Match the Four Seasons to the Tarot Suits

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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.


Match the four seasons to the tarot suits for an easy way to tell time with the tarot.
The Four Seasons by Alphonse Mucha, 1896.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

This handy chart shows five different ways to match 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!

Hop On!

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!


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Author: Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon is an astrologer and tarot reader in Burien, Washington. Formerly, she served as the Organizer of the Denver Tarot Meetup and Denver Tarot Geeks, and now runs the Greater Seattle Tarot Meetup. She is passionate about teaching others to read tarot for themselves to bring clarity and guidance to their lives. Joy started Tarot in Love to share everything she's learned about love in the cards from her decades of work as a professional reader. Over the past ten years, Joy has published more than 250 free articles on tarot, astrology, qabalah, Reiki, and meditation on her other blog Completely JoyousSchedule a reading to see her philosophies in action.

12 thoughts on “Match the Four Seasons to the Tarot Suits

  1. I echo that, a book by Joy is required!!

    I’ve come across these associations and their variants through books and decks. I’ve always found myself coming back to the original ones that I fell into when I started this journey and at some point, let them go and trusted the cards instead.

    I do love and enjoy learning about them but I rarely find any need to use them any more, the cards always seem to have the right answer for the right person at the right time 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes, the natural symbolism is a good one. I use the Cardinal Signs myself, but every time I learn a new way of doing it, I think, ooooh, that’s cool!

  2. Ah! It helps to see them all lined up in your handy chart. I first learned to match the suits to seasons by use of the Victorian Fairy Tarot and was so confused when someone told me I was wrong! Of course I was using the right system for that deck: Wands=Spring, Cups=Summer, Pentacles=Autumn, Swords=Winter. I was hopeful that one of your systems would match it, but just seeing there are so many different ways to do it makes me feel better about it not matching what I was told was the “right” one.

    1. Yes, that one confused me when it first came out. I admit I didn’t buy it because of that. Have you ever worked with the Ellen Cannon Reed Witches Tarot? She assigns the seasons to the hierarchy of the courts — I believe Queens are spring, Princes are summer, Princesses are fall, and Kings are winter. The art is perfectly clear, but whenever I would try to remember the card images I would get it all tangled up because I was trying to organize it by suit.

  3. i used to have a deity associated with each season and the element i associated with them is what i associated with the season as well. so with that, mine were:
    spring, brighid, fire
    summer, elen of the ways, earth
    autumn, lugh, air
    winter, gwyn ap nudd, water
    this order was also influenced by the zodiac signs elements (aries/fire, taurus/earth, gemini/air, cancer/water, and so on in that order as well)

    im still figuring out my path and beliefs in paganism and witchcraft, and im not sure what to think anymore. the natural symbolism here really seems to vibe with me.

    another thing im trying to grasp is whether or not i prefer the switched elements for the wand and the sword/athame. my favourite tarot (the wild unknown) doesn’t have the switched elements, but switching them sounds better in my head. aagh, so conflicted!

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