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Tarot Card Reading And Astrology: Differences & Similarities

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Are you confused between tarot card reading and astrology? You have a situation at hand and want some desperate help? In two minds about both of them? Then let’s clear your doubts about both the tools of future prediction. As you will progress through this article you will come to know about the aspects of both readings from tarot cards and astrology. But keep in mind that none of them can prevent an event which is bound to come in your life. They can only subdue their effects.


Astrology and tarot readings are both divination tools. They are used to know past, present and future aspects of a person. Whenever a person faces difficult situations in life, like health, relationship or financial issues he/she resorts for help either from a tarot reader or an astrologer. Though, astrology is much sought after than tarot reading in India. 

Astrology Based On Calculations Continuing From Vedic Period

The meaning of astrology is reading your birth or natal chart while the meaning of tarot card reading is reading a card which you have chosen out of a deck of 78 cards.


Astrology is a much older science than tarot. It dates back to the 3rd millennium BC and Vedic astrology is the oldest in the world. The traces of it exist in Vedas and scriptures as old as 5000 BC. The existence of astrology can be traced back into Atharva Veda where it is spoken about as ‘Jyotishmati’. Today’s astrology is based on the Jyotisha Vedanga, one of the six supplements of Vedas. It is based on human’s karma. It states that the supreme power decides the position of constellations and planets during the time of your birth. In addition, this decides your life on earth. Indian astrology travelled to Persia, Babylon, and Egypt.

Astrology Zodiac Signs
Astrology Zodiac Signs

Tarot Reading, on the other hand, had a western birth from 1440 – 1450. The cards were part of a game called triumph, which was similar to the modern bridge. It was popular in Italy as ‘tarocchi’, adapted from the French word ‘tarot’.

Differences Between Tarot Card Reading And Astrology

Astrology Vs Tarot Reading- 

Astrology is based on horoscope reading. They follow a prescribed method to calculate the position of the sun, moon and other planets to define different phases of life. Their reading is primarily based on calculation and make little use of intuition.

Choosing Your Card Out of A Deck of 78 Cards in Tarot Card Reading

On the other hand, the Tarot reader solely depends on his/her intuition. The Tarot reader spreads the deck in front of you and asks you to choose a card that you connect with. Hence, depending on the card you choose, they predict your mental, physical and financial situation on the basis of their intuition. The more connected a reader is with his art and stronger is the power of intuition, the more will be the accuracy of the reading.

Planets In Astrology
Planets In Astrology

Birth Chart Vs Tarot cards

In astrology, the reader uses your birth date, time, and place to predict your life and events in the future. These pieces of information are pivotal to the accuracy of the reading because this gives the reader the precise location of planets at the time of your birth. While tarot card reading depends on interpretation. It does not require any information on past, present or future. The reader interprets from the card you choose. These cards have symbolic figures, 22 Major Arcana cards represent life’s karmic and spiritual instruction, and 56 Minor Arcana cards stands for the trials and tribulations.

Study of Constellation Vs Natural Intuition

Tarot reading depends on the reader’s interpretation of the cards. It’s a personal interpretation. Hence, can vary from tarot reader to reader. On the opposite side, astrology is the study of heavenly bodies and planets like Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn in a calculative method. Each of these planets influences your mood and behaviour throughout the day.

Science Vs Mystery

Indian Birth Chart in Astrology
Birth Chart in Vedic Astrology

Astrology speaks about the 12 zodiac signs, 27 constellations, 12 house of horoscope and 9 planets. It is based on mathematical calculations. While Tarot is a mystery. It depends on the reader’s perception and conditioning.

Astrologer Vs Reader

Tarot readers have their own natural ability to understand the mind of the person sitting on the other side of the table. They depend on the energy emitted by the person. They feel this energy and interpret accordingly. 

While astrologers are completely non-personal. They tell you about your present and future after calculating according to the theories they have learned.

Significance of Environment And Intuition of Reader in Tarot Card Reading

Similarities Between Tarot Card Reading And Astrology

  • Both are divination tools
  • They give future predictions which may or may not be true
  • Both of them believe in a supreme being
  • They can give remedy from the problem you are going through.