Moving on from the Venus cards, we are now looking at how the energy of Mars is reflected in the Tarot.
In the Major Arcana, Mars is primarily linked to the Tower, and because this planet rules Aries, it also has an influence on the Emperor.
Mars, the “God of War”, isn’t just about disaster and destruction. Mars in the Tarot can also indicate beneficial energies such as drive, competition and ambition, which are vital to pursue progress and growth thus avoiding stagnation.
Let’s take a look at the cards that are influenced by Mars in more detail:
The Tower’s image is pretty clear about the malefic aspect of Mars; what we see isn’t pretty, and we can only cling to the hope that any damage caused can be limited or lead to the creation of something better.
The Emperor can demonstrate a range of martian personality traits, from the aforementioned ambition (in terms of the urge to conquer) and leadership abilities right through to dictatorship and tyranny.
Other martian characteristics include competitiveness, hot-temper, anger, obsession and infatuation, over-controlling, jealousy, ruthlessness and aggression.
Two of Wands (Mars in Aries) – This card is a harmonious link to the Emperor. Here, we see him as a visionary, inspired by his urge and enthusiasm to conquer the world.
The Mars aspect provides the drive, energy and sense of restlessness he needs to make a start towards his goal.
Mars may also indicate the need to dismantle old and outdated structures to create something new.
Seven of Wands (Mars in Leo) – Mars is reflected in a high-energy, stressful situation. If not careful, there is a danger of pressing the self-destruct button by over-exertion or tackling a situation too aggressively.
Mars may also indicate the need to gather up all your energy to get through a difficult period of time.
Five of Cups (Mars in Scorpio) – Mars has created mayhem in the realm of feelings and emotions. A loss, feeling devastated or destroyed. Inner turmoil. Something has been damaged, but just like the image of the Tower, the Five of Cups also indicates that something is still intact and can be built on.
The figure in the Five of Cups needs the forward-propelling survival energy of Mars to cross that bridge in the distance.
Ten of Cups (Mars in Pisces) – Happy families, or are they? Something may be brooding underneath the surface. A dormant volcano.
We know that sooner or later happiness gives way to more challenging times, and Mars offers a little warning sign to watch out and not take your happiness for granted.
Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini) – Damaging and destructive thoughts; fears and anxiety based on the need to control what cannot be controlled. Fear of failure; fear of success; self-sabotage. Mars shakes up an otherwise balanced mindset into one of chaos and despair.
Three of Pentacles (Mars in Capricorn) – Friction and power struggles at work or in a relationship. However, Mars is also a driving force that unites people to reach a mutual goal. If they have the same vision of what they want to achieve, then they can also overcome challenges along the way.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how Mars can influence card meanings. Here’s an exercise you can do:
Take all the cards linked to Mars from your deck and explore the connections and similarities for yourself. How do the Tower and Emperor influence the meanings of the pip cards?
Venus in astrology is ruler of Taurus and Libra, so we can see a connection to the Hierophant (Taurus) and Justice (Libra).
Some Venus aspects of the Hierophant are those of security, stability and aeasthetics.
Venus loves to be part of a family, a collective, surrounded by people who adore her, which is reflected in the pope-like figure of the Hierophant. There is little room for change as symbolised by the stone pillars and dominant figure preaching to his acolytes.
There is also a sense of vanity and arrogance surrounding the Hierophant – elaborate robes and rituals together with grandeur interiors (e.g. cathedrals) can be signs of guru-syndrome.
However, the Hierophant’s positive Venus link is his association to community, and the love, care and support it provides to its members.
As a ruler of Libra, Venus’s energy is also reflected in Justice. Her diplomatic abilities are mainly based on female charm, such as seduction and allure, which are meant to temper her masculine counterpart Mars, God of War (the Tower).
So, Libra reflects Venus’s drive to create harmony and balance, especially in relationships and at home.
Interpreting Justice with Venus in mind, consider making decisions based on feminine strengths and characteristics, especially when trying to alleviate disarray or damage caused by masculine traits.
How is Venus reflected in the pip cards? Here are some suggestions:
Four of Wands (Venus in Aries)
The RWS-based image depicts a couple celebrating under a flower canopy. There is celebration, joy, love and a sense of achievement.
Venus heralds good fortunes, which are reflected in this card. So far things have run smoothly, and all is set to continue this way.
More examples: turning a house into a home, a winning partnership, creative / artistic achievement
Desire of many things, especially those that give pleasure; creative imagination; flights of fancy; pursuit of beauty; artistic ambitions
In Roman mythology Venus also embodied victory and prosperity, traits which are embedded in the Five of Swords and Nine of Pentacles.
Even though the victory of the Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius) seems hollow or indicates a lose-lose situation, the Venus energy offers a sense of benevolence and goodwill. Something good can emerge from this scenario despite despair or pessimism.
This card also shows how badly love can go wrong: love turned sour; a nasty break-up; control issues within a relationship; abuse; lack of empathy; the upper hand.
