Tarot Keywords

Waite-Smith - Keywords & Key Phrases

Major Arcana

The 22 Trumps​

0 The Fool

UPRIGHT: New beginnings, Potentiality, Spontaneity, Leap of faith, Free spirit, Take a risk, Childlike, Carefree, Fearless behaviour, Innocence, Journey, Initiation, 

REVERSED: Foolish behaviour, Risk tacking, Resisting change, Naïve, Inexperience, Novice, Closed to advise, Folly, Jocker, Careless, Unaware, 

1 The Magician

UPRIGHT: Power, Skilful, Well resourced, Initiative, Alchemist, Master of communication, Manifestation, Mediator, Medium, Persuasion, Confidence, Magical, Conduit, 

REVERSED: Manipulative, Cunning, Deceptive, Trickster, Unskilled, Smoke and mirrors, Controlling, Narcissistic,

2 The High Priestess

UPRIGHT: Secret knowledge, Intuition, Vailed language, Passivity, Divination, Psychic, Mystic, Mystery, Clairvoyant, Receptive, Unconsciousness, Spiritual insight, Devine feminine, Hidden knowledge, Goddess energy, 

REVERSED: Secretive, Information withheld, Cryptic, Aloof, Lack of transparency, Detached, Reticent with knowledge, Unclear, Evasive,

3 The Empress

UPRIGHT: Maternal, Motherly, Mother earth, Feminine, Creativity, Growth, Fertility, Pregnancy, Protective, Supportive, Nurturing, Abundance, Loving, Birth. Conception, Compassion, Caring, Nature, Tender, Beauty, 

REVERSED: Unmotherly, Uncreative, Barren, Neglectful,   

4 The Emperor

UPRIGHT: Authority, Master, Masculine, Action, Ambitious, Structure, Society, Leadership, Rulership, Fatherly, Wisdom, Government, Chef, 

REVERSED: Controlling, Bossy, Aggressive, Argumentative, Fiery, Domineering, Disciplinarian, 

5 The Hierophant

UPRIGHT: Spirituality, Faith, Teacher, Counselling, Religious, Traditions, Establishment, Structure, Rituals, Conventionalism, Educator, Orthodox path,

REVERSED: Conservative, Nonconformity, Nonconformist, rebel, outcast, Anti-establishment,

6 The Lovers

UPRIGHT: Duality, Marriage, Relationship, Partnership, Harmony, Balance, Shearing, Give and take, Attraction, Choice, Blessings, Love, Romance, Passion,

REVERSED: Repulsion, Incompatibility, Inharmonious, Opposites, 

7 The Chariot

UPRIGHT: Victory, Drive, Travel, Transport, Focus, Self-discipline, Success, Ambition, Control, Control over the willpower, Determination, Triumph, 

REVERSED: Out of control, Lack of direction, Unfocused, Transport or travel problems, Struggle to keep on track, 

8 Strength

UPRIGHT: Inner strengthCourage, Fortitude, Resilience, Tenderness, Control, Compassion, Strength of character, Self-awareness, Control of the will,

REVERSED: Weakness, Force, Losing strength, Becoming weaker, Domination, 

9 The Hermit

UPRIGHTWisdom, Soul searching, Meditation, Mentorship, Inner guidance, Introspection, Spiritual guidance, Spiritual advice, Pilgrim, Retreat, Withdrawal, 

REVERSED: Isolation, Detachment, Intervention, Dark night of the soul, Depression, 

10 The Wheel of Fortune

UPRIGHTGood luck, Destiny, Karma, Change, Turning point, Life cycles, Fortune, Expansion, Win, Success, Gambling, Movement, The tide is changing, Unexpected events,

REVERSED: Bad luck, Change of circumstances, Resistance to change, Lack of control, Unable to control situations, delays,

11 Justice

UPRIGHT: Justice, Truth, The law, Fairness, Equality, Accomplishment, Balance, Harmony, Honesty, Morality, Intellectual, Call to do the right thing, 

REVERSED: Injustice, Unfairness, Dishonesty, Immorality, Corruption, Fraud, Lies, Deceit, Repercussions, 

