There are certain Tarot cards in decks that look intimidating because of its name or the figure and image that represent them. Many of these cards have meanings that can offer us guidance in tricky situations. Plus, cards that might even represent an unfortunate time in our lives can even help us see the silver lining. Remember that Tarot is meant to guide people and it can help you can a gain little bit of wisdom. What are the most misunderstood tarot cards in the deck? Here are some that stand out to us:
(Cards shown here are from the Rider-Waite Tarot Card deck)
When we think about a fool, we think about someone being ignorant to everything around them. This type of person might be someone who shows little respect or regard for other people’s feelings. When we say, “they’re a fool” it really is something that has a sting at the end of it. However, in the Tarot card, it actually symbolises a new path and innocence, unaware of what will happen. This card can advise us to follow our heart, even if we are a little scared about making a big step.
If you call someone a Hermit, you might be implying that they are a little bit of a loner. If you see this card in a reading, you might worry that you’ll become very lonely. This card actually represents reflection and withdrawal, which is something we all need from time to time. If you are going through a tough part in your life, you might need to step back and heal for a little bit. This doesn’t mean completely isolating yourself but instead, just taking some time to do what is best for you.
The Hanged Man
Whenever people picture the hanged man, they see this as an extremely negative card. If you actually look at it, you will be able to see that the figure is hanging by his legs to a tree, not in any sort of pain. Instead, the card represents a time where you must wait for some sort of outcome. During this time, you might even go through a sudden realisation. For example, you might wait to hear back from an application for a mortgage, only to be invited to live somewhere completely different. This card is mostly linked to changes of perspective, which is why it teaches you to have more patience.
Death obviously looks like a scary card however, it really doesn’t need to be. This card is all about change where we must leave behind an old part of our lives. As people, we will come to a point in our lives where we must adapt to changes that could even shock us. For example, an end to a relationship might transform your life however, it is something that needed to happen. Thankfully, further down the line, you will start to see that this was actually a blessing in disguise. Even though it symbolises endings, it also promises positive beginnings where you can rebuild your life and start fresh.
The devil is someone feared by many and it isn’t the most pleasant looking card of the tarot. What’s unusual about this card is that the closer you look at it, the more the situation begins to unfold. For example, there are figures who have chains around their neck. But when you look again, you can see that these chains are loose and can probably be lifted off their heads to escape. The meaning behind this card is obsession and addiction. It might symbolise a situation in your life where you can risk becoming involved with something toxic that you must let go of. Only you can set yourself free.