Guidebook for Vintage Stamp Tarot

Guidebook for Vintage Stamp Tarot


A squirrel riding on the back of an elephant. The elephant, kind and benevolent, is the squirrel's faithful companion. The squirrel's choice to ride the elephant shows its intelligence. The stump underfoot represents difficulties and obstacles, symbolizing unknown dangers. The sun on the elephant represents optimism about the future and divine protection. The squirrel sets off on an unknown journey, marking a brand-new beginning. Reversed: The squirrel falls off the elephant's back, indicating a disadvantageous start.


Coins, swords, wands, and cups surround the lion, with an infinity symbol ∞ above its head. Roses and lilies grow at the lion's feet. The four elements signify that everything is ready. The rose symbolizes passion, the lily purity, and the lion, connecting heaven and earth, possesses infinite power. The Magician represents creativity, communication, performance, initiative, and new plans. It is a card symbolizing smooth fortune. Reversed, the Magician loses its connection with the universe, prone to misjudgment, wrong decisions, confusion, and losing oneself.


The plum deer sits between two pillars, one black and one white, symbolizing the realms of yin and yang. The book under its front feet represents wisdom, while the curtain behind signifies endless esoteric knowledge and hidden information in the vast universe. The moon symbolizes inspiration. Many things are hidden behind, making the High Priestess one of the veil cards. She studies quietly and peacefully, continually developing on the spiritual path. Reversed, the High Priestess indicates instability and the chance for hidden information to be revealed.


A plump mother cat wearing a crown sits amidst wheat. The Empress card represents harvest, fertility, high productivity, blessings, and a natural, relaxed atmosphere. Thus, the Empress is proud, joyful, affluent, and close to nature. She also embodies a mother's duty to nurture offspring, provide ample food, and even the responsibilities of the Earth Goddess to ensure smooth childbirth for women, good harvests, fair weather, and peace. It symbolizes children, creations, or pets. Reversed, the Empress indicates issues with this protection, hindering reproduction.


The lion with a crown symbolizes supreme authority, representing the top figure in a patriarchal society. The leader of the lions is the most capable animal, thus the Emperor card signifies leadership, organizational ability, and security, and also demands submission. A strong nation requires a thriving economy, comprehensive laws, and a wise ruler, and the Emperor represents these orders. Reversed, the Emperor becomes a stubborn tyrant, leading the nation into chaos, with people losing protection and security.


The camel with a crown symbolizes divine authority above kingship, representing the Pope's higher position than the Emperor. The two hands holding keys represent the Pope's followers, who lock their desires for power, worshiping the Pope and the cross, indicating a higher spiritual world above materialism. Upright, the Hierophant symbolizes kindness, goodness, assistance, religious guidance, and extensive spiritual influence. Reversed, it becomes stubborn, conservative, weak, and misguides followers using its influence.


A pair of griffons hold a heart, blessed by the sun above. Griffons are monogamous and would fight to the death to protect their spouse and offspring. Upright, the Lovers card symbolizes happy romance, mutual attraction, communication skills, interpersonal relationships, and significant, appropriate choices. Reversed, the Lovers represent misunderstanding, conflict, inappropriate choices, and unsuitable partners.


Two differently colored sphinxes pull the chariot, with a divine deer riding it. The chariot's center depicts the griffon wings, symbolizing the kingdom. In Greek mythology, griffons pulled the chariot for Zeus, Apollo, and Nemesis. Upright, the Chariot signifies carrying a heavy duty, pulling forward, needing good control and strong willpower for success. Reversed, the Chariot indicates war, conflict, and failure.


The dragon and lion struggle, with the lion gaining the upper hand through cunning. The Strength card represents courage, patience, overcoming through gentleness, and internal strength supporting it to fight any formidable opponent with perseverance, courage, wisdom, and power. Reversed, Strength indicates an inability to control one's power, dictatorship, weakness, and a hard fight.


The vulture standing on a cliff looks towards the North Star in the clouds, guiding its path. The Hermit represents higher education, profound knowledge, and learning. It also symbolizes a strenuous quest for knowledge. Reversed, the Hermit indicates evasion and disguise, representing an unbearable loneliness.


