Through the centuries the Tarot cards have taken on many different interpretations. Today’s meaning in each of the cards is a compilation of traditional, victorian, and contemporary definitions. The traditonal and victorian era explanations of the Tarot often focus on the darker ideas in the cards. I call them the “gloom and doom” interpretations. These meanings have their place within a reading, but personally I don’t like focusing on them all of the time.
During the 1970’s Tarot authors and creators started seeing the cards in a different way. They brought in the idea that the Tarot is not just a tool for self growth and discovery, but that the personal journey inward could be a positive experience too. Since then the Tarot has taken on a more balanced significance. Many of the cards have a negative and positive side to them, depending on how, and where, they appear in the reading.
The meanings you find here are summaries of the Tarot cards. Each of these cards could have pages written about what they mean, the sybolism involved, traditional vs. comtemporary interpretations, how to look at the cards intuitively, not to mention the reversals. But I save all of those topics for my classes and workshops. However, if you would like an overview of the Tarot cards they are divided into five pages; the Major Arcana, Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.