; take some time alone to ask yourself who you are and what you truly desire.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, there are limitations or rules binding you to one place. The card suggests that some situation or relationship is making you feel restricted or censored. You may be experiencing a loss of freedom in some area of your life.

This card can represent feelings of shame and guilt. It is telling you to stop punishing yourself. Perhaps your outdated beliefs or old ways of thinking are preventing you from growth. Are you in a situation that limits your ability to be heard? Look at the surrounding cards; perhaps they will indicate what is causing these limits or what it is that you need to reflect on.

Reunion or Fidelity Tarot Card

Reunion or Fidelity Tarot Card

Reunion or Fidelity

When Facing Right Side Up

In the forward position, this card relays the message of loyalty, honesty, and unconditional love and friendship. Depending on the position of the surrounding cards, the reunion card may represent you, another person, or a relationship you find yourself in.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, it represents a person who can not be easily trusted. Caution is advised when dealing with this person.

This card is a representation of some sort of relationship that involves loyalty and trust. In order for any relationship to be successful, both of these qualities must be met. Are you having issues with trusting someone? Maybe this has caused you to act inappropriately. Don't allow yourself to become suspicious unless someone has given you cause to do so.

Room or Visit Tarot Card

Room or Visit Tarot Card

Room or Visit

When Facing Right Side Up

A welcoming element is occurring. You may be successful in a meeting of some sort and your intentions will be well received. A surprise opportunity to take on new responsibilities and roles could be presenting itself.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, it means you are isolating yourself and rejecting outside influences.

It's easy to be comfortable in your own company, but allow it to go on for too long and it can be rather uncomfortable. Sometimes it is a good idea to allow others into your space to bring in new ideas and motivations.

Scholar or Old Man Tarot Card

Scholar or Old Man Tarot Card

Scholar or Old Man

When Facing Right Side Up

An offering of guidance to some daily problems may be the sort of wisdom you are receiving. This wisdom should not be taken lightly and will most likely be the solution, if not right away, then eventually.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

In the reverse, you may be unwilling to learn something new and could be closing your mind off to the guidance others are offering you.

Very much like the old woman card, you must allow yourself to rely on the words of wisdom given by someone who may know better than you. Perhaps someone who has already walked the path you are currently facing. Do not close yourself off from this advice for it may ultimately help you avoid poor decisions.

Servant Tarot Card

Servant Tarot Card

Servant

When Facing Right Side Up

This card usually represents a single female. If this doesn't sound like you or the person the reading is about, it could also represent uncharted territory and obedience.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

In the reverse position, it represents someone being too yielding or too submissive in some situations.

Does this card represent you or someone that you know? Are you in a situation of being subservient to someone? It's not necessarily a bad thing but just remember to not give up who you are or let people push you around. Don't allow yourself to be silenced. You have a voice too, so use it. Alternatively, you may be entering into a field of work or situation that is completely new to you. Don't lose heart or let doubt guide you. It can be rather beneficial to experience new things.

Service Tarot Card

Service Tarot Card

Service

When Facing Right Side Up

This card usually represents a single man. If this does not sound like you or who the reading is about, it can also represent receiving help or offering help to others.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When placed upside down, you may be too submissive and allowing yourself to be taken advantage of.

The world would be a better place if more people offered to help others without accepting anything in return. Unfortunately, there are those who may take advantage of a situation and others' kindness. You may be receiving help and guidance or may be offering help and guidance to others. Do not allow an overstayed welcome for it can damage relationships in the end if things turn sour.

Sighs or Widow Tarot Card

Sighs or Widow Tarot Card

Sighs or Widow

When Facing Right Side Up

This card is telling you there is a need for prioritizing things in your life.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When reversed, it suggests loneliness and grief, a situation that causes pain, isolation, a feeling of being overwhelmed, and separation.

Life can throw some curveballs at you sometimes. It's important to remember that these are trials that you must learn from. It is normal to feel down after something heartbreaking befalls you, but take care not to let it consume you entirely. This too shall pass, and it will better you in the end if you take it in stride.

Soldier or Officer Tarot Card

Soldier or Officer Tarot Card

Soldier or Officer

When Facing Right Side Up

This card represents a person in authority that may wear a uniform. News comes from this person that is more formal than personal. It signifies discipline and structure and a preparedness "to do battle" over an issue.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When reversed, there is an authority that is imposing thoughts and feelings on others. If you get involved with this man, he will love you and leave you.

There is a discipline in your life whether it be enforced by yourself or another person. You set your actions based on this discipline and it can be burdensome or rewarding. Alternatively, be wary of this card if it is in connection with the person you are with. Although there is a certain discipline, there is also frivolity in areas that may matter to you.

Sorrow or Loss Tarot Card

Sorrow or Loss Tarot Card

Sorrow or Loss

When Facing Right Side Up

With every storm comes a calm that is being reached now or in the very near future. You have experienced some kind of loss that has left a great hole in your life that is difficult to fill, but it looks as though the time for sorrow casting a shadow over you is over. It is time to move on to more important things.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, you may be experiencing some money issues or a break-up in a relationship and you are unable to see the causes of your problems and consequences of your decisions.

One must remember that life is full of bumps and can cause a lot of bruising to you emotionally. But just like physical bruises, they will only heal as long as you let them. Revisiting those bruises may leave a lasting mark.

Surprise or Unexpected Joy Tarot Card

Surprise or Unexpected Joy Tarot Card

Surprise or Unexpected Joy

When Facing Right Side Up

A situation may have come up that started out horribly but in the end will turn out great. A worrisome condition will turn into good news soon and all of your hard work will be recognized in the end.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, you are not confronting a feeling that needs to be acknowledged.

