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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Astrology and Tarot Series

I thought it might be fun to do a weekly card from the Major Arcana, exploring the astrological associations from various systems. This is not something that has to be "memorized" or anything like that. The use of astrological associations with Tarot is completely up to the reader. This is merely intended to be interesting and fun.

I have listed credits for the decks and books referenced in this series HERE.


Order of the Golden Dawn (OGD)
The attribution for The Fool card is not a particular sign or planet but simply the element Air.

One World Tarot by Crystal Love
The Fool is associated with Earth.

A.E. Thierens, PhD. (Astrology & the Tarot)
The Fool is associated with "Our Earth." The Fool represents "the average state of man in the present stage of Earth-evolution."

The Celestial Tarot by Brian Clark
The Fool is linked to the planet Uranus, modern ruler of Aquarius, an Air sign. Uranus is known as the planet of change and upheaval.

The Mandala Astrological Tarot by A.T. Mann
The Fool is assigned to the element Air, the planet Uranus, and the zodiac signs Aquarius and Scorpio.

The Whispering Tarot by Liz Hazel
This deck links The Fool with the element Air and the planet Uranus.

To summarize, we see a variety of astrological associations and attributions for The Fool, the most common in this set being the element Air, Earth (the element and/or the planet), and the planet Uranus.

In my view, it makes the most sense to use the astrological associations provided by a deck's creator, if there are any. If there are none, I would either refrain from using astrological associations or use them with care, knowing that I am operating entirely on my own. It is probably *fairly* safe to say that decks known to be based on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck can be considered in terms of the OGD's associations. The Thoth deck primarily uses OGD associations, although there are exceptions.

I welcome your comments!