Tarot Symbolism for the Holidays

Christmas Symbols in Tarot

The tarot is a deck of 78 cards, 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana, and rich in symbolism. Symbolism are visuals that speak to us on a very visceral level, in a way that words cannot. Christmas also symbols — holly, trees, stars, red and green — that mean something to us. What do you think of when you think of stocking? You don’t think of a sock, but a sack filled with gifts by a fireplace, which represents the security of a home.

Read on to find out what some of these Christmasy tarot symbols mean:


Trees are rooted in the ground and reach up to the sky. They’re the connection between Earth and Heaven, a conduit for mortals to reach the spiritual realm. Fir trees in particular remind us of perpetual life. However, trees also represent more mundane things: they provide shelter, warm, paper, food, and air to breathe. They, in a sense, support every aspect of physical life. Trees, because they live so long, also represent immortality and wisdom.


Angels are heavenly messengers who remind us of our conscience and our higher selves. They remind us to listen to our higher spiritual sides and remember that we are all spirits, and that we can live for what is good. Angels, of course, are impartial and don’t take sides in human affairs. They transcend, and they remind us to transcend.


Snow represents the stillness of the Earth, quiet, and rest. It’s a time where we slow down and focus on what is most important. We don’t do anything unnecessary because we can’t waste the energy or resources. Snow also represents deprivation, such being out in the snow and cold without shelter.


Groups of people having a good time represents harmony, love, and happiness. It also, however, represents the impermanence of all things: for without sorrow, there is no happiness, and without disappointment, there is no point to celebration.


Wreaths represent the circle, the continuation of life. In the tarot, laurel wreaths represent wisdom, and other types of leaves represent strength and eternal life, for they are always circular and always green.


Horns symbolize the heralding of good news in any form.


Stars are lights from the heavens. They, like angels, are messages, but particularly of good things. They represent the light of God, the hope of better things, and the blessing of Heaven.


From the Bouchard family to yours, we wish you happy holidays.

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