Reading Tarot to Predict the Return of An Ex

Are you frequently asking your Tarot cards to predict the return of an ex?

Something which I get asked a lot is, “Which Tarot cards are the best to indicate the return of an ex-lover”? Or, “Will my lover and I have a reconciliation”? These are valid questions and one which as a Tarot reader you should not shy away from asking. 

At different times in our lives, we have all asked about the return of an ex. Everyone ishunting for the Tarot spreads and cards which will give us answers. When I was nineteen, I performed a Tarot reading on whether or not my ex would return. Keep in mind, I had not seen this ex since I was 14!

I did record the reading in my journal, but not all of the details. I didn’t even write what the reading was about in case someone found it and thought that I was stupid!

At the time I predicted that he was in love with someone else (which he was). But, I predicted that he would return (which he did). We ended up staying together for four years! So yes, ex’s to return even the ones which make you pull out your Tarot cards. 

You may feel too close to read the situation to read it accurately – this is not true. It is best if you read the cards yourself and do not consult another reader. Heartache is a good opportunity for you to get experience with predicting these situations. You can then go on and predict these things for other people because you will be experienced in the matter. 

Tarot Cards to Indicate the Return of an Ex

There is no one Tarot card which represents the return of an ex. Instead, you will want your reading to include these cards especially if they appear in the future (also known as outcome) or positive (also known as strength or advantage) spread positions. 

(I have more detailed relationship card meanings in my Love Tarot Meanings e-book feel free to check that out)

The Wheel of Fortune: This Tarot card symbolises a turn in fortune and everything starting to go your way. If you feel as though you have had nothing but bad luck, this is a desirable card. 

The Empress: The Empress was one of the cards which really stuck out when I read whether or not my ex was going to come back, so I now interpret it as my top ten reconciliation Tarot cards. 

The Sun: The Sun is all about happiness and getting what you want, hence why it made the list. 

The Eight of Wands: The Eight of Wands does not promise a reconciliation as such but it does mean that your ex will call, text, or contact you and you will have a heart to heart. 

The Two of Cups: As the Two of Cups is a love card it is a good sign if it appears in your Tarot reading. 

The Six of Cups: The Six of Cups is the classic reconciliation card. In most cases, if you have the Six of Cups in your reading, it means that your ex will more than likely return. 

The Seven of Cups: While it is not a reconciliation card as such the Seven of Cups can indicate that your ex just needs some time apart to figure out what they want. 

The Nine of Cups: The Nine of Cups is the ‘wish’ card so it is welcome in any reading. 

The Ten of Cups: I remember seeing the Ten of Cups in many of my readings before me and my ex reconciled. Although I was not reading about him in particular, I can remember always seeing that card at the time and also after we had got back in contact. It is for this reason, that I would read it as a reconciliation card. 

The Knight of Cups: The Knight of Cups is interpreted by many Tarot readers to indicate the return of a lover. While I do not read it that way I have included it on our list just in case you do. 

The Reconciliation Tarot Spread 

Once you have read the list of Tarot cards thet indicate a reconciliation, it is time to perform a reading on the matter. I have designed this quick spread, which we shall call The Reconciliation Spread. Feel free to try this spread for yourself. 

Relationship Tarot spread for reconciliation and return of an ex lover

Let’s pretend that our seeker, Mary, has split from her boyfriend Max. She wants to know if they are going to get back together. 

If Mary was performing this reading, ideally she would ask the spirits of her ancestors to help her perform the best reading possible. She would then shuffle her cards while asking, “Are Max and I going to get back together”? Mary would then lay the cards out as shown: 

Love Tarot card spread to predict the return of an ex past boyfriend or girlfriend

The first card represents the past. In the past, we can see that Mary and Max had their issues. There is a Three of Swords in their past. I am inclined to believe that they have fallen out before; this is not their first break-up. 

The second position in this spread symbolises the current situation. In the present, we can see that Mary and Max are taking a break from each other. A break is indicated by the Four of Swords. I would say that this is a good card to get in this position because it indicates a ‘break,’ not a permanent separation. 

In the third position, we have what Mary should do; she has the Three of Cups. Mary needs to go out and enjoy herself with her friends. She should show Max she is not sitting at home worrying about him. 

The fourth position shows what Mary should NOT do. Mary should not be the Queen of Cups and act loving and supportive towards Max. There is a possibility that this will only drive a further wedge between them. Instead, she should show him what he is missing with the Three of Cups

Finally, we have the outcome which is the Two of Cups. More than likely Mary and Max is going to get back together. I think this not only because they have the Two of Cups in the future, but because their reading gives sounds advice, and their break-up does not seem set in stone. 

Closing Thoughts on Reading Tarot to Predict the Return of an Ex

So, that is all for how to predict whether or not an ex is going to return with your Tarot cards. If you would like to be able to read the future of your relationship with Tarot, on this website I have my Love Tarot Meanings e-book – feel free to check it out here. 

Have you ever successfully predicted the return of an ex? Which Tarot cards came up for you? What happened? Feel free to share with myself and the Divinerism community in the comments section below.

Tarot Teacher Spread

Are you in search of a Tarot teacher spread? Do you want a spread that will help you better serve your students? Alternatively, as you a Tarot student and you want to know how you can become a better teacher? If this sounds like you, read on! 

I created this spread as an example for my students. Each week this month, my students perform challenges so that they can win prizes (card decks, Tarot bags, books, etc).

This week, the challenge involves designing a Tarot spread. I designed this layout as an example for my students for what their spread should look like. Usually, I upload my examples onto social media but I decided to also upload this week’s here so that I can give a more detailed explanation. 

For this spread design, I decided to use five card positions, mainly because I don’t want my students thinking they have to create elaborate spreads for the exercise! 

So, let’s get to it! 

I designed this spread so that it can be used for both students and teachers. If you’re a student or teacher and wish to know how you can get more out of the teacher/student relationship, this spread is for you. 

You should shuffle your cards as normal and lay them out as shown: 

The Tarot Teacher Tarot Student Card Spread cheatsheet

I performed this spread on my relationship with my current students. Sometimes, I actually am a student as I do take courses myself (not on divination subjects but on other things) but I thought I might as well perform my course on my relationship with my current students seen as we are halfway through this installment of my Tarot course.

My Spread

Here is what we got and my interpretation: 

Tarot Teacher Spread

Position one symbolizes the strengths in the teacher/student relationship. For this position, we received The Star. Personally, I interpret The Star to symbolize hope and optimism. When The Star appears as a strength, advantage or positive when everyone has the mind-set of success. 

I am very hopeful that all of my students will pass their final exam and qualify for their certificate. I am sure that they believe they will too as most of my students interact well with the course, ask questions, etc. So this is a good positive. 

Position two is all about what needs improved in the teacher/student relationship. For this position, we received The Moon. When The Moon appears as a negative, drawback or weakness this has two meanings; either there are variables which have not been taken into account or the seeker is a negative thinker. 

I am inclined to think that the first meaning has some truth to it – there are weaknesses of the course or of my teaching style which I am not yet aware of. I will have to think of ways which I can make the course better or easier to understand for my students. 

Position three symbolizes what should be done to encourage the strengths of position one. Here, I have The Magician. Sometimes, I interpret The Magician to symbolize initiative and determination. I would take this as a sign that I have to keep on encouraging my students until the very end of the course. I have to make sure willpower is at a high. 

Position four represents what should be done to help heal the issues discussed in position two. The King of Cups landed in this position. I read The King of Cups (generally) as someone who has good intuition. I would take this as a sign that I must be more empathetic towards my students and their needs; this way, I will be more sensitive to issues which the course might have for next time the course runs. 

Finally, position five symbolizes the future of the student/teacher relationship. Here, we have received The Ten of Cups. I would interpret this as a positive outcome, as I often read The Ten of Cups as the card of fairytale endings. The course will be as perfect as I can make it, and I will always strive to improve, as will my students. 

Closing Thoughts on the Tarot Teacher Spread

So, that is all for The Tarot Teacher Spread! Have you tried this spread? How did you find it? Are you the student or are you the teacher? Feel free to share your results in the comments section below!

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book). 

Tarot Cards That Indicate Cheating

Which are the Tarot cards that indicate cheating? Do you know which Tarot cards represent infidelity? Curious to find out which Tarot cards you don’t want to see if you’re worried your partner has been unfaithful? Here’s a list of the Tarot cards for cheating and infidelity.

It’s a sad fact, but cheating and infidelity are common occurrences in love and relationships. Therefore, it’s pretty obvious that readers often perform readings on whether a partner has been unfaithful or not. Sometimes, there’s nothing to worry about, but at other times, the cards reveal that the seeker’s lover has been up to no good. 

I wrote this list of Tarot cards that indicate cheating and infidelity only as a guide. Remember, if you get one of these cards, it doesn’t always mean your partner has been unfaithful. Use your intuition and go with your gut.

Major Arcana Tarot Cards that Indicate Cheating 

The Fool 

I often see The Fool pop up in readings where there’s cheating or infidelity. Most readers wouldn’t really read this card this way, but I do believe this interpretation can be an accurate one. 

