Which tarot card rules your zodiac sign?
It has been said that the tarot cards contain secrets of the universe. It is only through the discovery of your own hidden depths that we begin to learn these secrets. Meanwhile, through its archetypes and symbolism, astrology serves as the medium for self-discovery, revealing inclinations and abilities with stark accuracy, and enlightening the dark recesses of our ignorance.
While the two differ, they are like separate chapters of the same book. Certain cards in the tarot are said to represent each of the 12 signs. Knowing the tarot card that rules your sign can be helpful in understanding your personality as well as the challenges you’re likely to face and the spiritual lessons you'll eventually learn from them. At the end of the day, having an open yet critical mind can help in speeding up our goals of self-realization. As the inscription over the ancient Greek temple at Delphi reads: Gnothi seauton – know thyself.
1. High Priestess – Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Meticulous, tidy, and thorough, Virgo, you are perfectionist of the zodiac. Enormously hardworking, you’re first to roll up your sleeves and get on with the job. Your capacity for endless worry, though, can cloud your life unnecessarily. You can also be a first-class nagger, emphasizing people’s failings and sloppiness; but while you can be critical of others, you’re actually the most critical of yourself.
The High Priestess represents wisdom, knowledge, serenity, and understanding. She is the guardian of the unconscious realm, a link to the subconscious mind through dreams and symbols. If you can sit serene like the High Priestess, recognizing the flow of both negative and positive vibrations and accepting the conditions around you, answers to your dilemmas will come more easily. Listen and trust your intuition. For the artists, poets, and writers, look into the power of your subconscious and bravely make the change that can bring you healing.
Behind the veil, within your grasp, living knowledge from the past.
2. The Empress – Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Ruled by Venus, you are the lover of knowledge and art. A peacemaker, you are the master at compromise, cooperation, and co-creation. Oftentimes, it does get difficult to say no, no?
The Empress, represents creativity, fertility, harmony, beauty, and grace. She is the ultimate feminine archetype, the anima, the goddess of fertility. This card is a reminder that while others may seek you out for counsel and comfort, you must also learn to keep yourself safe. Your ability to help others depends on you guarding your own strength and resources.
Health, children, and business good; all is well, you knew you could.
3. The Emperor – Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Energetic, passionate, and exciting, you Scorpios have a bad reputation among traditional astrologers. Driven by your desires and drawn to the mysterious, you will stop at nothing to get to the truth – you are some of the finest BS detectors. This tendency towards the excess may often get you in trouble. When you become dependent on earthly things, you become isolated, then blame others for the situation you’re in.
The Emperor invites you to weave discipline and temperance into your life. The Emperor is the masculine principle, the animus to the anima of the Empress. He is a patriarch and represents power and authority, the provider and protector. He is a reminder that you must learn to be grateful for the strict discipline, of natural law, and endeavor to bring the same balance into your life.
Truth and justice known within; forgiveness means admitting sin.
4. The Chariot – Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Sagittarius, you are the seeker, aiming your arrow to the sky, hoping to travel far and wide. Open, optimistic, enthusiastic, and tolerant, you’re one of the most likeable folks around. Like Apollo, pulling his golden chariot, you are a patron of light, life, and healing. From Apollo and his followers, we received the inspiring philosophy of "Gnothi seauton" – know thyself. It is in these journeys that you seek and hope to gain more wisdom.
The Chariot represents struggle – internal or external – and victory through will and discipline. You must be level-headed, disciplined, and in control of your passion and your intellect in order to triumph over difficulties and limitations. Think carefully about the things you are pursuing and whether they will bring about greater good in the world and in yourself.
Achievement now with effort from you; control emotions, dreams come true.
5. The Hermit – Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarian, you are the humanitarian, the bearer of knowledge and truth. Didn’t you always dream of making the world a better place?
The Hermit suggests that in order to do that, a time of inward focus, introspection, and isolation is required of you. By constant spiritual effort, you are encouraged to leave the security of your ego in order to radiate a higher vibration and help light the way for others. Take this time for self care and accepting the growth and intense learning that is to come. This climb will not make you a recluse but a light for fellow souls in distress. Look up even now and see the light, feel the rays of self-acceptance and self-confidence permeate your whole being.
Look up dear friend, and see the light; it shines by day and shines by night.
6. Justice – Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Disciplined, methodical, sensible, with remarkable ambition is the mountain goat who slowly and steadily makes his way to the peak. This is the way you approach life, Capricorn, captain of your own ship. Mundane pettiness and worries beset you, leaving you anxious and unsettled 24/7.
The Justice card suggests you use your intuition and ambition when getting to the truth. Justice reflects the search for truth and represents the effects of your actions and the consequences of your decisions. Honesty and responsibility within yourself is the best path to understanding and controlling situations. You are not meant to be a prisoner in your body. An understanding that you are not confined to your physical body but that you have spirit and soul can help you overcome the restrictions of earthly thoughts. You must learn to understand the power you have over your own existence. How can you think one thing then do the opposite? Once you learn to blend your philosophies to your daily life and thinking, you can grow stronger and develop an inner strength that helps you steer your life in the right direction.
Justice given, lesson learned; We receive what we have earned.