The Wheel of Fortune symbolizes changes in fate, from decline to prosperity or vice versa. Drawing this card means a significant change in destiny is imminent, though fortune or misfortune depends on the context and other drawn cards. All animals are arranged around the letters T-A-R-O, holding a book of wisdom, suggesting that the laws of fate require constant learning and divine guidance. Upright, the Wheel of Fortune indicates turning points, change, advancement, and good fortune, or specific patterns; Reversed, it suggests downturns and decay, resisting natural laws leading to misfortune.


The eagle, with a scale in one beak and a sword in the other and a crown on its head, symbolizes the right to make laws. Justice represents balance, harmony, fairness, regulations, and legal matters. It's important to note that law is not absolute justice but rather a balance after considering various factors. There is no absolute justice in the world, only the best possible choice at that moment. Reversed, Justice indicates broken rules, bias, prejudice, and stubbornness.


The bat hanging upside down from a tree sees a different world than upright humans. In many cultures, especially in the West, bats are considered "incarnations of the dead," associated with darkness, evil, death, vampires, and demons. The Hanged Man also represents esotericism itself, communicating between the realms of yin and yang, symbolized by its upside-down posture. Interestingly, the card preceding The Hanged Man is Justice, and the one following it is Death, with The Hanged Man in between, symbolizing the boundary between the living and the dead. In Eastern cultures, bats are seen as auspicious due to their phonetic resemblance to "fortune," which aligns with The Hanged Man's theme of "seeing a different world." The card also represents sacrificial exchanges and fated paths. Reversed, The Hanged Man suggests stagnation in communication, binding information, and pointless sacrifice, possibly indicating ritual errors.


The giant cat pounces on small squirrels and rabbits. One squirrel, naive, faces the fierce cat directly, another prays with a cross, and a rabbit flees in terror, showing different ages and beliefs towards death. Feathers at the cat's feet represent dead birds. Death not only symbolizes an end or completion of life but also the nurturing of new hope and entering the next cycle. Upright, Death signifies acceptance and starting anew after realizing the emptiness of all; Reversed, it indicates refusal to change, stagnation, and decay.


The hippocampus holds a conch, pouring water into a conch on the ground. The half-horse, half-fish creature symbolizes the connection between land and sea, embodying Temperance's metaphor of connecting two worlds. In Greek mythology, Poseidon's chariot was pulled by hippocampi; in Roman mythology, it was Neptune's mount. Sitting on a lotus leaf, it represents the fusion of Eastern and Western worlds. Temperance stands for communication and healing, as well as collective subconsciousness linking humanity like the ocean. Reversed, Temperance suggests miscommunication and disrupted energy connections.


The Devil has a goat's head, bat wings, a human upper body, and an eagle's lower body, resembling medieval imaginations of a demon. Standing atop a treasure chest, with an inverted pentagram above and a trident in hand, it symbolizes using magic to unlock the material world's treasure. Chains link to two dogs' collars. The Devil can bewitch and control humans, enticing their desires with wealth. Some fear it, while others trade their souls for power and riches. Thus, The Devil represents desire, bondage, addiction, and material resources. Reversed, The Devil suggests escaping temptation but also refusing self-control and falling into another downfall.


Lightning strikes a tree, splitting it, and a lynx and snake fall headfirst. The Tower signifies disaster and upheaval, changes in environment or era falling equally on everyone, and divine revelations. In career-related matters, it often symbolizes industry shake-ups or closures. Reversed, The Tower carries the same meaning but to a lesser extent, also indicating pre-disaster or trapped states.


A large star in the clouds surrounded by seven smaller stars, with a swan picking up a scallop from a lake and another on land. The Star, a card of tranquility and inner healing, signifies liberation from The Devil's material bonds and surviving The Tower's calamity to find one's faith, blessed by the stars. The scallop, drawn from the water, represents inspiration and knowledge derived from it. The swan symbolizes purity, mystery, nobility, and fidelity, also unreachable and aloof, fitting The Star's theme of distant dreams. Reversed, The Star indicates shattered dreams, disappointment, depression, and arrogance.