Nine of Pentacles (Venus in Virgo)
Luxury, beautiful surroundings, enjoying the riches of life, security, self-reliance, self-care, nurturing and bonding with animals / pets.
Take all the cards linked to Venus from your deck and explore the conncetions and similarities for yourself.
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Following up from the moon cards, we are now looking at Mercury in the Tarot and how this planet influences the cards it is associated with.
As “God’s Messenger”, Mercury is linked to communication, reason and self-awareness.
Other areas of influence are languages, travel, transport, logic and intellect.
In the Tarot, Mercury is linked directly to The Magician, and it may seem obvious why.
It is The Magician, who symbolises the power of communication, presenting ideas, arguing a cause, making a winning sales pitch and so on.
The Magician creates Magick with words, including spells, mantras and affirmations. He is influential but can also be manipulating.
Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo; therefore there is some indirect influence on The Lovers and The Hermit.
The pip cards Mercury is linked to are:
Eight of Wands (Mercury in Sagittarius)
Three of Cups (Mercury in Cancer)
Five of Pentacles (Mercury in Taurus)
Ten of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo)
Six of Swords (Mercury in Aquarius)
How is Mercury’s energy reflected in these cards?
Here are some suggestions:
Eight of Wands – movement, travel, quick thinking, living life in the fast lane, seizing an unexpected opportunity, taking a calculated risk, gaming, travel by air
Three of Cups – communication (social), travelling in a group, building friendships, bonding (also at work), witty conversations, social networking, internet dating
Five of Pentacles – Asking for help, trying to make sense of a negative situation, bad news, mental overwhelm / meltdown, travel delays, being stranded, lost for words, looking for inspiration, learning difficulties
Ten of Pentacles – good organisational skills, nurturing a network of friends/ family / support, being established as an influencer / speaker / advisor, clever with money and long-term investments
Six of Swords – Travel, a new direction will bring clarity, a decision to leave something behind is based on reason and knowledge, fickleness, travel by sea
If you are reading reversed cards, consider thinking “Mercury retrograde”, when these cards show up upside down.
And if a Mercury retrograde is actually taking place while these cards come up in a reading, you can also take that into account.
Here’s an interesting exercise you can do:
Pick out all the Mercury cards from your deck. Which of the pip cards would you assign to which Major Arcana card?
You can look out for visual clues but also take similar meanings into account.
For example, I see the Six of Swords linked to The Hermit and the Three of Cups with The Lovers.
But it is perfectly fine, if you have different ideas. How do you see the Mercury cards connected with each other?
The planets are linked to Major and Minor Arcana cards in the Tarot. A while ago, I looked at the moon cards in the Tarot and noticed some interesting visual connections.
Here are some of my observations of the sun cards in the Tarot.
The best deck to use for this exercise is the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) Tarot.
On a visual level, we can see a connection between Strength and the Six of Cups. There is interaction between the two main figures.
I also see a link between Strength and the Four of Pentacles. The woman and man are holding on to something.
And yes, The Sun and Strength both depict people with animals.
I leave you to explore more visual similarities and what they could mean.
What additional interpretations does the sun as a planet add to each card it corresponds with?
Here are some suggestions:
The Sun – primary link with the sun, which in astrology represents the ego, life force and creativity. Additional interpretations therefore could be confidence, extroversion, selfishness, survival instinct, hedonism.
Strength – linked to the zodiac sign Leo, which is ruled by the sun. Strong physical energy, vitality, health and resilience.
Ten of Swords – Here, the sun represents a new beginning, new life, new opportunity, birth, resilience, survivor spirit, looking at the bright side, blessing.
Three of Wands – optimism, focus, alert, enthusiastic, adventure spirit, creative drive, ambition.
Six of Cups – contentment, benevolence, joy, nurture.
Eight of Pentacles – job satisfaction, vocation, workaholic, creative energy
Four of Pentacles – selfishness, self-protection, possessiveness
These are just a few ideas. Explore the cards and see what else you can find that relates to the sun – additional interpretations or visual connections.
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The 12 signs of the zodiac are linked to 12 Major Arcana cards in the Tarot.
We all know our sun signs, but an astrological chart based on your date, place and time of birth also reveals your moon sign and ascendant (rising sign).
Once you have determined your zodiac signs’ corresponding Tarot cards, you can explore the dynamics of the different aspects of your personality by using the visual cues of your cards rather than just astrological glyphs.
If you are new to Tarot astrology, then my Zodiac Tarot cards journaling sheets will help you make a start with your self-exploration and learn to include astrology in your Tarot work.
Even if you only know your sun sign at this stage, the handout will still prove useful to determine personality traits and work out your zodiac lessons.
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Originally published on my Journal Blog last year, the zodiac card information is now collated in this handy document. It also contains images of 12 cards of my Tarot of Quotes (if you do print it, make sure it’s in colour ) and extra space on each page, so you can add your own notes.
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