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0 - Columba (The Dove)Columba represents the dove Noah sent from his Ark to see if there was any dry land left after the Great Flood. The dove returned with an olive branch in its beak, signalling that the flood was receding. In a Greek myth, a dove was sent by the Argonauts to fly through the Moving Rocks at the Black Sea. The Rocks were said to crush the first living thing that came between them. The dove flew through with such speed that the Rocks crashed against each other, leaving the bird unharmed. The Argonauts had thereby ensured their safe passage ahead.
Reversed: Putting too much faith into the unknown without a solid plan of action. Being naive. Afraid of dedicating yourself to something new. Pessimism.
I - Pegasus (The Winged Horse)In Greek mythology, Pegasus was an immortal winged horse who helped Perseus slay the sea monster Cetus and rescue Andromeda. Possessing unique abilities, Pegasus kicked Mount Helion with his hoof, creating the Spring of Hippocrene, which began to flow from the mountain. This spring was said to have been the source of inspiration for poets and singers.
Reversed: Manipulating people or circumstances to your advantage, disregarding the effect this has on others. Inability to use the tools available to you. Lacking self-confidence, not understanding what you want.
II - SiriusAlso known as the Dog Star, Sirius lies in the constellation Canis Major (the Greater Dog), and is the brightest star in the night sky. Ancient Egyptians identified Sirius with Isis — the Goddess of Fertility, the new year and the flood. Each year just before the summer solstice, Sirius would reappear in the sky after being absent for seventy days. This coincided with the flooding of the Nile river, which brought fertility to the land. Because of its seventy day absence, Sirius was also seen as the doorway to the afterlife.
Reversed: Blocking your inner voice. Adopting thoughts and actions of others, which may not be in line with your own needs and beliefs. Not seeing your own path in life. Remove any distractions and focus inwards to find your truth.
III - VenusThe planet Venus is named after the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. Venus embodies fertility, affection, creativity and harmony. She emerged from the foam of the sea, and is symbolic of the divine feminine.
Reversed: Inadequate care towards someone or something, which is hindering growth. Unhealthy expression of sexuality, inability to give affection. Rejecting a feminine aspect of a person. Imposing a rigid structure on something which is natural and multi-dimensional.
IV - JupiterThe largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter was the ruler of the gods in Roman mythology. He upheld the state and ensured order was in place. He was the father of all people, and rewarded and punished his citizens according to their actions. When angered, his wrath took on the form of storms and lightning bolts.
Reversed: Domination, rigidity, abuse of power. Authoritarianism, dictatorship. Disregard for rules and authority. Disorder, a weak structure.
V - Centaurus (The Centaur)Greek mythology tells of savage beasts called centaurs — half-human, half-horse. Chiron was a centaur who stood out among them. He was knowledgeable in medicine and healing, and a mentor to Heracles and Jason. Once accidentally wounded by Heracles, the immortal Chiron suffered terrible pain. To end his agony, Zeus placed him in the stars, creating the constellation bearing his name.
Reversed: Feeling restricted by tradition, unwillingness to conform, breaking convention. Misleading information or a distorted understanding. Removal from a community, rejection of “the norm” or of the ideas promoted by that community.
VI - Corona Borealis (The Northern Crown)The hero Theseus of Ancient Greece was known for defeating the violent and insatiable beast Minotaur, imprisoned in a labyrinth on the island of Crete. He accomplished this with the help from Princess Ariadne, who helped to lead him out of the labyrinth with a ball of thread. Theseus promised to leave with her, but instead abandoned her, leaving her heartbroken. When Dionysus, the God of Wine and Harvest, saw Ariadne, he fell in love with her and they were shortly married. Dionysus loved Ariadne deeply, and to celebrate the love they shared, he placed her wedding crown among the stars for her eternal glory.
Reversed: Dishonesty, absence of love. Using sexuality to realize personal ambitions. Disappointment with something which seemed like a meaningful connection. Doubting your choice.
VII - Auriga (The Charioteer)The Charioteer is said to be Erichthonius, the legendary King of Athens. Born half-human, half-snake, his lack of mobility led him to invent a chariot drawn by four horses. His invention gave him the freedom of movement, and greatly benefited the people of Athens in agriculture and transport.
Reversed: Lack of drive to accomplish a goal. Helplessness, self-doubt. Laziness. The need for discipline.
VIII - HerculesThe greatest of all Greek heroes, Hercules was most known for accomplishing the Twelve Labours—heroic tasks and tests assigned to him by the gods. Possessing great physical strength and temper, he had to learn to control both. He was confident and brave, but his lack of wisdom and patience often worked against him.