7. The Hanged Man – Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You are the mystic with a capacity to bring about healing. Emotional, dreamy, with strong creative instincts, you often seem out of place in the everyday world. Kind sensitive souls, you delight in the happiness and fulfillment of others. Like two fish swimming in opposite directions, as represented by your glyph, however, you can be extremely indecisive. You may be afraid of offering your own opinions, yet at the same time resent it when others take command.
The Hanged Man represents crossroads, decisions, change, and letting go. Only when you can let go of old habits and hurts from the past can you be released from the turmoil that comes from your own actions. Meditation is a good practice to achieve this. Learn to relax both physically and mentally and allow yourself to be renewed.
Blessed with truth and has no fear; faith holds strong when trouble’s near.
8. Death – Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Ruled by Mars, Aries, you are a force to be reckoned with. You are the defenders of the underdog and drawn to campaigns for the betterment of humanity. Always leaping before looking, you often find yourself in deep trouble. Then, you become hurt and bewildered, asking, “Why me? I was only trying to help!” This is a typical Arian response when things fall apart because of your own miscalculation or inappropriate behavior, and may bring about little bouts of depression.
You must learn to understand that Death is non-existent. It is transition and a time of transformation. Death as we fear it does not exist, life is continually changing. Look back on your life and consider the many changes you have experienced; when something was apparently taken away. Time will tell and you will see that something important was put in its place. See yourself as an integral part of this magnificent plan. Ask to be born again, make new plans, and enjoy each day that is given to you. Fill your life with new hope, leave all your yesterdays behind.
Release your fears and look ahead; today is new, the past is dead.
9. Temperance – Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
The sensualists of the zodiac, you turn being pampered into a serious art form. You are sensual eaters who love being touched and massaged, and can suffer real feelings of deprivation if denied these simple pleasures. One of your most negative traits is your fierce possessiveness and making unreasonable accusations. Jealousy can provoke sudden outbursts of rage when you charge, like a bull at a gate, in blind fits of fury.
Temperance indicates that you are learning to bring about balance, patience, and moderation in your life – or perhaps the need to do so. The temperate individual finds a balance in life by avoiding extremes. You are a soul with a physical body and must look beyond the limitations you create for yourself, for you have within you the secrets of the universe. To unlock this, you must be prepared to fuse both material and spiritual matters, to create balance and harmony in your life. It is here that you discover your true purpose, extending your vision beyond this world.
Patience builds the dreams of man; maintain balance while you plan.
10. The Star – Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
You Geminians tend to be jacks of all trades and masters of none – or at least few. Quick witted, versatile, and adaptable, you love word-play and jokes, and are often the life and soul of a party. Variety is not just the spice of life for you but is life itself, and you can become twitchy and nervy if nothing interesting is going on, or if your mind is not being fully engaged. You can suffer from a very short attention span and lack concentration and stamina. Superficiality and manipulation are your major flaws. The tricksters of the zodiac, you are constantly looking for the main chance, regardless of the cost in human terms. You are uneasy with gentler emotions and, when faced with strong feelings, may tend to take refuge in humor and sarcasm.
The Star appears at times of personal transformation. Now is the time of healing and positive transformation, a time to release anger, bitterness, and negativity. Like the star, you must learn to pierce the darkness by submitting yourself completely and by having faith that things will turn out for the better. This is a time for authenticity, to be as you are. Keep your eyes on the star; you will achieve your goals and attract new opportunities.
Inspiration, hope, and health, spiritual gifts beyond one’s self.
11. The Moon Cancer
Perhaps the most family-centered of the zodiac, you are fiercely protective of your loved ones and the nourishers and carers at heart. Great worriers, you are constantly fretting about the health and safety of your family and friends. Easily hurt, you often fall out with others and then keep your distance for years on end. You are nothing if not tenacious and find yourself hanging on to a relationship, belief, or cause with your crab’s claws, even when it causes you pain. It is difficult for you to let go and move on.
The Moon, the same planet ruled by Cancer in astrology, is the symbolism for emotions, intuition, and the unconscious realm. The moon calls you to learn to be more independent and to trust your own feelings, to build your own security and not lean on others too much. If you have concerns relating to others, clear the air and let them know where you stand. Most importantly, keep the faith and trust in the process.
Deep inside you will know. Change has come though it won’t show.
12. The Sun – Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Powerful, ambitious, and protective, you are truly the kings of the jungle. You are the party animals of the zodiac, dynamic, uninhibited, believing you can achieve whatever you set out to do. However, when crossed or when your self-esteem is challenged, you can fly into a towering rage, become extremely dogmatic and ruthless in your opinions.
The Sun is all about positive energy, joy, success, and fun. It encourages that you liberate yourself from selfishness, shallowness, superficiality, and fear so you may open your heart and be a light to others. The sun represents success, abundance and fun. By being born a lion, you have been blessed with abundance in life. Now is the time to be thankful for your blessings and feel compassion for humanity. Without the depth of water, the sun can create a dessert.
Attainment, joy, and happiness? With Sun in spread, the answer’s yes. – Rappler.com
Monica Lopez Gamboa, also known as Monch the Mystic, completed Debra Silverman’s Online Astrology Program in April 2016 and has been giving readings since. Her dream is that one day the entire country (and the world!) will be able to speak the language of the stars as an avenue for self-awareness and self-actualization. Book a reading with Monch on her website.