Aries Tarot Readings & its meaning

Tarot cards generally consist of a pack of 78 playing cards with impressions drawn on them based on a certain topic that the particular tarot deck wants to focus on. In the traditional Venetian or Piedmontese tarot, there are 22 major arcana cards or trump cards and 56 minor arcana cards. Major arcana cards signify intense, karmic change and shift in energy while minor arcanas can signify the causes or the motives behind that change. It is believed that tarot cards were mainly used to play card games in Europe in the 14th-15th century time period, that is how they originated. They were popular mainly in France and Italy. Their use for divination began taking place sometime during the 18th century and they did not become popular in the United States till the 20th century. As opposed to astrology which can be said to have originated in India thousands of years ago, tarot reading originated in Italy and is comparatively a newer practice and hasn’t taken hold in India in a big way yet. The biggest difference between tarot and astrology is that astrology claims to be able to predict the future using mathematical precision based on calculating the different aspects of a birth chart while tarot only claims to be able to make a reiki of the current energies given off by the reading, every tarot reader and listener has ‘freewill’ or the power to change their destiny. Tarot is not as set in stone as astrology is and therefore can be used as an instrument to gauge the past, present and future patterns and change them if necessary.

Now, coming to the zodiac sign of Aries. Aries is the first sign in the zodiac wheel, it is cardinal fire and associated with feisty, vital and go-getter energy. Its symbol is the ram and Aries natives can often display anger issues and a thirst for power which is not manifested in a healthy way. The tarot card representing the sign of Aries is The Emperor. The Emperor is the fourth Major Arcana or trump card in a traditional deck of 78 cards. The imagery on this card is important to decipher the meaning it exudes. The Emperor is sitting on a throne of stone, with engravings of four ram heads on the throne. In his right hand, he holds a scepter signifying his divine authority and sanction while in his left hand he holds an orb which is representative of the earth. Holding the earth in his left hand is indicative of the amount of power the Emperor possesses, which is enough to shake the entire planet and take it by storm.

It is important for us to look into the astrological details of some famous personalities with their sun in Aries to get a better understanding of how exactly Aries people can be. In its positive manifestation, Aries natives are natural leaders and can win people over with their overwhelming drive and energy. Ruled by the planet of action, Mars, Aries residents have an immense amount of energy to succeed in life and like the ram, they stop at nothing to achieve their goals. For example, Maya Angelou, Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh are all people with sun in Aries. However, in its negative or unhealthy manifestation, these people tend to be hungry for power and lack empathy. Their tendency to ‘rule the world’ can make them bossy, brash, impulsive and insensitive. Adolf Hitler is the perfect example of a sun in Aries resident gone bad.

Similar to the Aries astrological personality, the tarot card for Aries, The Emperor is also ruled by the planet of Mars. In its upright position, it is a very positive card that expresses self-sufficiency, worldly success and abundance, drive, a balanced way of handling power and being able to take care of your responsibilities in a healthy way. The Emperor sits perched atop a throne that is divinely and rightfully earned. However, in its reversed position, the card can signify manipulation, unfair ways of getting power, not being able to handle power, the urge for controlling things, betrayal from friends or colleagues and emotional immaturity as opposed to kingly wisdom.

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