Reversed: You may be lacking in compassion or self-restraint. Like Hercules, you must learn to be conscious of your emotions and impulses and not let them rule you. Transform anger and aggression into patience and compassion.
IX - Halley's CometMade of ice, dust and rock particles, Halley’s Comet is named after Edmond Halley, who concluded that the comets of 1531, 1607 and 1682 were the same one. He also predicted the next time it will appear, but did not live to see it come true. Halley’s Comet is seen from Earth once every 75 years as it orbits the Sun. As it moves closer to the Sun, the ice evaporates and releases dust particles, which form the comet’s glowing tail.
Reversed: Loneliness and excessive withdrawal, inability to see the light in the dark. Time for more social interaction.
X - Draco (The Dragon)The constellation of Draco is said to represent the mythical dragon Ladon of Ancient Greece who guarded a golden apple tree with fruits of immortality. Hercules was instructed to steal the golden apples for one of his tasks, which he accomplished by placing the dragon under an enchanted sleep. Throughout the year, the constellation appears to revolve around the North Star and flips completely from the winter to the summer months.
Reversed: Feeling powerless against outside forces. Repeated failures due to inability to learn from experience. However, just like the constellation which makes a full circle throughout the year, nothing is permanent and things will improve again. Be grateful for everything.
XI - Libra (The Scales)Libra, the heavenly scales, was a favourable constellation for the Ancient Romans. It is said that when Rome was founded, the Moon was in Libra. The Babylonians called it “the balance of heaven”.
Reversed: Disorder, imbalance. Not assuming responsibility for your decisions. Dishonesty. A situation which may be unfair.
XII - Capricornicus (The Sea Goat)In Ancient Greece, Capricornicus represented Pan, the goat god of nature. Fleeing the monster Typhon, Pan jumped into the river Nile and transformed his lower body into a fish to avoid detection. His upper body stayed above water and remained a goat.
Reversed: Stagnation. Feeling like no matter what you do, the situation does not change. The solution may be to step aside and let things develop on their own. Alternatively, you may be sacrificing too much.
XIII - PhoenixThe mythical bird Phoenix lives for centuries. It dies by spontaneously catching on fire and is continuously reborn from its own ashes. It is thereby cleansed and transformed anew each time in an infinite cycle of death and rebirth.
Reversed: Fighting change instead of adapting to it. Focusing on what is lost rather than on the new possibilities that will now open up. Holding onto the past.
XIV - Horologium (The Pendulum Clock)Horologium was named to honour Christian Huygens, the inventor of the pendulum clock in 1656. The clock uses a pendulum that swings back and forth at a precise time interval. To remain accurate, the mechanism must remain stationary.
Reversed: Impatience and hastiness may be causing problems. Do not rush or resort to any extremes.
XV - Cetus (The Sea Monster)Greek mythology tells of Queen Cassiopeia, who boasted that she and her daughter Andromeda were more beautiful than the daughters of Poseidon. To punish Cassiopeia for her arrogance, Poseidon sent floods on her lands. Cassiopeia consulted the Oracle to find out how to appease the god, and was told that she had to sacrifice her daughter to the sea monster Cetus, who lived in Poseidon’s ocean. Luckily, the hero Perseus managed to slay Cetus just as he emerged from the sea, about to devour Andromeda.
Reversed: Releasing bonds, freeing yourself. A return to a healthy and positive way of life. Choosing to remove yourself from negative thinking. No longer being ruled by fear or primal impulses.
XVI - Pavo (The Peacock)In Greek Mythology, Hera was the Queen Goddess, whose sacred bird was a Peacock. When Hera suspected that her husband Zeus was unfaithful to her, she asked the Giant Argus to watch him. Argus had a hundred eyes and watched Zeus and the Nymph Io day and night. When Zeus discovered that Io was being observed, he had the Giant killed. Distraught after Argus’s death, Hera scattered his eyes all over the tail of her favourite peacock for his eternal memory.
Reversed: Refusal to accept the truth. Ignorance and false reasoning. Alternatively, a painful disillusionment is softened. Coming to terms with the truth faster and growing from the experience.
XVII - Polaris (The North Star)Polaris lies almost exactly above the North Pole. As a result, it seems to stay in one place in the Northern sky, while the other stars appear to rotate around it. Its constant position in the sky has made it a reliable navigation tool throughout history.
Reversed: Despair, feeling hopeless and confused. Loss of faith. The need to trust that everything will work out well. Have confidence.
XVIII - The MoonThe Moon is the Earth’s only satellite. Lighting the way at night, it reflects the rays of the Sun but does not emit any light of its own—this is its power of illusion. The change of phases throughout the month have given the Moon a strong association with women, intuition, and the unconscious.
