Tarot cards have been used for divination for centuries and today, many individuals continue to look to them for insight. Tattoo collectors from around the world have found an affinity to tarot reading and have developed special connections with specific cards. Take a look at our break down of the Major and Minor Arcana illustrated through tattoos in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite tarot card in the comments section on social media.
The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards that are the foundation of the deck. They tell a story of human enlightenment, beginning with the naive Fool and ending with the fulfilled World. Each card has a distinctive meaning, which changes depending on if the card is drawn upright or in reverse.
Upright: New beginnings, adventures, opportunities and possibilities.
Reversed: A bad decision, thoughtlessness and hesitation.
Upright: Creativity, originality and skill.
Reversed: Insecurity and lack of creativity.
The High Priestess
Upright: Knowledge, wisdom and learning.
Reversed: Ignorance, lack of understanding and repression of intuition.
Upright: Development, accomplishment and motherhood.
Reversed: Indecision, dependence and inaction.
Upright: Authority, aggression and fatherhood.
Reversed: Tyranny, immaturity and lack of stability.
Upright: Tradition, conformity and compassion.
Reversed: Unconventionality, rebellion and vulnerability.
Upright: Love, harmony and duality.
Reversed: Imbalance, unreliability and disharmony.
Upright: Perseverance, willpower and journey.
Reversed: Lack of control, failure and aggression.
Upright: Strength, courage and bravery.
Reversed: Weakness, insecurity and pettiness.
Upright: Search for truth, concentration and patience.
Reversed: Rashness, foolishness and immaturity.
The Wheel of Fortune
Upright: Destiny, change and fate.
Reversed: No control, loss and bad luck.
Upright: Truth, reason and balance.
Reversed: Dishonesty, bias and unfairness.
The Hanged Man
Upright: Sacrifice, release and rebirth.
Reversed: Stalling, resistance and false prophecies.
Upright: Transformation, ends and new beginnings.
Reversed: Immobility, fear of change and decay.
Upright: Patience, harmony and fusion.
Reversed: Extremes, imbalance and conflict.
Upright: Addiction, temptation and ambitions.
Reversed: Freedom, release and enlightenment.
Upright: Disaster, massive change and chaos.
Reversed: Fear of change and personal transformation.
Upright: Faith, optimism and hope.
Reversed: Disappointment, bad luck and insecurity.
Upright: Unconsciousness, illusion and intuition.
Reversed: Confusion, fear and repressed emotion.
Upright: Success, positivity and joy.
Reversed: Unhappiness, doubt and negativity.
Upright: Reflection, renewal and reckoning.
Reversed: Doubt, self-loathing and lack of awareness.
Upright: Completion, harmony and accomplishment.
Reversed: Lack of closure and imperfection.
While the Major Arcana teach us big picture lessons, the 56 Minor Arcana cards shed light on our daily experiences. They're split into four suits: wands, cups, swords and pentacles. Each suit has 14 cards (the same as a standard deck of playing cards) and each suit relates to a different life experience.
These cards represent energy, motivation, passion, creativity and inspiration.
These cards represent emotions, relationships, intuition and connections.
These cards represent action, power, truth and thoughts.
These cards represent material possessions, money, work and career.