Each Zodiac Sign Has Its Own Tarot Card. Here’s Yours
These days, tarot is not just for the mystical: Nearly everyone you know owns a tarot deck and gets tarot readings on the regular. Through the years, tarot has become an intuitive art that can help you prepare for the best and the worst. Tarot cards hold endless amounts of symbolism—but you might not know that it’s also deeply connected to astrology. For example: Each zodiac sign is represented by a card in the Major Arcana.
To understand the Major Arcana, first we need to talk a bit about tarot history. See, tarot reading has been a *thing* since the 1400s, but the tarot deck you’re probably familiar with was published in 1909. Called the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it contains 78 tarot cards, divided into a Major Arcana of 22 cards and a Minor Arcana of 56 cards. The Major Arcana contains the “name” cards like Death, the Devil, and the Lovers, and the Minor Arcana is divided into four suits (Pentacles, Cups, Wands, and Swords). Take a look at your tarot card: If it has one of those suits, like the Ace of Pentacles or the Five of Swords or the Queen of Wands, it’s part of the Minor Arcana. If it doesn’t, it’s part of the Major Arcana.
Most tarot decks published today (like the Cosmo Tarot, hello!) are based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. They will use different imagery, some will change the names slightly (such as the Page of Wands becoming the Princess of Wands in the Mystic Mondays Tarot, or the King of Cups becoming the Ruler of Cups in the Weaver Tarot), and some might even add an extra card (like the Fountain card in the Fountain Tarot). But for the most part, if you know the cards of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, you can work with *most* tarot decks. (BTW, if your tarot deck isn’t styled after the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it’s likely styled after the Thoth Tarot or the Tarot of Marseilles—both also have a Major and Minor Arcana, but the specific tarot cards have different names.)
In the tarot, the Major Arcana consists of 22 cards that represent your spiritual path and journey. Laid out in order, they tell a story of a person setting out into the world and encountering different figures and challenges, growing and changing as they do so. The story of the Major Arcana is called “The Fool’s Journey”—because the very first tarot card or Card 0 in the tarot, is called The Fool, and we follow him as he moves through the world.
The four suits of the Minor Arcana are each associated with a different element—Wands with fire, Pentacles with earth, Cups with water, and Swords with air. And each of the 22 Major Arcana cards is associated with either a zodiac sign (12), an element (4), or a planet (6, not including Neptune, Uranus, or Pluto). According to Tarot.com, we have a secret society called The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to thank for these associations.
The tarot card that corresponds with *your* zodiac sign will be associated with similar traits as your zodiac sign’s, and might contain imagery associated with your sign, as well. For example, the Lovers tarot card corresponds to Gemini. Gemini is represented by the Twins, and the Lovers card shows two figures. Makes sense!
Knowing which zodiac sign corresponds to each tarot card can add another level to your tarot readings. For example, *your* tarot card might represent you when it pops up. Or if you see your partner’s, best friend’s, or parent’s tarot card show up in a reading, that might add a new level of understanding to your interpretation. Or if you’re doing a tarot reading for each zodiac sign (like our Cosmo Tarotscopes, published every Monday), drawing a zodiac sign’s *own* tarot card could indicate an important week ahead. Tarot is an intuitive practice, so there are no strict rules here. But basically, learning more about the tarot’s associations can help you understand your tarot readings in a new way.
Along with getting a cute tattoo of *your* card or shopping for tarot-inspired jewelry and home decor, you can meditate on its meaning to level up in your life, avoid potential drama, attract your dream partner, and step into your superpowers. You add your tarot card to your altar, put a print of it somewhere special in your home, or focus on the imagery and meaning of your tarot card as you meditate, or whenever you want a reminder of the traits you’re trying to channel. Again, tarot is all about intuition, so ~follow your heart~ here.
Aries: The Emperor
The stoic cosmic daddy of Tarot is the fourth card of the Major Arcana, the Emperor. The Emperor represents authority, power, foundation, and leadership. Just look at the guy! In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, he sits on his giant stone throne adorned with four rams’ heads, symbolizing his connection with fire sign Aries. This card demands attention when it is pulled in a reading, just like you, Aries. In The Emperor’s right hand, he holds an ankh, the Egyptian symbol for life, and in his left is an orb, representing the world over which he rules.
You can embrace the Emperor’s influence by being the Aries boss b*tch we all know and love. By bringing Emperor-like structure, and discipline to your life and relationships you will find your success. When it comes to sex and love, you like to be *on top*, so find yourself an Empress: A ride-or-die boo who appreciates your strength and stamina. Step into your power, Aries bb, and channel the Emperor’s energy.
Taurus: The Hierophant
Wait, what’s a hierophant? It’s a Greek word for “high priest” (~the more you know~), and this card is sometimes also called the Pope. The Hierophant is kinda like the spiritual guide of the tarot. With intense holier-than-thou vibes, the Hierophant symbolizes organization, institution, and following the path to knowledge. In his left hand, he holds a triple scepter, representing domination over matter and emotion and thought.
