Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system signifying growth, expansion, luck and higher learning.
Jupiter in the Tarot is primarily linked to the Wheel of Fortune, and because this planet rules Sagittarius, we can also link it to Temperance.
Although Jupiter’s energies are regarded as mainly positive and beneficial, it can also indicate challenges and setbacks.
The Wheel of Fortune makes this clear: perpetual movement brings change, not always good but sometimes necessary and mostly unavoidable.
When you are at the top of the Wheel, rest assured that at one point you will be moving downwards again. And vice versa.
Change always brings some kind of growth, new knowledge and insights – the silver lining in the cloud, if the change thrust upon you isn’t what you wanted or were hoping for.
And you cannot apply the brakes on that Wheel, because there aren’t any. Stuff is happening totally beyond your control.
Let’s take this further to Temperance. Here we see the angel performing some alchemy, creating the perfect mix from two opposing extremes to achieve moderation and harmony.
There is no recipe or science to it, so a good result is simply a happy accident after some experimental trial and error.
Now take a look at the Two of Pentacles (Jupiter in Capricorn) and compare the image with Temperance. Can you see the similarities?
The Two of Pentacles takes us down to earth – juggling the day-to-day essentials like money, work, family… and all the while Jupiter’s influence in the background is helping us grow.
The Six of Wands (Jupiter in Leo) and Nine of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces) show us some happy people, content and successful. They are sitting right on top of the Wheel of Fortune. They are at their peak, but we also know that the wheel is turning….
And where are the people depicted on the Four of Swords (Jupiter in Libra) and Eight of Swords (Jupiter in Gemini) positioned on the Wheel?
The Four of Swords suggests rest, recuperation, retreat and healing, all of which can lead to personal growth, renewal and a higher understanding. I’d say that this card is slowly moving upwards on the wheel, but then again that’s down to personal perception. Where would you place this card?
The Eight of Swords is the total opposite to Jupiterian expansion: restriction. The figure in this card is dreaming of freedom, and although the shackles seem to be self-imposed, Jupiter may offer a lucky break to escape from Colditz…
Now it’s over to you to explore the cards.
Which cards depict movement and which stagnation? If several of the Jupiter cards appeared in a reading, how would that influence your interpretation of the spread? What similarities can you see in the Jupiter cards to link them together? In what way do the cards reflect Jupiter’s energies, especially luck and lack of control?
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.
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.
If you would like to learn step-by-step more about astrology and how to apply it in your Tarot work, then check out my Tarot Astrology self-study course or work with me. On both pages you can download the complete planet exercise together with some funky journaling sheets.
In my previous post you can find all the details of the Planetary Spread and more information about the beautiful Rosetta Tarot.
Please note that for this sample reading I have used the astrological correspondences given in the companion book of this deck.
The cards drawn for this general reading are as follows:
1. Earth: Princess of Disks – Earth of Earth (together with the Ace of Disks ruler of Aries, Taurus, Gemini)
In the Self position, the Princess of Disks suggests a person, who is full of creative potential and keen to manifest possibilities into something tangible and fruitful. Her creative energy is symbolised by her pregnancy and her crest of the Ram/Oxen head. The Princess of Disks represents creative endeavours in their early stages, and she needs to demonstrate ambition (Aries), patience and perseverance (Taurus) and mental focus (Libra) to turn her ideas into reality.
Her personality is down-to-earth and realistic, sprinkled with a touch of hedonism (good food and drink) and indulgent sensuality. The Princess of Disks has a strong affinity with nature and all things natural/organic/handmade.
The key message of this card is to focus on aspirations with patience and clarity in order to achieve goals and enduring productivity.
2. Sun: Two of Swords – Moon in Libra
The current power source is that of calm, stillness and balance. A peaceful mind alleviates insecurities. Taking time to relax and meditate is important right now to sustain well-being. Creative projects need patience; nothing should be rushed. There is a sense of being at peace by avoiding confrontations or delay making some tough decisions.
The key message of this card is to practice emotional detachment in order to create inner balance to make the right decision and move forward.
3. Mars: Four of Disks – Sun in Capricorn
The Four of Disks in the Action position suggests being over-protective of security, possessions and what is known. The need for control can be overpowering at times, stifling others and limiting own potential for expansion. Letting go of power and control may seem risky, but it can have a liberating effect, whilst at the same time avoiding becoming reckless or irresponsible.
The key message of the Four of Disks is to loosen the grip on power and control by developing more trust in others and even the unknown.
4. Venus: Ace of Cups – Root of Water (together with the Princess of Cups ruler of Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius)
The Ace of Cups in the love position suggests new emotional beginnings and being receptive to opportunities in love and deepening relationships. Here we see a person, who is open-hearted, ready to give love and nurture others. If this card comes up at a time of emotional upheaval, it can suggest positive developments, that not all is as bleak as it seems, and happy times will return.
Any relationship issues can be resolved by applying qualities of the three ruling zodiac signs: communicative (Libra), passionate (Scorpio) and generous (Sagittarius).
Aces symbolise potential, so the key message of the Ace of Cups is to start sowing the seeds of love in the present by joyfully giving and sharing without expecting anything in return.
In a relationship reading, the Mars and Venus position could indicate one person, who is ready to embark on a new relationship and willing to commit (Ace of Cups), whereas the other person is reluctant to do so, perhaps wanting to protect their feelings (Four of Disks).
5. Jupiter: Prince of Disks – Air of Earth – Aries/Taurus (ruler of 4 of Wands, 5 of Disks, 6 of Disks)
The Prince of Disks in the opportunities position suggests progress through discipline and tenacity. In the image he is driving an ox-pulled chariot scattering dandelion flowers, which symbolise fruitfulness. He is hard-working, patient and energetic. These qualities will be beneficial when pursuing goals at work or at home.
