How is Astrology and Tarot related?

how is astrology and tarot related

I’m not sure about you, but I was first drawn to tarot.  My mother had cards and would give readings.  I received a deck when I was young and started to learn more about my deck and the meanings of each card.

As my learning deepened, I realized that many of the tarot cards were connected to different signs of the zodiac. Both Tarot and Astrology have long histories, and both have been used to provide people with guidance and understanding of who they are and where they want to go.

The question remains, are tarot and astrology linked and how is astrology and tarot related?

Tarot and Astrology are linked and related through the 4 elements: fire, air, water and earth. 

They also draw on energy of seven solar objects: the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. While astrology can be more calculated and empirical, the energy of the elements and planetary objects imbue both disciplines.

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Let’s dive into how tarot and astrology complement each other. 

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The Four Elemental Groups of Astrology

There are four different astrological elements are fire, air, water, and earth; These four elements are associated with the four suits of the tarot deck:  Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands.

  • Cups are associated with Water and the water signs of the Zodiac:
    • Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
  • Pentacles are associated with Earth and the earth signs of the Zodiac:
    • Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn
  • Swords are associated with Air and the air signs of the Zodiac:
    • Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
  • Wands are associated with Fire and the fire signs of the Zodiac:
    • Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius

I’ve written an article about the Minor Arcana, that goes into detail about each of these suits, read that article here: How to read the Minor Arcana Tarot Cards

The Major Arcana & Minor Arcana and Astrology

The tarot deck can be divided into two sections, The Major and Minor Arcana. (read this article for more details about the Major Arcana, How to use the Major Arcana tarot cards)

These two Arcana’s are linked as equals during their association with each sign, each has two proper main cards. Both are represented and possibly repeated because of their possible association with other signs as well.

Here is a list of each zodiac sign with corresponding Major Arcana & Minor Arcana card:

  • Aries, The Emperor, and The King of Wands
  • Taurus, The Hierophant, and The King of Pentacles
  • Gemini, The Lovers, and The King of Swords
  • Cancer, The Chariot, and The King of Cups
  • Leo, The Strength, The Queen of Wands
  • Virgo, The Hermit, and The Queen of Pentacles
  • Libra, The Justice, The Queen of Swords
  • Scorpio, The Death, The Queen of Cups
  • Sagittarius, The Temperance, and The Page of Wands
  • Capricorn, The Devil, and The Page of Pentacles
  • Aquarius, The Star, and The Page of Swords

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During private readings, I have been able to pinpoint exact people by knowing their zodiac signs and any answers my client was searching for within their journey.

For example, I pull cards for someone who deals with severe jealousy and withdrawal in their relationships.  This situation has a lot of sword’s energy here, mostly associated with the element air, and all the Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra vibes.

When I ask this querent who her and her husband’s sign are… Sure enough she’s a Libra, and her husband is a Gemini. Go figure.

The cards I pull are relatable and all elements pointing to air signs. Practicing with the cards and practicing your perception makes this journey of learning the relationship between the tarot cards and the zodiac easier to comprehend. 

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I recommend that you just take in bits and pieces at a time. When you are shown a card, its divinatory meaning could be meaningful during that time, or just the sign it’s representing itself.

Reading too much into Tarot cards is possible, just like the over-analysis of astrology could drive some woke person insane.

How to use both Tarot & Astrology together

The two philosophies, Astrology and Tarot, are intertwined with a connection of general knowledge of the signs.  When you are presented with the cards, you can understand your message especially if you are seeking answers from spirit about a particular person (an ex, or crush).

Remembering your ex’s zodiac or crush’s would come in handy here. The relation of tarot and astrology are the strongest here, because of personal experiences you’re able to connect the cards with astrological facts.

How are Tarot and Astrology Different

Where Astrology focuses on planetary movements for predictions, tarot cards focus on the internal powers of the divine universe. These two come from very similar backgrounds, dating back to the first century with the Egyptians.

It was not until later that tarot followed, around the fourteenth century with divinatory meanings.  Many cultures used tarot cards differently for thousands of years before.

The Tarot cards had been used in cultures to connect with higher powers, but the tarot cards are associated with a higher self. An infinite, equally positive source that focuses on bettering your emotional journey.

Tarot cards initially were a playing card game back in the fourteenth century. The individual card paintings are represented by a French carnival costume parade held in the streets.

These cards are a mystical link to Egyptian folklore with numerology and associated with many other religions like Hinduism and Judaism.

If you are already a spiritual human, you are understanding how many of these cultures and beliefs are all very similar and stem from the same God, or higher power.

Another article that talks about the history of tarot cards is this, “Are tarot cards religious?

Is the zodiac equally represented in the Tarot cards?

Not all the zodiac signs have an equal number of cards associated with them.  That’s because the tarot cards read many energies and are associated with different flows of the pathway of your life.

When certain cards make themselves present to you take into consideration what is being present and your overall feelings. We are all capable of loving and connecting to our higher selves, people who read tarot for you are doing your shadow work for you.

Presenting yourself with these internal and external random arrays of decisions, the exact one you need to hear always seems to make itself seen.

Astrology is broken down into so many parts of our lives, more than we realize. When we delve deeply into our birth chart.

We can see and learn about the planet that landed on a specific astrological sign that was aligned at the second we are born.  We can learn how much this will affects us in our life.

Inter-relationship of Tarot and the Planets

There are 7 solar bodies (planets) that are also represented by cards from the Major Arcana:

All the planets represent different portions of our lives. When determining how tarot and astrology are linked, it’s obvious they flow in a divinely natural way. Three planets affect us more than the others:

  • Mercury represents communication, the mind, all things intellect. Mercury is ruled by Gemini and Virgo.
  • Venus represents attraction, love, art, beauty, ruled by Taurus and Libra.
  • Mars represents aggression, sex, action, and passion, ruled by Aries.

These first three planets transit the most out of any other planet in our charts. They affect us more directly.

The larger planets in our charts that go into transit for years are long-termed expanding obstacles we face in our lifetime.

  • Jupiter is ruled by Sagittarius and symbolizes luck, growth, abundance, and understanding.
  • Saturn represents the law, and restriction, it is ruled by Capricorn.
  • Uranus is ruled by Aquarius it symbolizes unpredictable changes and rebellion.
  • Neptune is ruled by Pisces and represents dreams, intuition, and delusions.

Lastly, in our charts, we have the plant, Pluto,

  • Pluto is ruled by the sign Scorpio and symbolizes transformation, power, death, and evolution.

These plants farther away from us still affect us, their symbolism is unique to our journeys are we can connect with them using divinatory tools. Each astrological sign has the qualities that link them to tarot when we make the connection is when we understand the relation between the two the most.

For example, Mercury rules our communication, thinking and processing information, and someone with their Mercury in Taurus probably does not speak much, but when they do its logical and comes from a steady, practical place.

This is associated with the sign Taurus, and it is stable, patient speed. While someone with their Mercury in Pisces can come across as too emotionally invested or too dreamy about what they’re talking about.

See how the signs have an effect on the planets and us?


All these factors just come into play when you are practicing tarot, whether on yourself on another person. Repetition and studying the astrological charts will only make you advance and connect higher with your best self and doing this can also create a very comfortable space for growth.

Understanding what each planet represents in astrology is important and vital to fully comprehend your birth chart, but most importantly when working with tarot. To best understand your birth chart, get a notebook, pen, and sit down on your technology one day to write it all out in front of you.

Using phone apps is convenient but studying and understanding how different you are can take a lot more time and patience.

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  1. ThePaganSun Avatar

    The planets rule the signs, not the other way around.

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