Nine Lives Tarot is a colourful and life-affirming deck of cards, freely based on the Rider-Waite-Smith system. Let the characters introduce themselves to you: The descriptions below include keywords and a summary about each card, leaving room for your interpretation & intuition to complete the picture.
These cards often relate to BIG to changes, events and phases along the cyclic timeline of life, though can also represent important influences to do with aspects of Self.
The 56 cards in the Minor Arcana tend to relate more to everyday events; telling stories of the ups and downs in life explored within the four suits:
- Cups – represent the emotional journey; steeped in water and expressed through heart, soul and emotion.
- Pentacles – represent the journey of wealth, prosperity and generosity; grounded in earth, home and hearth.
- Rods – represent our spiritual and creative journey; fuelled by fire and inspired by progress, impulse and new beginnings.
- Swords – represent the journey of the mind; soaring through air, while gaining clarity, insight and understanding.
Note: There are no reverse meanings included with this deck, however, nothing prevents you from
using traditional reverse meanings, or, you may choose to interpret reverse cards using your own method, or, as indication of a delay or challenge in the card meaning.
The Major Arcana
0 The Fool
Youth | Beginnings | Innocence | Free spirit
I am the Fool – with a spring in my step, I meet the world with youthful exuberance and anticipation. I represent your beginnings, your child persona
and your innocence. I am a free spirit; walk with me on an unmarked path, learn to follow your dreams and feel excitement with every step.
I The Magician
Awareness | Action | Skill | Resourcefulness
I am the Magician – I represent your creative power and your abundant ability to realise your desires. With a clear understanding of the laws of nature, energy
and the four elements; I am here to convince you that everything you require to fulfil your life’s potential, is available to you.
II The High Priestess
Knowing | Intuitive | Wise | Subconscious
I am the High Priestess – representing your inner wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Connected to the powers of ancient secrets and psychic awareness; I guard your subconscious mind with a key.
My role is to encourage you in trusting your intuition and listening to your inner voice.
III The Empress
Mother | Femininity | Fertility | Abundance
I am the Empress – representing your feminine and motherly side, I encourage you to live life through beauty and pleasure. My focus is all about love and
protecting those I care for.
IV The Emperor
Authority | Foundation | Structure | Wisdom
I am the Emperor – I invite you to take on board my wisdom and advice. I represent your inner strength, which is built on a strong foundation of experience and knowledge.
My approach is strategic and analytical; through past knowledge I encourage you to consider all aspects of a situation before jumping ahead.
V The Hierophant
Beliefs | Ceremony | Tradition | Knowledge
I am the Hierophant – I represent your higher knowledge; your understanding of traditions, beliefs and spiritual conformity. I speak to your consciousness,
and while reminding you of the power of ritual; I ask you to consider your beliefs as I guide you on your spiritual path.
VI The Lovers
Love | Union | Relationship | Trust
We are the Lovers – representing the aspect of your Self, which is solely focussed on love, passion, trust and commitment. We are here to encourage
you to succumb to love and passion, while reminding you that uniting fully with another being requires you to be vulnerable and trusting.
VII The Chariot
Action | Driven | Determination | Focus
I am the Chariot – I represent your skills and determination in achieving your goals, while my wise passenger represents your focus. Together we
charge forth on the road to victory, encouraging you to stay motivated and have belief in your ability to succeed.
Balance | Strength | Courage | Compassion
I am Strength – I represent your inner power, courage and perseverance. I show you ways to tame and accept your wild nature, allowing your
energy to prosper and grow. The symbolic duality of your human and animal self is one of companionship, gentleness and stability
IX The Hermit
Wisdom | Solitude | Observation |
I am the Hermit – I represent the soul-searching aspect of your Self, understanding your need for reflection and contemplation. Follow me
to the quiet place within; where a time to be still and observe will heighten your awareness, and help prepare you for the road ahead.
