Reading the Meanings of Gypsy Oracle/Tarot Cards

Updated on May 17, 2018
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I have scoured the web over and over again trying to find articles on these types of fortune-telling cards. I wanted to better understand their meanings. Unfortunately, I had no luck with this search. 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 taken with a grain of salt.

What Are Gypsy Tarot Cards?

Tarot Cards are often thought of as a form of fortune-telling. In principle, it's very similar to the practice of divination. The difference is that divination is the term used for predictions considered part of a religious ritual, invoking deities or spirits, while the term fortune-telling implies a less serious or formal setting. That said, it's best not to think of tarot/oracle cards as something that perfectly predicts coming events, but rather as a set of suggestions for spiritual or practical advisory or affirmation.

With any sort of fortune deck, the reader needs to read between the lines. The placement of the cards will not necessarily make sense in relation to the question being asked. This article aims to give readers expanded insight into some of the vaguest cards you will ever see.

What Oracle Cards Are Trying To Tell You

According to legend, a Gypsy told of two things 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'.

Below you will find a detailed description for each and every gypsy 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. The cards 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, it could mean a social event, a reception, a wedding and/or baby shower, is coming your way. There is 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

  • When facing upside down, it could mean that you are feeling uncertain about your social skills and might have a fear of social situations. It could symbolize a future event with a lot of interaction. Take note of the other cards that you have pulled in your reading to possibly narrow down the nature of this event.

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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, pregnancy or a baby.
  • It could represent the infancy stage
  • It could represent the start of a project or relationship.
  • You may have to look after someone who is less fortunate than you are.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • When facing upside down, it could mean naivety or inexperience.
  • It could mean that you must satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes. You may have a longing for the past.
  • This card can represent a new addition to the family as well as represent the character of the person receiving the reading, or the person the reading is about.

Consolation Oracle Card
Consolation Oracle Card

Consolation or Some Money

When Facing Right Side Up

  • When the card is facing forward it could mean a bonus, a purchase, small win, refund.
  • Can be a small raise or increase.
  • Finding or having some loot you forgot about.
  • Receiving a refund check, rebate, etc.
  • Entitlement.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • But in reverse it could mean not coming in first.
  • Not receiving what is expected in full.
  • This card can represent a small prize heading your way. It could be a small increase in money or materialistic fortune. It can also represent a small loss that comes with little consequence.

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 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

  • In a positive light, and in the upright position, this card's meanings relate 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, endings and 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. It can be used to answer yes or no questions (similar to how the "Faithfulness" card has alternate meanings).

Despair or Anger tarot card
Despair or Anger tarot card

Despair or Anger

When Facing Right Side Up

  • When placed right side up, the meanings usually regard a provocation, or a circumstance that tests your 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.

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 caring for and advising.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • Alternatively, in the reversed potion, there is a need for emotional or physical healing, maybe even some medical concerns are present.
  • On the card, you can clearly see a doctor comforting his patient. This could be regarding something medical or emotional. 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

  • Weakness
  • Hostility
  • Impostor
  • Self-doubt
  • Opposing ideas and contradictory attitudes
  • You are in denial about something or rejecting someone.
  • Inner conflict with yourself

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

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 you have put your faith in. There is some kind of deception going on here 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 it's meaning.

“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 joy not thought of. Something may not have gone your way, but something good will still come from it as long as you can be aggressive to 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 to do them in order to come out on top of someone else.

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 standing up for yourself or for a cause that 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 telling you that you soon will reap your rewards or advising you to make the first step to making your dreams come true.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • When reversed there could be some unexpressed talents that should be addressed. 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 at high.
  • Signifies aspects of your personality that you have rejected, but are 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 positive card to receive when surrounded by other positive cards. Take into account what your surrounding cards are. There is someone close to you that 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 it's path.
  • When drawn, this card, more often than not, 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. Are your instincts telling you that you must do the least thing you want to hear? Perhaps that is the better choice.

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 feeling or having something awkward to say that needs to be "carefully packaged" or this card could be telling you to allow yourself to have a more generous nature towards 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. Or are you in need of breaking some news to someone else that may be rather hard for them to hear?

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, there is an arrogant air about you that isn't be received well. Others may be perceiving you as conceited or a show off.
  • 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 perhaps you are dealing with a rather 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 holding what it is you want to happen 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 you to miss the other opportunities passing you by. There is no sense in letting something that may or may not happen hold you back from any reward you may deserve.

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

— Elbert Hubbard
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 projects abound in the environment you are in and can only bring comfort if you take the time to improve. This card also represents family and bonds that bring warmth into your life.

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 easily 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 physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

Journey tarot card
Journey tarot card

Journey

When Facing Right Side Up

  • A much needed vacation or harmonious change has been rewarded to you or soon will be. You have worked hard and are deserving of a get-away. Use this time to discover things about yourself that you didn't know where there.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • When faced upside down, it could signify an emergency or an unexpected and urgent happening that requires you to travel.
  • There are a lot of reason 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 need. Alternatively, you might be needing a well deserved vacation or maybe even there has been a family emergency that needs tending to.

