“What tarot card is Sagittarius?“, is a common question for Sagittarians to ask me when they start learning tarot.
The answer is actually more complicated than you might think. The sign of Sagittarius is actually associated to not just one, but five different tarot cards.
If that sounds confusing, the good news is that only one of those five tarot cards is a Major Arcana card — so we’ll start there.
The tarot card that represents Sagittarius
The tarot card that best represents Sagittarius is the Major Arcana card “Temperance“.
The Temperance card is the tarot’s symbol of moderation. A process of both seeking balance and striving for the perfect mixture of elements. Temperance seeks to limit excess and produce a well rounded, but non-extreme lifestyle.
By pouring water from one vessel to another, Temperance literally “tempers” desire and emotion — producing a more moderate mix.
This improved blend of qualities makes a good analog for the personality type of those born under the Sagittarius sun sign. Both Temperance and Sagittarius seek a more enlightened mindset, and tend to avoid extremes.
Sagittarians seek new ideas and add them to the “mix” of their own established wisdom, always expanding their worldview and tempering their wisdom with new perspectives.
Sagittarius is a fire sign, and the Temperance tarot card is also strongly associated with fire: The triangle on Temperance’s chest is the alchemical symbol for fire, and Temperance’s forehead we see the zodiac symbol for the Sun.
This fire relationship is also continued in the Minor Arcana associations with Sagittarius.
Minor Arcana tarot cards associated with Sagittarius
Aside from the Sagittarius association with the Major Arcana Temperance card, there are also 4 additional Minor Arcana cards which are linked to Sagittarius.
The Minor Arcana cards associated with Sagittarius are:
These 4 Minor Arcana Wands cards are linked to the sign of Sagittarius for two reasons:
- They share a primary elemental association to Fire.
- They share a mutable astrological modality.
A mutable modality represents the concepts of “endings” and “changes”. To read more about modality and how primary elements can be used to connect the fields of astrology and tarot, see our longer post on the connections between astrology and tarot cards.
Why is it important to know which tarot card represents Sagittarius?
Most fans of tarot and astrology mentally pigeon-hole the two fields into two separate disciplines. To be fair, it’s possible to be skilled with both fields, and not mix them at all. But for those who take the extra time to learn the correspondences between astrology and tarot cards, the results can be dramatic and profound.
It’s nice to know the basic meanings of tarot cards, but being able to also associate a tarot card with a specific month of the year, or a person born under specific sign can add an additional dimension to your tarot interpretations.
Now that you’ve learned the 5 tarot cards which can be associated with the sign of Sagittarius, see if you can apply that additional layer of meaning to your next free tarot reading.