The Fool can sometimes represent shocking or wild behavior. This card will appear when someone is acting like they’re independent, even when they have responsibilities at home. Essentially, The Fool can indicate that (in your lover’s mind), they are free from the ties of a relationship. Therefore, your partner may cheat on you because they don’t behave as though the relationship is serious. 

The Magician 

The Magician Tarot card represents manifestation, new business ventures, and you putting things into motion. There are a lot of positive associations with The Magician, as these types of people are fun and entertaining. However, they also have a dark side. 

The Magician can sometimes be a card of trickery and deception. A traditional interpretation of The Magician is also that it represents a con artist. Therefore, it can be a marker that someone is your life may not be as forthcoming as you might like. 

The High Priestess

The High Priestess is a typical infidelity Tarot card for two reasons, both of which can be found in The High Priestess’ main meanings. 

Firstly, The High Priestess is a card of intuition. It usually advises you to follow and listen to your gut. This card can mean that your hunches are correct if you suspect your partner is cheating on you. 

Secondly, The High Priestess can also represent things that are hidden, unknown, or kept secret. Therefore, obviously this card can mean that your partner is keeping things from you – a common occurrence in infidelity.

The Tower

Infidelity is most people’s worst nightmare. It’s no surprise that The Tower – the card of destruction and shock – is one that often means there’s unfaithfulness within a relationship. 

Usually, The Tower represents the unexpected. If your partner is being unfaithful, it’s therefore not going to be with someone you would normally suspect. The person they’re cheating with will take you by surprise. 

However, I should state that The Tower doesn’t always mean that there’s infidelity in your relationship, especially if you’ve convinced yourself that your partner has definitely cheated on you. Because it’s the card of shocks and the unexpected, this can predict that your lover is not actually cheating on you; they’re probably keeping a different type of secret, one you haven’t even considered. 

The Moon 

Another card traditionally associated with deception, The Moon deserves a place in my top ten Tarot cards that symbolize cheating and infidelity. In fact, I would say that, out of all the cards on this list, The Moon is the one I would make likely associate with unfaithfulness. 

In divination, darkness can be interpreted as symbolizing things that are hidden from you. Even to dream about nighttime can mean that all is not as it seems. Not knowing all there is to know about your relationship can obviously signal that you’re not being told the truth.

The Moon is also similar to The High Priestess in that it can represent intuition and secrets. Usually, when there’s infidelity involved, the seeker has a hunch or feeling that something isn’t quite right with their relationship – this is why they’re looking for infidelity in a Tarot reading in the first place. Often, The Moon means that you already know the truth and are just looking for your Tarot cards to confirm your suspicions. 

Wands Tarot Cards that Indicate Cheating 

Knight of Wands

Sometimes, the Knight of Wands can indicate that your partner is unfaithful, especially if you feel like the Knight represents them in your Tarot reading and you’re specifically asking about infidelity. 

The Knight of Wands is known for his high sex drive. While this doesn’t always mean your partner is unfaithful, it does mean that your lover likely has a wandering eye. If your reading looks overly negative and the Knight of Wands comes up, this isn’t a good sign. 

Swords Tarot Cards that Indicate Cheating 

Seven of Swords

The Seven of Swords is the stereotypical infidelity card. In fact, one of its main meanings is deception. It symbolizes someone is doing something they’re not meant to (and trying to get away with it). So, the Seven of Swords in your Tarot reading can obviously predict that your partner is lying to you. 

Queen of Swords

The Queen of Swords is another court card that can represent infidelity and unfaithfulness. However, while the Knight of Wands symbolizes your lover, the Queen of Swords is the card of the ‘other woman’. 

In Tarot readings, it’s common for the Queen of Swords to signal the presence of an individual who wants to do you harm or wishes bad things on you. The Queen of Swords can also represent people who meddle in your romantic life. Therefore, it’s not a stretch to take this card as a sign that there’s an individual getting close to your partner and looking to destroy your relationship. 

Three of Swords

Just like the Seven of Swords, the Three of Swords is another Tarot card traditionally associated with cheating and infidelity. The third sword is supposed to represent the intrusion of another individual into your relationship; where there were once two, there is now three. 

The Three of Swords has always been a card of heartache, and also often represents the painful end of a relationship. That’s not to say that your relationship is definitely going to fall apart, but it can certainly mean there’s a bumpy road ahead of you. 

Pentacles Tarot Cards that Indicate Cheating 

Two of Pentacles

The Two of Pentacles is a common feature in readings where there’s infidelity involved. The reason why is because the Two of Pentacles often indicates a juggling act. 

The Two of Pentacles can mean that your partner is balancing their time between more than one lover. They may be stressed because they’re attempting to split their resources between you and someone else. You’ll therefore often see the Two of Pentacles in love readings where cheating is involved.

Closing Thoughts on Tarot Cards that Indicate Cheating 

That’s all for the top Tarot cards that indicate cheating and infidelity. Have you ever successfully predicted infidelity with your Tarot cards? What happened during this reading? Feel free to share with us in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book). 

What Are Court Cards?

What are court cards? Courts are funny Tarot cards that are in a class of their own. They’re classed as Minors while still being somewhat halfway to Majors. The fact that they don’t fit nicely in a neat little box can make them very confusing. 

One thing that makes Tarot Courts special is their ability to be read multiple ways. The possibility that you can interpret each Court differently, in different readings for different reasons, makes Court cards both amazing and terrifying at the same time.

Therefore, you’re probably wondering, “What are Tarot Court cards?” and “How do I read Tarot Court cards?”

What Are Court Cards?

In general, Tarot Courts are the ‘people’ of the Tarot and mostly represent people in your life. However, this isn’t always the case – they can also represent a multitude of other things. Here, I’m going to share with you the top ten ways in which Tarot Courts can be read and the different things they can represent. 

The Seeker

One of the most common things for a Court to symbolize is the seeker, i.e. the person who’s getting the reading. If you’re reading for someone else, they are the seeker, but if you’re reading for yourself, you are your own seeker. 

The reason why Courts often represent the person getting the reading is because many of the Tarot spreads out there nowadays ask self-development questions. Typically, if you’re performing a spread on a personal development issue, all the Courts will be aspects of your personality. 

When you do self-development readings such as “What can I do to improve this situation?” instead of predictive readings such as “What will happen in this situation?”, you’re essentially putting all the action and responsibility in the seeker’s hands; they alone are responsible for the actions they take. 

By contrast, in predictive readings, you’re opening your seeker up to outside help and influences. Which brings me to my next point: 

Another Person

Another common thing for Tarot readers to read on is their seeker’s relationships with other people. For example, their love lives, friendships, family quarrels, and readings about business associates all fall into this camp. 

It’s normal in these situations for Courts to be evenly split in terms of who they symbolize. For example, half the Courts could be the seeker while the other half could be their partner/lover/cat/whoever they’re reading on. Tarot readings such as “Will my lover come back?” or “Will I get that promotion?” fall into this category. 

An Outside Person

Sometimes, you’ll be performing a reading on a situation that will have an outside person’s input. For example, you might be doing a Tarot reading on a supposedly monogamous relationship, but infidelity is involved. In these cases, the Court cards can symbolize the seeker, their lover, and an outside person who has some say or involvement in the matter. 

A Situation 

There will be times when a Tarot Court represents a situation; for example, it’s a frequent occurrence for the Knight of Wands to mark a move of house or the Page of Cups to predict the birth of a child. 

I tend to only read Courts as situations if there are other cards to support this. In the Knight of Wands case, I would only read him as a move of home if there were other ‘new home’ cards (such as the Four of Wands) to back up this interpretation. 

A Course of Action 

Courts can offer advice for a course of action the seeker should take or personality traits they should take on in the situation you’re reading about. The Knight of Swords could mean that the Tarot cards advise they move quickly in a situation before an opportunity evaporates, while the Knight of Pentacles could be advising that they move slowly and take their time. 

Court Cards Can Be Positive

Tarot Courts can represent someone’s positive attributes. For example, the Queen of Cups would be the card of an individual who’s super caring and empathetic. Her appearance in a Tarot reading could mean that the seeker is going to meet someone like the Queen of Cups who’s going to help them in some way. Alternatively, the seeker could be the one who puts the needs of others first, and their considerate nature could pay off at a later date. 

Court Cards Can Be Negative

Just as a Tarot Court card can symbolize someone’s positive attributes, they can also represent their negative ones. The Queen of Cups is caring but can also have a jealous and possessive side to her. Perhaps when she appears as a negative in a Tarot reading, this warns of someone who is envious of the seeker, or the seeker could be the one who’s the green-eyed monster and needs to tone it down a bit. 


While rather uncommon, there are Tarot readers who take Court cards to represent time. In general, they might read the Swords to symbolize winter. If it is the case that Swords are metaphoric for winter, each Court would show a particular time frame. For example, the Page of Swords would be early winter, the Knight of Swords early-mid winter, the Queen of Swords mid-late winter, and the King of Swords would be the card of late winter. 