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 be because of a harmonious event, feelings of pleasure from entertainment, a bout of creativity or a 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 to heavily on outer, materialistic things to bring you joy.
  • There is nothing wrong with feeling true joy. But you always must remember the joy doesn't come from things on the outside of you. You must produce the 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 and will bring 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 else represent a lack of communication that should be addressed.
  • Who doesn't like getting mail? With every correspondence brings even the smallest imprint in 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 after. 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 then there are obligations that should be 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 not do. It symbolizes your limitations and lack of freedom or originality. There is a reminder here that there is a higher power that you have to answer to.
  • Look carefully at your cards. Does this card 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 in your life or soon to come. Satisfaction with where you are and what you have in your life is strong at this point

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 aside from happiness. 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 of your card. What was your initial question for the oracle?

Lover tarot card
Lover tarot card

Lover

When Facing Right Side Up

  • Represents the man getting the reading.
  • If you are a female, then the lover is your special man or boyfriend. If you don't have one, he can represent a male friend or brother. In the future spot predicts the potential of a love affair.
  • Symbolizes acceptance and self-worth, and acknowledgement of your true inner-value.
  • You are feeling complete and whole.

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 order to reap 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 meet with the day to day 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 everyday. This card represents illness and negativity. Perhaps an illness has befallen you or a loved one and recovery is hoped for or 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, maybe even a little funny after the fact.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • In the reverse this card suggests an upsetting time and signifies disappointments. There is an inability to connect with others around you do to grief, mood swings or depression that is difficult to get over.
  • You are going through a rather difficult time at the moment or soon will be facing some 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.
  • 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 is taking advantage in a negative light. 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 it is expected.

Misfortune tarot card
Misfortune tarot card

Misfortune

When Facing Right Side Up

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

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • In reverse, bad luck, discomfort and obstacles may be at play with your situation. 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 might. 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 increase in pay. Definite wealth if this card is beside the fortune card. 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 a 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 also 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 to give you advice and direction. 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 new experiences are heading you down a path of success. Don't hesitate to try something new. It may lead to place that you want to be.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • Alternatively, you could be in a lull and not experiencing things that may enliven your spirit. Anxiety, a longing, a craving and wishful thinking are taking place here and you may be thinking this position you're in is 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 the situation. 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 judgement being placed with little information in regards to what is being judged. Castigation may be prominent now.
  • This is one of those cards that can have many meanings and you must rely on the surrounding cards for it's true meaning. From faith and spirituality to sex or the lack-there-of 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 it what is needed and obtained by some time alone asking 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 your feelings of shame and guilt. It is telling you to stop punishing yourself. Perhaps your outdated beliefs or old ways of thinking is preventing you from going anywhere. Are you in a situation that limits your ability to have yourself 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 warned 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 of taking 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.

Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure.

— Portuguese Proverb
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 than eventually.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • In the reverse, you may be unwilling to learn something new and could be closing your mind to the help others are giving 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 situation.
  • Does this card represent you or someone that you know? Are you in a situation of being the servant 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, indeed, if more people offered to help others without accepting anything in return. Unfortunately, there are those who may take advantage of a situation and other's 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 shows loneliness and grief, a situation that causes pain, isolation, a feeling of being overwhelmed and separation.
  • Life can throw some curve balls 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 heart breaking 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 this 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 weary of this card if it is in connection to 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 difficult to fill, but it looks as though the time for sorrow casting a shadow over you is over and it is time to move on to more important things.

Reversed or Alternate Meaning

  • Alternatively, you may be experiencing some money issues, 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.

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 your 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 your are 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 times an enemy to our productivity so go ahead and make the decision you know you should be making.

When you get shy, you’re simply thinking of yourself. Stop it. Step out of yourself.

— Kamand Kojouri
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 and may also represent the unification of formerly separate or opposite aspects about 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. There is a search by many to spend a life with a person that can be trusted and relied on. Sometimes our idea of what our marriages will be aren't exactly what they end up becoming, but as along 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, the loss of a relationship and also from thinking about time that has passed.
  • 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 gone.

...the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.

— Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Wife tarot card
Wife tarot card

Wife

When Facing Right Side Up

  • This card may symbolize an actual 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 tended to. 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 left behind will still be there waiting for you to come back. Don't wait too long to tend to them to keep them from building up too much and becoming even more overwhelming than when you left them.

Young Woman tarot card
Young Woman tarot card

Young Woman

When Facing Right Side Up

  • This may indicate a blind date is taking place and represents a nurturing, caring and loving nature. This card also refers to your own female aspects or your mother.

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 may cause you to have to lie.

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      Debbie 

      4 months ago

      Where can I purchase these cards?

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      Masha 

      5 months ago

      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

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      CB 

      15 months ago

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

    • Erin K Stewart profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin K Stewart 

      16 months ago from Hemet, CA

      I would love to!

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      Jacqueline Murray 

      16 months ago

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin K Stewart 

      21 months ago from Hemet, CA

      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!

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      Maurice Glaude 

      2 years ago from Mobile, AL

      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.

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