top 7 change and transformation tarot cards

The Top 7 Change and Transformation Tarot Cards

top 7 change and transformation tarot cards

Today we are looking at the top 7 Change and Transformation Tarot Cards in the Major Arcana. We live in uncertain times and the world is changing rapidly. Many of us are not the same person we were four years ago (before 2020).

Making friends with the change and transformation Tarot cards can help us flow with these often tumultuous changes. For each of the top 7 Change and Transformation Tarot cards, you will also receive that card’s inherent medicine for coping with change.

The Tarot can act as a map for us, helping us navigate turbulent times. I pray that the information on offer here will illuminate the path before you.

The top 7 change and transformation Tarot cards in the Major Arcana

  1. The Fool Card
  2. The Wheel of Fortune Card
  3. The Hanged Man Card
  4. The Death Card
  5. The Tower Card
  6. The Star Card
  7. The Judgement Card

Did you come to this post because you want your Tarot practice to match your growth mindset? Then you’ll love THIS POST about the 7 most empowering questions to ask of the Tarot.

1. The Fool

The Fool card represents our souls on the adventure we have chosen in this incarnation. And it is only an adventure if there is plenty of room for transformation, right? Nobody wants to watch a film where the main character doesn’t go through a journey of growth and evolution.

The traditional card imagery presents a carefree individual standing near the edge of a cliff. The Fool symbolises a willingness to embark on a new journey with an open heart and a mind free from preconceived notions. The Fool encourages a beginner’s mind. This card nudges us to take risks and venture into the unknown. It teaches us that transformation often requires stepping outside of our comfort zone and embracing uncertainty.

The Fool card urges us to let go of fear and doubt that may hold us back from embracing new opportunities. It symbolises a fresh start and the potential for personal growth and expansion. The Fool reminds us that change is how we grow and become the Hero on our Hero’s Journey. This card serves as a gentle reminder to trust in the journey, have faith in ourselves, and have the courage to take that first step towards transformative change.

The Medicine

The Fool card corresponds with Uranus, the planet of unexpected changes and often bizarre plot twists. To cope with these plot twists in life, it helps to cultivate an attitude of openness and curiosity. The more flexible and adaptable we remain in life, the more easily we can cope with whatever life throws at us. It also helps to develop our intuitive faculties. These, in turn, help us invent whatever we need to cope during the next phase when our life is (once more) suddenly disrupted by change.

Learn to look at yourself as the Hero of a film or novel. Write about what is happening in your life in third person. Then read about your life as if it belongs to someone else, someome you are rooting for to succeed. What advice would you give them? Then do that.

2. The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card card symbolises the cyclical nature of life, representing the constant ebb and flow of circumstances. It reminds us that change is the only constant and that transformative experiences are often triggered by external forces beyond our control.

When the Wheel of Fortune appears in a reading, it signifies a time of significant shifts and changes in one’s life. It represents the turning of the wheel, where one phase ends and another begins. This card encourages to recognise that change brings opportunities for growth and renewal. It reminds us that even in times of uncertainty, it is crucial to stay adaptable and open to new possibilities. The Wheel of Fortune invites us to trust in the natural cycle of life and reminds us that every change that comes our way is an opportunity for personal transformation and evolution.

The Medicine

The Medicine inherent in The Wheel of Fortune, as it relates to change and transformation, is to learn to centre ourselves in the hub of the Wheel. The best way to do this is to learn some form of meditation practice. The Wheel corresponds with Jupiter in Astrology. Jupiter is the planet of wisdom which leads to good fortune. Cultivating equanimity in the face of constant change leads to an ability to spot the opportunities that may arise as a consequence.

3. The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man Tarot card encapsulates the idea of surrendering and letting go in order to facilitate personal growth and evolution. The image of a man suspended upside-down, often depicted in a calm and serene manner, signifies a willingness to experience profound change. It represents a shift in perspective or a release of old patterns that no longer serve the individual. The Hanged Man invites us to view change as an opportunity to gain new insights and broaden our horizons. It is a reminder that sometimes we need to pause, reflect, and let go of our attachment to certain outcomes in order to invite transformative experiences into our lives.

