What is Angelic Tarot? There are a few different ways of approaching this topic. I’m going to start by making quite an audacious statement to get the ball rolling. I believe the Tarot is a gift to humanity from the Angelic realm to help us evolve spiritually. The biggest clue ever is found in Arcanum XIV (Temperance) which is the soul alchemy card in the deck.
My understanding is that the Angel who brought us the gift of the Tarot is Archangel Raziel. In many Tarot decks (see for example the image from the Margarete Petersen Tarot above), you can see the rainbow reference to Raziel in the 14th Arcanum. Temperance is numerologically (14=1+4) about the four Elements of the Minor Arcana suits blending in perfect harmony with Spirit (Major Arcana) to create wholeness.
I make no apologies for not being able to substantiate my claim historically. Far more audacious claims have been made by the 18th-century French occultists as well as by more modern (usually male) authors. This is knowledge obtained through revelation. Test it to see how this revelation sits in your own soul to see if it is true.
Breaking it down…
But before we delve into the different approaches to Angelic Tarot, we need to establish what the Tarot is. We will also take a closer look at what angels actually are. Many people think they know angels. They look at popular angel art and think, ‘Yup, I’d recognise an angel if I see one.’ My response to that would be, ‘You’d know it was an angel but it most likely wouldn’t look anything like the artists’ impressions.’ Angels can take any form they wish, of course.
However, I would describe angels as vibrational beings of colour and sound. I base this observation on the out-of-body experience I had as a young child. In this sense, angels are much more like us than most people imagine. You are what is left of you when you leave your body.
What Is The Tarot?
What makes a deck of cards a Tarot deck? People sometimes mistakenly refer to Oracle cards as ‘Tarot.’ Not all card decks that are used for divination are Tarot. The Tarot is a system of divination that is dependent on a specific structure: A Tarot deck has to have 78 cards and five suits. First, there are 22 Major Arcana cards (the suit of Spirit) that contain the spiritual lessons each soul has to navigate in a lifetime. The Fool, card 0, represents the soul incarnate on the Earth plane.
Hence, the Fool is you and me and the other 21 cards represent the soul’s journey aka ‘The Fool’s Journey.’
The Minor Arcana
Then there is the 56-card Minor Arcana which contains the other four suits. Each Minor Arcana suit contains 14 cards: Wands (Fire), Cups (Water), Swords (Air) and Pentacles (Earth). The Minor Arcana cards are further divided into 10 number cards (1-10) and four court cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King). The Minor Arcana cards show us the conditions, experiences and various trials that shape our 3D reality. They each relate to the Major Arcana cards numerologically, elementally and through their astrological correspondences.
Tarot, Astrology and The Golden Dawn System of Correspondences
For the astrology part, there is more than one system of correspondences (confusing, I know) but the most widely used and well-known, at least in English-speaking countries, is the Golden Dawn system. The Golden Dawn system is the system that I have been working with for nearly 20 years now and it rarely lets me down. This system also incorporates Kabbalah.
Reading the Tarot Cards Intuitively
You can obviously read the Tarot without knowing any of the correspondences since it’s a pictorial system of divination. My first ever Tarot reading in 1985 was completely intuitive and extremely powerful. It was for a 14-year-old friend who was being sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend (a priest in the Swedish church). The reading uncovered the abuse and set my friend free. Until that point, she had been too afraid to tell anyone.
To learn more about card meanings, check out the Tarot card meanings index with in-depth, holistic meanings and Angelic correspondences. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll find a video intro with basic card meanings for all 78 cards, suitable for the absolute beginner.
What Are Angels?
The Angels were the first being to inhabit the cosmos. They are co-creators with Source, as well as messengers. As beings of pure love beyond duality, they are not beings with free will. Angels all work in harmony for the Highest Good, as agents of the Great Plan. Rather than seeing them as humanoid spirits, I experience them as ‘nodes of consciousness’ in a great grid of light. That doesn’t mean that they can’t appear anywhere they like but their appearance is a projection of form rather than an individual presenting itself. This is also why they can appear in multiple places at once.
Angelic Choirs or Hierarchies
The perception of ‘hierarchies’ in the heavenly realm is about frequencies having a larger or smaller reach/impact/area of responsibility. The Archangels are concerned with governing the evolution of mankind but that is not their only task. They are angels with massive reach in the Cosmos and are therefore extremely powerful allies to work with.
According to Valentin Tomberg (Meditations on the Tarot), an Archangel can step in to take over from a lower-ranking Guardian Angel. This happens when the human soul has evolved beyond egoic desire and instead becomes focused on, like the angels, serving God and humanity for the Highest Good. It is my belief that more than one of the Archangels can step in at this point.
The nine traditional Angelic Choirs is just one way of looking at a system far too complex for us humans to grasp. They are:
What Is Angelic Tarot?
There are two main categories of Angelic Tarot. You can either work specifically with the Archangels in a very intentional way or you can just dedicate your Tarot deck and readings for angelic wisdom to flow. For both ways of working, you can use any type of Tarot deck but it may be easier to stay intentional by working with one of the Angel-themed decks, such as any of the decks below:
- The Angel Tarot by Jayne Wallace
- Angel Wisdom Tarot by Radleigh Valentine
- Influence of the Angels Tarot by Jody Boginski Barbessi and Karen Boginski
- The Angel Tarot Cards by Radleigh Valentine
- The Golden Tarot of the Tsar by A.A. Atanassov
- Tarot of the Angels by Giordano Berti
There is also a Tarot deck that was created especially to use for working with the Archangels:
However, the Archangel Power Tarot uses the Doreen Virtue system of 15 Archangels that never resonated completely with me. It also has Ariel rather than Uriel for the suit of Pentacles/Earth which never made sense to me. That said, this deck may very well resonate completely with you and is definitely worth checking out.
Create Your Own Angelic Tarot Connection
If you, as a Lightworker, are called to do Angelic Tarot work, I strongly recommend strengthening your own connection with both the Tarot and the Angelic Realm by allowing the Angels to guide you about the correct correspondences. I’m not saying this to invalidate any system already in place but we are called to ‘test the spirits’ from the zero point of alignment with Source which is facilitated by the Holy Spirit through the heart chakra.
In 2019, I began a series of Major Arcana channellings from the Angelic Realm. These channellings were aimed at activating each of the 22 Keys and anchoring them in Christ Consciousness. At the start of this process, I was warned by Metatron that this process would be halted before I would be able to carry on. This is exactly what happened last year during my spiritual crisis/dark night of the soul. I lost faith in my own connection to the Divine. Restoring the connection was a gradual process that took about nine months to complete (gestation period).
My connection with the Angelic realm is now stronger than before the spiritual crisis of 2020 and concomitant rebirth/reawakening. It is my belief that the spiritual crisis I experienced last year happened to facilitate this reawakening. Stepping onto this path is something we decide before we are born. It is part of our individual soul contract. Hence we must learn to trust the Great Plan when we go through a time of crisis. We need to understand that the crisis is happening for us rather than to us. Working with Angelic Tarot helps us hold onto this more elevated perspective with greater ease.