I am potentially going against the grain here with this post which is intended to be focused on fortune telling and the theory of predicting pregnancy through Tarot cards. I will include some tarot pregnancy combinations that have come up in readings over the years, for me, that have changed the way I see these combos sometimes when they appear – particularly if more than one combination occurs in a single reading. I will note now that these combinations can ALSO mean other things – Tarot is likely the most complex ‘language’ around. However, this post is designed to stick with the theme of conception, including gender and pregnancy specifics.
Now, obviously the best advice you can give someone asking about pregnancy is to see a medical professional if they are concerned, and MOST importantly, to have lots of sex. I would presume though, that most consenting adults hoping to conceive are well aware of this latter crucial detail, so I am not going to patronise them with it. Most clients who ask this question are well aware that a reading will not change what will happen, but they still want to know for whatever reason. I personally am quite happy to look at this subject for those who ask. If I can’t see or am unsure at that time, then I am honest about it and tell them the truth I am getting from the cards.
I am not looking to get into an ethical debate on whether or not a reader should look at this – you can choose your own stance on that one. The fact is that this remains one of the most asked questions from women throughout the years and so it is worth a look at. I believe that Tarot can predict what may come, and that it can be as specific as to say ‘boy’ or ‘girl’. Some of the items highlighted below are over-simplified to keep this post to a reasonable length. These are just cards that work for me, other readers may have other cards they like to look for, but I can only speak from my own experiences, and I thought you might be interested to read about them!
There are several standalone Tarot cards that can represent pregnancy, some more obvious than others. Here is a countdown to the top 5 most commonly reported pregnancy cards within the Tarot community:
5. 3 of Cups – while not an out and out tarot pregnancy card, this one does still have the potential for pointing to a new addition, especially when combined with other cards in the reading. I know that many times this card is read as enjoyable times with friends and family – basically the party card – in this sense it is also a card about celebration in general. I have often had this card come up as an announcement of baby-related news, whether that be a conception, birth or naming/christening ceremony. The number 3, points to the idea of an additional person joining the other two – pretty much the after effects of the 2 of Cups, getting together card. In any case, this is just one of the cards that I personally look for when answering pregnancy questions.
4. The Sun – traditionally a card of joy, and even picturing a child, this is one of the obvious signs that a birth is imminent. Also considered to be a ‘YES’ card by many, if a client was to ask if a child was in their future and this card came up, most readers who read for pregnancy would probably say yes.
3. The Pages – more commonly the Page of Cups and the Page of Wands are considered to be favourable for predicting a forthcoming pregnancy or birth, but all of the Pages can be seen as having connections to babies. Mainly this stems from the fact that Pages are the youngest of the Court Cards, and often refer to conception of ideas, planning, the start of something, so naturally this can be linked to pregnancy. The Page of Wands in particular is often seen as a messenger, so in terms of pregnancy news, in conjunction with other cards this one could represent that the client will find out about a pregnancy soon.
2. The Aces – it was a close call for first place, but I decided to place the Aces in a close second. Aces are one of the most common cards used for predicting a baby’s gender. Specifically Ace of Cups or Coins is seen as a Girl, whilst the Ace of Wands or Swords would be a boy. In my personal experience though, the Ace of Coins can be a gender neutral card, and would speak more of the conception phase of a pregnancy than the later sex determinable phase. In certain decks, this card would also make me think immediately of a Boy (for example the Ace of Coins in the Tarot of Dreams deck appears as a very masculine card), so I tend to stick with Ace of Wands for a Boy and Ace of Cups for a Girl.
1. The Empress – the mother herself. This card is the top answer I ever see whenever someone asks about pregnancy cards. She represents motherhood, growth, abundance, nurturing – all of the aspects you would expect to see in an actual pregnancy. I see the Queen of Coins or Pentacles as the Court Card equivalent to The Empress – some people say the Queen of Cups, but I would see the Queen of Cups as being ‘ready’, but not yet pregnant. Not to leave out the father, if The Emperor appears in a reading about pregnancy, this can also be a good sign of pending fatherhood. However, as babies are carried by women, the signpost Tarot cards are usually more feminine to reflect this.