I often read Tarot Courts to reflect someone’s level of maturity. Obviously, reading them this way means that I can also read them one of the other ways. For example, I might take a Court to be the seeker’s lover and then read the ‘grade’ (King, Queen, Knight, or Page) to reveal their maturity. 

For example, let’s say that we have a seeker, Rhonda. She comes to us for a reading and wants to know about a guy she’s met, Sam. We do a reading and three of the spread positions are:

1. How she saw him in the past: Six of Cups

2. How she sees him in the present: King of Wands 

3. How she will see him in the future: Page of Wands 

Or even: 

4. How he is: Page of Wands

I would read the above reading as a bad omen. 

To have a lover (or anyone) appear as a King in the past or present but then a Page in the future usually means there’s some sort of regression when it comes to that person’s maturity. In Rhonda’s mind, she currently sees Sam as the King of Wands; responsible and mature with his shit together. 

However, in the future, she discovers that he’s not really how she imagined; Sam is selfish, does things on the spur of the moment, likes to hang out with his friends most of the time, etc. The Page in the future reflects Rhonda finding out about these personality traits, which she previously overlooked because she was wearing her rose-tinted glasses and because Sam is a charmer. 

Of course, just as a regression of Courts can reflect a lack of maturity, the opposite is also true. 

Let’s say we have a guy called Jose who comes to us for a reading. Jose is dating a younger woman, Melissa. The age difference didn’t use to bother him, but he’s now noticed one or two things he isn’t so keen on. Melissa requires lots of attention, is needy, and is always on her iPhone. 

For the same spread as Sam and Rhonda, Jose and Melissa got: 

1. How she saw him in the past: Page of Cups

2. How she sees him in the present: Seven of Pentacles 

3. How she will see him in the future: Queen of Cups 

This spread would tell me that up until fairly recently, Melissa had displayed childish behavior (Page of Cups), but that she’s evolving for the long-term (Seven of Pentacles). In the future, she will be more mature and sensitive to other people’s needs (Queen of Cups). However, I can’t guarantee Jose that she’ll put down the iPhone any time soon! 

A Gatekeeper

I’m frequently asked, “What does it mean when a Court card appears in the outcome position of a Tarot reading?” And my answer is usually this: “That person is a gatekeeper.” 

As I mentioned above, Courts appear because they represent someone who has some sort of influence on a situation. However, there will be many times when an individual holds the entire outcome of an issue in their hands. They are the gatekeeper who controls whether a relationship, job, or opportunity thrives or dies. 

When these Courts pop up in outcome positions, this can serve as either a reminder or a warning that this person holds the key. Your seeker can do what they want and bob along, but ultimately, it’s this gatekeeper who will change the fate of a situation and can turn everything on its head. Therefore, your cards are giving you a gentle nudge to tell your seeker to keep this person happy because their future depends on it! 

Closing Thoughts on What Are Court Cards

If you would like to learn how to read Court cards for everyone, including complete strangers, you should check out my Tarot course, The Tarot Course. The Tarot Course opens for enrollment only once per year so be sure to check out out here. 

Finally, in the comment section below, I would like for you to share with me your thoughts regarding Court cards. For you, what do they often represent? How do you interpret them? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Lots of Court Cards in a Tarot Reading

Have you received lots of court cards in a Tarot reading? What does it mean when you get mostly court cards in a Tarot card reading? Don’t worry – I am going to fill you in on how to interpret this!

It’s happened to everyone. You’re sitting quite happily, shuffling your Tarot cards,  performing your Tarot reading. You lay them out, flip them over on the table, and suddenly, you’re hit with ten Court cards!

Many readers would welcome ten Major cards, and many wouldn’t bat an eyelid if they got only Minors, but Court cards are different. They’re scary and special. So, what does it mean when you get mostly or only Court Cards in a Tarot reading?

Over my many years of reading Tarot and performing Tarot readings, I’ve come to realize that getting lots of Courts cards in your Tarot reading can mean a couple of things. Whichever of these explanations fits your reading obviously depends on the mood of the reading and which one you feel applies to you most. 

You’re Going to Make Tons of New Connections

Sometimes, if you’ve pulled lots of Court cards, it can mean that you’re going to soon be meeting lots of new people and forming connections. How this happens could be dependent on the Court cards you have received.

For example, many Pages can mean you will soon find yourself in further education or taking a course of some type, and that you’ll meet the Pages this way. Many Queens and Kings can predict that you’ll take a step up in your career and make important new contacts. Receiving lots of Knights in a reading can represent anything from joining clubs and organizations to spending time in prison.

However, you will sometimes find that the Court cards are evenly split or contain a mixture of Court grades. If this interpretation applies to you, you will be very busy and all of the above meanings could be relevant.

In June 2014, I did a reading where I pulled all Court cards. I can vividly remember that it was a Celtic Cross – I got four Kingsthree Queens, one Knight, and two Pages. Within the next year, I had won my Tarot award (Young Tarosophist of the Year), joined organizations, taken courses to improve my business, etc. And obviously, I met lots of new people along the way. 

Other People Will Offer their Assistance

Similar to the above meaning, getting lots of Court cards in a Tarot reading can mean that there will be people coming into your life who will want to help you.

Anyone who has ever achieved anything great knows that the fastest way to the top is to enlist people to help you. If you want to hit goals quickly, you must find a support network.

The many Court cards in your Tarot reading could represent the people who are willing to lend you a hand so that you become successful. The personalities of the Court cards will be the players in your game.

Some Things Can be Controlled, Some Can’t

When I read Tarot, I always look at the proportions of Tarot cards first and interpret them differently. Doing this relies on using a bit of probability, and it’s a technique I use often.

If I see a lot of Majors, I read this as the outcome of a situation being mostly in the universe’s hands. What’s going to happen is meant to be, and the person getting the reading just has to go with it.

If I see mostly Minors in a reading, I take this to symbolize that the outcome of the situation is in the seeker’s hands and can be easily changed. The future is mainly dependent on how the seeker acts. 

Court cards are somewhere in between: not quite destiny, not quite free will either. Having a lot of Court cards in your reading can mean that there will be some things you can control but others that will be completely out of your hands. Your cards aren’t quite ready to reveal what you can change and what you cannot, hence the confusing Court cards.

You’re Playing a Role in Someone Else’s Destiny

Similar to the point made above, getting too many Court cards in your reading can mean that you’re about to play a major role in someone else’s destiny. You may be the one who holds the key to helping somebody get the things they want.

You’re Too Easily Influenced by Others

I’ve saved the best for last because I’ve found this to be the most common reason why there are mostly (or all) Court cards in a Tarot reading.

Those who get too many Courts in their Tarot readings are usually too easily influenced by other people. You may allow others to make decisions for you and let them control your life. It’s always about what they want, not what you want.

You allow your happiness to be based on the happiness of others around you. You get too wrapped up in whether or not a guy texts you back, what your boss thinks, or how your parents perceive your actions. Other people’s moods will greatly affect your day.

Because you’re so easily influenced by other people, your reading isn’t really about you. The Court cards appearing in certain positions (or all the positions) are showing you which person will have the greatest influence over that area of your life. For example, a King of Swords in a negative position means the King of Swords character in your life won’t help you. A Page of Pentacles in the outcome position means that person decides the future of a situation, and so on.

Closing Thoughts on Lots of Court Cards in a Tarot Reading

It’s not always easy to tell why it is you’ve received lots of Court cards in your Tarot reading – it may even be a mixture of the reasons above. Whatever the reason, all will be revealed in due time, but regardless, remember to record your reading for future reference. 

That’s all for what it means when you receive lots of court cards in your Tarot card readings! Have you recently received lots of court cards? How did you interpret this? What did it mean for you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death

What are the Tarot cards that predict physical death? Can death be predicted with Tarot cards? What are the top death Tarot cards?

Before we begin on the matter of Tarot, physical death, and which cards interpret death, I’ve included some common questions people have around Tarot, death, and considering whether you can or should be predicting death. Please make sure you read this before jumping into which cards represent death. 

The matter of death is a touchy subject for Tarot readers. While several readers acknowledge that Tarot cards can predict physical death, there are many who shy away from the subject and even deny that physical death can be predicted through Tarot cards at all. They argue that a major transformation or figurative death can be foretold, but not real death and dying.

Can Tarot Predict Physical Death? 

I’m not in the camp that believes Tarot cannot predict physical death; in fact, I know it can. The truth is that death is a major part of life. Death is all around us, constantly, and is a feature in the cycle of the universe.

During a Tarot reading, I once predicted death. It was the summer of 2015 and I was reading someone who, at the time, was rather close to me along with her boyfriend (it was a joint reading).

I pulled them three cards and they received The Knight of SwordsDeath, and the Four of Swords. In my mind, I interpreted it to represent the approach of death, the actual death, and the mourning period afterward. I didn’t tell the couple what I had seen, but she began to panic because she said that the cards looked like a death (her mum was also a Tarot reader). Two weeks later, her boyfriend’s aunt was driving down the motorway and suddenly died of a brain aneurism at the age of 31.

Should you Predict Death? 

