The tarot is a pack of cards (most commonly numbering 78), used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play a group of card games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. From the late 18th century until the present time, the tarot has also been used by mystics and occultists in efforts at divination or as a map of mental and spiritual pathways.

Tarot uses many symbols to identify certain aspects of life and feelings, and they are used to describe emotions, and they may have double meanings.

Tarot Symbols and their meanings

Here is our list of tarot symbols. The meanings and translations of each symbol are specified:

cloudsClouds – In tarot, clouds symbolize revelation, if at one time or another, an idea just seems to come from out of nowhere and it hits you. This is what clouds symbolize in tarot.
children symbolChildren often mean the promise of new beginnings. They also represent hope.
cat symbolCats – In tarot Cats often represent awareness, it can mean being aware of something, or not be aware of something. Cats also represent the way we perceive things.
butterfly symbolButterflies often mean transformation in tarot. Transformation is the main meaning of this tarot symbol.
bird symbolBird Symbol – The bird in the tarot often means grandiose ideas and matters of the spirit. The bird also means freedom.
armorArmour – Armor in tarot represents strength or protection.
ankh symbolThe Egyptian Ankh – The ankh represents eternity or eternal life in tarot. The ankh is also known to represent balance in tarot.
angelAngel – An angel in a tarot represents very important or divine messages. Angels in tarot are seen as messengers of important things in your life.
heart symbolHeart – In tarot, the heart symbolizes love, attention, and care for someone. It is also a symbol of happiness.
horse pictureThe horse in tarot represents action, or motion, it can also mean health and strong energy.
keys tarot symbolsKeys – represent intelligence or knowledge; keys in tarot can also mean something escaping or hiding from us.
lightning bolt symbolLightning – lightning often means divine intervention in Tarot. Lightning is seen as a direct message from the divine; it is also immediate and very important.