register blueSimply put, the tarot is a deck of cards with pretty pictures.

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More importantly, this 78-card deck has a particular symbolic structure that distinguishes it from other oracle decks. There are many effective approaches to reading the tarot, from telling stories based on the scenic images, to memorizing keywords or common symbolism, to overlaying correspondences from various esoteric and metaphysical systems.

Every card in the tarot deck corresponds to an element, mode, sign, decan, planet or combination of these. If you know astrology, then you can read tarot!

Join us as we discover:

  • Decks that are easiest for astrologers to use as they transition to tarot
  • The astrological correspondences for all cards—Major Arcana, Pips, and Court Cards
  • How your existing knowledge of astrology can translate to interpreting the cards
  • Specific astrologically based spreads
  • The kinds of questions that tarot can answer better or more easily than chart reading

Tarot readers might find the astrological glyphs on the cards mysterious; for you, it’s a familiar language that opens up a new symbolic system.

Historical Background

Tarot started as a trick-taking game in 15th century Italy. Starting in the 16th century, cards for the elements and signs, among others, were added to the 78-card tarot deck to create the 97-card Minchiate deck, also used for gaming. By the 17th century, tarot began to be used for divination. In the late 19th century, a systematized approach to assigning the astrological symbols to the basic 78 card deck developed, forever changing how the cards were read for fortunetelling. Although layering astrological symbolism onto the tarot images is considered advanced work for tarot readers, astrologers have a natural entrée into card reading.


Joy Vernon has been teaching symbolic correspondence systems for more than twenty years. Her specialty is the esoteric tarot which combines astrological and qabalistic symbolism with the pictorial images. She is the organizer of the Denver Tarot Meetup and produced TarotCon Denver in partnership with Tarosophy Tarot Association. She is a Certified Professional Tarot Reader and works as a tarot reader and astrologer at Isis Books. Joy also teaches Traditional Japanese Reiki. For more information, please visit