12 The Hanged Man

UPRIGHT: New perspective, Self-sacrifice, Surrender, Let go, Trials, Limbo, Feeling trapped, Suspension, Trials, Procrastination, Hanging around, Inner work, Self-reliance, 

REVERSED: Martyrdom, Suffering, Torment, Ridiculer, Stubborn, Left high and dry, 

13 Death

UPRIGHTDeath, End, Destruction, Transformation, Transition, Decay, Stagnancy, Suffering, Renewal, Mortality, End of situation, Conclusion, Endings, Change, Letting go,

REVERSED: Resurrection, Rebirth, Resisting change, Release, 

14 Temperance

UPRIGHT: Balance, Harmony, Mixing, Transformation, Act of alchemy, Blending, Patience, Moderation, Abstinence, Metamorphosis, Vulnerability, 

REVERSED: Imbalance, 

15 The Devil

UPRIGHT: Bondage, Seduction, Manipulation, Temptation, Addiction, Entrapment, Temptation, Materialism, Deception, 

REVERSED: Deceiver, Charlatan, Lies, Sin, Trickery,

16 The Tower

UPRIGHT: Immediate change, Disaster, Destruction, Catastrophe, Change of circumstances, Fall of the ego, Downfall, Structural changes, 

REVERSED: Rebuild, Renewal, Reconstruction, 

17 The Star

UPRIGHT: Hope, Healing, Harmony, Peace, Spirituality, Blessings, Inspiration, Faith, Wish, Cleansing, Renewal, Recovery, Positivity, Rejuvenation, Recovery, 

REVERSED: Vulnerability, Despair, Hopelessness, negativity, Loss of faith, Despondent,

18 The Moon

UPRIGHT: Subconscious, Delusion, Hidden, Deception, Fear, Illusion, Imagination, Introspect, Reflection, Unclear, Cycles, Sensitivity, Dreams,  

REVERSED: Shadow work, Blind to reality, Danger, Darkness, 

19 The Sun

UPRIGHT: The self, Ego, Illumination, Happiness, Completion, Enlightenment, Celebration, Joy, Success, Positivity, Life source, Self-expression, Individuality, Confidence,

REVERSED: Shadow, Darkness, 

20 The Judgment

UPRIGHT: Judgment, Change of position, Call to reassess, Rebirth, Time to reassess, Overly critical, Outcome, Self-judgment, retribution, Inner calling, New opportunities, 

REVERSED: Judgmental, Self-critical, Karmic debt, 

21 The World

UPRIGHTSuccess, Achievement, Celebration, Accomplishment, Completion, End of journey, Fulfilment, Satisfaction, Wholeness, Integration, 

REVERSED: Contraction, Opportunities missed, Failure, Delays, Short-cuts, Missed opportunities, Goals not reached,

Minor Arcana

The Suit of Swords

Ace of Swords

UPRIGHT: Mental clarity, Inspiration, New idea, Breakthrough, Focus, Truth, Cutting through confusion, News,  

REVERSED: Confusion, Miscommunication, Poor communication, 

Two of Swords

UPRIGHT: Choice, Dialogue, Mental balance, Cut through the fog, 

REVERSED: Conflicted thoughts, Assertiveness, Indecision, 

Three of Swords

UPRIGHT: Heartache, Pain & suffering, Wounding, Heartbreak, Rejection, Betrayal, Hurt, Sorrow, 

REVERSEDOvercoming misery & distress, Recovery,   

Four of Swords

UPRIGHT: Rest, Meditation, Recovery, Sleep, Retreat, Relaxation, Contemplation, Recuperation, 

REVERSED: Exhaustion, burn-out, deep contemplation, Introspection, stagnation, 

Five of Swords

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Six of Swords

UPRIGHT: Migration,    

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Nine of Swords

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Knight of Swords

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The Suit of Cups

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The Suit of Wands

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The Suit of Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles

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Five of Pentacles

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Six of Pentacles

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Seven of Pentacles

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Eight of Pentacles

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Nine of Pentacles

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Ten of Pentacles

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Page of Pentacles

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Knight of Pentacles

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Queen of Pentacles

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King of Pentacles

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