While I believe you can predict death, I don’t believe it’s a good idea to set out and try –and if you do, you certainly shouldn’t be informing the people you’re reading for that they or someone close to them is about to die.

As a diviner, you have a moral obligation to look out for your clients and your own welfare. You should not put anyone (yourself included) into a stressful situation and cause them to panic. 

That being said, although Tarot can predict death, it absolutely doesn’t mean that Tarot cards cause death. Death causes death, and death is always a matter of life, so you should never fear your Tarot cards. Physical death is going to happen whether you predict it or not.

How Did I Predict Death with Tarot?

It’s very difficult to predict death by accident. I think one of the reasons I had predicted death was because, at that time, I had been teaching a lot about Tarot and death. In fact, I had taught that exact combination just that day, and it kind of freaked me out how it immediately appeared in a reading.

As you go along on your Tarot journey, you will notice strange coincidences. Frequently, the more you focus on one area of Tarot, the more you attract seekers (people wanting readings) to whom you can apply what you’re focusing on. So, if you don’t want to see death, put your attention on other subdivisions of Tarot such as love, business, or spirituality.

Top Ten Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death 

Below, I have included the top ten Tarot cards I would take to represent death. I should say right off the bat that the main cards I would take to predict death are Death, the Four of Swords, the Five of Swords, and the Knight of Swords. The other cards are less likely to symbolize death, but they can in certain situations.

I should also note that you’ll be looking for a combination of cards to represent death, or really for any subject. One card alone does not symbolize death, but many cards in a sequence will. Death will appear in stages, and your cards will reflect this.

So, to accurately predict death, you should look for a card that can represent an illness or a sudden or shocking, quick event. Then, you would pull a card that represents the death itself. Once death takes place, you would expect to see a period of mourning, or even a card that indicates an inheritance.

In the example I gave of when I predicted death, I recognized that the Knight of Swords can symbolize a shocking event, and that in ancient times, it could mean the approach of death. This matched the manner in which the seeker’s relative died, which was quick and unexpected. Then, the couple got the Death card, which was obviously the physical death. Finally, the Four of Swords appeared; the period of mourning.

Major Arcana Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death 


It’s pretty obvious that Death is the most common card to predict physical death, so it doesn’t require much explanation. While the Death Tarot card doesn’t always mean physical death, there will be times when it will predict real death, albeit rarely.

If you’re unsure whether Death in a Tarot reading is a real death or a figurative one, one thing you can do is look further into the future. If the future is filled with long periods of mourning, loss, and pain, the Death card is likely to predict a real death. However, if the future after death contains relatively positive cards that can mark new beginnings, the Death card predicts a metaphorical death.

Wands Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death

Five of Wands

The Five of Wands can be a Tarot card that predicts death for a couple of reasons. Writing in 1888, Mathers noted that the Five of Wands was a card of inheritance. Obviously, to receive an inheritance, someone must first die.

In modern times, the Five of Wands is a card that can predict conflict and competition. It’s not uncommon for families to fall apart after the death of a key member, such as a parent or grandparent. The Five of Wands can predict that there will be arguments over inheritances. For these reasons, I would take the Five of Wands to be a card of death.

Cups Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death

Five of Cups

The Five of Cups is a card of death for two reasons. First, in ancient times, it predicted riches from an inheritance. Second, it can represent heartache, pain, and loss. While the Three of Swords often speaks of the loss of a romantic relationship, the Five of Cups is often about the loss of any type of relationship in any way.  Therefore, the Five of Cups could potentially be a card of death.

Swords Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death

Knight of Swords

As I said previously, the Knight of Swords can represent the approach of physical death. While many deaths happen in old age or after illness, the Knight of Swords can mean that the Grim Reaper is going to appear quick and suddenly.

Many readers prefer to replace The Knight of Swords with The Tower as an event that’s quick and shocking, like a sudden death. While this is true, I find that Death has a very particular personality that makes it more like the Knight of Swords. Death swoops in and leaves a presence, it encompasses things, and it leaves an energetic residue just as this Knight does. By contrast, The Tower breaks things down and then leaves you to pick up the pieces – it doesn’t linger like the Knight. Therefore, for me, the Knight of Swords is more like a sudden death, not The Tower (although you may choose to read them differently).

Queen of Swords

Traditionally, many people would not take the Queen of Swords Tarot card to predict death at all, and you may think I’m crazy for thinking the Queen of Swords is a card of death. However, given this Queen’s traditional interpretation, it’s not hard to make the link between this card and death.

From experience, I’ve found that many women who identify with the Queen of Swords have the worst luck throughout their lives when it comes to men. Many of them have partners who died young, and an interpretation for the Queen of Swords is that it can represent widowhood. Therefore, the Queen of Swords can predict the eventual death of a husband or partner, especially if you keep seeing it or have always felt it has been you (or whoever you’re reading).

Nine of Swords

The Nine of Swords is a funny card for predicting death. It can predict serious illness, anxiety, and the worry which comes from doing so. Things are usually not as bad as they appear to be with the Nine of Swords, so I’m not so keen on saying that it represents the approach of death. However, it’s possible that the Nine of Swords can symbolize anxiety over dying, so death will be on the seeker’s mind; if death is on their mind, they may have good reason to worry about it.

I think the Nine of Swords is more likely to represent the mourning period after a physical death than it is to represent actually dying from an illness. I feel this way because there’s often a time that follows death where people can’t sleep and are grief-stricken – this fits with the energy of the Nine of Swords.

For the record, I should inform you that prior to modern times, the Nine of Swords was viewed as a terrible omen because it represented time spent in churches with clergy, implying that you will be around nuns and priests because of a death. You will notice that, in playing-card divination, the Nine of Spades has a similar interpretation and is said by diviners to also predict death.

Ten of Swords

The Ten of Swords is very similar to the Death Tarot card in that it can predict physical death or a major negative, almost life-changing event happening in your life.

Although the Ten of Swords can be a physical death and transition Tarot card, it can also represent a number of other dire situations. For example, it can symbolize a major illness, but one you or your seeker may recover from; this is one of the reasons why you should make predictions based on the entire Tarot reading, not just one card.

Four of Swords

As I’ve mentioned previously, I often interpret the Four of Swords to be the card of mourning after a physical death. Not only is this a traditional interpretation, but the card can also predict a time when you have to rest, practice self-care, and look after yourself (as you would following a death).

In Rider-Waite Tarot decks, you’ll notice that the character on the card lies in a coffin; again, this is a sign that the card can signify death. However, this card also comes up during times when you’re recovering from illness, so if you’ve been ill but are taking care of yourself, try not to worry too much.

Five of Swords

I have included the Five of Swords in this list because there’s a superstition among some Tarot readers that this card can predict attending a funeral. Therefore, the Five of Swords is a Tarot card that can predict physical death. I have not heard Tarot readers discuss this belief or write about it for a while, but you may want to use it in your Tarot practice.

Pentacles Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death

Ace of Pentacles

Finally, the Ace of Pentacles is another inheritance Tarot card. Although most of the other Tarot cards that predict death are overly negative and scary, the Ace of Pentacles is a very positive card, so most Tarot readers wouldn’t assume that it means death.

There will be times when you or someone you’re reading will experience the death of a loved one – which is obviously terrible – but where something positive will come out of it, such as an inheritance. The Ace of Pentacles can mean that you will inherit more money than you thought. Sometimes, the Ace of Pentacles can symbolize jewelry, so the card may predict that after the death of a loved one, you will receive one (or some) of their most prized possessions.

Closing Thoughts on Tarot Cards That Predict Physical Death

That’s all for Tarot cards that predict physical death? Have you ever seen death in your readings? Have you ever successfully predicted death? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section!

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them).

Ancestral Work For Tarot

Do you want to use ancestral work for Tarot card readings? Do you want to develop a spiritual connection with your ancestors so that you can become more psychic, give better Tarot readings, and strengthen your ability to perform divination? If this is your goal, read on!

If you want to make predictions using Tarot cards, you can’t do so without supernatural assistance. Working with spirits is the fastest way of improving your Tarot reading abilities and predictive skills. 

Years ago, I wanted desperately to make my readings more accurate. I began to buy Tarot books and jump between decks. At one point, I even considered converting from my Romany Gypsy beliefs to a form of New Ageism just so that I could petition a god/goddess who specialized in spiritual growth. 

Don’t get me wrong; I was what most people would consider psychic. I had sensed spirits my entire life, could predict future events, and have always been naturally good at reading people. However, my abilities were a mess. 

I would slay some Tarot readings, but others would fall flat. Sometimes I could connect with my seeker’s dead auntie Jane, sometimes I couldn’t. My ability to predict the future using Tarot (my specialty) was a hit or a miss. 

In the meantime, when I started working as a professional reader, I began to see ‘signs‘ everywhere. The more I noticed these signs, the more frequently they appeared. These weren’t just any old signs; these were things I associated firmly with my ancestors (certain insects, flowers, etc.). 

There was something about these signs that gave me comfort, so I began to photograph them with my phone. I started to realize that the signs would often appear around the time I was set to perform a professional Tarot reading. For example, as I would journey to my readings, I would hear the word ‘ladybug,’ see a ladybug, or catch a glimpse of a ladybug on my client’s t-shirt. 

