What Do Coats of Arms Symbolize on Tarot Cards?

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Coats of Arms are a subtle but interesting symbol appearing on three individual cards in the seminal Rider-Waite-Smith deck of Tarot cards.

The symbols don't necesariliy make an appearance in more modern decks, but many newer Tarot decks do include adaptations of the same, generally accepted Rider-Waite symbols.

Here's What a coat of arms symbolizes in Tarot

A family crest or coat-of-arms is a symbol of success, generational wealth and a rock-solid dedication to family.

A coat of arms may also symbolize obligations or the duty one has to family or an organization.

Here Are the 3 Tarot Cards in Which Coats of Arms Make an Appearance

The Six of Cups

The Six of Cups

The Ten of Pentacles

The Ten of Pentacles

NOTE: The Ten of Pentacles interestingly has not one, but two coats-of-arms making an appearance on the card — implying the merging of two great houses, or the pooling of powerful interests. It should also be noted that both of these are mounted alongside a hard to see tapestry of the tall building from The Tower card. For what is otherwise a joyful and positive card, it is notable that these two crests shown on the Ten of Pentacles are accompanied by this marginal, but somewhat serious warning about overreaching.

The Two of Wands

The Two of Wands

NOTE: The coat-of-arms depicted on the Two of Wands is composed of both lilies and roses. Because roses represent male energy in Tarot symbology, and lilies represent female energy, the meaning here is that this family's power rests on a powerful mix of male and female energies.

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