Thoth Tarot Deck

You will see each of the 5 groups listed with links to the Thoth Tarot meanings for both upright and reversed choices.



Rider Waite Meanings

The deck of cards known as the Thoth Tarot is divided into two parts: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards. The Minor Arcana is a combination of four suits; each suit is comprised of cards numbered from one to ten, plus court cards of Princess, Prince, Queen and Knight. The four suits of the Minor Arcana are  Cups, Disks, Wands and Swords. Each suit of the Minor Arcana has a meaning. Traditionally the swords indicate ill fortune or difficulties, the disks indicate financial and material success, the cups indicate good fortune and love and the wands indicate enterprise and knowledge.  Crowley was not the one who reversed cards 8 and 11 (Justice and Strength). If you look at old historical decks, Justice has been the 8 ever since.

The Major Arcana for the Thoth Tarot Deck differ thus:

Thoth Tarot Deck

Rider Waite Deck

Basic Meaning of Reversed Cards

  1. Inability to see the way forward
  2. Unable to understand the situation
  3. Delays and setbacks
  4. Unable to come to terms with the situation
  5. Paired with an upright card, a moderating influence
  6. Suggestive of life lessons needing to be relearned, related to the previous card
  7. Sometimes the total reverse of the upright.

To develop your reading abilities, you need to find a tarot deck that has meaning for you. When you have a connection with your tarot deck, the readings that you give will be much more accurate.

The Major Arcana – meanings upright and reversed

Cups – meanings upright and reversed

Swords – meanings upright and reversed

Disks – meanings upright and reversed

Meaning of Wands – meanings upright and reversed

Here are some snippets from a few of my favorite books

Portable Magic – Tarot is the only tool you need. Donald TysonClick to Get the Book!

Portable Magic: to playing cards, but it has often been mistakenly assumed that the references were to Tarot cards, because until quite recently it was thought that the Tarot was older than common cards. The belief was that common cards had descended from the Tarot, whereas we now know that it was the other way around the Tarot was based in part on playing cards, which were already in widespread use when it was invented.

Tarot Books

Complete Book of Tarot: Mathers (1888): Riches, fortune, opulence, magnificence, grandeur; (R) surprise, astonishment, event, extraordinary occurrence.

Psychic World: The deck of cards known as the tarot is divided into two parts: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The word ‘arcana’ is from the Latin word for secret. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards, each separately titled. These cards depict symbolic figures, such as the Fool, the Magician, the High Priestess and the Empress, elements of nature such as the Star, the Moon and the Sun, and human experiences on the spiritual journey as well as joys, hopes, fears and sorrows. The symbols are universal, drawn from legend and from magical belief. Typically the Major Arcana cards are subject to broad interpretations. In essence they are archetypes and their sequence from 0 to 21 is believed to represent the soul’s journey to awareness, the process of becoming whole or the alchemical process of spiritual transformation. Some have equated the Major Arcana with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and work them with the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life.

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Complete Book of Tarot: This exquisite deck was owned by the Venier family of Venice. Most likely produced around 1491 by artist Nicola di Maestro Antonio, the Sola-Busca deck consists of seventy-eight cards and is unique in that each card is illustrated with characters based on figures of classical antiquity. Some authors believe that the symbolism of this deck derives from alchemical theories about transforming base metals into gold. The practice of illustrating each of the seventy-eight tarot cards with a unique scene or character would not be repeated until Pamela Colman Smith painted the now famous Rider-Waite-Smith deck in 1909.