One of the most searched for topics on my site is tarot card combinations. Presumably people are searching for definitive meanings given by a combination of two or more cards.
The problem is, given there are 78 cards in a standard tarot deck, there are 6,006 (78×77) possible tarot card combinations – and that’s just pairs. There are 456,456 (78x77x76) triple possibilities. That’s why you don’t see books, websites or tarot combination PDF files that contain all that information.
Everyone has a unique way of intuiting the cards, which makes tarot combinations very subjective. And then let’s add in the variety of decks as well. As you can see, providing a prescriptive list of the meanings of card combinations is nigh on an impossible task. If I could do it, I would have already done it.
So…lovelies, the best way to know the combined meaning of a pair of cards is to work it out yourself. You can use one or more of the following methods:
Tarot Card Numerology
1. Card numbers. Use basic numerology to arrive at a single meaning.
Example: What energy surrounds me today? I got the Page of wands and the Tower (oo-er – see why I don’t like reading for myself?).
So interpreting the cards as a two-card spread; the Page of Wands shows an adventure into the unknown, a possible important message and courage to try something new and take a risk. The Tower points out that if I don’t clear out some negativity, it will be done for me. There could be some sort of crisis ahead, but it is beneficial, long-term.
So to get a combined meaning, I turn to numerology.
The Page of Wands is card number 11 in the suit of Wands. The Tower is 16. Add up the digits 1+1+1+6 = 9. The energy of the number nine is “Universal love, eternity, faith, Universal Spiritual Laws, the concept of karma, spiritual enlightenment…”
This helps me to understand that whatever takes place, I must keep my heart open, be receptive and surrender to the power of universal law.
Read my article on Tarot Numerology
Tarot Card Imagery
2. Look at the combined images. We can see a young person looking at an unfolding disaster. She’s too far away to help. She sees that raining down from the sky are golden Yods. These, she knows are divine blessings. Thus, the events taking place are necessary and cleansing. Therefore the combined meaning, is again along the lines of spiritual law. What needs to happen will happen and all is well.
3. Use your intuition. I can’t help you with this one. You have to look at the two cards and intuit the message. Play around with a story as I did with the images above. What is happening? What have the cards in common? How do they make you feel? Does one mitigate the other? Are they mutually supportive or opposing? What does your gut tell you?
Let’s try another example. After the appearance of the Tower, I feel as if I need a little more guidance. So my question is:
“What advice can tarot offer to me right now?” The Ten of Wands and the Knight of Pentacles.
Okay, well the basic interpretation of this two-card spread is that the Ten of Wands tells me I must keep going; moving towards my goal. The process is coming to an end. The Knight of Pentacles: similarly keep working, pay attention to detail and don’t say too much.
Numerically, we have a 10 and a 12, so 1+0+1+2 = 4. The energy of the number four is “Number 4 resonates with the vibrations and energies of practicality, organization and exactitude, service, patience, devotion, application, pragmatism, patriotism, dignity, trust, worthiness, endurance, loyalty, mastery, building solid foundations, conservatism, determination, production and hard work.”
How’s that for spot on confirmation of those two cards?
Looking at the combined images, we see the man carrying the staves, completely ignoring the bloke on the horse. I think that this means that they are simply both getting on with their own tasks and ignoring distractions.
What does your intuition say about this tarot combination? Mine tells me to stop getting distracted, finish up this post and get out into the fresh air with my dogs. And watch out I don’t trip up or get run over crossing the road on my way to the woods.
Deck used: Universal Waite – original drawings by Pamela Coleman Smith, recoloured by Mary Hanson-Roberts.