• Wren McMurdo Brignac

What Tarot Cards Represent Which Zodiac Signs? The Story Told by the Major Arcana


Many of the Major Arcana cards in the Mother Tarot and Dark Days Tarot are linked with the planets and astrological signs. These associations help to tell the story of this suit, which represents larger phases, lessons, and concepts in a human lifespan. When you see a Major Arcana card in a reading, know that the work you are doing is of great importance.


For quick reference:


The Fool - all signs

The Magician - Gemini + Virgo

High Priestess - Cancer + Pisces

The Empress - Libra

The Emperor - Aries, Capricorn

The Hierophant - Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius

The Lovers - Gemini + Virgo

The Chariot - Cancer

Justice - Libra

The Hermit - Virgo

The Wheel - Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, Scorpio

Strength - Leo

The Hanged - Pisces

Death - Scorpio

Temperance - Sagittarius

The Devil - Capricorn

The Tower - Scorpio, Aries

The Star - Aquarius

The Moon - Pisces

The Sun - Leo

Judgement - Scorpio

The World - all signs


Explore the Mother Tarot Deck here.

Explore the Dark Days Tarot here.


0 - The Fool card represents the universe and all signs of the zodiac, and tells of the beginnings of an impactful journey. In the creative process, this card represents conception.


1 - The Magician is associated with the planet Mercury, and therefore represents the signs of Gemini and Virgo. In order of events, this is the card in which the Fool is exploring their personal power. In the creative process, the card represents incubation.


2 - The High Priestess is associated with the Moon and therefore is strongly linked to all water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), but Cancer is the most common association. In the creative process, the High Priestess represents birth.


3 - The Empress, because of her association with Venus, is linked with the Libra archetype. She rules blossoming phases of life and is associated with fertility, creativity, and sexuality. In the creative process, this card represents maturation (i.e. puberty).


4 - The Emperor is associated with planets Mars and Saturn and therefore is linked with Aries, Scorpio (Mars), and Capricorn (Saturn). In the creative process, this card represents individuation, rebellion, and conquest.


5 - The Hierophant has been tied to both Jupiter and Venus. These planets are associated with Taurus, Libra, and Sagittarius, although this card is most commonly linked with Taurus. In the creative process of life, this card represents institutionalization, wealth accumulation, and matriculation.


6 - The Lovers card is associated with the planet Mercury, and is most closely linked with the sign of Gemini, although the association with curious Virgo also makes sense. In the story of life, this card conveys divine connection and a developing sense of purpose.




7 - The Chariot card is ruled by the moon and the sign of Cancer. In the Major Arcana storyline, the Fool has taken their sense of purpose and has developed tools, resources, insight, and skills. This card points to the often overlooked trait of natural leadership that is possessed by Cancer.


8 - The Justice card is ruled by Venus and the sign of Libra. In the creative process of life, the Fool learns to fight for equality amongst the collective and balance within their character.


9 - The Hermit is connected to the planet Mercury and the sign of Virgo. At this point in their journey, the Fool is called on a private journey that they must take alone in order to grow.


10 - The Wheel card is connected to structure-loving Saturn and roll-the-dice Uranus. All “fixed” signs (Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, and Taurus) stand out as archetypes of major influence. In the story of life, this card lands when the Fool is beginning to understand the nuances and interconnectedness of life, as well as the need to stay grounded amidst life’s constant ups and downs. Their mind begins to expand as their roots grow deep.


11 - The Strength card is associated with the Sun and the sign of Leo. In the story of life, this card refers to the Fool learning subtle leadership and how to tame the ego.


12 - The Hanged card represents the dreamy planet Neptune and the sign of Pisces. This card is about humility as well as a journey through the dream world and the development of intuitive