A full moon in the sky above a pond, from which a crayfish crawls out, a dog barks at the moon, and a cheetah, summoned by the Moon Goddess, wears a collar of submission, signifying lifelong service. The full moon, forming a 180-degree aspect with the sun, is a discordant phase, often indicating severe emotional issues, conflicts with the family of origin, depression, or internal self-contradictions. People whose birth charts include The Moon often face tumultuous lives, like being stuck in a quagmire, but the struggle also shapes valuable qualities and teaches extraordinary skills. The Moon signifies perpetual mental tension. In astrology, the full moon symbolizes climax, peak, results, achievement, indicating progress, change, or outcomes of previous plans and actions at this time. The Moon also represents Cancer, signifying subconscious fears and rich inner inspiration and dreams. Dreams are not just displays of the subconscious and thoughts but also means of communication with the divine. Thus, The Moon is a profoundly spiritual card. If esoteric enthusiasts frequently draw this card, it indicates strong communicative and healing energies. Reversed, The Moon suggests further confusion and inconsistency, loss of spiritual control, deception.


The sun blazes overhead, with sunflowers covering the ground, and a rooster spreads its wings. The crowing rooster heralds dawn; The Sun card not only signifies clearing clouds to see the sky but also simple, abundant, and happy sunshine, intense burning followed by calm, sudden eruption, passionate emotions, an optimistic attitude, and being at one's peak. It is recognized as a positive card in the Major Arcana. The original Sun card, with a boy on a horse and representing the most intense masculine energy, also has connotations of male homosexuality. Reversed, The Sun carries the same meaning but to a lesser extent, also indicating ephemeral and short-lived events.


An eagle with a banner appears in the clouds; the banner signals jackals and deer, who heed its call. The original Judgement card features an angel blowing a trumpet to the human world, with people rising from coffin-like structures. Judgement represents divine messages, trusting intuition, heeding inner calls, and following one's destined path. Reversed, Judgement indicates refusal of messages, indecision leading to adverse outcomes.


A bird standing on the Earth is encircled by an oval wreath, with animals in the four corners of the card: an eagle in the top right, a rabbit in the top left, a lion in the bottom right, and a bull in the bottom left. The lion and eagle appeared in the Wheel of Fortune, with the other two animals replaced, symbolizing changes along the journey. This card is the endpoint of The Fool. The World is a challenging card as no one knows the ultimate meaning of the world. It symbolizes a perfect ending and another world. Reversed, The World suggests a slightly flawed completion.


The branch with fruit and a wand cross each other, symbolizing the energy and desire to implement plans. The fruitful branch indicates that the plan is practical and has a solid foundation, capable of producing tangible results.


Two wands, one piercing through a map and the other beside it, represent two choices at this moment: to be content with the current state or to seek breakthroughs by picking up the map and setting sail. Once exposed to the vast world, it's impossible to remain content with the status quo. So, while seemingly hesitating between two options, taking a new step has already been determined. Thus, the wand piercing the map also implies a definite decision, indicating that what you currently have is insufficient, and it's necessary to take the next step carefully, choosing the destination and subsequent actions.


Three wands stand beside the globe, indicating that the plan from Two of Wands has started to be implemented. Three of Wands also symbolizes traveling, moving cities, relocating, changing jobs, etc.


Four wands with grapevines hanging from their tops, and a bird stands in the middle. Four of Wands represents a stable work environment where people share joy daily. It indicates settling down in the new environment reached from the actions taken in Three of Wands.


Five wands form a pentagram in the background, with an owl ready to catch a mouse among four scurrying mice, unsure of which to catch. The original Five of Wands signifies getting stuck in needless strife, halting progress. In this card, the owl is distracted by the fleeing mice, uncertain of its target.


Six wands line up behind an owl, one adorned with a laurel wreath. The owl, stepping on the mouse's tail, signifies a successful capture. Six of Wands symbolizes temporary victory or success, or simply that you will achieve victory or success in something.


An eagle grasps a wand, struggling with six intersecting wands. Seven of Wands represents fighting alone, as well as persistence and courage. Beyond the solitary fight and facing challenges bravely, it also implies the loneliness of being at the top.


Eight wands are scattered and flying towards the distance. Eight of Wands represents travel, flight, swift action, leaving a place or job, changing environments.


A strong horse encircles a wand with its front hooves, with eight other wands lined up behind it. The horse faces obstacles from the wands, needing to leap over them to move forward. Despite the wands being behind, they are shackles in its mind. Nine of Wands is a card full of conflict, choosing conflict confidently, yet losing inner peace and seeing everything as contentious.