The Hierophant is the fifth card of the Major Arcana, a number that represents creativity and joy in the material world. It’s also a special number for Venus, your ruling planet. Taurus governs the physical world, sensuality, pleasure, and material things—nobody knows how to indulge like you do. Use the power of this card to understand that you can accomplish great things with dedication and hard work. You’re a master creator, and with time (and you do take your sweet, sweet time), you will make your mark on the world. You vibe the best with someone spiritual who appreciates your hard work. You’re a luxurious bull, so find you an S.O. that will also appreciate the finer things in life.
Gemini: The Lovers
Your card is a fun one, Gemini. Everyone gets excited when they see the Lovers pop up in a reading. This card represents matters of the heart, but it’s also about having options—the two lovers represent Adam and Eve, symbolizing the power of duality. In the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, Adam is looking forward, showing the physical, while Eve is gazing upward, showing the intuitive. When these two energies combine, they create one whole, just like the twins that represent you in the zodiac. They’re standing in front of the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life, telling you that there are always two sides to every situation.
Use the power of this card to decide on your personal value system and what you will and won’t stand for. Call upon the energy of the Lovers to stand true in your own philosophy of life, and to attract the right partners that align with your value system. Above all else, use the power of this card to stay present and find ~balance~.
Cancer: The Chariot
You’re the warrior of the tarot, Cancer bb! The Chariot is your card, making you feel strong, driven, and courageous when you channel its energy. For Cancer, it is all about the feels! And once Cancer is drawn to something or someone emotionally, they will do whatever it takes to win. In many Rider-Waite-Smith-style tarot decks, we see two sphinxes that are colored black and white, a symbol of opposing forces that the charioteer must learn to control. The river in the background is symbolic of the need to be in the flow of the rhythm of life.
This card is all about pushing past barriers and riding your way to victory like the blazing force you are. Since you’re a water sign, you need change to evolve, but it can be hard for you. The Chariot is here to encourage you when you really just want to stay in your shell. I know it’s warm and comfy in there, but use this card to guide you toward your biggest dreams. Take charge towards your goals in life like the Chariot and be in the cosmic flow of the Universe. Remember, love always wins!
With that bold, beautiful roar you have, Leo, it should come as no surprise that your card is Strength. Strength is all about overcoming difficulties in our lives through deep courage, vitality, and fortitude. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, we see a woman petting a lion on its forehead under a golden sky. Despite the fact that the lion looks threatening, the woman seems to have domination over it. You have the strength to hold the jaws of a lion, Leo, and your magic is limitless.
The number associated with this card is 8, which also represents the infinity symbol, speaking to endless possibilities, self-mastery, and how karma is directly tied to the victory you seek. Remember the strength of the lion when you encounter any career or relationship hiccups. Find an S.O. that lets you take the lead and trusts in your power. You are destined for success, Leo, so be brave and boldly pursue your passions and desires. But remember, kitty cat, your success will come from compassion, most of all.
Virgo: The Hermit
Your card represents one of the most important parts of your journey, Virgo. The Hermit is a potent force of spiritual insight and knowledge that comes from within. In the card, we usually see an elder in front of a mountain, symbolizing awareness and deep commitment to a goal. In order to connect with your purpose, you must take the time to listen to your inner voice, and occasionally this may call for a little solitude and R&R as you escape from the world.
As one of the most dedicated and hardest-working signs of the zodiac, you can boldly make changes in your life to align with your higher purpose, hopes, and dreams. Manifest the energy of the Hermit and take time for introspection. The Hermit is also a calling to share your knowledge with others, so spread that sweet wisdom, Virgo! In relationships, you need to be given space and respect to find your inner calling. Look for a partner who can get down with your values and is ready for intelligent conversations and debates. Try not to look for the perfect partner either—remain open to gifts the universe might bring you. Remember that sometimes what you ask for doesn’t come in the package you expect.
Balance is your superpower, Libra, so it’s no surprise that your tarot card is Justice. You have a mission, and the world needs you. Equilibrium keeps you afloat, as does your integrity. Just like the scales in the image, keep in mind that intuition must also be in balance with logic. Justice is the 11th card in the Major Arcana, and to resonate at the level of the numerology master number 11, you have to reach a fairly high state of spiritual evolution.
You have some big shoes to fill, Libra, and you are the perfect person for the job! Not only will you be the boss babe that you are, but you will also show up wearing the best outfit in the room! In love, you need honesty, respect, loyalty, and, most importantly, patience from your partner. In relationships keep in mind that your partners are a mirror of what you have been giving energetically to others. In career make sure to maintain reciprocity and altruism, you know, scratch my bike I’ll scratch yours! Always rely on your scales and know that karma has your back.
