2018 Zodiac Reading

Tarot card - The Six of Wands

This spread shows a tarot card which represents each of the zodiacal star signs for the coming year, January 2018 to December 2018. One card per star sign, they should give you the general theme of how the year is going to progress and end. To use this Zodiacal reading, scroll to your Star sign, and read what is in store. Click the card for more information. If you would like a more in-depth personal reading, or you’d like to expand on this, considering a reading from Tarot-Explained.

Aries – 21 March to 20 April

Tarot card - The Six of Wands

The Six of Wands. This will be a good year. Expect goals to be completed. Go out of your way to make good memories this year.

Taurus – 21 April to 21 May

Eight of Cups Tarot card

Eight of Cups. You might give up on a long held belief this year, but remember it is for the best. Something might go wrong this year to change you, but you will recover and grow.

Gemini – 22 May to 21 June

Tarot card - The Fool

The Fool. New beginnings and new starts. Come into this year with a fresh perspective; New Year, New you. You’re only at the start of your journey.

Cancer – 22 June to 22 July

Tarot card - The Nine of Pentacles

Nine of Pentacles. It’s likely that things are coming to a happy ending. All that which you’ve worked for is going to pay off in the coming year. Be sure to congratulate yourself as you ascend to a better state of being.

Leo – 23 July to 22 August

Tarot card - The Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords. If you’re willing to put the effort in, this will be your best year yet. Be strong and decisive. There’s no need to rush, you’re only at the start of it.

Virgo – 23 August to 23 September

Tarot card - The World

The World. You’ll accomplish much this year. If you believe you have a life goal, then 2018 is going to be either completing it, or getting very close. If you have set new years resolutions, then you’re sure to complete them in 2018.

Libra – 24 September to 23 October

Tarot card - The Emperor

The Emperor. You will take charge of your life this year. If you are feeling stifled and constrained, then 2018 is the year when you will break free.

Scorpio – 24 October to 22 November

Tarot card - The Devil

The Devil. Be sure to look out for traps and pitfalls this year. There will be many choices presented to you which are not the right thing to do. Try not to give into past weakness,

Sagittarius – 23 November to 21 December

Tarot card - The Moon

The Moon.You might be feeling lost and directionless right now, but 2018 is the year when things pick up if you make them. Stop worrying about the little things.

Capricorn – 22 December to 20 January

Tarot card - The Magician

The Magician. Don’t lose sight of your goals. You have a lot of ambition and there are many ways to apply your skills, don’t get overwhelmed, just focus.

Aquarius – 21 January to 19 February

Tarot card - The Ten of Pentacles

Ten of Pentacles. Money might be tough this year, but you will end the year in a good state. You’re going to mature and grow a lot this year in an area you weren’t aware of.

Pisces – 20 February to 20 March

Tarot card - The Five of Swords

Five of Swords. This will be a tough year for you. Expect adversity. Be prepared for it, what are people going to challenge you over this year?

January 2018

tarot fool icon

tarot fool icon

I hope you’ve all been having a good year so far, a number of cool new things have happened on Tarot-Explained this year, most notably our readings! We’er offering readings, both Free and premium readings through Fiverr, and we’ve got loads of cool website features planned for 2018, read on for more info.

Tarot Readings

We’re now offering tarot readings and they’re proving to be exceptionally popular. Find out more at the tarot reading page here. For no obligation, you can request a free reading, this includes on card and an email response. A premium reading can answer three questions and will be delivered promptly. They have proven to be much more popular than I’d imagined so there are only limited slots open for each. I really want to add value for premium readings so first of all, they are very low cost.


The newsletter is now live. You can sign up with the widget on the sidebar. Simply enter your email address and you’ll be subscribed. In future, there will be a tarot card of the week, as well as special newsletter only offers. You’ll hear about things first on the newsletter!

Website features

The site is complete, but that doesn’t mean more bonus features can be added! We’ve been requested a number of times to add inverted card meanings to each page. These will be added as soon as they have been thoroughly researched. Symbology for each card will be finished this year too!

