The Ultimate Tarot Card Cheat Sheet


Wouldn't life be so much easier if there was a cheat sheet for everything? Unfortunately, there isn't, BUT, there is a cheat sheet for your tarot experience! A tarot cheat sheet makes everything easier, especially if you're learning.

What if I told you that you don't have to memorise all 78 card meanings at once (I wouldn't even recommend doing that, headache alert!)? All you really need to learn is a few keywords, the rest is all your interpretation. It takes a while to be able to interpret the cards properly, but in time you'll be a pro!

I've put together a simple cheat sheet, just for you. Whether you're a beginner or a pro (sometimes even the most experience need a little help), this post will make learning so much easier, I promise.


The Arcanas

First off, we'll begin with the different types of cards in a tarot deck; the two different arcanas and also the court cards found in the Minor Arcana suits. Although the court cards are part of the Minor Arcana, they do hold a different meaning to the numbered cards.

Major Arcana - major life events that encourage personal development on your life journey

Minor Arcana - lessons in your daily life that help towards the events portrayed in the Major Arcana

Court Cards - personality traits, often representing yourself or someone in your life


The Major Arcana

Here, I will pinpoint the most relevant keywords for each card in the Major Arcana; both upright and reversed. Use these keywords as a guide in order to help your intuition provide you with a clear interpretation of each card.

The Fool Upright - beginnings, innocence, positivity                                                                                                                                               The Fool Reversed - naivety, recklessness, inexperience

The Magician Upright - action, skill, power                                                                                                                                                                The Magician Reversed - manipulation, poor planning, misuse of power

The High Priestess Upright - intuition, mystery, awareness                                                                                                                                      The High Priestess Reversed - lack of awareness, hidden agendas, lack of intuition

The Empress Upright - abundance, fertility, fulfilment                                                                                                                                             The Empress Reversed - laziness, dependency on others, creative block

The Emperor Upright - power, worldly wealth, authority                                                                                                                                         The Emperor Reversed - weakness, excessive control, obsession

The Hierophant Upright - conformity, religion, traditional values                                                                                                                            The Hierophant Reversed - restriction, foolishness, challenging the norm

The Lovers Upright - love, harmony, choices                                                                                                                                                             The Lovers Reversed - imbalance, jealousy, confusion

The Chariot Upright - triumph, self-control, determination                                                                                                                                      The Chariot Reversed - negativity, scattered energy, failure

Strength Upright - inner strength, courage, faith                                                                                                                                               Strength Reversed - weakness, lack of faith, self-doubt

The Hermit Upright - solidarity, meditation, enlightenment                                                                                                                                     The Hermit Reversed - isolation, loneliness, withdrawal

The Wheel Of Fortune Upright - destiny, karma, changes                                                                                                                                        The Wheel Of Fortune Reversed - bad luck, problems, lack of control

Justice Upright - harmony, justice, truth                                                                                                                                                               Justice Reversed - injustice, dishonesty, unfairness

The Hanged Man Upright - sacrifice, letting go, changing directions                                                                                                                      The Hanged Man Reversed - selfishness, pain, indecision

Death Upright - unwelcome change, renewal, transition                                                                                                                                         Death Reversed - stagnation, fear of change, unable to move forward

Temperance Upright - harmony, patience, moderation                                                                                                                                 Temperance Reversed - lack of harmony, conflict, impatience

The Devil Upright - greed, lust, materialism                                                                                                                                                              The Devil Reversed - breaking free, detachment, exhaustion

The Tower Upright - unexpected events, catastrophic change, regeneration                                                                                                          The Tower Reversed - boredom, imprisonment, avoided disaster

The Star Upright - hope, opportunities, guidance                                                                                                                                                       The Star Reversed - disappointment, lack of faith, discouragement

The Moon Upright - subconscious, imagination, anxiety                                                                                                                                            The Moon Reversed - confusion, negativity, released fear

The Sun Upright - satisfaction, happiness, inspiration                                                                                                                                               The Sun Reversed - depression, lack of success, negativity

Judgement Upright - judgement, development, new beginnings                                                                                                                          Judgement Reversed - self-doubt, boredom, lack of success

The World Upright - completion, reward, success                                                                                                                                                    The World Reversed - lack of completion, disappointment, stagnation



The Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana is split into four suits and each suit holds fourteen cards, four of those cards being court cards. In this section, I will pinpoint the most relevant keywords associated with both the suits and the cards inside them; both upright and reversed. Use these keywords as a guide in order to help your intuition provide you with a clear interpretation of each card.