In the context of change and transformation, the Hanged Man Tarot card teaches us the power of surrender. It encourages us to relinquish control and trust in the process of life unfolding. By doing so, we open ourselves up to deeper self-discovery and growth. The Hanged Man signifies a period of waiting and inner contemplation, where we can reassess our beliefs, values, and priorities. By willingly surrendering to the transformative process, we can emerge with a new perspective and greater understanding.

The Medicine

Surrender and forgiveness are the two conditions necessary for transformation to take place under the guidance of Arcanum XII. For a short while, we must accept that our lives are ‘on hold.’ We make the best use of this pause by forgiving everyone, including ourselves.

The Hanged Man corresponds with Neptune, the Planet of unconditional love. This is why the heart is placed above the head in the card symbolism. While we can’t rush the process of surrender, centring ourselves in the heart will lead to a more profound new perspective and may even shorten our state of supsension.

4. Death

It is important to note that the Death card usually does not indicate literal death but rather signifies endings, transformation, and rebirth. It represents the process of letting go of the old to make way for new beginnings. Just as the seasons change and the trees let go of their leaves upon the arrival autumn, Death symbolises the natural cycle of life of which death is part. Death encourages us to embrace change and release attachments Through this process of shedding our old selves, we can embark on a profound journey of inner transformation and initiation.

In Tarot readings, the Death card often serves as a powerful reminder that change is inevitable and necessary for growth. Arcanum XIII is the breaking down of old structures and patterns that may be holding us back. It invites us to confront our fears and embrace the unknown. It forces us to let go of what no longer serves our highest good. Death teaches us that all change is good if we embrace the opportunity to become more of who we are. The wisdom of the of the Death card can help us navigate life’s transitions with grace.


While the meaning of this card is rarely physical death, it does serve as a memento mori. The sooner we accept the inevitability of our physical demise, the sooner we can learn to face all change with courage and resilience. So it is important to allow for Death to actually mean death too. Death corresponds with Scorpio and this is an energy that doesn’t shy away from topics related to death and dying. This is a very important and useful energy when dealing with change and transformation.

5. The Tower

When The Tower appears in a reading, it often symbolises sudden and unexpected changes that can be challenging to navigate. The image of a crumbling tower struck by lightning represents the breaking down of old structures and belief systems. It signifies the need to let go of rigid patterns and perspectives that no longer serve us.

While the change The Tower brings can be uncomfortable and disruptive, it ultimately opens the door for profound personal transformation. This card serves as a powerful reminder that sometimes we need a shake-up. A cathartic Tower event can help us move toward a more authentic and fulfilling life.

The Tower forces us to confront the areas of our lives that may have become stagnant or unfulfilling. It disrupts our comfort zones and forces us to reevaluate our beliefs, priorities, and attachments. The inherent gift the Tower brings is a chance to create a stronger foundation and a more aligned sense of self. This card teaches us resilience when unexpected events occur.


The Tower corresponds with the Planet Mars in Astrology. If we are mindful that life’s tests and trials are for us because they serve to make us stronger, we can cope more easily. Sometimes, it serves us well to adopt the spirit of the Warrior archetype.

Physical exercise is very much part of this card’s medicine and how we can greate greater resilience in the face of change. Think more strength and callisthenics than cardio.

6. The Star

The Star Tarot card brings us hope in times of change and transformation. It reminds us that even in the midst of darkness, there is always a glimmer of light. When we harness the energy of The Star, we are better able to release limiting beliefs and embrace a more authentic version of ourselves. It encourages us to have faith in the process of change. The Star teaches us to trust that even in challenging times, there is the potential for positive growth. The Star reminds us that by connecting with our inner wisdom and following our true purpose, we can navigate change with grace and emerge stronger and more aligned with our highest potential.

In the context of change and transformation, the Star Tarot card invites us to look within and connect with our deepest dreams and aspirations. It symbolises the power of visualisation, reminding us to set clear intentions for the future. The Star encourages us to have unwavering faith in the universe’s ability to support us on our journey.

The Medicine

This card relates to future-oriented Aquarius in the Zodiac. The medicine of this card is to redirect our attention from the past and set our sights on what we wish to manifest in the future. This then allows us to come up with a plan. The process of coming up with a plan is also something that brings us hope. It makes it easier to imagine that things will not always be this turbulent or challenging.

Make sure to make a plan that includes achievable long- and short-term goals. Take action daily.

7. Judgement

The Judgement Tarot card represents a moment of reckoning and self-reflection, where individuals are called to evaluate their actions and choices. It’s a card of awakening that encourages us to take a closer look at our lives and make honest assessments about our past, present, and future. The Judgement card reminds us that change is not only inevitable but also necessary for our evolution. It urges us to make decisions that align with our authentic selves and our life purpose. By acknowledging our past mistakes and learning from them, we can release old patterns and step into a new phase of life with clarity, wisdom, and renewed purpose.

In the context of change and transformation, the Judgement Tarot card also emphasises the importance of forgiveness and acceptance. It calls for us to let go of guilt and regret, allowing ourselves to draw a line under the past. This card invites us to release any judgment we have towards ourselves and others, creating a space for healing and personal growth. By embracing the transformative energy of the Judgement card, we can experience a powerful inner awakening, step into our true potential, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and profound change.

The Medicine

This card corresponds with the Planet Pluto, the planet of change and transformation. In other words, Judgement could be seen as the card for a process of transformation. The disruptive changes we see in the world around us now have everything to do with Pluto’s transit through the conservative sign of Capricorn. From a Numerological point of view, these changes began in 20-20 (XX x 2). And while we cannot influence the times we are in to a high degree as individuals, we can take charge of our own responses.

The best medicine found in the Judgement card is to do a life review. The process of doing a life review helps us get our bearings and enables us to see the role we play during these tumultuous times.

How to Do a Life Review

  1. Create a Sacred Space: Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can fully immerse yourself in the process. Light a candle, play soft music, or surround yourself with objects that bring you a sense of calm and tranquillity. This sacred space will help you feel grounded and connected, allowing you to dive deep into your reflections. Alternatively, being outdoors in Nature can be ideal, especially if you already have a sacred place that you like to visit.
  2. Reflect on Your Past: Take the time to reflect on the significant events, relationships, and lessons from your past. Consider the times when you felt most alive and fulfilled, as well as the challenges you faced and the lessons you learned. Here is a Life Review Tarot Spread you can use. Journalling can be a powerful tool during this reflection process, allowing you to explore your thoughts and emotions. Ask yourself meaningful questions, such as: What are the recurring themes or patterns in my life? What are the moments that have shaped me the most? What achievements am I proud of? What regrets or mistakes do I need to release?
  3. Integrate and Take Action: Once you have gained clarity from your reflections, it’s time to integrate your insights into your present and future. Identify the patterns or behaviors that no longer serve you and make a commitment to release them. Celebrate your achievements and acknowledge the growth you have experienced. Set new goals and intentions based on the lessons you have learned. Remember that a life review is an ongoing process, and as you continue to grow and evolve, you can revisit it to gain new perspectives and make further adjustments to align with your true purpose.


By engaging in a life review, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself, make conscious choices, and create a more meaningful and fulfilling future during times of change and transformation. Trust that the insights you gather will guide you towards a future of purpose and authenticity.

Bonus Tip

Take the seven cards mentioned above and shuffle them to see what type of change you are currently dealing with or will be dealing with shortly.


Comments 6

  1. This is a great resource and gives me much food for thought. I pulled the Hanged Man yesterday and never realized that it was a card of transformation.

    Excellent insight.

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  2. Hi Lisa
    Thankyou for this resource. Having been experiencing the Hanged Man, the Death and Judgment Card for the past 13 years (gruelling).
    I had a dream the other night where I was putting on bright yellow shoes.
    I did the shuffle as suggested to find out where I was at now. I flipped the Fool. I couldn’t believe The Fool has yellow boots on.
    I’m deeply grateful for your shared knowledge.

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  3. Hello Lisa,

    I’m currently going through a transition and the tarot cards you mentioned above have appeared for a month. This post is also confirmation of the readings I’ve received during those days. Not all readings were ‘good” nor bad for for me and has helped a lot.

    I am venturing through your free tarot resources and I have to say they give food for thought – Thank you.

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      So glad the resources provided are giving you food for thought. My pleasure! As you can probably tell, this blog is a total labour of love. May your period of transition go smoothly and leave you wiser! Blessings, Lisa

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