The three pip cards he is ruling indicate initial success (4 of Wands) and the need to manage money more efficiently (5 and 6 of Disks).
The key message of the Prince of Disks is that hard work and perseverance will pay off, but at the same time finances need to be managed carefully.
6. Mercury: Five of Wands – Saturn in Leo
The Five of Wands in the communications position suggests misunderstandings, arguments and power struggles. The Saturn in Leo constellation linked to this card indicates the need to tame the ego and focus more on collaboration rather than competition. Before getting drawn into an argument, it’s worth remembering that clear, simple and calm discussions will be more effective to encourage co-operation.
Whether it is relevant to you in relationships, at work or in family situations, the key message of the Five of Wands is to avoid fighting for power or position to get results. Instead, focus on your goal and what you want to achieve by promoting a more constructive team effort.
7. Saturn: The Hierophant – Taurus
The Hierophant in the opposition/teacher position suggests that conventional structures and an organised hierarchy are beneficial to personal and professional development, even though they can sometimes limit creativity. This is supported by the other Disks cards in this spread. Set tasks, routines, daily schedules and to-do lists are proven tools of productivity, which can at times stifle flexibility and spontaneity.
The key message of the Hierophant is to embrace all the advantages of order, discipline and traditional values, but also be more aware of their limitations. Learning new skills, meet new people or try something different will be invigorating and broaden the horizon.
8. Moon: Queen of Swords – Water of Air – Libra
The Queen of Swords in the feeling position suggests the need to be emotionally strong and resilient. Perhaps feelings are being controlled rather than light-heartedly displayed. Nothing wrong with that, especially when feelings are negative and could easily be expressed with cutting, spiteful remarks. Some issues still need to be resolved, and this Queen may either keep a stiff upper lip or voice her emotions in a matter-of-fact, clear and honest way.
The key message of the Queen of Swords is not to keep emotions suppressed. Whatever needs to be resolved, do it with diplomacy, wit, fairness and understanding.
The Queen of Swords in the Moon position complements the Two of Swords in its opposing Sun position. Here, the message of keeping a cool head and practising emotional detachment (without being cold-hearted) is emphasised to create and maintain harmony.
Last week I received the magickal Rosetta Tarot in the post, and I’m very impressed with the stunningly vibrant images.
This self-published limited edition tarot deck by artist and author M.M. Meleen is based on Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarotand the Golden Dawn tradition.Some images are very similar to those in the Thoth deck, but others vary a lot, and some images have even been given a modern, 21st century overhaul.
This isn’t a lengthy review of the Rosetta Tarot. Overall, I love this deck, and it has inspired me to create an 8-card planetary spread, which can be used as a condensed overview, ideal for general readings.
If you are interested in buying this deck, you will need to be quick, because only 777 copies have been printed, and I received number 520. I would also recommend buying the companion book, the Book of Seshet, as it offers a wealth of information on the artwork and symbolism of the deck, astrological correspondences, an introduction to Qabalah and explores the Golden Dawn based tarot structure.
In ancient Greco-Roman astronomy five planets and two illuminaries (sun and moon also referred to as planets) were identified, which could all be seen with the naked eye:
Moon – Mercury – Venus – Sun – Mars – Jupiter – Saturn
It was also believed that the Earth was at the centre of the solar system, circled by the seven planets.
The planetary spread is based on this ancient model.
Each planet is associated with characteristics and psychological energies, which we all express in various forms and at different times.
In Tarot, the planets are linked to Major Arcana cards, which can already offer you an insight, what the individual planet is all about, and what the position in the spread refers to.
This spread doesn’t contain a future/outcome position. Instead, each card may reveal new information or confirm what you already know. It may also offer guidance on what action to take, perhaps even suggest future possibilities:
The self; present situation; your current role; how you express yourself; where you are right now; your reality; identity
2. Sun (The Sun)
Power source; what motivates you; energy levels, creative endeavours; level of contentment
3. Mars (The Tower)
Action; the male principle; what actions need to be taken; what needs to be confronted; power and control issues; leadership; what existing structures need to be broken up and rebuilt; in a relationship reading, this position can relate to the male (or male-orientated) partner
4. Venus (The Empress)
Love; the female principle; relationships; family; home life; what needs to be nurtured; sensual pleasures; health; in a relationship reading, this position can relate to the female (or female-orientated) partner
5. Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune)
Opportunities to look out for; things in your favour; changing circumstances; new experiences; growth, expansion; what helps you to reach a long-term goal or is necessary for survival
6. Mercury (The Magician)
Messages that clarify a situation; potential; communication; resources available; what needs changing; intention and goals; generating ideas
7. Saturn (The World)
Opposition or teacher; obstacles, limitations and boundaries; what has been achieved and completed; lessons learned; what adversity have you overcome that has made you stronger; likewise, which apparent positive situations/people in your life can turn out to be a problem in the future
8. Moon (The High Priestess)
Feelings and emotions; how you have been feeling recently; moods; fears, insecurities; doubts; perceptions, what is hidden; intuition
How to read the Cards in this Spread
Shuffle the deck and arrange the cards face-down. Although the cards are placed in the numerical sequence of the spread, they can be read in any order.
If you do the reading for someone else, you could ask the querent to choose, which card to start with (whilst the cards are still lying face-down). This can give you an indication, what the querent’s subconscious priorities are or what concerns them most.
See this spread in action with the Rosetta Tarot in the follow-up post.