Ten wands weigh heavily on an old donkey, burdened yet persisting. Ten of Wands symbolizes pressure and responsibility, also indicating that perseverance will lead to relief from suffering.


A young horse holding a wand in its mouth, symbolizing loyalty, enthusiasm, a young person starting out, and a passionate lover.


A centaur holding a wand, carrying a beautiful woman, giving a sense of a protector. It also represents leaving, starting a journey, immigration, and moving.


A mare with a wand and holding a crown, symbolizing kindness, generosity. The crown signifies her endless charm, and the wand her ruling abilities and methods.


A pegasus wearing a crown and holding a wand, signifying extraordinary charm, enthusiasm, and a serious, responsible attitude. The King of Wands is a mature man who boldly forges ahead and is full of action.


A chalice surrounded by a floral wreath. The wreath grows in a lightning shape, representing the budding of a new relationship and the abundant growth of new ideas and things. Emotions make everything vibrant with life.


Two griffins face each other, each holding a chalice. Their colors, one blue and one red, represent the yin and yang, the two attributes. They are intimate friends or partners with similar souls, also seen as soulmates or twin flames. Though different in attributes, they harmonize well, learning and accommodating each other, complementing and equally strong.


Three chalices with three swallows circling above, the cups resembling the swallows' home or as if they sneakily drink water from human cups. Three of Cups represents joy, sharing, and celebration, signifying victory through obstacles or fruits of labor. It also indicates several opportunities appearing at once.


A brown bear faces four chalices, three lined up on the ground and one with wings flying toward it. Despite many opportunities around, it's dissatisfied with any of them and thus chooses none. Four of Cups symbolizes hesitation, indifference, or dissatisfaction, reluctant to immediately accept even opportunities sent by fate. It also represents rejecting introspection or fleeing from a physical relationship.


A sheep mournfully looks at three toppled cups in front of it, ignoring the two standing cups behind. The fallen cups symbolize lost things or wasted opportunities, while the standing cups represent friends' support, akin to Two of Cups. Only by accepting the loss in front can one find solace behind. There’s support behind you, yet you insist on moving forward on your own strength, an unnecessary stubbornness.


An older squirrel passes a flower-filled chalice to a younger sibling. Six of Cups represents protection and safety at the cost of growth, stability in family or relationships, and genuine conditions, symbolizing a tranquil time. It also suggests being immersed in past memories, like the two in Two of Cups forever staying in their childhood, symbolizing a childhood sweetheart relationship, and refusing to grow or leave memories.


Seven cups contain seven different elements: a skull-toothed cat (representing fear or one's self after death), a lion (representing the living self and courage), a snake (temptation), a castle and bird (adventure and a resting point), a crown (power and wealth), a wreath (victory), and a dragon (protection or intimidation). Seven of Cups represents fanciful dreams and the diverse human world, implying a dream within a dream, coexistence of life and death, courage and fear, success and failure, wealth and temptation. The world is two-sided, with fortune and misfortune intertwined, leaving us uncertain about choices.


The empty space among eight cups signifies the missing ninth cup. A fledgling eagle looks determinedly into the distance, with a small moon in the sky hinting at emotional unrest and inner loneliness. The crescent moon with a full moon inside symbolizes the phases of waxing and waning, also meaning that this search needs enough time to accumulate. The upright cups represent current or past joys, and the eaglet prepares to leave its current state to find the missing ninth chalice, achieving the satisfaction of Nine and Ten of Cups. The eagle, spreading its wings to soar, gains a broader perspective, closely related to The Hermit card.


A dragon guards treasures and chalices on a treasure chest, its expression no longer fierce but content, satisfied with its wealth and current state, the state of Nine of Cups. It represents complacency and is a card of both personal and financial gain.


Ten cups arc within a rainbow, with a pair of bulls (symbolizing a couple) and a pair of calves (symbolizing a complete family) dancing underneath. The colors, one blue and one red, symbolize male and female (or yin and yang). Ten of Cups signifies joy, surprise, and contentment, describing a family where every member benefits because everyone willingly gives and receives, thus enjoying joy and willingness to contribute. Such a harmonious and complete relationship is rare; the rainbow adds a dreamy touch, and the paired animals represent a blissful marriage or romantic relationship, and possible family happiness.