X The Wheel of Fortune
Destiny | Cyclic | Consequence | Change | Luck
The Wheel of Fortune – here to remind you of the cyclic nature (the ups and downs) of life. Enjoy the good times, appreciate
them without taking anything for granted. Try to not become discouraged when times are low – as bad times are bound always to change for the better.
Justice | Fairness | Truth | Equality
I am Justice – I invite you to see the truth of the matter and encourage you to strive for fairness in the decisions you make. I represent
your ability to examine your conscience with a responsible eye and follow the just path without any illusions.
XII The Hanged Man
Suspend | In-between | Surrender
I am the Hanged man – I welcome you to view your surroundings from a different angle, representing your need to put aside action and
just be. I encourage you to let go and accept your current situation; through surrender you will see new possibilities on the horizon.
Endings | Transformation | Beginnings | Transition
I am Death – I represent the inevitability of change and transformation; I do not speak to you of physical death, instead I remind you of
the cyclic laws of nature where each phase ending is followed by a new beginning. Embrace the motion of change and discard what you no longer require before moving on.
Balance | Flow | Healing | Connection
I am Temperance – I represent your place of tranquil waters where you go to regain balance and find healing. I sooth your inner soul and encourage
you to connect with your natural flow through peace and harmony.
XV The Devil
Desire | Addiction | Lust | Illusion
I am the Devil – representing your dark and untamed side. I understand and encourage your innermost desires, while allowing you to see that your chains are loose,
and that your perceived loss of freedom is all but an illusion designed to help you find balance in the land of lust and need.
XVI The Tower
Change | Upheaval | Revelation
I am the Tower – I represent tumult, upheaval and sudden change, reminding you that some shifts in life need to be
cataclysmic for a new path and direction to eventuate. The destruction of fire brings new growth; allow me to guide you out of your comfort zone as you shed your illusions through a phase of change.
XVII The Star
Hope | Healing | Rejuvenation | Cleansing
I am the Star – representing your clarity, assurance and rejuvenation. Look to me for the insight and promise that all will be well; allow yourself
to be immersed in harmony while knowing that your needs will be met.
XVIII The Moon
Reflection | Emotion | Illusion | Intuition
I am the Moon – I represent your shadow persona, reflecting your dreams, memories, fears and anxieties. Sit with me on the path of deception and
illusion when your imagination runs away. Listen to your intuition – and together we can interpret what is real and what is not.
XIX The Sun
Joy | Energy | Clarity | Vibrancy
I am the Sun – I represent your positive and vibrant life energy, shining on you with confidence and encouragement to see the bright side of life. My warmth
and positivity will inspire and illuminate your path ahead.
Transformation | Honesty | Re-birth | Absolution
I am Judgement – I welcome you to a time of awakening on your life’s journey; reminding you to be true to yourself and release yourself
from past wounds and challenges. I represent your cleansing and self-evaluating aspect, encouraging freedom through awareness.
XXI The World
Fulfilment | Achievement | Value | Integration
I am the World – your home in the Universe; where everything in the past, present and future comes together. I represent the promise of fulfilment through balance and unity,
where beginnings and endings are an integral part of the cyclic nature of life.
The Minor Arcana
Ace of Cups
Love | Peace | Harmony | Compassion
I am the Ace of Cups – I invite you to drink from the cup of emotion and embrace new beginnings of love, happiness and compassion. I remind you that on the
path of emotion, it all begins with love; and I ask you to consider the power of love and compassion in all aspects of life.
II of Cups
Union | Communication | Sharing | Attraction
I am the II of Cups – I represent unity of two, through mutual respect, love and attraction. I speak to you of balance and harmony in the realm of emotions;
where compromise and cooperation are vital for connections to form and deepen.
III of Cups
Celebration | Friendship | Joy | Elation
I am the III of Cups – I represent celebration of friendship and love; dance with me on the path of emotions and allow yourself
to be swept to heights of elation and joy. Succumb to happiness and allow yourself time to be playful.
