Elemental dignities ~ The way tarot interact
Tarot suits compatibility is called Elemental Dignities and this method does not require extensive knowledge of tarot card meanings, instead, you look at the cards that are next to each other in the spread (vertical, horizontal and diagonal depending on the spread) and see if the elements strengthen or weaken each other. Cards that strengthen each other denotes positive outcomes, while cards that weaken each other denotes less favorable outcomes.
Swords (air) + Wands(fire) are Friendly and Active:
Pentacles (earth) + Cups (water) are friendly and passive
Wands (fire) + Cups (water) are enemies. They weaken each other:
Swords (air) and Pentacles (earth) are enemies. They weaken each other:
Wands (fire) and Pentacles (earth) strengthen each other, but are neutral: they combine an active(wands) and a passive(pentacles) element.
Cups (water) and Swords (air) strengthen each other, but are neutral: they combine a passive(cups) and an active(swords) element.
Major arcana cards and elements.
- Fool ~ Air element
- Magician ~ Air element
- High Priestess ~ Water element
- Empress ~ Earth element
- Emperor ~ Fire element
- Hierophant ~ Earth element
- Lovers ~ Air element
- Chariot ~ Water element
- Strength ~ Fire element
- Hermit ~ Earth element
- Wheel of Fortune ~ Fire element
- Justice ~ Air element
- Hanged Man ~ Water element
- Death ~ Water element
- Temperance ~ Fire element
- Devil ~ Earth element
- Tower ~ Fire element
- Star ~ Air element
- Moon ~ Water element
- Sun ~ Fire element
- Judgement ~ Fire element
- World ~ Earth element
Tarot suit compatibility
There are many ways of predicting a positive or a negative outcome in a tarot reading. One way is to interpret how much energy your reading is charged with. If the cards strengthen or weaken each other can be a clue to what how events will unfold in the seekers life.
The importance of Elemental Dignities
Elemental dignities or tarot suit compatibility are important to take into account in a tarot reading. You can also use elemental dignities to time events. Tarot suits that are friendly to each other can signify fast progress; while suits that are neutral or enemies to each other can signify delays.