A hippocampus rests on a seaside rock, holding a chalice with a fish peeking out. Page of Cups represents imagination, rich intuition, and delicate emotions.


The hippocampus on the beach is now venturing into the waves, symbolizing progress in relationships, romantic invitations, and multi-talented individuals. As the mount of the sea god, it embarks on a mission at sea.


The hippocampus lies on the beach, wearing a crown, with a chalice beside her. She returns from the sea after completing her mission, rewarded by the sea god, gentle, wise, and willing to contribute.


The hippocampus, crowned and holding a chalice, emerges from the turbulent waves, signifying his conquest of the sea. He is kind, compassionate, tolerant, experienced, artistic, and creative.


An arrow vertically pierces a deer, with a hand emerging from the clouds grasping the deer's antlers, representing a hunter's gain. The antlers symbolize a laurel wreath, indicating that the hunter has achieved something significant. Therefore, Ace of Swords represents the beginning of a new plan, symbolizing new challenges, rationality, determination, and a kind of extreme thinking.


A donkey's eyes are covered with a ribbon. In the past, people used to cover donkeys' eyes so they would keep walking around the mill. Covering the eyes both protected the donkey from dizziness and served as a form of deception. This represents the situation of going in circles between two options in Two of Swords, which is just a self-deception.


Three arrows cross and hit a flying heart. Even though pierced by arrows, the heart still flies, showing that heartbreak can't stop us from moving forward. Three of Swords represents a sorrowful mood, with the theme of "accepting sorrow and getting through it." After the storm, there's always a rainbow.


A camel rests on the ground, with a bow and arrow leaning against it. It indicates that the entire action is in a state of pause and rest. Four of Swords symbolizes a temporary retreat or withdrawal, also representing a brief rest or forced stagnation.


A griffin, satisfied with a bundle of swords, walks away, leaving two arrows scattered on the ground. It looks proud after winning the battle and obtaining the spoils. However, in reality, there are no winners in war. Five of Swords represents a superficial victory after conflict, as well as arguments and conflicts themselves. It's a card that suggests leaving if the environment becomes difficult, thus also representing a change in occupation or workplace.


Six arrows shoot towards a ship in a storm, seemingly dangerous, but the ship is still sturdy and will eventually reach the other shore safely. Six of Swords symbolizes movement and difficult progress towards the future.


A sheep escapes from a tent with five arrows in its body, and two arrows scattered on the ground. It is the "scapegoat" released with the sins of humanity. Humans think this act can transfer their sins, which is another form of self-deception. Seven of Swords represents deceit, cunning, schemes, isolation, and hidden confidence.


On the beach, four arrows on each side of a crab form a barrier, seemingly blocking its path. Although it appears trapped, the sand is soft, and the arrows are not firmly planted, so it can break through with effort. Eight of Swords represents a self-imposed situation, seemingly imprisoned, but free to leave at any time.


A sleeping lion, with nine arrows standing behind its body, sleeps restlessly, always wary of hunters' arrows, leading to continuous nightmares. Nine of Swords represents poor sleep and excessive worry.


A python is pierced by ten arrows, one going through its head. It symbolizes life's lowest point, the complete end of a relationship or career, or even physical death.


An arrow passes through a small ring around a bull's neck. Page of Swords is the transition from Ten of Swords to the court cards, representing rebirth or a new level of progression, starting anew. The arrow passing near the bull's neck suggests that although the path ahead is full of dangers, the brave bull is not afraid of difficulties. It also implies the naivety of youth (with the King of Swords being a tiger, there's a sense of overthrowing the old in this deck).


The Knight of Swords is the fastest in thought and action among all knights but lacks patience, typical of Aries and Gemini traits. Therefore, he can evolve into the King of Swords or the King of Wands, a card in the air suit with strong fire attributes.


A black panther with a crown and an arrow in its paw. The Queen of Swords is originally a quick-witted, mature woman. Here, the panther element from The Moon card is used, signifying that it has decided to devote its life to serving the Moon Goddess. Its understanding of life and firm beliefs bring true freedom.