IV of Cups
Acceptance | Contemplation | Development
I am the IV of Cups – as you withdraw to contemplate your situation in life; I encourage you to look within for acceptance and understanding. Open
your eyes; appreciate and nurture what you have, and see the opportunities available to you.
V of Cups
Regret | Solitude | Contemplation | Loss
I am the V of Cups – looking to the past, I represent your regrets and sense of lost opportunities. At times it is hard to let go of the past,
yet I am here to help you cross the bridge to a more positive state of mind. Be kind to yourself in this time of reflection; seek understanding and self-forgiveness.
VI of Cups
Innocence | Trust | Childhood | Nostalgia
I am the VI of Cups – as your emotional path turns away from past regrets; I represent the trust, openness, generosity and forgiveness you discover on this
part of your journey: I speak to you of nostalgia and happy childhood memories, reminding you of all the things you are grateful for in life.
VII of Cups
Illusion | Choice | Dreams | Imagination
I am the VII of Cups – I represent your dreams, hopes and desires; the choices you see in your imagination and the diversification you see
around you. I am a reflection of your sub-conscious potential, presenting you with illusions to free your imagination and see options in a new light.
VIII of Cups
Direction | Action | Completion | Evolution
I am the VIII of Cups – I represent the need to take action and move on to the next phase of your emotional journey. The road ahead is
mountainous and will present you with challenges; yet the cyclic phases of the moon will guide you and shine a light on what you have already accomplished.
IX of Cups
Accomplishment | Pleasure | Confidence | Satisfaction
I am the IX of Cups – I represent your inner confidence, fulfilment and self value. The emotional path you have journeyed along has brought you to a place
of integrity, knowledge and satisfaction; having survived and grown stronger through the many challenges you have faced along the way. Enjoy the good things life has to offer.
X of Cups
Abundance | Whole | Harmony | Stability
I am the X of Cups – I welcome you to the stage of your emotional journey when you look back on what you have accomplished and fully enjoy the
relationships you have formed with family and friends. This is a time to be happy and allow your heart to be filled with joy.
Page of Cups
Dreamy | Youthful | Sensitive | Creative
I am the Page of Cups – my carefree personality will inspire you to follow your dreams and believe in love and beauty. My intuitive, caring side
will encourage you to dive deep in emotional waters; asking you to explore your feelings, your sensitivity and your artistic nature.
Knight of Cups
Perceptive | Charming | Volatile | Romantic
I am the Knight of Cups – my intuition, charm and magnetic personality serve me well on my quest to protect and conquer hearts. Despite my seductive ways,
I a firm believer in honesty and emotional intelligence; and encourage you to explore your passionate side and be open to new and creative ideas.
King of Cups
Fatherly | Diplomatic | Communicative | Idealistic
I am the King of Cups – I am a good listener and have a deep emotional understanding of ebb and flow in human nature; confide in me and
you will receive sensitive, diplomatic and honest advice. I encourage you to broaden your mind and expand your horizons while maintaining a balance between emotion and intellect.
Queen of Cups
Calm | Loving | Artistic | Knowing
I am the Queen of Cups – I rule with instinct in the oceans of love and emotion. I am warm and caring at heart and intuitively understand your inner woes and
desires. I encourage you to be compassionate towards those you love and generous with empathy; listen to your intuition and explore your creative nature.
Ace of Pentacles
Reward | Opportunity | Prosperity | Grounded
I am the Ace of Pentacles – I represent new beginnings and opportunities in the fields of prosperity. I speak to you of
a stable home, good health, financial wealth and improvements in your practical life.
II of Pentacles
Balance | Contemplation | Preparation | Motion
I am the II of Pentacles – I represent the need to strike a balance and be flexible on the path of prosperity; at the point of new beginnings I urge you to
remain alert and adaptable as you juggle family, friends and your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Be clear on your priorities and manage your time well.