Stickers and phone cases

Finally, designs for each card will be added to the redbubble store. You can view the store here. These stickers have been so so popular. It’s quite a bit of work to touch up each card and get it ready for print. Redbubble frequently have savings so these stickers and phone cases, so be sure to check back frequently.


That’s all for now, expect an update mid-February. As always, thank you for visiting Tarot-Explained!




Happy new year, Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Tarot-Explained.com!

Tarot card - The Empress


Tarot card - The Empress

I hope you’ve all had a merry festive season, and are all looking forward to the new year. January 2nd 2018 marks the third birthday for Tarot-Explained.com. It doesn’t feel like our second birthday was too long ago, how time flies! The site has come a long way and I love seeing it grow. The road map for the new year involves video descriptions, in depth symbology of the Rider-Waite deck, card keywords, and much much more.

Thanks so much for sticking around, and see you in 2018!

Hallowe’en updates!

tarot scene

It’s Halloween again, arguably the best time of the year. Last year, we introduced a Halloween spread for you all to try out. If you weren’t here for it, give it a go this Halloween! Tarot-Explained.com has seen a number of updates recently, so we’ll summarise them in this post.

Sometimes a written definition isn’t enough for a tarot card description. Maybe it doesn’t seem relevant enough or fit just right. We’ve started adding keywords to each card description, starting with all of the Major Arcana. You can find them on the card description pages, near the bottom. Sometimes a keyword can help more than a given description, it gives you a different perspective and a more open starting place to draw connections from. Soon, all of the cards will have keywords attached.

We’ve also drawn up a road map of new features to add to each card; symbology, astrological ties and card connections to name a few. It’s exciting to work on and I’ve loved seeing this site grow. In January, Tarot-Explained will be three years old! Thanks for sticking around, and thanks for the nice comments I’m receiving through email.

All the best.

Tarot in popular culture : A really brief introduction to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘The Holy Mountain’

Happy Autumn, and now that the autumn equinox has passed, it’s all downhill from here! I’m only joking. Autumn is a time to calm down and start finishing the things you started earlier in the year. In this case, I wanted to write about tarot in popular culture months ago, and I’ve only really just gotten around to it.  To start with, we’ll briefly discuss the tarot symbolism of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘The Holy Mountain’.

If you are one for spotting hidden symbolism and meanings, the Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘The Holy Mountain’ is a brilliant film to watch. Tarot plays a prominent role in the film both as an element of the story as well as clearly inspiring the designs of the characters. To try and actually describe The Holy Mountain is difficult; as a surrealist film the narrative is rather disjointed and sometimes difficult to watch, but it’s sprinkled with extremely memorable scenes which you’ll think about for days.

In the above scene, The Alchemist character uses the tarot deck as an allegorical tool of transformation for the story of the fool figure, whom eventually grows into a Christ-like figure, following the journey of the fool. The meaning of the Magician card and Hermetic concepts are described effortlessly in one line, with the bull and the vulture. This is one of the earlier scenes in the film, and forms a basis for the following story, introducing ten characters that are all essentially aspects of the whole main character.

Alejandro Jodorowsky still studies the tarot; he wrote a book on it and saw it differently to how it is usually portrayed. Not happy with the tarots use as a divination tool, he treated it more as a psychological aid. Interestingly, he combine cards in order to better understand them. Jodorowsky considers only one deck to be pure, the Tarot de Marseille, and all others to be derivative, each new tarot deck release losing the original meaning of the cards, until you end up with something like a tarot deck based off a TV show. It’s true that this opinion is shared by many, but as with many aspects of tarot, there is no objective truth.

In future we’ll be looking at more tarot inspired films, music and books!  Have you read a book or seen a good film that features Tarot symbology? Comment below!


Stichomancy – Enhance your tarot reading

Stichomancy divination method


Tarot is a great divinatory tool as we all know. What you may not know is that it can be combined with so many other magical and divination methods and techniques.  Stichomancy is the art of divination through interpreting seemingly randomly chosen words.

Can I perform Stichomancy?

Yes, anyone can do it, and it makes a great addition to any tarot reading! You simply think of a question, open a book at random , close your eyes and put your finger down on the page. The sentence you put your finger on should answer your question! Let’s look into how to perform a Stichomancy reading in depth.