After seeing and recording the signs, I began to very quickly sense, see, hear, and experience the spirits of my past relatives, such as my grandfather, uncle, and great-grandmother. It was as if recording their messages and signs had opened a door. I had encouraged contact. They had called, and I had answered. 

Then, one day in 2013, I was at the dentist’s. I loathe the dentist, so I was obviously shitting myself. While I lay back in the chair, I sensed my grandfather’s spirit in the room. I whispered out loud, “Please help me here because my anxiety is killing me.” Suddenly, any fear I had vanished. I couldn’t feel anything other than complete peace. I lay back in the chair and let the dentist go about his work. 

Around six months later, I was en-route to be tested for a job in a shop as a psychic. I was very, very nervous and (while on the bus), I remembered what had once happened at the dentist’s. So, I prayed to the spirits around me for them to calm my nerves and assist me in the reading. It worked! Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on ancestral petitioning, and I even teach other diviners how they can link with their ancestors through my courses.

Working with the spirits of your ancestors is your birthright. Nobody is more invested in watching you succeed than they are. I know that the power of ancestral work is so strong that you don’t even have to believe in it to work, and it trumps pretty much every other method of psychic development. 

Everyone is psychic. I genuinely believe that all humans have what it takes to develop their prediction skills. However, there’s a lot of information out there which, although it may be useful to some, does not resonate with everyone. You don’t have to resort to chakra cleansing, centering, grounding, etc. if this doesn’t work or ‘click’ for you. I am a successful and award-winning predictive Tarot reader, and I do none of these things. 

I developed my Tarot reading skills by working with the spirits closest to me – my relatives. First came the signs. Now, I can feel their touch, receive messages, and give readings on demand. In a nutshell, this is how I developed my psychic and predictive abilities, and I’m going to give you some tips so you can do the same. 

So, if you’re interested in working with spirit for your Tarot readings, here are my top tips for mediumship development:  

Notice Signs from Spirit

If you want to try ancestral work for Tarot readings, it is essential that you follow signs in your day-to-day life. The more you notice, the more signs they will send you. One morning, try asking spirit around you for a sign, any sign. Your sign may be a lotus flower, a fox, or a feather. The more you observe signs, the more frequently spirit will contact you.

Signs are a great way to begin conversing with spirit because you can consider them ‘safe.’ Observing signs is not like linking directly with spirit, or even petitioning them to be in the same room as you. 

Noticing and asking for signs is like getting a PM from a guy on Facebook. You may or may not reply – there’s no pressure. If you decide that he creeps you out and he’s not for you, you can ignore him. However, if you decide you like him, you give him the green light and meet him in person. (Using signs for divination is known as apantomancy). 

The above scenario is exactly like using ancestral work for your Tarot readings. If the signs begin to bother you, your ancestors will get the hint and leave you alone. However, if you welcome the signs, photograph them, write about them, and talk about them, your spirits will take things to the next level by beginning to communicate with you in real life. It’s all about what you’re comfortable with allowing into your space. 

Work with Familiar Spirits

When I perform a Tarot reading, I link with the spirits of my relatives; only a small percentage of the time do I link with the spirits who are around the person I’m reading. Why? Because I trust my spirits and know that they’re around me all the time. I therefore don’t need to use a spirit that’s unfamiliar to me. I have a relationship with these spirits, and they have a vested interest in watching me do well because we are related. 

If you want to give spirit-led Tarot readings, you don’t have to link with the relatives of your seeker. The spirits of your ancestors can tell you everything you need to know about the past, present, and future of your clients. Once they’re on the other side, spirits know everything. 

My ancestors act as gatekeepers between myself and my seekers (and their ancestors). I’m confident that every time I perform a reading, they will be there, so I have no reason to turn to my seeker’s spirits. 

If you’re curious, I don’t have to explain these facts to my seekers. They don’t hire me to contact their relatives; they hire me for prediction with Tarot. I advertise as a diviner, not a medium, because advertising myself as a medium may cause confusion. When it comes to spirit work, you don’t have to disclose the ins and outs of your readings to your seekers; you just have to do the job!

Notice your Feelings

There’s this belief by the general population (and in Tarot circles) that everything you experience when you practice spirit work is somehow in your ‘mind’s eye’, but this is not necessarily true.  

If you petition a spirit to work with you, you’ll get physical feelings each time you link. For some, this may be a chill, a grab of the hand, or an itch on the face. I used to say I couldn’t meditate because I kept getting an itchy face; it wasn’t until only a couple of years ago that I realized this was spirits’ way of making me notice I was linking with their energy. 

Sensing spirit in ‘real’ forms doesn’t just happen with touch, but also sound, sight, taste, and smell. Sometimes you will smell flowers or aftershave, or a particular taste will come into your mouth. The sensations you feel as a seer are different from sensing it in your mind’s eye; these are physical experiences. So, if you’re trying to develop mediumship skills, take everything you experience into account when you’re practicing.

Take Note of Your Dreams

Spirits (usually of relatives) will visit you in your dreams if they know you’re mindful of them. If you struggle to remember your dreams, take note of anything you can remember first thing in the morning; this trains your brain into recording what you see. 

You should share your dreams with others as a way to discern between dream style. There are two main types of dreams that involve spirits: dreams that are symbolic, and dreams that are premonitions or show things that have already happened. If you tell your living family members your dreams about dead family members, they can tell you if a dream has already happened, but it’s something you shouldn’t know about unless through psychic means.

Just the other day, I had a dream about my great-grandmother, who told me that when my twin and I were 2 or 3 years old, my twin fell off a stool in my uncle’s kitchen. I asked my mum, and she confirmed this to be true. Without my mother’s input, I would have never known this was a dream that wasn’t symbolic.

If someone has booked a Tarot reading with you, the night before, ask your ancestors to show you something of significance to the reading. Then, when morning rolls around, record what you saw the night before. Sometimes, the things your ancestors show you in your dream will be relevant to your seeker. 

About three years ago – the night before a professional reading – I had a dream about a flooded house. In this house was a huge wooden table with elephants carved into its legs. The next day, I asked my client about the table during the reading. It turns out that the table had belonged to her husband and was a gift from his mother. The house he had inherited had flooded while he was away for work, ruining his table. 

Ask Your Ancestors Before a Tarot Reading

Before you even journey to a Tarot reading (or perform one on your own), you have to ask the spirits for assistance. How you go about doing this can be as elaborate or as simple as you like, but you need to ask. 

Not asking doesn’t stop them from helping you, but asking for assistance cements your intentions. If you don’t know how to ask, even a quick, “Please help me do a good job because I’m crapping myself here” is definitely better than nothing! 

Before I perform a Tarot reading, I always ask my ancestors to help me calm my nerves, and then I request their assistance in reading the destiny of my seekers. 

Closing Thoughts on Ancestral Work For Tarot Readers

That’s all for how you can practice ancestral work for Tarot card readings! Have you tried to use ancestral work for Tarot readings? Did you find that your readings were more accurate? You can share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section at the bottom of this post! We can’t wait to hear from you.

How to Buy Tarot Cards

Do you want to know how to buy Tarot cards? Curious if you can purchase your own Tarot deck? Are you wondering where you can even buy a Tarot deck? Unsure whether or not you might accidentally get the wrong one? What’s the best deck for beginners? Read on…

This is the ultimate guide to Tarot decks, designed primarily to get you to the point where you’re confident enough to purchase your own, but without giving you so much information as to scare you off! So, if you’re wondering where there are decks for sale, or if you’re curious about whether or not you can buy your own deck, you’re in the right place!

Ever since I’ve been online teaching Tarot, I’ve been asked many questions by budding Tarot card readers such as yourself. Usually, these queries are caused by issues around getting started with reading and owning a deck. Therefore, I’m going to answer the most common questions I receive!

Can I Buy My First Tarot Deck?

There’s quite a common belief that you cannot buy your own Tarot decks; they must be gifted to you for them to work. Because this is a question I’m asked frequently, I’m going to tackle it first.

Yes, you can buy your own decks – it honestly doesn’t matter. It’s not wrong or weird to buy yourself your first Tarot deck, and your deck will still ‘work’ the same.

Many Tarot readers like to sit on Facebook and theorize where this myth came from, and some believe it’s an idea that started with Romany Gypsies. As a Gypsy myself, I can categorically say that no, we didn’t start the rumor that you can’t buy your own deck, because we simply don’t believe in those types of superstitious. This belief is a European one.

Because I started reading Tarot as a child, my mum did, in fact, buy me my first deck (because I couldn’t buy my own). However, as an adult, I have bought many of my own decks, and they work just fine.

It’s probably actually better to buy your own deck than to have someone give you one. You’ll have a stronger bond with a deck you’ve selected yourself. A deck you hunt down and find will feel special. Plus, there’s nothing worse than being stuck with a first deck you hate! Therefore, I in fact recommend that you always buy your own first deck.

How Can I Buy a Tarot Deck?