Reversed: The illusions are disappearing. Your mind is clear and your thoughts are unclouded. Feeling more certain.
XIX - The SunThe Sun is the beautiful golden star around which the planets in our solar system revolve. The source of life and warmth on Earth, the Sun is a symbol of happiness, knowledge, growth and enlightenment.
Reversed: Temporary setbacks, some final pieces have not yet fallen into place. You may be unrealistically optimistic.
XX - CassiopeiaThe Greek Queen Cassiopeia believed herself to be more beautiful than the gods. She even compared her beauty to that of the lovely Nereids, daughters of the Sea God Poseidon. Angered by her arrogance, Poseidon threw her into the sky, chained to her throne. Her punishment is amplified each night as the stars move across the sky, and she is forced to spend half the night hanging upside down.
Reversed: Self-doubt, dealing with the consequences of past decisions. Inability to come to terms with choices from the past. Refusal to take responsibility or forgive yourself.
XXI - The EarthThe Earth is our physical world, which gives us life, food and shelter. Challenging, beautiful and endlessly diverse, it teaches us that everything is connected, material and immaterial.
Reversed: You may feel that the full picture has not yet come together. You may need closure in a certain situation. Something is not in order.
Ace of Swords
Reversed: Something is confusing or unclear. Creating conflict rather than trying to come to a fair understanding. The need for an honest and direct approach.
Two of Swords
Reversed: Refusal to acknowledge the truth. Inability to make a decision between two things.
Three of Swords
Reversed: A painful situation appears in softer form. Quicker recovery. Try to mend a situation.
Four of Swords
Reversed: Not taking the time to rest. The need to withdraw to regain strength.
Five of Swords
Reversed: Abandoning deceitful tactics in favour of honesty. Acceptance of a possible defeat; perhaps it is a fair loss. Reconciliation.
Six of Swords
Reversed: Not using the lessons of the past to move forward. Stagnation instead of progress. Delays in travel.
Seven of Swords
Reversed: Deciding to face a challenging or uncomfortable situation. Accepting responsibility. No longer denying or avoiding a problem. Having the courage to be honest.
Eight of Swords
Reversed: Freeing yourself from limiting and negative mentality. Taking responsibility. Taking control of your life.
Nine of Swords
Reversed: Fears and anxiety are present, but are manageable or reduced. Feeling more optimistic about the future.
Ten of Swords
Reversed: A crisis manifesting itself in softer form. The ability to heal quicker and move towards a new start.
Page of Swords
Reversed: Uncertainty, difficulty in communication, confusing messages. The need for honest and clear communication.
Knight of Swords
Reversed: Indecisiveness. Having many ideas but unable to solidify a clear plan. Stalling, inability to choose a direction. Someone who is unfocused.
Queen of Swords
Reversed: Harsh criticism and emotional detachment. Someone who can resort to dishonesty if it is considered useful in a given situation. Difficulty understanding the other point of view.
King of Swords
Reversed: Difficulty in reasoning and deciding on a plan of action. Someone who uses his intelligence to manipulate others for his own benefit. Doing what is profitable, if not always ethical, believing the end justifies the means.
Ace of Cups
Reversed: A new opportunity which may not have as much to offer as you would have hoped. Lack of emotion and affection.
Two of Cups
Reversed: A relationship which is lacking affection. Disharmony. A dissolution of a partnership, friendship or relationship.
Three of Cups
Reversed: Avoiding celebration. It is important to recognize all your small victories and progress. Go out and enjoy the company of your friends.
Four of Cups
Reversed: Wallowing in misery and ignoring the kindness and affection being offered to you. Missing a love opportunity due to withdrawal and inward focus.
Five of Cups
Reversed: Processing pain and sadness more easily, letting go of suffering. Forgiveness, acceptance. Looking forward to the future and being open to new beginnings.
Six of Cups
Reversed: Being stuck in the past and wondering what could have been. Missing someone or something which is no longer part of your life. Unnecessary reconnection with a person from your past.
Seven of Cups
Reversed: Approaching a choice with a clear mind. You have dissolved some of your illusions and are able to make a rational decision.
Eight of Cups
Reversed: Feeling unsatisfied but hesitant to leave. Holding onto a relationship which is running its course. Afraid of starting over. Abandonment, unpleasant breakup.
Nine of Cups
Reversed: Your wish may not turn out exactly as you had expected, or there is a delay in its fulfillment. Learn to appreciate what is given.
Ten of Cups
Reversed: Dissatisfaction, disharmony within something that seems idyllic. Unable to appreciate something fully.
Page of Cups
Reversed: Emotional inexperience and immaturity can cause disappointments. Be open to others but watch your idealistic thinking.