III of Pentacles
Apprentice | Concentration | Creation | Skill | Study
I am the III of Pentacles – I represent learning and fulfilment and speak to you in an encouraging voice about pursuing your dream and following your
vision, through persistence, determination and effort.
IV of Pentacles
Stability | Possession | Conservative | Hoarding
I am the IV of Pentacles – I represent the stage on your path to prosperity where you hold fears that your hard earned financial stability may be
diminished if you do not keep it close. I am here to remind you of the universal flow of give and take, and encourage you to reconnect and contribute to your community.
V of Pentacles
Isolation | Worry | Enabling | Fortitude
I am the V of Pentacles – I walk with you on the cold and isolated path of material adversity, speaking to you of hope and acceptance. I remind you to not
focus solely on material values; instead look to your inner values for answers on whether your convictions and beliefs marry with your current path.
VI of Pentacles
Balance | Responsibility | Humanitarian | Sharing
I am the VI of Pentacles – I meet with you on your path to prosperity to remind you of the importance of giving and receiving. I speak to you about striving for a
universal balance between generously lending a hand to those less fortunate, and also being able to ask for help when in need.
VII of Pentacles
Reflection | Reward | Nurture | Perseverance
I am the VII of Pentacles – I represent the hard work and time you have invested in achieving long-term rewards. I encourage you to take some
time to reflect on your current situation and appreciate what you have achieved, before making preparations for your path ahead.
VIII of Pentacles
Progress | Creativity | Innovation | Skill
I am the VIII of Pentacles – I represent creative skill and attention to detail, I have honed my skills (III of Pentacles) and am now all about executing my
craft with elegance and quality. I speak to you about moving forward with purpose and a hard-working attitude, apply yourself and enjoy what you do.
IX of Pentacles
Prosperity | Assurance | Refinement | Confidence
I am the IX of Pentacles – I represent the self-confidence and freedom you experience at the point where you can truly appreciate and embrace what you have.
While the falcons represent your ability to maintain your focus and vision, I ask you to consider your direction and poise briefly before moving on.
X of Pentacles
Stability | Celebration | Abundance | Loyalty
I am the X of Pentacles – I represent the fruit of your hard work and achievements along the path of prosperity. I remind you of your commitment, focus
and the strong foundations achieved through working together as a community. Enjoy the benefits, while reflecting on changes that will bring harmony and stability.
Page of Pentacles
Innocent | Thoughtful | Resourceful
I am the Page of Pentacles – I am a flower of nature and represent the desire to manifest dreams in the material world. I speak to you from a place of
innocence where anything is possible; encouraging you to follow me on the path of study and curiosity. I also remind you of the importance of nurture and staying
in touch with the earth.
Knight of Pentacles
Generous | Steadfast | Hard-working | Protective
I am the Knight of Pentacles – I am fiercely protective and will do whatever it takes to ensure those I guard remain safe. I speak to you about being
trustworthy, reliable and completing the task at hand; you can turn to me for advice on commitment and handling responsibility without complaints.
King of Pentacles
Security | Control | Discipline | Fatherly
I am the King of Pentacles – I invite you to my kingdom of wealth, which I have achieved through determination and hard work. I speak to you of stability,
responsibility and getting down to basics, while reminding you of the importance to fully enjoy the fruits of your efforts.
Queen of Pentacles
Practical | Nurturing | Motherly | Sensitive
I am the Queen of Pentacles – I am resourceful and financially independent, yet also compassionate and nurturing by nature. I dote on those around me while
maintaining a firm grip on the practicalities of life. You can come to me for advice on how to achieve calm and balance in your life.
Ace of Rods
Creativity | Direction | Passion | Energy
I am the Ace of Rods – I speak to the creative and fiery aspects of your personality. With words of encouragement, energy and confidence, I am passionately by your side
as you venture forward on your creative path.