Believe it or not, where there are books, there are Tarot decks. Where there’s anything related to witchy stuff, crystals, and healing oils, there are likewise Tarot decks. Therefore, when it comes to looking for Tarot decks for sale, you have two main options.

The most common place you can go to obtain a Tarot deck is anywhere you can buy a book. For example, Amazon, Barns and Noble, WH Smith, Waterstones, and even eBay all stock Tarot card decks. From most of these places, you have the luxury of either buying online or in-store.

Another option for getting a Tarot deck is to go to your local mystical shop. Your nearest mind, body, spirit store will have Tarot decks for sale. If you’re unsure of where the one is closest to you, simply type something into Google like, ‘local psychic shop’ or ‘mind, body, spirit stores near me’ and go from there.

These are the main places to buy Tarot decks in the UK, USA, and Australia, so I’m assuming that pretty much across the world, you can get decks from these kinds of places as well. 

How Many Cards are in a Tarot Deck?

You must know how many cards are in a Tarot deck because this is how you will recognize it as a Tarot deck. There should be 78 cards in your deck. Some decks might include one or two extra cards that you can keep and mess around with, but as a general rule, your deck should have 78 cards. If it doesn’t include at least 78 cards, it’s not a Tarot deck.

Which Tarot Deck Should I Buy?

To be honest, if you’re just learning and have no clue what you’re doing, you should buy a Rider-Waite Tarot deck (sometimes called a Rider-Waite-Smith Deck). This is the most commonly used Tarot deck and is recognized as such. It has 78 cards and will be for sale pretty much everywhere there are decks.

Purchase and buy first Tarot card deck by Rider Waite Smith
This is a Rider Waite Smith deck. It is the deck that beginners and pros alike most commonly use for their Tarot card readings.

In shops, your standard Rider-Waite deck will have a deep blue box with gold detailing. You can get Rider-Waite decks with different boxes, but if you’re confused and worried you’ll get the wrong thing, look for the Rider-Waite deck with the blue box and gold detailing.

Alternatively, here are some Rider-Waite decks:

Once you own and use your standard Rider-Waite Tarot deck, you’ll become familiar with Tarot. When you own one Tarot deck, you will be able to recognize other decks. Your confidence will increase when it comes to the structure of Tarot, and you’ll know the difference between Tarot and other types of decks. Which brings me to my next point:

How Do I Know that it’s a Tarot Card Deck?

As I said, Tarot decks will have 78 cards. It will have the word ‘Tarot’ written on the box. If it doesn’t specifically say that it’s a Tarot deck, it isn’t one. For example, if it says ‘Oracle’ deck, it’s not a Tarot deck. Tarot decks are always called by that name. If you are unsure how to buy Tarot cards, make sure that your deck has the word ‘Tarot’ on there.

What Cards Should be in my Tarot Deck?

There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck. The structure of your deck should look similar to a playing card deck with four suits – Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (Pentacles are sometimes called Coins, but they are the same thing). Just like playing cards, there will be Court cards, but instead of 3 Courts, there are 4 of these.

So, you will have a total of 56 of these cards including the Ace of Wands, King of Cups, Five of Swords, and so on. On top of these cards, you will have 22 ‘Major’ cards that don’t appear in playing card decks. Together, these are what make up the 78 total cards. 

Confused? Don’t be! Here’s a complete list of the 78 cards that should be in your deck:

Ace of Wands | II of Wands | III of Wands | IV of Wands | V of Wands | VI of Wands | VII of Wands | VIII of Wands | IX of Wands | X of Wands | Page of Wands | Knight of Wands | Queen of Wands | King of Wands

Ace of Cups | II of Cups | III of Cups | IV of Cups | V of Cups | VI of Cups | VII of Cups | VIII of Cups | IX of Cups | X of Cups | Page of Cups | Knight of Cups | Queen of Cups | King of Cups

Ace of Swords | II of Swords | III of Swords | IV of Swords | V of Swords | VI of Swords | VII of Swords | VIII of Swords | IX of Swords | X of Swords | Page of Swords | Knight of Swords | Queen of Swords | King of Swords

Ace of Pentacles | II of Pentacles | III of Pentacles | IV of Pentacles | V of Pentacles | VI of Pentacles | VII of Pentacles | VIII of Pentacles | IX of Pentacles | X of Pentacles | Page of Pentacles | Knight of Pentacles | Queen of Pentacles | King of Pentacles 

0. The Fool | I. The Magician | II. The High Priestess | III. The Empress | IV. The Emperor | V. The Hierophant | VI. The Lovers | VII. The Chariot | VIII. Strength | IX. The Hermit | X. The Wheel of Fortune | XI. Justice | XII. The Hanged Man | XIII. Death | XIV. Temperance | XV. The Devil | XVI. The Tower | XVII. The Star | XVIII. The Moon | XIX. The Sun | XX. Judgment | XXI. The World

(Note: in some decks, Strength and Justice are switched around, but this still counts as a Tarot deck).

You will notice that most decks are numbered with Roman numerals, not regular numbers. This is just tradition and is something you will get used to. And don’t worry, the cards all mean the same thing regardless of whether one is labeled a II of Wands or a Two of Wands.

There are cases where the Tarot deck designer has gotten creative and named their cards something different (for example, Prince and Princess instead of Page or Knight). For beginners, the renaming of some cards can be confusing. This is why I recommend you stick to reading with a Rider-Waite Tarot deck until you get familiar and confident with the structure of Tarot. If you’re struggling with how to buy Tarot cards, stick to the trusted Rider-Waite deck.

What Should I Do After I Buy My First Tarot Deck?

After buying your first Tarot deck, you should learn some Tarot card meanings. Once you own a deck, learning the meanings is the next step in reading Tarot. You can learn some of these Tarot card meanings on this website.

How to Buy Tarot Cards: A Recap

So, as a quick round-up, here are the points to remember:

  • You can buy your first Tarot deck yourself.
  • You can buy a deck from places like Amazon or your local mind, body, spirit shop.
  • There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck.
  • If you’re a beginner, you should buy a Rider-Waite Tarot deck. It comes in a blue box with gold detailing. Or, you can purchase the same deck I use here.
  • You’ll know it’s a Tarot deck if it says ‘Tarot’ on the box and has 78 cards.
  • Your deck will be made up of 22 special cards and 56 other cards that look like playing cards, but the suits are called Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.
  • In some decks, the suits and Court cards may be called different things.
  • Decks are traditionally numbered in Roman numerals.
  • Once you buy your first Tarot deck, you should begin to learn the meanings of each card.

Closing Thoughts on How to Buy Tarot Cards

That’s all for how to buy Tarot cards! Are you rushing out to purchase your new deck? Have you already bought your Tarot card deck? Which one did you select? Feel free to let me know in the comments section below!

The Ultimate Love Tarot Spread

The Love Tarot Spread has 15 spread positions that I’ve chosen specifically for the task of giving the most detail on a relationship or potential relationship. 

Below, I’m going to perform a real reading on myself and a guy I’ve been seeing (with his permission). For a bit of background, the relationship is somewhat casual and relaxed.

First, pre-reading. For your readings to be accurate, you must first set your intentions. Before this Tarot reading, the exact question I asked was, “Will my and X’s relationship go well for the next six months?” I then performed the reading. 

The Ultimate Love Tarot Spread

We actually got quite a good reading, thank God, otherwise this would have been awkward! Here’s what the spread looks like: 

The Ultimate Love Tarot Spread for Reading Beginners by Lisa Boswell

I’m going to interpret my spread based on my current relationship using the Tarot card meanings from my Love Tarot Meanings e-book. (If you’re interested in Tarot spreads, I also have a Love Tarot Spreads e-book with 50 card spreads for every possible relationship situation imaginable.) 

So, here are my interpretations! 

Love Tarot Spread: Positions 1-5

The Past

Card Received: The Four of Cups

Position one in this spread symbolizes the past of the relationship – how we got here and the foundation of the matter. Obviously, as with most spreads, this one includes a past position and will tell me what’s happened previously in the relationship. 

For this position, my partner and I received the Four of Cups. When this card appears in the Past spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts the following:

“It is possible that this relationship/potential relationship began out of sheer boredom. Both you and your partner were looking for something new to do because you have grown tired of your circumstances. There was also an extended period in the past when one of you was very unhappy.”

I would say this is correct. At the time we started dating, we had both just gotten out of painful relationships. Neither of us was looking for anything too serious, just someone to spend time with as friends, which then developed into something more. 

The Present

Card Received: The Sun

Position two – the present – represents what’s happening in our relationship now and the current state of our love life. We got The Sun, which is actually rather good!

When it appears in the Present spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that The Sun card means: 

“The Sun can represent a time of happiness together. You enjoy each other’s company. If you’re not yet in a relationship with someone, don’t worry because your chances of getting one look very promising. Also, you may have some bumps in the road with your partner, but they are minor and are not so severe you should worry about them.”

Currently, we do just enjoy each other’s company. It’s great to have someone to spend time with and create experiences. 

Your Feelings: Ace of Wands

Card Received: Ace of Wands

The third position in the Love Tarot Spread reveals my feelings for my lover. Here, we received the Ace of Wands. It’s not exactly the Ace of Cups, but still a rather okay spread. 