A fierce tiger with a crown, holding an arrow in its mouth. It's an experienced tiger, unharmed by hunters' arrows. King of Swords represents practical thinking and ideas, and you need to use action to transform your ideas into tangible foundations. It embodies mature, self-controlled, and planned masculine energy. He knows the value of planning and the importance of action. This card represents sharp thinking, extensive knowledge, and a deep understanding that goes beyond superficial learning.


A carp leaps out of the water, its mouth touching a pentacle. This Ace of Pentacles is very auspicious, representing both the carp leaping over the dragon gate and the imagery of fish and dragon playing with a pearl. It symbolizes the execution of plans with sufficient funds and luck, with water representing the connection between money and nature. In Chinese culture, water is also associated with wealth, symbolizing the flow of money. Like all Aces, Ace of Pentacles signifies a new beginning, new plans, and new opportunities, naturally implying new financial inflows and financial planning.


The creature with the upper body of a goat and a fish tail is a symbol of Capricorn, and Two of Pentacles also represents Capricorn. The goat stands on two pentacles, indicating two parallel careers or two sources of income, and also representing a choice or fluctuation between two options. Whether choosing one or juggling both, one can handle it with ease.


According to legend, a unicorn will rest with its head on a maiden's lap, and hunters need to cooperate with the maiden to capture it. Therefore, Three of Pentacles represents teamwork. Unicorn blood and horn can be used to make an elixir of life, so this card also represents the opportunity to build something of lasting value. The unicorn, a mythical creature, is hard to encounter, so Three of Pentacles also signifies the chance to improve one's environment.


A greedy snake with a pentacle in its mouth, pressing down on three more. It guards its wealth with all its might. Four of Pentacles is the image of a miser, representing material stability but also an inability to face money properly, overly tense, more a slave to money than a wealthy person, reflecting another aspect of the newly rich. Of course, drawing Four of Pentacles upright also means becoming wealthy, with money possibly coming from work, side jobs, or inheritance.


A monkey just escaped from the circus, nowhere to go, accompanied only by street rats, symbolizing destitution and extreme poverty. It signifies extreme material scarcity. When in deep poverty, thoughts can narrow, and vision becomes shortsighted. Only by embracing change can one break the deadlock and escape the predicament.


A squirrel on a tree hands down a pentacle to another below. Six of Pentacles symbolizes a stable but meager income, equal distribution, and fair remuneration, thus using the division of food during hunting-gathering times to represent the feeling of scarcity yet satisfaction in Six of Pentacles.


A bird returns to its nest with a pentacle, already having six more inside. Seven of Pentacles represents wealth accumulated from past efforts, using birds' hoarding behavior to symbolize that the person has gathered a considerable amount of resources, or that planted seeds have yielded a rich harvest.


A kitten with a mouse, surrounded by eight pentacles. Eight of Pentacles is about diligently honing skills, like a cat catching mice, one by one. The house behind it is its owner's home; humans initially kept cats to catch mice, and she serves this home.


A comfortable dog lies next to a grapevine laden with fruit, leisurely watching a fluttering butterfly, with nine pentacles hanging on the trellis, symbolizing the joy of a bountiful harvest. Nine of Pentacles represents a state of self-sufficiency, with wealth accumulated to a more mature stage, and the vine full of grapes, also symbolizing the right timing. When both conditions are met, the likelihood of success in a plan is high. Therefore, Nine of Pentacles signifies self-sufficiency, confidence, well-founded planning, and enjoying solitude, preferring to be with nature, birds, and beasts.


Ten pentacles hang on a tree, with three squirrels below, two adults and one small, with one alone on the left looking left, and one with a baby on the right looking right, not paying attention to its baby. The large tree represents abundant material conditions, but the squirrels are not united, symbolizing superficial prosperity.


A rabbit stands on the grass, holding a pentacle. It understands its abilities and resources and plans based on this, diligently studying and persistently achieving its goals.


A squirrel riding a wild boar, holding a pentacle. It is honest and responsible, knows how to use resources around it to keep moving forward, and is very efficient (like a charging boar!).


An elephant with a queen's crown, holding a pentacle with its trunk, and a fiery red rose above its head. Queen of Pentacles represents generosity, richness, security, and mature stability.


An elephant with a king's crown. A pentacle rests on the top of a tower on its back. King of Pentacles symbolizes wealth, practicality, security, fortune, and an outstanding business mind.

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