Many people who ask about pregnancies, want to know the ‘when’ of it all. I always say that I cannot be specific, as there are many different factors that affect this. However, you can always use the card suits correspondences to try and pinpoint a particular time scale or even time of year. I would advise being specific in your question as to whether you are asking about when will the couple conceive, vs when the baby will be born as this will help to narrow down the answer. These are just intended to give you some ideas on which to build your own system. Trial and error will confirm your theories, so it might be worth just making your own private notes and finding out by experience before communicating specifics verbally to clients.
Wands = Summer or very soon or days or a Fire Sign baby
Swords = Winter or soon or weeks or an Air Sign baby
Cups = Spring or not so soon or months or a Water Sign baby
Pentacles/Coins = Autumn or a long time or years or an Earth Sign baby
9 of Wands/Queen of Coins – Maternity Leave
10 of Wands/2 of Coins – twins/triplets or unconventional pregnancies – perhaps even medical insemination
3 of Cups/Ace of Coins – conception
Page of Wands/Ace of Cups – news about a pregnancy
The Moon/The Empress – Conception – pretty much immediately or this could indicate that the woman is ovulating (non-pregnancy related aside: I have had this card combination come up for women suffering from some kind of thyroid condition).
The Emperor/4 of Wands – Paternity Leave
7 of Coins/Queen of Cups – newly pregnant, but still in the waiting time before being able to take a first test
The Empress/7 of Coins – general pregnancy combination – growth, patience, good health
Page of Swords/10 of Cups – sometimes this will come up to represent discussions about expanding a family
The Lovers/Temperance – the act of creation
Multiple Aces in pregnancy readings could either indicate multiple babies OR uncertainty in gender. It is also likely that this is a very new pregnancy or that the couple have only just decided to try for a baby – similarly with multiple pages.
The Chariot/Aces – this brings to mind the rhyme – “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a golden carriage” so indicative of being headed towards a pregnancy, though most likely within a structured plan i.e. people who have a life plan to have a career and marriage before starting a family
The Hermit/The Empress – Single Mother
The Hermit/The Emperor – Single Father
9 of Coins – Midwifery profession
Justice/6 of Cups – possible custody legal battle
4 of Coins – birth control
4 of Cups/2 of swords – one of the couple wants a baby, the other does not or is undecided
I realise I’m walking a fine line as it is, talking about pregnancy in tarot readings has long been a hot topic of debate within the tarot reading community. However, there are certain things that I personally do not like to discuss within a reading. This has more to do with me recognising my own limitations and being self aware enough not to read on these subjects, because I would undoubtedly project a biased opinion. I am not here to pass judgement through my readings. If there is a subject I am uncomfortable with, I reserve the right not to read on that, and to make a referral if appropriate. However, there are some card combinations that some readers see as indicating pregnancy related difficulties – for instance miscarriage and abortion. In the spirit of sharing theoretical knowledge I’ve decided to include these to finish this blog. I would not personally recommend reading on these subjects, at least not out loud – but like I said, I am aware that this is a personal limitation.
Miscarriage – Judgement/Death/The Empress or an Ace/Page card … also 7 of Swords/The Empress
Abortion – Judgement/3 of Swords or 7 of Swords/Aces
Pregnancy related illnesses – 7 of Swords/The Empress
Post-Natal Depression – 9 of Swords/The Empress
This list is by no means comprehensive, and I am sure I will add to it in the future – for now, take it as some points of interest to consider. Many things could influence a readers connection with a particular meaning – for instance the different imagery available in the thousands of different decks on the market today. Colours, numbers, personal life experiences and symmetries you trace between these and the card details can all contribute to your first impression. Then you can have additional psychic insight that could swing your meanings one way or the other. Isn’t predictive Tarot fascinating? I would love to hear about combinations that you personally look for when conducting pregnancy readings!
If there is anything I haven’t covered here, I am happy to attempt to answer any queries related to this subject based upon my own experience as a reader. Please note, all comments should now be directed to my new website here: http://geordiereader.com/2016/12/11/tarot-pregnancy-combinations/. I can’t guarantee replies to any comments appearing on this site, which will be redirected in 2017.
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading!
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