When it appears in the Your Feelings spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Ace of Wands means: 

“You want your relationship with this person to be more than what it is currently. You feel as though the two of you could make something great and develop into a more serious relationship. Perhaps you want to go to the next level?”

I’m sort of sitting on the fence with this interpretation. On one hand, it’s correct that I’d like our partnership to develop into something more serious, but on the other hand, I currently don’t have the time! However, if I was to get more serious with anyone, it would be my current partner. 

Your Lover’s Feelings

Card Received: Five of Wands

Clearly, the fourth position in this spread will tell me how my lover feels about me and views our relationship in general. We received the Five of Wands for this position; this card can be good or bad depending on your circumstances.   

When it appears in the Your Lover’s Feelings spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Five of Wands card means: 

“Your potential lover has other love interests on their mind, and this affects their judgment. They have not chosen for certain the person who they want to be with long-term. Alternatively, this card can mean that your partner worries that you are not giving them the attention they feel they deserve; they feel they are competing for you.”

I don’t think the first half of this interpretation is correct; my current partner isn’t seeing another person. I feel that the second part of the interpretation – that they feel as though they have to fight for my affection – is more accurate for our circumstances.

I’m a bit wary about giving this partner too much of my attention because I like to be the one pursued by my partners, not the other way around. However, my current partner is laid back and not very dominant. He’s not the type of person who will try to force a relationship. 

My partner is also not a business person, so he doesn’t understand why I have to work all the time. I’ve recently felt as though he does want more attention, so I would say that this interpretation is accurate.   


Card Received: The Tower

Here, in spread position five, I will find all the positives and good things about my relationship. My partner and I received The Tower, which is often negative in readings. However, The Tower can sometimes represent bad things without it predicting negativity for the relationship itself.  

When it appears in the Positives spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Tower card means: 

“When The Tower appears as a positive, this means that you’re going through transitions in your love life which will eventually be good for you. They’re hard to see now, but one day, you will look back and see that this destruction and hurt made way for something better.”

I’m assuming that this card is discussing my ex-relationships. Before I was with my current partner (at the start of the year), I had gone through a really bad break-up; it was pure hell. My past relationship does hang over me now and greatly affects my decisions. It’s one of the reasons why I’m far less keen on progressing my current partnership.

It’s also possible that my current relationship is breaking down without my knowledge. However, I’m not so attached to this relationship, so I wouldn’t view it as a ‘Tower’ situation. I’m much keener on labeling my previous relationship as a Tower card. 

The Ultimate Love Tarot Spread: Position 6-10


Card Received: Three of Swords

The sixth position represents any negatives in my relationship, and will reveal factors that are damaging to my and my partner’s relationship. For this position, we received the Three of Swords. 

When it appears in the Negatives spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Three of Swords card means: 

“This relationship is too painful for you or your lover to handle; it is not going how you thought it would when you first connected. Also, one or both of you may be afraid to love, and this makes forming a relationship difficult. There is also the possibility that fertility issues are at play.”

The above interpretation makes three very good points, all of which actually do apply to myself and my partner. 

The first is obviously the point that this relationship isn’t going how I originally thought it would, which is true. I thought this relationship would help me get over issues with my past relationship, but this wasn’t the case. Therefore, I’ve dragged the partnership a bit and went much more slowly than I normally would. 

The second point is the idea that one or both of us are afraid to love. As I said, I’m wary. My partner has picked up on this, and because he knows I’m apprehensive, he’s now tip-toeing. Clearly, lack of action is not good for a relationship. 

Thirdly, the fertility issues are at the back of my mind. I don’t have problems with fertility per se, but I do have other health problems that may or may not affect my fertility. I don’t know for certain, but this obviously has a negative impact on my love life, otherwise it wouldn’t come up in a reading. 


Card Received: The High Priestess

Position seven of this spread is pretty straightforward in that it reveals my hopes and what I want to happen. For this position, we got The High Priestess. The High Priestess is a card that most readers find very difficult to interpret for love readings. However, because I have the Love Tarot Meanings e-book to refer to, it isn’t that hard! 

When it appears in the Hopes spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that this card means: 

“You hope that your intuition is correct. You are praying that your intuition is telling you that everything is going to be fine. There may also be a desire to keep the relationship a secret.”

Both parts of the above interpretation are true. I hope that my intuition is correct (that my partner is not an asshole), and I also wish to keep the relationship a secret for now. 

I’m a professional spirituality blogger and have been one for the last five years. In those years, I have grown my Divination & Fortune Telling blog to receive over 170,000 visitors every month. Clearly, because I’m constantly being watched, a lot of people know the ins and outs of my life. Therefore, if I’m seeing someone, I do like to keep it somewhat secret until the relationship is serious. 


Card Received: Eight of Swords

Position eight of this spread represents my fears and what I don’t want to happen. For this placement, my partner and I received the Eight of Swords, which is pretty standard for a phobia position. 

When it appears in the Fears spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Eight of Swords means: 

“You fear that you are trapped in your partnership/potential partnership. You may even fear falling in love to one day realize that your lover is an abuser or control freak; you like to protect yourself.”

I am an Aquarius with half a dozen planets in Capricorn. Once I have my mind made up that I want a lover to leave me alone, I can’t pretend to love them anymore. I was once in a long-term relationship for four years, but fell out of love and really hurt my ex in the process (who had done some things wrong but wasn’t a bad person). I never imagined that I would be capable of harming someone so badly, but since that happened, I don’t intend on hurting anyone again. 

One fear I have is that I may make my relationship with my lover more serious, only to hurt them if I later realize that a life with them isn’t what I want. I know that, if we had a serious relationship, he would want to tie me down, so I have to be 100% certain that I could be with him long-term.


Card Received: Knight of Pentacles

The Aim position (spread position nine) represents the things I should aim for when looking for a relationship. I’m going to interpret this position and assess whether or not my current lover matches this description. If they do, this is a good sign. If they don’t, this is obviously a bad omen. 

For my Aim, I received the Knight of Pentacles. When it appears in the Aim spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that this card means: 

“Aim for a relationship with someone who is no stranger to hard work. Pursue people who can show you that they are responsible.”

My lover is a very hard worker. Although he’s not in business like I am, he has a reputation for being devoted to his job. He can be a bit lackadaisical with his time management, but other than that, he’s very much like the Knight of Pentacles


Card Received: Page of Wands

Obviously, the Avoid position (position ten) represents what I should be avoiding when looking for relationships. The Page of Wands appeared here for me.  

When it pops up in the Avoid spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that this card means: 

“Avoid situations which imply you’re only out for a good time. Make sure your partners or potential partners know that you are pursuing a real relationship and not just something less serious.”

The above interpretation sends up red flags for me because I think I do give my partner the impression that they’re just someone I can spend time with, and that I’m not thinking about the two of us sharing a future together. I do want us to potentially have a future, but as I said, I’m cautious. 

The Ultimate Love Tarot Spread: Position 11-15


Card Received: Ace of Cups

In this spread, position eleven represents the environment of myself and my lover. Things that appear in this part of the layout symbolize things, people, and situations that have an impact on our relationship and don’t directly come from us – for example, our children, family, parents, pets, career, businesses, friends, and anything else that affect us are going to show up in position eleven. 

For this position, we received the Ace of Cups. When it appears in the Environment spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that this card means: 

“Traditionally, the Ace of Cups is associated with females. It is possible that you and your partner/potential partner have many women in your life; not as lovers but as friends, family, etc. These women influence you. If the females are in your lover’s life, be sure to impress them!” 

Both my and his family are relatively female-heavy; we have a lot of women in our families. We both have sisters. I don’t think he would like to sustain a relationship with someone who doesn’t get along with his sisters, so I’ll keep this in mind! 

Other People

Card Received: Nine of Cups

Position twelve of this spread is similar to the last position, but deals purely with how other people perceive the partnership; this position can be important because it can reveal things other people can see that I cannot. Here, I will discover if outsiders are supportive of me and my lover’s relationship or not. 

When it appears in the Other People spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that this card means: 

“Friends and family desire a relationship for the two of you. However, the Nine of Cups Tarot card has a bit of a reputation for being a very selfish card, so sometimes, it indicates that other people are too wrapped up in themselves to care too much about your relationship (which, in this case, is good).”

I feel as though other people do desire a relationship for us – both probably with other people, not each other! I also agree that our friends and family aren’t yet aware that there’s anything more between us than just friendship. 

What to Do

Card Received: The Lovers

Obviously, the spread in position thirteen is going to give me guidance for what I should do if I want to achieve the things I desire regarding my love life and relationship with my partner.

When it appears in the What to Do spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that The Lovers card means: 

“You have to go all in with your partner/potential partner if you want it to work. You must spend every spare minute with your love interest and really make this partnership a priority. Also, remember to be romantic and thoughtful with your partner; this is something they are searching for. However, try not to be too physical too soon, or the relationship might become only about sex.”