Things are not always as they seem. Keep your mind open and have faith that though the situation may be demanding and undesirable, you will be rewarded somehow once the unpleasantness has passed. Luck will find you sooner or later and you must be open and able to receive it.

Sweetheart Tarot Card

Sweetheart Tarot Card

Sweetheart

When Facing Right Side Up

Female seeker of cards: the special lady, wife, girlfriend. If you are a female, this card represents you in a reading. The cards surrounding the sweetheart will tell you what’s going on currently in your life.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

If you are a male, then the sweetheart is your special lady or girlfriend. If you don't have one, she can represent a good female friend or sister.

Take into consideration what the surrounding cards are telling you and how they represent the female in this reading.

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Thief Tarot Card

Thief Tarot Card

Thief

When Facing Right Side Up

This card serves as a warning to you or the person the reading is for to be cautious about the people around you. Some people are not what they seem and are only out to gain something for themselves.

This card signifies all that is stolen does not have to be physically taken. Theft goes on all the time. Spending time with someone who drains you is a form of theft—they are stealing your peace of mind.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

When this card is next to the enemy card there is a warning not to be careless with your valuables.

Cheating, losing something, a misplacement, or being swindled is the theme of this card and you are being told to take care to pay attention to what could be taken if you're not careful.

Thought Tarot Card

Thought Tarot Card

Thought

When Facing Right Side Up

This is a time for broadening your mind and learning something new. Perhaps going back to school or taking a class to learn a new skill is on the agenda or should be. It could help to lift your spirits and balance out your life from the ordinary and mundane.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, this card suggests that there is too much daydreaming and not enough getting done. Planning is useless if they are not being executed. Indecision is often an enemy to our productivity so go ahead and make the decision you know you should be making.

Waiting or Jealousy Tarot Card

Waiting or Jealousy Tarot Card

Waiting or Jealousy

When Facing Right Side Up

You may be waiting on an outcome and you have been patient. Don't lose heart. You will soon receive your answer.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Reversed, your patience may have worn thin and there is some resentment and suspicion involved. This card is indicative of issues with control over feelings of dependence/independence, especially in a relationship. May denote your expectations and anxieties about some unknown situation or decision.

Jealousy and suspicion are toxic anxieties that can only bring chaos within yourself if you let it go too far. Allow yourself to erase these feelings of unease to bring peace to your inner self while you wait for the answer you wish to receive. Be sure to express yourself calmly and coolly and without anger.

Wedding or Marriage Tarot Card

Wedding or Marriage Tarot Card

Wedding or Marriage

When Facing Right Side Up

This card may be predicting a marriage in the near future or the unification of formerly separate or opposite aspects of yourself. There is a commitment being made.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, there may be a loss of independence or an unhappy joining of people that could be coming together for the wrong reasons.

Marriage is a happy union between two people when done for love. People desire finding someone they can trust and rely on. Sometimes our idea of what our marriages will be aren't exactly what they end up becoming, but as long as there is love, trust, and understanding, we couldn't ask for more.

Widower Tarot Card

Widower Tarot Card

Widower

When Facing Right Side Up

This card is representative of a male relative and also an acceptance of a situation that may have been hard to swallow.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Reversed, this card may denote that it is a time for mourning. There is an air of loneliness and loss, perhaps from the death of a loved one or the loss of a relationship.

The time for remembering good times is at hand but don't look back in order to escape the present. There is no future when you are trying to relive times that have already passed.

Wife Tarot Card

Wife Tarot Card

Wife

When Facing Right Side Up

This card may symbolize a wife or the desire to be in a committed relationship.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Alternatively, there is discord and unresolved issues that need to be addressed. Obligations have been ignored or put on hold.

It is an easy thing to start ignoring what needs to get done when life becomes overwhelming. A break from everyday life is necessary every now and then, but the responsibilities you leave behind will still be there waiting for you when you return. Don't wait too long to tend to them or they will become even more overwhelming.

Young Woman Tarot Card

Young Woman Tarot Card

Young Woman

When Facing Right Side Up

This may indicate a blind date is taking place, or a situation with a nurturing, caring, and loving theme. This card also refers to your own female or maternal aspects.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

Reversed, it may represent temptation and guilt. Don't fall victim to spontaneous actions that could lead to serious consequences or deception.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments

Tammy Buddle on February 22, 2020:

My gypsy divination said a bell which means a punch. What does it mean please

Ruhi on August 26, 2019:

which type of cards these are I have not shown before?

How many cards in this pack ? how to predict these ?

Alexandra on February 25, 2019:

Here we have 51 cards but the usual set of gypsy cards is known to have 36 ( without cards like wife, young woman, service, servant,friend etc). where can I find a spread for the 51 cards?

Thank you .

Debbie on August 08, 2018:

Where can I purchase these cards?

Masha on July 09, 2018:

How would you interpret the cards in the spread fron the book.

1. Sweetheart

2. Faithfulness

3. Love

4. Messenger

5. Falseness

Question was about relationship.

Thanks

CB on September 06, 2017:

Take a look at the Sibilla cards. These appear to be an English version of those Italian cards.

Erin K Stewart (author) from Hemet, CA on July 20, 2017:

I would love to!

Jacqueline Murray on July 20, 2017:

This is a really nice summary of the card meanings. I would love to have you review the book I recently wrote about these cards. Let me know if you're interested.

Jacqueline

Erin K Stewart (author) from Hemet, CA on February 21, 2017:

I would definitely suggest them. They are much different than your average tarot cards and a bit more straight forward in my opinion.

I do share your interest in the way the cards look. The antiquity of them is what drew me to them in the first place. Thank you for your comment!

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on July 10, 2016:

I'm drawn to the images. I've been looking for another set of oracle cards but waiting to find one that calls to me. Most out there don't give me any kind of feeling just another pretty set. I feel like I understand these cards. I will surely give these a try.