Rider-Waite Card Meanings

Major Arcana

The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor The Hierophant
The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit The Wheel of Fortune Justice
The Hanged Man Death Temperance The Devil The Tower The Star
The Moon The Sun The Last Judgment The Fool The World

Minor Arcana

  W C S P  
Ace
Ace of Wands
Ace of Cups
Ace of Swords
Ace of Pentacles
 

2
2 of Wands
2 of Cups
2 of Swords
2 of Pentacles
 
           
3
3 of Wands
3 of Cups
3 of Swords
3 of Pentacles
 
           
4
4 of Wands
4 of Cups
4 of Swords
4 of Pentacles
 
           
5
5 of Wands
5 of Cups
5 of Swords
5 of Pentacles
 
           
6
6 of Wands
6 of Cups
6 of Swords
6 of Pentacles
 
           
7
7 of Wands
7 of Cups
7 of Swords
7 of Pentacles
 
           
8
8 of Wands
8 of Cups
8 of Swords
8 of Pentacles
 
           
9
9 of Wands
9 of Cups
9 of Swords
9 of Pentacles
 
           
10
10 of Wands
10 of Cups
10 of Swords
10 of Pentacles
 

Court Cards

 
  W C S P  
Page
Page of Wands
Page of Cups
Page of Swords
Page of Pentacles
 
           
Knight
Knight of Wands
Knight of Cups
Knight of Swords
Knight of Pentacles
 
           
Queen
Queen of Wands
Queen of Cups
Queen of Swords
Queen of Pentacles
 
           
King
King of Wands
King of Cups
King of Swords
King of Pentancles
 

THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT;

BEING FRAGMENTS OF A SECRET TRADITION UNDER THE VEIL OF DIVINATION.

By Arthur Edward Waite

[b. 1857 d. 1942]
WITH 78 PLATES, ILLUSTRATING THE GREATER AND LESSER ARCANA, FROM DESIGNS

By Pamela Colman Smith.

[b. 1878 d. 1951]

London, W. Rider

[1911]

Scanned, proofed and formatted at sacred-texts.com, September, 2000 and June, 2003 by John Bruno Hare. This text and the accompanying illustrations are in the public domain in the United States of America because they were published prior to 1923.


The Contents

PREFACE

An explanation of the personal kind–An illustration from mystic literature–A subject which calls to be rescued–Limits and intention of the work.


PART I

THE VEIL AND ITS SYMBOLS

§ 1.–Introductory and General.
§ 2.–Class I. The Trumps Major, otherwise Greater Arcana.
§ 3.–Class II. The Four Suits, otherwise Lesser Arcana.
§ 4.–The Tarot in History.


PART II

THE DOCTRINE BEHIND THE VEIL

§ 1.–The Tarot and Secret Tradition.
§ 2.–The Trumps Major and their Inner Symbolism.
§ 3.–Conclusion as to the Greater Keys.


PART III

THE OUTER METHOD OF THE ORACLES.

§ 1.–Distinction between the Greater and Lesser Arcana.
§ 2.–The Lesser Arcana, otherwise, the Four Suits of Tarot Cards
       The Suit of Wands.
       The Suit of Cups.
       The Suit of Swords.
       The Suit of Pentacles.
§ 3.–The Greater Arcana and their Divinatory Meanings.
§ 4.–Some additional Meanings of the Lesser Arcana.
§ 5.–The Recurrence of Cards in Dealing.
§ 6.–The Art of Tarot Divination.
§ 7.–An Ancient Celtic Method of Divination.
§ 8.–An Alternative Method of Reading the Tarot Cards.¨C19C § 9.–The Method of Reading by Means of Thirty-five Cards.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

A CONCISE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE CHIEF WORKS DEALING WITH THE TAROT AND ITS CONNEXIONS


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Rider-Waite by A.E. Waite & Pamela Colman-Smith. Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite


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