the Daily Tarot Card
for January 18, 2019
How to interpret the Daily Tarot
This tarot card gives insight into the forces, people, events or spiritual states that will have significance today. The relevance of this particular tarot card may reference a general trend for the entire day, or a news event or something specific which occurs at some point within a 24 hour period.
NOTE: All tarot cards selected for Tarot of the Day are always in the upright position and do not use inverted positions. Need an inverted meaning? Check our complete tarot reference.
Tarot Quick Info
Extended Tarot Interpretation
The Meaning of the "Wheel of Fortune" Tarot Card
The Symbolism of the Tarot Card:
The symbols of the four evangelists, Matthew (Angel), Mark, (Winged Lion), Luke (Winged Ox), and John (Winged Eagle) appear in each of the corners of this card, constituting a frame of divinity around the events in the card. The creatures are also known as the living creatures of Ezekiel. The Wheel is the central figure, and refers to Ezekiel's Wheel as well as the Wheel of fate of the card's name. In this prophecy, Ezekiel saw four creatures spinning a wheel as separate wheels, as a vision of the divine. The creator of this tarot deck saw the vision of Ezekiel as a perfect metaphor for this card, a model for a fluidic universe that showed perfectly the flux of human life. The word "Taro" is inscribed on the inside of the wheel, as well as the letters of the Hebrew Name of God, to show that God is within all. The figures on the outside of the wheel are; Typhon (the snake), an enemy of the Olympian greek gods, The Sphinx, and Anubis, an Egyptian god of the Dead.The Meaning of the Tarot Card:
The central theme of the card is the Wheel of Destiny. This was a medieval myth in which a king is crushed when the wheel is rotated under him, as the royal figure of the Sphinx would be crushed in this card were it to be rotated. The idea is that anyone may be brought down by the powerful hand of Fate. This is why the name of God is interspersed with the letters "Taro" in the Wheel itself - Fate in this card is interpreted as the plan of the Divine for all of humankind, and particularly for the Fool who is transitioning through this card to another rung in his spiritual journey. The concept of the Wheel can also be related here to Karma, or the belief that the actions that we commit have a direct correlation to what happens to us in the future. The laws of karma are continuously turning one around into different incarnations. The idea of Death and Rebirth are conveyed in the three creatures on the outside rim of the wheel. They represent the Egyptian gods Set (snake), Osiris (Sphinx), and Anubis (Jackal). The interplay of these three gods are a constant interplay of death and rebirth - they are in fact each an aspect of the other. An unexpected change is to take place in the person's life, and probably so gradually that they do not even notice. This change will be major, and will either cause great inconvenience or great improvement for the individual in question. On a deeper level, it represents the capacity to step back and understand the sequence of one's life.
NOTE: The Tarot of the Day card is intended to be read in a general sense and is not meant to address any specific questions. You can think of this card as representing a universal or widely-shared event. A daily tarot card is not the same as a card pulled individually as part of a personal reading.
So what is a daily tarot card?
We sometimes get asked "what the point" of the Daily Tarot is. After all, with our ever popular ZodiacTarot tarotscopes which are far more specific to each individual's zodiac sign, what's the less-specific "daily tarot card" for anyway?
The short answer is: We all live in the same universe. Not 12 different universes. iFate has dozens of other oracles, divination systems, horoscopes and tools for expanding personal insight. All of these tools offer unique and specific guidance. The daily tarot card isn't one of them.
The point of the daily tarot card is to unify our experience around just one important facet of foresight. It's not an Aries, Libra or Capricorn "thing". It's a humans thing. From that perspective, the daily tarot should not be taken as 'personal' guidance per se -- but as a blunt tool for understanding (or predicting) something more general.
A daily tarot card might represent:
- A more general trend.
- A large event.
- An important announcement.
- The significance of some high profile person.
What to look for in a daily tarot card
We would never suggest a 'right way' or a 'wrong way' to interpret the daily tarot card, but we do pay attention to what the cards are telling us:
When minor arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, we look for the message in more mundane, ordinary things. When major arcana cards appear in the daily tarot, they tend to speak to large, "macro" forces at work in our lives or on the world stage.
Likewise, when court cards (Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings) appear in the daily tarot, we look for the significance of a corresponding person in our day.
Needless to say, the Tarot of the Day doesn't replace more direct, user-specific readings. But since we've been pulling daily tarot cards on iFate.com since late 2007, we've always felt they add a framework for every day -- a theme which more often than not becomes apparent as our day progresses. We hope you agree.
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A daily tarot card for your horoscope sign
iFate also draws daily tarot cards for every horoscope sign. Select your sign from the list below to see which tarot card applies to you today.
Unlike the daily tarot card, which sets a more general theme for the day, these tarot cards meld astrology with tarot and seek a shared influence for each zodiac sun-sign.
Choose your zodiac sign: