Your top ten tarot cards

So! The votes have been counted and the results are in.

Your top ten tarot cards have been revealed!

Before we dive in, wanna see my super-scientific result-finding process? It involves a sofa, a radio, a notebook and a lot of coffee:

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Note to self: if 520 people are going to answer your survey, make sure to use some kinda drop-down check-box easily quantifiable method for coming up with these results.

But then we wouldn’t have the brilliant, insightful, thoughtful, touching anecdotes so many of you included. So – longhand it is. Here, in order of preference, are your top ten tarot cards, with some of my favourites of your notes and observations.

1. The Star

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It’s the place I go every night in my mind. She heals me. I take a bath in her pond and clean my wounds.

What I like about The Star is it’s about rising from the ashes and that’s a really important thing for me. Shit happens, but then you rise from the ashes stronger than before. 

Make a wish, enjoy your dreams that are raining down on you, reach for the impossible, create beauty, you are beautiful and stand out.

The Star is more than a card of renewal and healing. The Star is a sign of the modern shaman and mystic, a being who lives at the edge of night/day, one who is acquainted tightly with things that are far away, as if they are right on front of us. The modern mystic knows that looking at your own depths and your own reflection, one can see all that is. The Star alludes to that connection. I resonate with that for a lot more reasons that I can fit in a form!

It is my astrological birth card, but even if it weren’t it would still be my favorite. To me it represents the one thing that has brought me through some incredibly difficult times – HOPE.

2. The High Priestess

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It is the card I have always resonated with the most. It is my heart and soul in a card. And also, the card that terrifies me the most. Because I repeatedly refuse to live up to my own potential.

In my favorite deck, it really reminds me of the mentorship relationship between myself and my drag mom.

I find her to be powerful, graceful, knowing. I work toward that kind of poise and emotional intellect.

Tarot for my own personal use has been a great way to reconnect with my intuition. I was in a very controlling and unhealthy relationship for a long time, and by the time it ended I questioned everything I said or did or felt. In your article about the High Priestess/ Hierophant where you talk about how passive/active should be switched really resonated for me because it has taken me so much work to trust my intuition and learn from myself. And that’s why I love the High Priestess card. 

3. The Hermit

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it sums up my life’s purpose exactly. I love my alone time, but I also love getting together with friends and talking spiritual stuff.

It speaks both to who I am right now, who I have always been, and who I would ideally like to be. It also represents a really big step in my life as it keeps coming up in relation to the new home I bought with my partner.

The Hermit: solitude, travel, learning, therapy, mentor. He is my guide, always there when I need him, always there to remind me of who I am.

4. The Fool

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The essential self, pure and untainted by the material world. The magic of the Universal soul of us.

I see myself as a a ball of potential energy forever at the beginning of a journey, so I associate the card with my identity I guess!

It’s full with optimism, hope and positive thinking. And because I tend to overthink every situation, so sometimes it’s nice to be able to just dive right in without stressing about it.

It’s like a breath of fresh air. A new adventure. Whether it’s indicating the wise fool or the foolish fool, it alwasy shows me something new and exciting. When I’m looking for a new deck, I always check to see if I resonate with the depiction of the Fool.

5. The Moon

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I love the moon card, because it captures something about knowing and not knowing and being somewhere kind of familiar and uncertain, which is how I feel with tarot and about myself.

For me, the Moon card is about being brave, journeying into the shadows, exploring our subconscious realms, meeting our fears, shining a light on what truly is. It is a card about developing self-awareness, calling out the naked emperors in our lives (and ourselves), and finding deep healing by embracing this journey into your truth – warts and all. Our tools on this journey are intuition, instinct, embracing complexity, abandoning reason in preference of simply feeling and being with it – whatever it is that’s indicated in the reading. I think the Moon is among the most transformative and powerful cards of the deck.

6. The Empress

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She’s the HBIC of the tarot!

The Empress has really been on my mind lately. Where she’s at, how she got there. and how I would like to be more like her.

Let’s go with the Empress. because that deep emotional connection is something i think i used to have, but after some bouts of mental illness (ptsd) i am struggling to reclaim it and celebrate it.

She reminds me of everything I love about being a woman and reminds me to connect with the earth and the people around me.

7. Strength

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I just find it so fucking beautiful. And it reflects a lot of what I believe in movement practice, gentleness acceptance as a powerful way to interact with the world and with one’s own body. I love it. 

Strength: the lion is strong wild and tender.

Strength is my birth card and it’s meaningful to me because so much of the theme of my life seems to be about finding my own brand of strength and owning that I am strong. 

8. Death

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I think Death, just because I love the idea of re-inventing yourself, giving birth to something new… and being able to break things down and start over at any time.

Perhaps not the typical choice, but I stumbled onto tarot 2 years or so after an attempted suicide. In the Shadowscapes deck, the card is interpreted by a phoenix in mid-transformation. It was a healing experience to meditate on that card for a while. Now I’m not afraid of the Death card at all-it’s a natural transformation that’s part of life. 

I am someone who has had to burn a lot of bridges in life, & I am always alive to the possibilities of renewal and change after destruction or endings.

9. The Magician

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I like the idea of having the power to manifest ideas into reality.

I relate to its sense of mystery and simultaneous knowing.

The Magician makes me feel powerful and in control, so I would say that one.

10. The Sun

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A lot of my anxiety stems from long-term emotional abuse, which can lead to concealing the best parts of oneself for protection. The Sun comes to me often as a reminder to break those bonds and to be radiant again.

It’s so positive and joyful.

I need that energy.

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You also looove those queens

Several of you put ‘all the queens’ as your answer. The Queen of Swords came out tops (‘baddass’, ‘straight-talking’, ‘a quality lady’, ‘she’s got it going on’, ‘she’s my girl’…) then Wands (‘she embodies everything I aim to be’), with Cups and Pentacles tying.

And swords got a lot of love generally

Certainly more than any other suit – which is surprising considering its reputation, but perhaps unsurprising, considering life is tough sometimes, and it’s how we get though those difficult moments that really sticks with us.

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I really love the pain behind the Three of Swords, and how transformative it can be. I guess I’m a masochist.

At the moment my favourite card is the Six of Swords. It, rather appropriately, keeps popping up because I’m going through a big transition in my life and am having to let go of a lot of things. I see it as a positive, adventurous card, a “I’m moving forward with life instead of stagnating” card.

For me, the Six of Swords is about moving forward, even though it’s difficult or painful, because you’re headed towards something better. I’m dealing with some hard stuff right now, and this is a reminder that the best thing to do is to address it, even though it hurts.

2 of Swords. I love the visual, she is blindfolded but armed.

Knight of Swords. It clicks with my Air Sign and everything I want to be – not just a thinker, but a doer.

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I’m loving the Seven of Swords! I used to think the figure was an asshole, but the other day it struck me that there are myriad reasons he might have for doing what he’s doing, and I really feel for him now.

I like the Seven of Swords. I have to stay closeted about being bisexual and polyamorous for my job.

Ten of Swords, because it means the end of what was wrong.

Three of Swords: I have never really never thought to much why I love it until you have asked me this, I think its because to me when this card shows itself in my readings it usually represents all the strength i gained, lessons I learned and a marker of how far I have come after a lot of heart break in my life.

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I’m still so new—I don’t feel that I’ve quite connected with any one card yet. However, I do adore the Waite-Smith Page of Swords. She reminds me of every awkward, brave, gender-defying action heroine of those feminist 80s fantasy novels I devoured as a kid. It doesn’t really jive with the traditional interpretation, but that’s what she is to me. Brave, impulsive, a warrior who stands out like a sore thumb.

Your thoughts? Any of these comments resonate for you? Add your ideas in the comments!


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  1. Eli says:

    Beth, thank you for taking the time to tally and transcribe these responses. I particularly enjoyed it because it offered me new perspectives on some cards that I’ve found particularly challenging (the Star, Magician and Empress!). People’s connections with the Star are so lovely, just revelatory for me, opening up much larger ways of understanding this card. This is why I love your blog so much: constantly offering new layers of meaning, new inflections…and also making it so that when I look at my cards, I not only hear my inner voice, I begin to hear a community, begin to feel connected to such a rich collective experience

  2. Oh Beth, that looks like so much work! 🙂 Thank you for this beautiful compilation.

    I have NO IDEA which card I picked in the questionnaire! (It’s kinda strange). But now as I’m sifting through “our” top 10, I’m thinking: all of them! 😀


  3. Jessie says:

    You quoted me! ^_^ If anyone’s wondering what the High Priestess looks like in my deck (I’m the one who mentioned how it reminded me of the relationship between me and my drag mom), I use the Tarot of the Spirit World deck, and wouldn’t you believe it, she’s the card on the front of the deck:

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