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The Art of Choosing a Tarot Significator

By Susyn Blair-Hunt

Significators play a powerful role in Tarot readings. Not only do they identify a certain person, place, or object, they can heighten the focus of the reader as well as the client when addressing the question at hand.

Choosing the best card to signify the main subject of one’s question can be challenging. The following are some guidelines to identify which images of the Tarot will bring the greatest amount of focus to your readings.

People Significators

The most common reason a reader chooses a Significator is to identify a particular person. Typically, these cards are selected based on a person’s birth or astrological sign. In a traditional Tarot deck, Rods/Wands indicate someone born under a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius); Cups represent the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces); Swords identify air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius); the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are represented by Pentacles. The King of a suit will represent a man, and the Queen, a women. Knights will represent a teen or young adult, and Pages can be used when asking about children. For example, if the question concerns a water sign man (Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces) you would select the King of Cups as their Significator.

If you do not have the birth date of the subject in question, you can select a Major Arcana card to represent them, based on their persona. The Emperor can be used to indicate a father figure; the Empress, a mother; the Fool, a child. A spiritual or wise woman can be represented by the High Priestess, while the Hierophant can serve as a Significator for a man of this nature. The Magician or Devil can be chosen to represent someone who might be working against you or your client in a particular situation, while the Hanged Man could indicate someone who is in limbo.

Read the original article at: Llewellyn Journal

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