As one of the most powerful and provocative signs in the zodiac (yes, congrats), your card is Death, representing transformation and rebirth. Not only are you the sex queen of the zodiac, but as the ruler of Death, you’ve also got some seriously witchy vibes. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, Death is represented by a skeleton in armor, riding a horse. The skeleton represents the part of the body that survives long after life has left it, and the armor symbolizes invincibility because you can never be conquered, Scorpio!
You know how to transmute the pain you experience into love more than any other zodiac sign. Meditate on this card to become the best version of yourself and transform into whoever you want to be. Your card is associated with the number 13, which is a magical number of purification. You’re a fluid, watery creature, and in relationships, you need to be given the space to evolve and change. You also need depth and loyalty that mirrors your intensity and wild bold heart. At any point, you can rise from the ashes and run the world, Scorpio.
You’re a wild child at heart, Sagittarius, so naturally, your tarot card is Temperance. Like this card, you’re a philosophical truth-seeker constantly striving to be more enlightened. Temperance shows up when we need to check ourselves and reconnect to our foundation. In the Rider-Waite-Smith card, Temperance is represented by an angel slowly pouring the liquid from one golden cup into another, an alchemical process called tempering. The angel also balances between one foot on the rocks, expressing the need to stay grounded, and one foot in the water, showing the need to be in the cosmic flow.
No one knows how to party like you do, Sag—you can use the energy of this card to reel it back in when necessary. It also indicates how important patience is for you, especially in relationships. You need a lover who can keep up with you and appreciates your wanderlust. Learning is important to you which goes hand in hand with new experiences. Make sure to make travel a priority to keep you aligned with your free spirit. You make everything fun, sweet Sag, and Temperance will guide you towards your highest self whenever you need it.
Capricorn: The Devil
You’re a tenacious mountain goat, Capricorn, and the Devil is the card that represents you. Have no fear, Cap—this card is fierce and savage, just like you. Capricorn’s connection with the Devil is rooted in the mythology of the Greek god Pan, the half-man, half-goat nature god. The Devil symbolizes what happens when we give full reign to our raw desires. Anyone who’s been with a Capricorn knows they’ve got skills in the bedroom.
The Devil is all about being in tune with what turns you on and delving into the taboo. Cap is also the boss b*tch CEO in the making who is unapologetically living a life of luxury and opulence. To connect with this card, live out your deepest fantasies with bae. Climb that ladder just like the goat clings to the side of a mountain. Indulge in life’s pleasures, we all need a little bit of the Devil in our lives.
Aquarius: The Star
As a sign that is forever reaching for the stars, it comes as no surprise that your tarot card is, well, the Star. This card represents peace, tranquility, and innovative ideas. You’re ~one of a kind~, and you’re here on Earth to share your gifts. This card asks you to have hope for the future. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Star is represented by a woman kneeling to pour pitchers of water into a pond, with a star shining above her. Just like the woman in the image, keep one foot on the ground, representing practicality, and your other foot in the water, representing intuition.
This card shows us that through the magic of the star you are able to heal yourself and that you hold within you all that you need for your fulfillment. For you, creative work and self-evolution is what you live for. Look for a lover who will encourage your humanitarian calling. Vulnerability does not come easily to you, the naked woman in the card is a reminder to have the courage to show your beautiful self to the world.
Pisces: The Moon
As the dreamiest sign of the zodiac, your card is the Moon, Pisces. This card is associated with intuition and creativity. The water in the image is your subconscious mind. In the Rider-Waite-Smith card, a cute lil crayfish crawls out of a pool, showing the early stages of consciousness unfolding, and a dog and a wolf howl at the Moon, representing both the tame and the wild parts of your mind.
Your power lies in your ability to recognize your complex feelings. Let your dreams guide you, trust your intuition, and know that things aren’t always as they appear. In love, you need to feel emotionally supported. Your boo should be able to connect with the depths of your soul through time and space. Be careful not to let people take advantage of your gentle heart, and remember, the Moon is always there to light your way.
Caitlin McGarry, aka Tarotgraph, is a traveling healer, witch, and mystic currently located on the island of Mallorca Spain. She is a professional Tarot Reader, Pilates Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, Wellness Coach, Dream Interpreter, and Photographer. Caitlin helps to rebalance and realign her clients through divination, movement, and energy work. She has been featured in several major publications in the U.S. and will be offering retreats in Spain next year.
Erika W. Smith (she/her) is the current Senior Astrology Editor at Cosmopolitan. In her 3+ years at Cosmo, she’s worked on everything from editing weekly horoscopes, to reporting on how astrology influences album release dates, to launching The Cosmo Tarot. Before joining Cosmopolitan in 2020, she was a writer and/or editor for Refinery29, HelloGiggles, and BUST magazine. Her book Astrosex: How to Have the Best Sex According to Your Star Sign was published in 2021. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @erikawynn.