Rider-Waite Tarot Cards List

Shown here is Tarot cards list from the original vintage Rider-Waite Tarot deck. The Tarot card meanings given here are based on the works of Arthur Waite, Eden Gray, and Peter Ouspensky.

It can be difficult for novices to memorize the meanings of all tarot cards. Therefore, this list of Tarot cards for beginners will allow you to quickly find the divinatory meaning and description of the desired card.

The Tarot cards list can be divided into 22 cards of the major arcana, 40 of the minor arcana, and 16 cards of the court.

  • The major arcana are cards of destiny, symbolic patterns of old mystery.
  • The minor arcana are numbered ace through 10. They represent the four suits: wands, cups, swords, and pentacles.
  • 16 court cards are royal figures divided into 4 court cards  - Page, Knight, Queen, and King - for each of the 4 suits.

Shown here is the Tarot cards list from the original vintage Rider-Waite Tarot deck. This deck version was published from 1931 to 1940. The scans faithfully preserve the colors of the Tarot cards themselves.

The Tarot card meanings given here are based on the works of Arthur Waite, Eden Gray, and Peter Ouspensky.

I also recommend that you look at the List of the Best Tarot Decks. These decks are suitable for both beginners and experienced tarot readers.

You can quickly find the required card from the tarot cards list by selecting the required group and suit in the filter. To see out the full divinatory meaning of the Tarot card, click on the image of the card or the link.

The Fool meaning

The Fool

Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment.

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The Magician meaning

The Magician

Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety; sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies; self-confidence, will.

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The High Priestess meaning

The High Priestess

Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science.

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The Empress meaning

The Empress

Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance.

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The Emperor meaning

The Emperor

Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will.

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The Hierophant meaning

The Hierophant

Marriage, alliance, captivity, servitude; by another account, mercy and goodness; inspiration; the man to whom the Querent has recourse.

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The Lovers meaning

The Lovers

Attraction, love, beauty, trials overcome.

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The Chariot meaning

The Chariot

Succour, providence also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble.

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Strength meaning

Strength

Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity; also complete success and honours.

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The Hermit meaning

The Hermit

Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption.

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Wheel of Fortune meaning

Wheel of Fortune

Destiny, fortune, success, elevation, luck, felicity.

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Justice meaning

Justice

Equity, rightness, probity, executive; triumph of the deserving side in law.

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The Hanged Man meaning

The Hanged Man

Wisdom, circumspection, discernment, trials, sacrifice, intuition, divination, prophecy.

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Death meaning

Death

End, mortality, destruction, corruption also, for a man, the loss of a benefactor for a woman, many contrarieties; for a maid, failure of marriage ...

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Temperance meaning

Temperance

Economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation.

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The Devil meaning

The Devil

Ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, fatality; that which is predestined but is not for this reason evil.

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The Tower meaning

The Tower

Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin. It is a card in particular of unforeseen catastrophe.

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The Star meaning

The Star

Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says-hope and bright prospects.

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The Moon meaning

The Moon

Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, occult forces, error.

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The Sun meaning

The Sun

Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment.

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Judgement meaning

Judgement

Change of position, renewal, outcome. Another account specifies total loss though lawsuit.

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The World meaning

The World

Assured success, recompense, voyage, route, emigration, flight, change of place.

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Ace of Wands meaning

Ace of Wands

Creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these; principle, beginning, source; birth, family, origin, and in a sense the virility ...

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Two of Wands meaning

Two of Wands

Between the alternative readings there is no marriage possible; on the one hand, riches, fortune, magnificence; on the other, physical suffering ...

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Three of Wands meaning

Three of Wands

He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing ...

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Four of Wands meaning

Four of Wands

They are for once almost on the surface - country life, haven of refuge, a species of domestic harvest-home, repose, concord, harmony, prosperity ...

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Five of Wands meaning

Five of Wands

Imitation, as, for example, sham fight, but also the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. In this sense it ...

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Six of Wands meaning

Six of Wands

The card has been so designed that it can cover several significations; on the surface, it is a victor triumphing, but it is also great news, such ...

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Seven of Wands meaning

Seven of Wands

It is a card of valour, for, on the surface, six are attacking one, who has, however, the vantage position. On the intellectual plane, it signifies ...

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Eight of Wands meaning

Eight of Wands

Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity, swiftness, as that of an express messenger; great haste, great hope, speed towards an end ...

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Nine of Wands meaning

Nine of Wands

The card signifies strength in opposition. If attacked, the person will meet an onslaught boldly; and his build shews, that he may prove a ...

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Ten of Wands meaning

Ten of Wands

A card of many significances, and some of the readings cannot be harmonized. I set aside that which connects it with honour and good faith. The ...

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Page of Wands meaning

Page of Wands

Dark young man, faithful, a lover, an envoy, a postman. Beside a man, he will bear favourable testimony concerning him. A dangerous rival, if ...

