Major Arcana Correspondences Cheat Sheet

Major arcana correspondences in tarot

Need to look up Major Arcana correspondences quickly? Need to find out the elements associated with the Major Arcana? Which numerology numbers relate to each card? Which planets govern each Major Arcana card?

See the handy table below:

Table of all Major Arcana tarot correspondences


Major Arcana Card Correspondences
Fool Element: Air
Zodiac: Uranus
Numerology: All
Yes or No: Yes
Magician Element: Air
Zodiac: Mercury
Numerology: 10 & 19
Yes or No: Yes
High Priestess Element: Water
Zodiac: Moon
Numerology: 11 & 20
Yes or No: Maybe
Empress Element: Earth
Zodiac: Venus
Numerology: 12 & 21
Yes or No: Yes
Emperor Element: Fire
Zodiac: Aries
Numerology: 13
Yes or No: Maybe
Hierophant Element: Earth
Zodiac: Taurus
Numerology: 14
Yes or No: Maybe
Lovers Element: Air
Zodiac: Gemini
Numerology: 15
Yes or No: Yes
Chariot Element: Water
Zodiac: Cancer
Numerology: 16
Yes or No: Yes
Strength Element: Fire
Zodiac: Leo
Numerology: 17
Yes or No: Yes
Hermit Element: Earth
Zodiac: Virgo
Numerology: 18
Yes or No: Maybe
Wheel of Fortune Element: Fire
Zodiac: Jupiter
Numerology: 1 & 19
Yes or No: Yes
Justice Element: Air
Zodiac: Libra
Numerology: 2
Yes or No: Maybe
Hanged Man Element: Water
Zodiac: Neptune
Numerology: 3
Yes or No: Maybe
Death Element: Water
Zodiac: Scorpio
Numerology: 4
Yes or No: No
Temperance Element: Fire
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Numerology: 5
Yes or No: Yes
Devil Element: Earth
Zodiac: Capricorn
Numerology: 6
Yes or No: No
Tower Element: Fire
Zodiac: Mars
Numerology: 7
Yes or No: No
Star Element: Air
Zodiac: Aquarius
Numerology: 8
Yes or No: Yes
Moon Element: Water
Zodiac: Pisces
Numerology: 9
Yes or No: No
Sun Element: Fire
Zodiac: Sun
Numerology: 1 & 10
Yes or No: Yes
Judgement Element: Fire
Zodiac: Pluto
Numerology: 2
Yes or No: Yes
World Element: Earth
Zodiac: Saturn
Numerology: 3
Yes or No: Yes


What are Major Arcana correspondences?

A list of Major Arcana correspondences (also called major arcana associations) is a way of combining separate schools of divination and esoteric philosophy. By using the above table, it’s possible to make connections between the worlds of tarot, alchemy, numerology and astrology. It’s also possible to assign “Yes or No” values to each of the Major Arcana cards.

By learning the tarot correspondences (or having this cheat sheet handy) you can add new and fascinating layers to your tarot readings. For example, if the Justice tarot card appears in your readings, the table of Major Arcana correspondences allows for more creative interpretations and references: Perhaps the card applies to the primary element of Air. Perhaps it is referencing the zodiac symbol Libra — or a person born under that sign? Perhaps the primary numerological number 2 is being referenced?

By bringing together these different worlds of knowledge, you can supercharge your readings and bring new dimensions of understanding to your interpretations.

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Where do tarot correspondences come from?

Much of the work on tarot correspondences was accomplished by a secretive group called The Golden Dawn, which formed in the late 19th century. The Golden Dawn set out to form a unified system under which the laws of astrology, numerology, tarot and other occult practices all worked together in a single construct. For more information about the links between these schools of philosophy, read our deep dive into the connections between astrology and tarot.

What about Yes or No meanings?

Yes or no tarot meanings are generally accepted. This means while most tarot readers today adhere to the same rules, there are some competing yes or no rule-sets out there, and there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding which set of yes/no correspondences is correct.

iFate uses these generally accepted yes or no tarot meanings, but as you dive deep into tarot lore, don’t be surprised if you occasionally come across subtle differences to these correspondences.

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