The first part of the above interpretation is scarily accurate. I know I don’t make my lover a priority, but that I probably should if I want the relationship to grow and develop. I usually am thoughtful and romantic, but recently haven’t had the time. The second part of this interpretation definitely doesn’t apply to us!

The Unknown

Card Received: Six of Cups

There will be factors affecting my relationship that are unknown or hidden from me; this spread position (position fourteen) will reveal the things I’m unaware of. Here, I received the Six of Cups. 

When it appears in the Unknown spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Six of Cups means: 

“Deep down, you have a burning desire to return to an idealized view of your relationship; one which you held in the past. You would like to go back to the point when you felt puppy love, and everything was new and exciting. If you had one wish, it would be to re-experience how love felt before you matured and discovered how much your lovers could hurt you.”

I’ve known my partner my entire life and had a crush on him when I was younger. Sometimes, I do wonder what it would have been like if he and I had gotten together years ago. I feel as though it would have been better for us, because I’ve experienced a lot of hurt in my relationships that have changed the way I approach relationships in general. 

It’s actually quite surprising that something like this would come up in our relationship reading. However, I guess that having such a detailed reading is probably down to having the right Tarot spread for the job as I do here! 

The Future

Card Received: Three of Cups

The final position of this spread looks at the future or outcome of the relationship. As I only wanted to see a short distance into the future (6 months) and set this intention at the beginning of my reading, I know that this is the timeframe I’m looking at. Happily, I received the Three of Cups for this spread position. 

When it appears in the Future spread position, the Love Tarot Meanings predicts that the Three of Cups means: 

“In the future, you and your partner have much to look forward to; weddings, baptisms, parties, and births are all predicted. That’s not to say that you will be getting married and having babies any time soon. The card can mean that, but know that the future is fun, bright, and rosy for the two of you. If you’re reading on a potential relationship, sometimes the Three of Cups predicts that you will get your chance to woo your lover over during a social gathering.”

Not to blow my own horn, but the above interpretation I previously wrote is so true! My lover and I will certainly be attending parties, baptisms, weddings, etc. in the near future, as we already have quite a few of these planned in the coming months. Time will tell if in that time, I woo him (or he woos me!).

Closing Thoughts on the Ultimate Love Tarot Spread

That’s all for the ultimate love Tarot spread! Are you going to give this spread a try for your own readings? Have you tried this spread? Do you find it accurate? Feel free to share your thoughts with the Divinerism community in the comments section below!

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book). 

Tarot Cards That Predict Pregnancy

What are the Tarot cards that predict pregnancy? Are there any Tarot cards that can represent you’re pregnant or indicate that there’ll be children and babies in your future? Just like love and marriage readings, pregnancy readings are very frequent occurrences, so this is a subject I’m going to cover today. 

Before I begin listing the Tarot cards that can indicate pregnancy, I should point out that Tarot readings are no substitute for pregnancy tests! If you’re dying to know whether you really are or aren’t expecting a baby, you’re best knowing for sure by taking a test. 

That being said, I have personally seen cases where the cards have predicted people were pregnant weeks before it showed up positive on a pregnancy test. Therefore, always record your Tarot readings for future reference so that you can create your own list of ‘pregnancy’ Tarot cards. 

So, here is my list of Tarot cards that predict pregnancy in my readings; yours may be the same!

Major Arcana Tarot Cards That Indicate Pregnancy 

The Empress

Of all the Tarot cards that indicate pregnancy, The Empress is clearly the most prominent one. The fact that The Empress’s main meaning is that of pregnancy, fertility, and childbirth makes it an obvious pregnancy card.

Sometimes, The Empress card can represent a want to have a baby, so if you want to be pregnant, this desire can manifest as The Empress. It’s best if you have The Empress plus the other cards listed below to confirm a positive pregnancy outcome. 

The Sun 

If you want a child but have had trouble conceiving, The Sun is a positive omen. I often read The Sun card as representing children that you’ve always wanted to have but never been able to come into your life. 

I usually see The Sun when women have had some type of help with conception – for example, fertility treatment or a change of lifestyle. That’s not to say you’ll need to go through these things in order to have a child. However, it does mean that, if you have, The Sun is a good sign. 

Wands Tarot Cards That Indicate Pregnancy 

The Ace of Wands

Traditionally, Aces are good indicators of pregnancy. Aces symbolize the ‘seeds’ of conception, and the Ace of Wands falls into this camp. I wouldn’t always predict that the Ace of Wands alone represents pregnancy, but if you pull it by itself or it appears with other pregnancy cards, it usually does. 

If you’re hoping for a boy, you’re in luck! The Ace of Wands is a phallic symbol and often signals the birth of a male. So, if you get a positive pregnancy test, chances are you’re carrying a boy.

Cups Tarot Cards That Indicate Pregnancy 

The Ace of Cups

While the Ace of Wands predicts the birth of a male, the Ace of Cups predicts the birth of a female. The Ace of Cups is symbolic of the womb, hence why it can represent girls. Not only that, but because the Ace of Cups often represents new love and emotions, this interpretation also makes it a good candidate for pregnancy and childbirth. 

In general, the Ace of Cups is also a card that symbolizes a time of increased fertility. Because it’s a fertility card, it’s a good omen for pregnancy whether it appears in the future, outcome, or present position.

Page of Cups

The Page of Cups is another traditional pregnancy, fertility, and childbirth card, so it also makes the list for the Tarot cards that predict you are pregnant. While all Pages can technically represent children, the Page of Cups is especially associated with them for a couple of reasons. 

Firstly, the Cups suit is most likely to be indicative of pregnancy because Cups is the suit of love and family. This, teamed with the fact that Pages can be children, is why of all Pages, the Page of Cups is most likely to predict pregnancy. 

It’s also common for Court cards to represent the emotions of the seeker. The Page of Cups can symbolize a time where you are emotional, needy, clingy, and cry a lot. Therefore, if the Page of Cups appears in the future, it can mean that you will be emotionally all over the place (and pregnant), or else can symbolize your future children. 

Of course, it’s difficult for some people to be able to tell the difference between whether Court cards represent a situation, emotions, your lover, or another person. Interpreting Court cards (and not just memorizing their meanings) is one thing that separates beginners from more advanced readers. Therefore, your ability to interpret Court cards will influence whether or not the Page of Cups represents pregnancy. 

Three of Cups

The Three of Cups can represent pregnancy for several reasons. Firstly, because it’s a card of parties and celebrations, it can predict pregnancy. The Three of Cups might represent your baby shower, birthing celebrations, baptisms, naming ceremonies, or a child’s first birthday. 

Secondly, the Three of Cups often predicts the addition of another person to your partnership. Where you and your lover were two during the stage of the Two of Cups, the Three of Cups symbolizes you both evolving into a group of three; this is why the Three of Cups is a good pregnancy card. 

Six of Cups

Another card that can predict pregnancy is the Six of Cups. I read the Six of Cups as a card that predicts pregnancy because I’ve found that, when it appears in an outcome or future position, it’s very likely to represent babies and children. Obviously, if there are children in your future, there is an increased likelihood that there’s a pregnancy in your present!

One of the reasons why I read the Six of Cups as representing pregnancy is because there are children on the Rider-Waite version of this Tarot card. If you like to read the imagery of your cards, the children on the Six of Cups (and other cards such as The Sun) are a resounding ‘yes’ if you’re asking about being pregnant. 

In addition, the Six of Cups is a card of the past. It speaks of a time when you will be looking back on your childhood. When people get pregnant or have children, it’s very common for them to reminisce about their own upbringing. You will begin to examine patterns and behaviors that you picked up from your parents. It is for these reasons that I read the Six of Cups as a pregnancy Tarot card.  

The Ace of Swords

Finally, I interpret the Ace of Swords as indicative of surgery, needles, and hospital visits. I often see the Ace of Swords in readings where the seeker cannot have a natural birth and has to have a cesarean. Therefore, if you fall into this category and receive the Ace of Swords in the future, this can mean that you are pregnant now. 

The Ace of Swords is a classic example of a Tarot card that can have many meanings, so it can sometimes predict pregnancy, but not always. This is one of the reasons why you should record your readings if you’re trying for a baby. This way, you can see which cards predict pregnancy for yourself. 

Closing Thoughts on Tarot Cards That Indicate Pregnancy 

It is not always easy to predict pregnancy. Tarot and Lenormand cards cannot reveal everything. Remember, it is not just Tarot cards that indicate pregnancy. You also must rely on your intuition. 

Ask yourself: 

  • Do I feel pregnant? 
  • Have I been dreaming about babies?
  • Have I been dreaming that I am pregnant? 
  • Have I been noticing different pregnancy omens? 

If you can answer yes to these questions and you have received one of my top Tarot cards that indicate pregnancy, this is a positive result. 

Have you ever successfully predicted pregnancy? Did your Tarot cards help you to do this? You did you dream that you were pregnant? Feel free to share with myself and the Divinerism community in the comment section below! 

(Please note that I do not interpret other people’s readings for them. If you’re looking for help interpreting your Tarot readings, feel free to check out the Love Tarot Meanings e-book).