The Suit of Wands (fire) - creativity and action

The Suit of Swords (air) - thoughts and challenges

The Suit of Cups  (water) - emotions and relationships

The Suit of Pentacles (earth) - materialism and resources


Suit of Wands

Ace Upright - creation, beginning, inspiration                                                                                                                                                           Ace Reversed - delays, misunderstanding, disappointments

Two Upright - planning, progress, decision making                                                                                                                                                  Two Reversed - trouble, fears, miscommunications

Three Upright - preparation, planning, success                                                                                                                                                      Three Reversed - lack of planning, delays, disappointment

Four Upright - celebration, happiness, stability                                                                                                                                                        Four Reversed -tension, lack of stability, change

Five Upright - arguments, conflict, struggles                                                                                                                                                            Five Reversed - avoiding conflict, anger, lack of focus

Six Upright - success, victory, positivity                                                                                                                                                                         Six Reversed - self-doubt, trouble, lack of rewards

Seven Upright - struggle, competition, challenge                                                                                                                                                      Seven Reversed - fear of failure, decision making, insecurity

Eight Upright - action, freedom, change                                                                                                                                                                  Eight Reversed - delays, miscommunication, frustration

Nine Upright - courage, persistence, strength                                                                                                                                                              Nine Reversed - defensive, insecurity, hesitation

Ten Upright - burden, responsibility, stress                                                                                                                                                                Ten Reversed - avoiding responsibility, scheming, difficult times

Page Upright - enthusiastic, free spirit, adventurous                                                                                                                                               Page Reversed - Pessimistic, lacking in direction, bad news

Knight Upright - passionate, impulsive, energetic                                                                                                                                                 Knight Reversed - careless, selfish, independent

Queen Upright - enthusiastic, vibrant, headstrong                                                                                                                                                Queen Reversed - aggressive, demanding, drama queen

King Upright - careless, natural-born leader, successful                                                                                                                                          King Reversed - impulsive, ruthless, opinionated


Suit Of Swords

Ace Upright - new ideas, potential, power                                                                                                                                                                Ace Reversed - sudden changes, imbalance, arguments

Two Upright - indecision, choices, justice                                                                                                                                                                Two Reversed - caution confusion, lies

Three Upright - pain, heartbreak, betrayal                                                                                                                                                              Three Reversed -stress, anxiety, forgiveness

Four Upright - rest, relaxation, solitude                                                                                                                                                                   Four Reversed - restlessness, isolation, stress

Five Upright -loss, destruction, failure                                                                                                                                                                         Five Reversed - defeat, moving forward, fresh start

Six Upright  - renewed hope, relief, happiness                                                                                                                                                           Six Reversed - struggle, confession, delayed victory

Seven Upright - scheming, deception, betrayal                                                                                                                                                     Seven Reversed - confidence, manipulation, freedom

Eight Upright - restrictions, imprisonment, isolation                                                                                                                                              Eight Reversed - release, new beginnings, fresh start

Nine Upright -anxiety, despair, nightmares                                                                                                                                                              Nine Reversed - imprisonment, torment, hopelessness

Ten Upright - betrayal, backstabbing, endings                                                                                                                                                         Ten Reversed - depression, regeneration, recovery

Page Upright - curious, perceptive, restless                                                                                                                                                            Page Reversed - aggressive, not following through, hasty

Knight Upright - competitive, fearless, action-orientated                                                                                                                                         Knight Reversed - reckless, scattered thoughts, over working

