Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop
This post is part of the Tarot Blog Hop, in which tarot writers from around the world join together to discuss a particular topic. Our blog hop wrangler for this round, Arwen of Tarot by Arwen, proposed we discuss timing and tarot. She specifically suggested exploring the relationship between the tarot suits and the seasons, one of my favorite topics. I’ll share with you five ways to match the four seasons to the tarot suits. I included a handy chart to summarize the results! The links below and at the end of the post will let you hop through all the participating blogs to find out what other bloggers have to say on the topic.
Ways to Use the Seasons
One useful way to tell time with tarot is to match the four seasons to the tarot suits. When used in a timing question, this technique can let you identify roughly what time of year the event in question will happen. Moreover, this technique is useful for understanding the season of any part of life. For instance, is this particular relationship just getting started, in the spring of its life? The summer season lets us know it is strong and growing with ease and enjoyment. Or has it already reached its fall season, starting to decline? If a relationship shows up as being in winter, you know you’re not getting that return phone call!
But how do the tarot suits match to the seasons? Lots of different ways! Let’s look at some of the most common and also explore why.
Five Ways to Match the Four Seasons to the Tarot Suits
- Cardinal Signs. The start of the season matches the element of the tarot suit. Fiery Aries starts spring. the Suit of Wands. Watery Cancer is Cups for summer. Cardinal air sign Libra is Swords and the start of fall. Earthy Capricorn starts winter and matches the suit of Pentacles.
- Sun’s Cycle. The four seasons equate to the sun’s daily cycle. Dawn is spring, symbolized by airy Swords. Noon is the summer heat of Wands. Sunset is fall, correlating to water and the Suit of Cups. Midnight matches winter, the stockpile of tarot Pentacles. Based on Neo-Pagan ritual symbolism.
- Fixed Signs. Astrology’s fixed signs correspond to the middle, or fullest expression, of each season. Taurus/earth/Pentacles is the growth of spring. Leo/fire/Wands is the slow, hot, summer. Scorpio/water/Cups is fall when we connect with ancestors. Aquarius/air/Swords is the depth of winter.
- Natural Symbolism. The agricultural cycle of growth and harvest defines the seasons and the suits. This straightforward symbolism conjures spring showers and hot summers. Pentacles represent the fruit of harvest, while the cold blades of swords signify reaping crops and the death of the year.
- Swapped Suits. Seasonal weather inspires the elemental associations. But as in the Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot, the elemental attributions of Swords and Wands are swapped. Snowmelt in spring overflows rivers, earthy Pentacles grow green in summer, fall leaves blow in the breeze with the airy Suit of Wands, and the fiery Swords are the only defense against a fierce and freezing winter. Based on natural symbolism combined with the swapped attributions of suit to element.
Handy Chart of the Four Seasons to the Tarot Suits
How Do You Match the Four Seasons to the Tarot Suits?
You can probably find as many methods for assigning the tarot suits to the seasons as you can find readers. What permutations do you use to match the four seasons to the tarot suits? Please tell us how it makes the most sense to you in the comments!
Seasons follow one another just as one blog leads to the next in the Blog Hop! Use the navigation links to hop to the next blog and learn more timing tips! And don’t miss my blog Completely Joyous, where I share a Tarot Timing Information Chart that assigns a specific time frame to every card in the deck. Never be confused with timing questions again!