Knight of Cups
Reversed: Disappointment in a relationship. Love which is one-sided. An individual who is emotionally unbalanced. Find a way to express yourself in a healthy, moderate manner.
Queen of Cups
Reversed: Demanding care and attention from others while not giving it in return. Emotional insecurity. Someone who is very dreamy but may be building illusions.
King of Cups
Reversed: A sensitive man, at times overcome by his emotions. His strong need for affection may cause him to cling to a relationship. The need for balance between feelings and reason.
Ace of Wands
Reversed: Unsure about a new opportunity. An idea which is not fully formed. The energy and potential you need is there, if you find a way to define your thoughts and create a plan.
Two of Wands
Reversed: You are doubting your idea. Examine the situation again. You might decide to alter your plan or have more faith in your decision.
Three of Wands
Reversed: A situation is not developing as hoped. Try another approach.
Four of Wands
Reversed: Your efforts are not producing the results you aimed for. Delays in achieving goals.
Five of Wands
Reversed: Focusing on productive actions and removing yourself from negativity. Settling disagreements and refusing to pursue arguments.
Six of Wands
Reversed: Feeling unappreciated for your efforts. Delays in achieving your goals. Obstacles preventing your accomplishment.
Seven of Wands
Reversed: Not putting in effort to overcome a challenge, losing confidence. Remember why this was important to you in the first place.
Eight of Wands
Reversed: The timing for something you are waiting for may be off. Delays. Things seem to be moving slowly despite your efforts.
Nine of Wands
Reversed: A period of necessary hard work is going smoothly. You are able to keep a healthy balance between work and rest.
Ten of Wands
Reversed: A demanding schedule but the stress is manageable. You are able to conserve your energy and direct it as needed.
Page of Wands
Reversed: Someone hesitant to explore new opportunities and afraid of opening up to life. Energy which may be stifled or not sufficiently expressed. A little courage and self-confidence would help.
Knight of Wands
Reversed: Unpredictability caused by impulsive behaviour and an uncontrolled temper. It is important to be more considerate, slow down, and try a level-headed approach.
Queen of Wands
Reversed: A passionate woman who can sometimes be self-centered and impulsive. She is overflowing with many new ideas but does not follow all of them through. Loyal but not one to control her quick temper, she would benefit from patience and self-restraint.
King of Wands
Reversed: If his energy is not properly directed, this man can become aggressive in the pursuit of his goals. He may not always be considerate and may lack discipline, jumping from one thing to the next on the whim of his excitement.
Ace of Pentacles
Reversed: Not knowing how to use an opportunity to develop it and gain profit. An opportunity which brings little profit. An obstacle to receiving money, financial delays.
Two of Pentacles
Reversed: Being pulled in different directions. Two areas of life which are competing for your time. Unsure of how to take the first step towards your goal.
Three of Pentacles
Reversed: More education or new skills may be needed to achieve what you want. Now is a good time to gain practical knowledge or take classes before proceeding further.
Four of Pentacles
Reversed: Spending beyond your means. Now may not be the time for extravagance or excessive indulgence. You have worked hard to save what you have. This also applies to physical health.
Five of Pentacles
Reversed: Financial concerns appear in lighter form. Beginning to recover from an illness. General improvement of well-being with the support and care from others.
Six of Pentacles
Reversed: Your financial situation may not be developing as well as you had hoped. Difficulties in obtaining money. Being greedy. Slow improvement of health.
Seven of Pentacles
Reversed: Your work has yielded unimpressive results. You are deciding whether or not to abandon this project. An investment which does not look promising.
Eight of Pentacles
Reversed: Not taking education seriously or investing effort into work. The need to assume responsibility for a secure future. Scattered energy, procrastination.
Nine of Pentacles
Reversed: Your work is taking longer than expected. Dissatisfaction with the amount of profit gained from an endeavour. Contemplating last-minute abandonment of an investment. Perhaps not enough effort was dedicated to this project.
Ten of Pentacles
Reversed: Unsatisfactory completion of a project, insufficient return on investment.
Page of Pentacles
Reversed: An unprofitable idea. Inability to develop a project. Someone who is capable, but does not put enough effort into their work. Irresponsible behaviour towards money or education.
Knight of Pentacles
Reversed: Lack of ambition and a solid work ethic. Someone who needs to act in a more responsible way to secure their future.
Queen of Pentacles
Reversed: Someone who does not develop things to prosperity. She may have unrealistic expectations or a plan of action which does not yield the desired results. The need for practicality and follow-through.
King of Pentacles
Reversed: Someone with traditional values but may be rigid in his thinking. Despite his wealth, he is preoccupied with the accumulation of money and material possessions, out of fear of financial instability. The need to enjoy life without always focusing on ambition.