The Tarot, Terrorism And Global Warming: What The Tarot Has To Say About The Modern World


I wanted to write this article to demonstrate how the ancient philosophy behind the Tarot is still relevant to us today, and to show how these ideas can be used to illuminate our modern world. Whether or not the Tarot has any mystical power I believe a lot can be learned from the view that it gives of the universe, which goes back to antiquity. As someone who teaches and practices Tarot I also wanted to create a guide to help people understand the meanings behind each card, by reframing tarot in a modern context which can be related to more easily.

When someone receives a Tarot reading the cards offer meanings that are universal but also personal to the questioner. If one was to carry out a reading for the state of the world, how then could the reader interpret the cards? What are the pressing issues for us all at this time? I asked myself this question and, whilst thumbing through the pack, the meanings became quite obvious and stark to me. Below I have listed these meanings for the 21 Major arcarna or trump cards.

FREEDOM – The Fool

TECHNOLOGY – The Magician

RELIGION – High Priestess

HUMAN RIGHTS – The Empress

STATE POWER AND SECURITY – The Emperor

TRADITIONALISTS VS MODERNIZERS – The Hierophant

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS – The Lovers

WAR AND CONFLICT – The Chariot

WORLD POLITICS – Strength

INNER WORLD – The Hermit

INTERNATIONAL LAW – Justice

WORLD POVERTY – Hanged Man

GLOBAL WARMING – Death

THE MISSING ELEMENT – Temperance

TERRORISM – The Devil

GENETIC ENGINEERING – The Tower

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION – The Star

THE INTERNET AND THE INFORMATION AGE – The Sun

POWER AND CORRUPTION – The Moon

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