But you know what I'm going to say: Down Home Tarot is about keeping it simple, and only adding complexity if it's easy and fun for you. Today, I'm sharing the area of astrology that I incorporate sometimes.
Each (western) Zodiac sign correlates to a card in the Major Arcana, so if you know you're birthday, you can find an associated trump card that is your Zodiac card. What does this mean? Well, it means if it shows up in readings, it could signify you in that position. Or it could mean that the characteristics of that card can give you insight into how you approach life's challenges. Or, you know, it could just be one more card that you remember a little easier! Despite my surface-level understanding of the Zodiac, I really like my sign, so I like seeing my card pop up in readings. It doesn't necessarily reveal some huge amazing insight, but it's one more tiny connection that creates a richer experience for me.
I've included what I know about each sign's association with its trump card (which is, admittedly, not much.) This is intended to help you see if you are interested in this system, not necessarily give you detailed information. Without further ado, I present to you the Tarot Zodiac!
Aries (March 21-April 19)— The Emperor
Your card, the first in the Zodiac, is about leadership and power. Note that the Emperor's throne is adorned with rams, signifying the connection to Aries.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)— The Hierophant
The Hierophant is often associated with institutions and mentorship.
Gemini (May 2-June 20)— The Lovers
There are other cards in the tarot deck that more literally represent love; this card, fittingly, is about our dual nature, and making important decisions.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)— The Chariot
The Chariot often symbolizes mastery over opposing forces, and sometimes travel. Check out his star-spangled canopy, and the Hermetic Zodiac-like symbols on his skirt!
Leo (July 23-August 22)— Strength
The lion on the card makes it the obvious correlate to Leo. This isn't my sign, but it's one of my special cards!
Virgo (August 23-September 22)— The Hermit
The Hermit calls on us to look inward for strength and guidance. I know very little about its association with Virgo.
Libra (September 23-October 22)— Justice
The only inanimate Zodiac sign, Libra's scales match up nicely with the scales of Justice. This is my sign, so I note this card carefully when it comes up in a personal reading.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)— Death
I was supposed to be a Scorpio! This date range includes Halloween, Samhain, and el Dia de los Meurtos. Like the card, these holidays address not only Death, but the cycle of renewal.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)— Temperance
Temperance is a comforting card to me. She signifies balance, moderation, and cooperation.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)— The Devil
Capricorn includes the prefix capri-, referring to goats (what does capricious mean if not playfully goat-like?). You see how the Devil has been conflated with the horned Pan, a satyr who represents mirth and indulgence.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)— The Star
The Star is a card of optimism and clarity. Notice how water dominates the imagery, with the woman pouring water from jugs in both hands, making it a fitting card for Aquarius.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)— The Moon
The moon is a mysterious card! I associate it with hidden knowledge, and the intuition that arises from our limbic brain. Note the blue lobster up front (representing that limbic brain), giving us a reference to Pisces' fish.
Are you particularly tied to your Zodiac sign? What do you think of its associated card? Do you see yourself incorporating astrology in your practice, or will it be more of an incidental interest? Share your thoughts!