BEHOLD, OUR TAROT CARD GLOSSARY TO DECK OUT YOUR NEW AGE KNOWLEDGE.

Okay! So, the deal with tarot cards is that there’s 78 in total, but because there’s so many, you’ll probably have only seen 22, which form the “Major Arcana.” The remaining tarot cards are known as the Minor Arcana (go figure), although all tarot cards signify different things. To make this tarot shiz even more befuddling, tarot cards can be upright or reversed, giving each card a dual meaning. Thus the most important and interesting part about them is how they interact when you have a tarot card reading.

Yet we must walk before we can run. So before Team CY shows you how to do your own tarot card reading, this is what each card represents. (Oh, and the deliciously sexy cards we’ve featured in our pix = Golden Thread Tarot, where you can shop other bitchin’ tarot readin’ essentials below.)

THE FOOL

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UPRIGHT MEANING: New beginnings; faith; optimism; beginner’s luck; carefree.

REVERSED MEANING: Difficulty seeing reality; no new beginnings in sigh; unsure of which direction to take.

THE MAGICIAN

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Clear communication; innovation; creativity; manifestation.

REVERSED MEANING: Misunderstandings; deceitful; incompetence; a charlatan.

THE HIGH PRIESTESS

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Wisdom; psychic abilities; mystique; enchanting; resourceful.

REVERSED MEANING: Blocked intuitive capabilities; lacking introspection; secretive.

THE EMPRESS

the empress tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Femininity; fertility; home and family high priority; a mother figure.

REVERSED MEANING: Neglect; ignoring or forgetting about home life; inattentive.

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THE EMPEROR

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Masculinity; the dominator; authority figure; power.

REVERSED MEANING: Childish; immature; unreliable; unpredictable.

THE HIEROPHANT

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Community; traditions; social convention; charity; beliefs.

REVERSED MEANING: Rigid attitudes; hypocrisy; inflexibility; disparities.

THE LOVERS

the lovers tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Love and relationships; attraction; soul mates; connection; emotional satisfaction.

REVERSED MEANING: Breakups; relationship tension; wrong partnerships.

THE CHARIOT

the chariot tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Determination; victory; goal-achieving; willpower.

REVERSED MEANING: Defeatist; fear-mongering; cowardice; self-limiting beliefs.

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STRENGTH   

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Confidence; courage; inner-strength; passion; self-worth; patience.

REVERSED MEANING: Weakness of will; impatience; fear; apathetic; cowardice.

THE HERMIT

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Soul-searching; introspective; time spent alone; lone wolf; reflective.

REVERSED MEANING: Isolation; paranoia; out of touch with reality; believing their worst thoughts.

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

the wheel tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Fated outcomes; destiny. 

REVERSED MEANING: Misfortune; stagnation; feeling stuck; a succession of low points.

JUSTICE

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Fairness; lawful; objective; karma; truth.

REVERSED MEANING: Injustice; imbalance; subjective influences; unfair outcomes.

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THE HANGED MAN

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Universal pause; reassessment of life trajectory; reevaluation of character.

REVERSED MEANING: A feeling of being in limbo with no end in sight; stubbornness; unwilling to consider new perspectives.

DEATH

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Transformation; change; endings and new beginnings; growth.

REVERSED MEANING: Drawn-out conclusions; blocked grief; projects or relationships that should have ended but persist.

TEMPERANCE

temperance tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Synergy; cooperation; balance coupled with strength; parties bringing out the best in one another.

REVERSED MEANING: Toxic relationships; opposing beliefs; conflicting ideas; counterproductive behavior.

THE DEVIL

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Hedonsim; primal desires; addiction; compulsions; impulsivity.

REVERSED MEANING: Resistance to temptation; strict; overly restrained; restrictive.

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THE TOWER

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UPRIGHT MEANING: Destruction; breakdowns; disaster; knee-jerk emotional responses; sudden disruptions.

REVERSED MEANING: Shaky foundations still to be questioned; ineffective structures or unhealthy relationships endure.

THE STAR

the star tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Joy; hope; optimism; inspiration; light; divinity.

REVERSED MEANING: False promises; false hope; misdirection; feeling lost; helplessness.

THE MOON

the moon tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Things aren’t quite what they seem; illusions; fantasies; anxiety.

REVERSED MEANING: Blocked creativity, intuition, sexual desire; difficultly reaching higher consciousness.

THE SUN

the sun tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Warmth; optimism; happiness; simplicity; positive interactions; blossoming relationships.

REVERSED MEANING: Blocked success; poor logic; frustration; complications.

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JUDGEMENT

judgement tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Accountability; call to action; accepting responsibility; assuming a leadership position; being a good judge of character.

REVERSED MEANING: Inability to leave past behind; burying head in the sand; refusal to step up; inability to move on.

THE WORLD

the world tarot card meanings | CULT WHY REBEL WELLNESS Steph King

UPRIGHT MEANING: Fulfilment; completion; self-actualization; rebirth; in tune with inner compass; acting from a wizened, measured position.

REVERSED MEANING: Leaving projects unfinished; remaining in comfort zone; denial of life path.

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