Queen Upright - logical, loyal, independent                                                                                                                                                         Queen Reversed - cold hearted, distant, stubborn

King Upright - intelligence, authority, clear thinking                                                                                                                                               King Reversed - anger, manipulation, rudeness



Suit Of Cups

Ace Upright - fulfilment, opportunities, fresh start                                                                                                                                                    Ace Reversed -lack of emotional control, chaos, withdrawal

Two Upright - union, love, connections                                                                                                                                                                       Two Reversed - misunderstandings, unresolved issues, trust issues

Three Upright - celebration, helping others, relationship building                                                                                                                       Three Reversed - creative block, affair, third wheel

Four Upright - emotional boredom, depression, stagnation                                                                                                                                   Four Reversed - fear of loneliness, overcoming challenges, opportunities

Five Upright - loss, broken dreams, emotional confusion                                                                                                                                        Five Reversed - newfound hope, wisdom, opportunities

Six Upright - nostalgia, happy memories, unresolved feelings                                                                                                                                  Six Reversed - clinging to the past, self-doubt, inability to move on

Seven Upright - illusions, wishful thinking, imagination                                                                                                                                        Seven Reversed - desire, deception, losing touch with reality

Eight Upright - abandonment, emotional isolation, rejection                                                                                                                                 Eight Reversed - hopelessness, depression, confusion

Nine Upright - joy, happiness, creativity                                                                                                                                                                   Nine Reversed - greed, ignorance, takings things for granted

Ten Upright - abundance, success, dreams come true                                                                                                                                              Ten Reversed - arguments, disagreements, emotional insecurity

Page Upright - imaginative, creative, enthusiastic                                                                                                                                                      Page Reversed - immaturity, creative block, inability to move forward

Knight Upright - dreamer, spiritual, intuitive                                                                                                                                                         Knight Reversed - unrealistic expectations, jealous, lazy

Queen Upright - creative, intuitive, compassionate                                                                                                                                              Queen Reversed - insecure, dependant on others, manipulative

King Upright - emotionally balanced, confident, generous                                                                                                                                      King Reversed - manipulative, volatile, intense


Suit Of Pentacles

Ace Upright - financial beginnings, fresh start, business ventures                                                                                                                           Ace Reversed - failure, disappointment, negativity

Two Upright - conflicting interest, lack of balance, challenges                                                                                                                                Two Reversed - disorganised, stressed, too much responsibilities

Three Upright - completion, taking action, satisfaction                                                                                                                                           Three Reversed - setbacks, conflict, frustration

Four Upright - achievements, success, selfishness                                                                                                                                                    Four Reversed - financial greed, materialistic, defensive

Five Upright - financial difficulties, unemployment, financial loss                                                                                                                                  Five Reversed - recovery, self-confidence, financial gain

Six Upright  - good fortune, charity, financial harmony                                                                                                                                              Six Reversed - debt, fear of conflict, theft

Seven Upright - planning, long-term plans, growth                                                                                                                                                Seven Reversed - confusion, scattered thoughts, lack of vision

Eight Upright - apprenticeship, new skills, renewal                                                                                                                                                   Eight Reversed - perfectionism, fear of the unknown, lack of focus

Nine Upright - independence, confidence, prosperity                                                                                                                                             Nine Reversed - financial loss, challenges, bad decisions

Ten Upright - completion, achievements, success                                                                                                                                                    Ten Reversed - unexpected expenses, disappointment, financial block

Page Upright - manifestation, taking action, focused                                                                                                                                                 Page Reversed - setbacks, lack of progress, lazy

Knight Upright - precise, successful, determined                                                                                                                                                      Knight Reversed - stagnated, bored, sick of routine

Queen Upright - nurturing, generous, warm hearted                                                                                                                                           Queen Reversed - overworked, greedy, taking on too much responsibilities

King Upright - power, control, successful                                                                                                                                                                 King Reversed - jealous, corrupt, financial greed


For more information on tarot card meanings, start here.

To learn more about the numerology in tarot, take a look at my post Tarot By Numbers.

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