II of Rods
Progress | Future planning | Insight | Understanding
I am the II of Rods – I hold the world in my hand, looking to the past as I survey where I am today. I remind you of what has been, in preparation of what is to come. For knowing the past and understanding
what you have in the present, will help you on your road into the future.
III of Rods
Journey | Preparation | Expansion
I am the III of Rods – I look out over the land to which I am connected, representing the stage of your spiritual & creative journey where you are
expanding your horizons. I invite you to remain open-minded, accept advice and prepare for what lies ahead.
IV of Rods
Growth | Fertility | Youthfulness | Celebration
We are the IV of Rods – inviting celebration and delight in the moment; where life really is a happy dance. We represent your spontaneous and youthful side, urging you to seize the moment
and embrace the joy of living.
V of Rods
Conflict | Action | Assertiveness
I am the V of Rods – I fuel your passionate ideas and your desire to move ahead. When your creative ideas are in conflict with
others, I encourage you to voice your opinion with confidence, while striving to find a positive outcome for all.
VI of Rods
Achievement | Success | Self-confidence
I am the VI of Rods – as I ride home in victory, I represent your past efforts and the rewards you currently reap. Yet I quietly remind you that while you may be victorious and deserving of
your current success, it is wise to be both diplomatic and a good listener in preparation for what lies ahead.
VII of Rods
Perseverance | Challenge | Courage | Determination
I am the VII of Rods – I speak to your courageous side in the face of ongoing challenges. While you cannot
make the opposition go away, you can accept that as long as you stand up for yourself and move ahead with self-confidence; not every single battle needs to be won.
VIII of Rods
Direction | Movement | Change
I am the VIII of Rods – I stand with you on the path of creativity and spirituality at a point where your way ahead is clear. The struggles you have
faced in the past have brought a clearer understanding of where to from here; revitalised you are ready to take flight.
IX of Rods
Resilience | Protection | Trust in Self
I am the IX of Rods – I am here to remind you that you do have what it takes to move forward. Despite the scars you acquired from the creative and spiritual path being rough at times,
you are committed to your dreams and ongoing self-development.
X of Rods
Achievement | Responsibility | Burden
I am the X of Rods – as the burden of your creative journey weighs you down, I speak to you of your achievements and the remarkable effort you have invested in getting
to this point. I remind you that even experience can be a burden to carry, and this may be the time to retreat and recharge.
Page of Rods
Intelligent | Adventurous | Resourceful
I am the Page of Rods – I am clever, bright and full of youthful exuberance. I understand your restless nature and encourage you to express yourself and
plunge into the adventures of life around you. With me by your side, you will find it hard to resist that creative spark.
Knight of Rods
Exuberant | Strong willed | Vibrant | Passionate
I am the Knight of Rods – I charge forth into the world with purpose, passion and boundless energy. I speak to your fearless side, encouraging
you to act now and think later. I don’t tend to plan ahead, yet my passionate insistence and charm, along with my impatient nature; promise plenty of excitement and action along the way.
King of Rods
Leader | Vision | Entrepreneur | Compassionate
I am the King of Rods – I am a good listener and a natural leader. I represent your visions and your will to achieve long-term goals. I remind you to avoid distractions and stay focussed on your
future direction; seize the opportunities and use your creative and spiritual talents to change the world.
Queen of Rods
Warmth | Vibrant | Motherly | Creative
I am the Queen of Rods – strong, independent and highly creative. My energy, confidence and contagious optimism will inspire you.
I speak to your warm and motherly side, while urging you to channel your energy, remain focussed, and accomplish what you set out to do.
Ace of Swords
Focus | Clarity | Insight | Truth
I am the Ace of Swords – I represent mental clarity and power of mind. I invite you to open your eyes and see what lies beyond. The realm of the mind leaves no room
for illusions, asking you to analyse the facts and seek out the truth.
II of Swords
Choice | Patience | Flow | Adaptation
I am the II of Swords – blind-folded I turn inward for answers on the choice I need to make; I speak to you of patience and urge you to
trust in your intuition. At times, the answers we seek lie outside the logical realm and require time, solace and assurance to discover.