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Knight of Wands meaning

Knight of Wands

Departure, absence, flight, emigration. A dark young man, friendly. Change of residence.

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Queen of Wands meaning

Queen of Wands

A dark woman, countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honourable. If the card beside her signifies a man, she is well disposed towards him; if a ...

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King of Wands meaning

King of Wands

Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an ...

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Ace of Cups meaning

Ace of Cups

House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility; Holy Table, felicity hereof.

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Two of Cups meaning

Two of Cups

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and - as a suggestion apart from all offices of ...

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Three of Cups meaning

Three of Cups

The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfilment, solace, healing.

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Four of Cups meaning

Four of Cups

Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now ...

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Five of Cups meaning

Five of Cups

It is a card of loss, but something remains over; three have been taken, but two are left; it is a card of inheritance, patrimony, transmission ...

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Six of Cups meaning

Six of Cups

A card of the past and of memories, looking back, as - for example - on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things ...

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Seven of Cups meaning

Seven of Cups

Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but ...

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Eight of Cups meaning

Eight of Cups

The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical - giving joy, mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. In ...

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Nine of Cups meaning

Nine of Cups

Concord, contentment, physical bien-etre; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made.

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Ten of Cups meaning

Ten of Cups

Contentment, repose of the entire heart; the perfection of that state; also perfection of human love and friendship; if with several picture-cards ...

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Page of Cups meaning

Page of Cups

Fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected; a studious youth; news, message; application ...

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Knight of Cups meaning

Knight of Cups

Arrival, approach - sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement.

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Queen of Cups meaning

Queen of Cups

Good, fair woman; honest, devoted woman, who will do service to the Querent; loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness ...

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King of Cups meaning

King of Cups

Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent; also equity, art and science, including those who profess ...

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Ace of Swords meaning

Ace of Swords

Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred. The crown may ...

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Two of Swords meaning

Two of Swords

Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection ...

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Three of Swords meaning

Three of Swords

Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for ...

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Four of Swords meaning

Four of Swords

Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit's repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design.

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Five of Swords meaning

Five of Swords

Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these.

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Six of Swords meaning

Six of Swords

Journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient.

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Seven of Swords meaning

Seven of Swords

Design, attempt, wish, hope, confidence; also quarrelling, a plan that may fail, annoyance. The design is uncertain in its import, because the ...

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Eight of Swords meaning

Eight of Swords

Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness.

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Nine of Swords meaning

Nine of Swords

Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.

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Ten of Swords meaning

Ten of Swords

Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death.

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Page of Swords meaning

Page of Swords

Authority, overseeing, secret service, vigilance, spying, examination, and the qualities thereto belonging.

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Knight of Swords meaning

Knight of Swords

Skill, bravery, capacity, defence, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin. There is therefore a sense in which the ...

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Queen of Swords meaning

Queen of Swords

Widowhood, female sadness and embarrassment, absence, sterility, mourning, privation, separation.

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King of Swords meaning

King of Swords

Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connexions-power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown ...

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Ace of Pentacles meaning

Ace of Pentacles

Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold.

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Two of Pentacles meaning

Two of Pentacles

On the one hand it is represented as a card of gaiety, recreation and its connexions, which is the subject of the design; but it is read also as ...

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Three of Pentacles meaning

Three of Pentacles

Metier, trade, skilled labour; usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory.

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Four of Pentacles meaning

Four of Pentacles

The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gift, legacy, inheritance.

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Five of Pentacles meaning

Five of Pentacles

The card foretells material trouble above all, whether in the form illustrated - that is, destitution - or otherwise. For some cartomancists, it is ...

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Six of Pentacles meaning

Six of Pentacles

Presents, gifts, gratification another account says attention, vigilance now is the accepted time, present prosperity, etc.

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Seven of Pentacles meaning

Seven of Pentacles

These are exceedingly contradictory; in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter; but one reading gives altercation, quarrels - and ...

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Eight of Pentacles meaning

Eight of Pentacles

Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and business, perhaps in the preparatory stage.

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Nine of Pentacles meaning

Nine of Pentacles

Prudence, safety, success, accomplishment, certitude, discernment.

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Ten of Pentacles meaning

Ten of Pentacles

Gain, riches; family matters, archives, extraction, the abode of a family.

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Page of Pentacles meaning

Page of Pentacles

Application, study, scholarship, reflection another reading says news, messages and the bringer thereof; also rule, management.

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Knight of Pentacles meaning

Knight of Pentacles

Utility, serviceableness, interest, responsibility, rectitude-all on the normal and external plane.

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Queen of Pentacles meaning

Queen of Pentacles

Opulence, generosity, magnificence, security, liberty.

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King of Pentacles meaning

King of Pentacles

Valour, realizing intelligence, business and normal intellectual aptitude, sometimes mathematical gifts and attainments of this kind; success in ...

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