Commonly Misinterpreted Tarot

Appearances can be deceiving. What might seem a frightful reading on the table might be a good omen? While the reason you go to a psychic is to consult an expert in these matters, having an understanding of the major arcana is a good idea. It allows you to better understand the why behind your readings. It can also send up a red flag if you realize your reader is stepping far out the bounds of conventional meanings. This doesn’t always mean something’s fishy, but can be a good sign to ask questions.

While it’s easy to remember the meanings of some arcana, others are a bit trickier. These arcana are often misinterpreted by society and the media. Having a better understanding of the more abstract arcana will help you catch when others don’t know their stuff.

The Lovers

"The Lovers is a sign that things are going to change for good"

“The Lovers is a sign that things are going to change for good”

While the most common association is that of a romantic partner, the lovers can mean a lot more. The meaning goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. When Eve chose to take the bite of the forbidden fruit, she proved impulsive. That leap of faith can drive some readings when the Lovers card appears. Like the exile from Eden, it could be a sign that things are going to change for good. After all, passion is something that drives many people to change.

The Hanged Man

"The Hanged Man is a card of self-contemplation and inaction"

“The Hanged Man is a card of self-contemplation and inaction”

The Hanged Man is not simply a symbol of punishment, as some would have you believe. In some connotations, it represents someone trapped. It doesn’t have to be a bad sign, though. In some readings, the Hanged Man has chosen his fate. They have taken up the punishment for something they believe in, and have made peace with themselves. It is a card of self-contemplation and inaction, which are sometimes needed to find the way forward.


This might seem to be a troubling card to see turn up on the table. Death, number thirteen, often with images that depict the end of life. When tarot shows up on TV, it is often this card that appears to doom a character. Readings with death aren’t as ominous as the media would have you think. It’s true that death is a sign of things coming to end, but it is also a symbol of rebirth. After all, for something new to begin, something old must end. Death is a part of the cycle, and can be a sign of a new, better way of life on the horizon.

The Tower

For such an innocent name, drawing the tower is a source of alarm for many. For this tower is crumbling and those within flee the flames. It is the sign that structures in your life aren’t just changing, they’re breaking down. If you don’t already know where the trouble lies, question that which you once thought sturdy. The Tower is the sign of the end of these structures, but that isn’t always a bad thing. You might find yourself with new found freedom, impossible problems warped so you can take them on with your own two hands. Now, more than any other time, you will have the power to reshape your life.


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