III of Swords
Separation | Rejection | Self-examination | Choice | Truth
I am the III of Swords – while I represent loneliness, rejection and heartache; I am also here to remind you to look to the heart of the matter. At times
heartache comes from the truths we hold back from ourselves, and I stand by your side as the pain becomes a vehicle for re-discovering your centre; and moving
forward with awareness.
IV of Swords
Contemplation | Recuperation | Perspective
I am the IV of Swords – I recuperate with you on this introspective path of the mind; quietly insisting that you do need time to recover and retreat. While you rest, your intuition
and dreams are set free to roam and broaden your perspective, as your strength is replenished.
V of Swords
Action | Change | Standing firm | Belief
I am the V of Swords – I stand firm and victorious having overcome the mountain of challenges against my beliefs. I speak to you of conquering demons within and without,
reminding you of how quiet contemplation (IV Swords), direction and persistence brings you closer to your Self.
VI of Swords
Motion | Guidance | Reparation | Transition
I am the VI of Swords – taking you on a journey to calmer waters. I represent your sense of loss (of what was left behind), yet urge you to let go, and look to the future
where a new phase is about to begin. On this passage between two phases, I invite you to seek clarity and understanding through contemplating your past without regrets.
VII of Swords
Choice | Impulsive | Duplicity | Deceptiveness
I am the VII of Swords – I am impulsive and quick to take advantage of your mind on a whim, though my purpose is to show you that things are not
always what they seem. I encourage you to look in more than one direction, in order to find clarity in your choices and direction.
VIII of Swords
Illusion | Limitation | Confusion
I am the VIII of Swords – I meet with you on the path of the mind at a point when your thoughts are in turmoil; when you are deluded into believing that
you do not know the way forward, I point to how easily the swords will free you from your bindings, and that your inner sight will guide you on the right track.
IX of Swords
Avoidance | Suppression | Fears | Worry
I am the IX of Swords – I represent the deep dark recesses of your mind, which you would rather not face. When the nightmares keep you awake, I understand
your anxieties, yet quietly encourage you to detect, face and understand the cause of your fears in order to ultimately free yourself of them.
X of Swords
Defeat | Release | Renewal | Understanding
I am the X of Swords – representing defeat as I lie pinned down by the mental challenges faced while travelling though the mind. My guide shows me the dawning sunrise
on the horizon, where I find acceptance and release with the universe. Ultimately I realise that the path of the mind is not about conquering through conflict; but accepting and achieving
unity with the laws of nature.
Page of Swords
Insightful | Dreams | Curious | Energetic
I am the Page of Swords – I am grounded yet prone to day-dreaming, and speak to you of the balance between fantasy and reality. I represent clarity and improvement with my perceptiveness and
unique grasp on the cyclic laws of renewal in nature.
Knight of Swords
Conquering | Headstrong | Communicative
I am the Knight of Swords – I am powerful and bursting with life and energy, I speak to your ambitions, determination and sheer strength to succeed.
I make my moves in a calculated manner, enjoying the heat of the moment in both battle and lust. While my personality is headstrong and righteous, my quest is noble,
and while on my path I ask you to abandon fear and strike forth.
King of Swords
Retrospective | Analytical | Intellectual | Compassionate
I am the King of Swords – I rule with objectivity and fairness in mind, basing my decisions on logic, intellect, knowledge, and my ability to seek out the truth.
I am a pillar of strength. When you turn to me for advice, I ask you to remain detached from the emotional aspects of life as I give you the impartial facts.
Queen of Swords
Wise | Analytical | Strong | Independent
I am the Queen of Swords – I welcome you to my dominion of sharp wit and clear intellect. You will find me wise, perceptive, honest, and experienced in the ways of the world.
I encourage you to speak your mind with candour and lack of pretence.