The Four Elements, Astrology and Tarot

The Four Elements, Astrology and Tarot


All 78 tarot cards have one of the four elements
as a basis. The 4 elements are the ancient basis of alchemy,
astrology and the tarot, and they are found in all cultures around the world.
The four elements are Fire, water, air and earth.
Each element has 2 basic characteristics; • Fire is both hot and dry.
• Water is both cold and wet. • Air is both hot and wet
• Earth is both cold and dry. Fire relates to actions
Water is about emotions or feelings Air concerns thinking
Earth is about practicality the zodiac signs are divided into the four
elements: • Fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
• Water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces • Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
• Earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn we now have enough information to relate the
four elements to the 78 tarot cards. • Fire relates to the Wands in the Minor
arcana and wands Court cards • Water relates to the Cups Minor Arcana
and Cups Court Cards • Air relates to the Swords Minor Arcana
and Swords Court Cards • Earth relates to Pentacles Minor Arcana
and Pentacles Court Cards This leaves us with the Major Arcana
• The Fool is Air • The Hanged Man is Water
• Judgment is Fire • The World is Earth Fire relates to
• The Emperor – Aries • Strength – Leo
• Temperance – Sagittarius Water relates to
• The Chariot – Cancer • Death – Scorpio
• The Moon – Pisces Air relates to
• the Lovers – Gemini • Justice – Libra
• The Star – Aquarius Earth relates to
• The Hierophant – Taurus • The Hermit – Virgo
• The Devil – Capricorn That leaves 7 cards which relate to the 7
planets. The Planets do not relate to an element. The planets and cards are:
• The Magician – Mercury • The high priestess – moon
• The Empress – Venus • The Tower – Mars
• Fortune – Jupiter • The Sun – Sun
• The World – Saturn Remembering groups is much easier than individual
cards. There are so many ways of using this information
in a tarot reading, but for now test yourself – how many of the attributions can you remember?

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