How do I perform a Stichomancy reading?

  1. Find a book which you believe to contain truth. Traditionally religious texts were used but you can choose a book that you feel drawn to or have a connection with
  2. Clear your mind and think of a question you wish to ask, focus on the question
  3. Close your eyes and hold the book by it’s spine
  4. Allow the book to fall open on any page
  5. With your eyes still closed, place your finger on the page
  6. Open your eyes and read the sentence that your finger has fallen on
  7. Understand the sentence and interpret it in relation to your question

Stichomancy is a lesser known divination technique but has actually been in use for over 3000 years. Sometimes it is called Bibliomancy. There are many methods of performing a reading but the steps above are a good place to start from. You can use it in a reading in many ways. For yourself, Stichomancy can give you another valuable insight into your initial question in a wider way than a single card or spread of cards can. For others, Stichomancy is a fun and easy to understand technique. It almost turns divination into a fun game!

Give Stichomancy a try in your next reading and let us know how you got on. Comment below or visit out Facebook page to discuss Stichomancy along with Tarot!

Weekly Tarot Card – 24th July – Page of Cups

Page of Cups

Welcome to the Tarot-Explained ‘weekly card’. Each Monday, we will feature a card and how it may affect you in the coming week. A weekly card is a general reading for all and in short it means; How will this week be? A weekly card reminds us to be mindful of the particular aspect of the card and how it manifests in our lives. Can a ‘one card for all’ approach truly work? Yes, of course, as long as you interpret it in a certain way; be mindful of the ‘things to look out for’ below. If you’d like to let us know if this card had an effect on your week, please let us know!


Page of Cups
Page of Cups

Things to look out for this week:

Number : 11

Person : Someone from your childhood, someone from your past you haven’t seen for a while

Activity : Anything you enjoy. Try to dedicate a day to yourself this coming week.

Be Mindful of : Making things too complex. Don’t overthink, things are simpler if you look at them form a distance.

Other : Try to reconnect with your inner child. Do you have a lost passion from years ago? Look into trying it again this week.


For more information, check out The Five of Wands card meaning here

Weekly Tarot Card – 17th July

Tarot card - The Five of Wands

Welcome to the Tarot-Explained ‘weekly card’. Each Monday, we will feature a card and how it may affect you in the coming week. A weekly card is a general reading for all and in short it means; How will this week be? A weekly card reminds us to be mindful of the particular aspect of the card and how it manifests in our lives. Can a ‘one card for all’ approach truly work? Yes, of course, as long as you interpret it in a certain way; be mindful of the ‘things to look out for’ below. If you’d like to let us know if this card had an effect on your week, please let us know!


The Five of Wandsfive of wands tarot card

Things to look out for this week:

Number : 5

Person : Your enemy, or someone you don’t get along with

Activity : Any competitive sport may be good this week, to channel out the negative energy

Be Mindful of : Causing or participating in arguments that don’t go anywhere

Other : Try not to take sides this week


For more information, check out The Five of Wands card meaning here

The most frequently asked Tarot questions – answered!

popular tarot questions

Quite often I check the Tarot-Explained inbox and I get a lot of similar questions. I felt a helpful post here would benefit everyone with the most popular asked Tarot questions. Some of them may seem a bit silly if you’ve been practicing Tarot or are at least knowledgeable in it. Luckily, many of these tarot questions are answered around the site, so nice helpful links are provided.


What is tarot?

Tarot is a complex form of divination using cards adapted from playing cards. There are usually two people involved,the tarot reader and the person asking for the reading (sometimes referred to as the Querent, from the Latin ‘to seek’). The reader will deal and arrange cards  into a pattern, called a spread. Each tarot card has a meaning, and it’s position in the spread will alter it’s meaning. It’s up to the read to interpret the cards and their positions and provide an answer to the Querent.


How do you read tarot cards?

Tarot cards can be interpreted in many ways. A standard way is to, as above, arrange a spread, and interpret the meanings as they are laid out. Different readers will interpret different aspects of the card, but each card does have an established theme, so it isn’t just guessing in the dark. If, for example there are two different readers, they should interpret the same spread in a very similar way.


Can you do a tarot card reading for yourself?

Yes, of course. I frequently do a tarot reading for myself. A tarot reading for yourself can make you open up your awareness to new aspects of life and see things from another perspective. If you’re asking the question; ‘What will happen next week’, for example, it’s the same if you’re asking for you or another person. You deal the cards in the spread the same way and interpret them the same way. Give it a try!


How do you clear your tarot cards?

First, what is clearing your Tarot deck? Clearing is a practice that many tarot readers will perform to ‘cleanse’ their deck of any energies imbued upon them by their previous use. Some believe Tarot decks, and any object at all really, will soak up the energy around it. This can affect the next reading. A negative reading first might affect a potentially positive reading later on if the deck isn’t cleansed. It can also affect the mind of the reader, so they should take some time out to clear their mind between readings.

A simple way to clear your deck and yourself is to go outside in the daytime and clear your mind. Have a walk. Don’t think about tarot reading. Elemental cleansing is also popular and can get you into a magical frame of mind, but each will take a bit longer to learn. In short;

Cleansing by Fire – Arrange candles around your Tarot deck and visualise the negative energy burning into the flame. Use incense after; run your cards through incense smoke to refresh them.

Cleansing by Water – If your cards are water-resistant; simply run them under running water. Visualise the energy from the previous reading washing down the stream.

Cleansing by Earth – Salt is used here, sprinkle salt on the deck for a quick ritual; or bury the entire deck under salt for a longer lasting ritual. Earth banishing spells should longer than the others but are more thorough.

Cleansing by Air – Leaving your cards out of their box for a day or two, in the air. Every time you see them, visualise the negative energy evaporating like on a warm day.


What does the Death card really mean?

The Death tarot card, like the other more popular cards, has been given a number of non-standard meanings. It isn’t really helping itself by it’s illustration, but importantly; the Death card doesn’t always mean death or dying. The Death tarot card usually represents the end of a cycle and the start of a new one, some examples would be; a new job, a new spouse, the end of an old routine, an unexpected new place you find yourself living. Death is nothing to be afraid of, so don’t be shocked if it comes up in a reading!

Check out the Death tarot card meaning here.


What does a reversed tarot card mean?

A reversed tarot card can have a number of meanings, but the general feel is that the meanings are reversed; positive becomes negative. Not all readers will perform a tarot card reading with reverse meanings in mind, but if you are learning Tarot, it can be interesting to give it a shot.


Is Tarot dangerous? Is Tarot Evil?

Finally, and an easy one to finish on. No. Tarot is not dangerous or evil by nature; it is just a tool. Like any tool, Tarot cards can be used for a negative purpose. It’s important whether you are receiving or giving a reading that you accept it as an exterior voice, a suggestion or a new point of view. Tarot may sometimes tell you the correct path to take, but it’s something you have to judge for yourself. If a tarot reading says something like, ‘You will visit Australia this year!’, it may well be true. It may even be the Universe trying to hint you along the right path. But if you really don’t want to go, then don’t listen to it. Remember, we all have free will, and it’s empowering to use it every now and then!

Weekly Tarot Card – July 3rd

Queen of cups candles

Welcome to the first ‘weekly card’. Each Monday, we will feature a card and how it may affect you in the coming week. A weekly card is a general reading for all and in short it means; How will this week be? A weekly card reminds us to be mindful of the particular aspect of the card and how it manifests in our lives. Can a ‘one card for all’ approach truly work? Yes, of course, as long as you interpret it in a certain way; be mindful of the ‘things to look out for’ below. If you’d like to let us know if this card had an effect on your week, please let us know!

Our first weekly tarot card is the Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

The Queen of Cups can represent a powerful woman influential in your life, but also maturity and sensitivity. To find out more about the 13th card of the Cups Suit, check out it’s card meaning here.

Things to look out for this week:

Number : 13

Person : An older woman

Activity : Reconnect with someone who has helped you in the past and tell them how much you appreciate them.

Be Mindful of : Someone new that will require your help.

Other : Pay attention to your dreams this week!


For more information, check out The Queen of Cups card meaning here.