cards in various suits

I want to talk about SUITS!

No, not the double-breasted kind.

And no, this is NOT about the Duchess of Sussex or her former TV show!

I’m talking about Tarot Card Suits–not unlike the Heart, Spades, Diamonds, and Clubs in a typical playing deck—the kind of suits you play with.


Have you ever wondered how a Tarot Card Reader knows the meanings of the cards?

Well, here’s a quick look at some of the clues.

Did you know each Tarot Card deck is divided into four suits? Wands, Cups, Swords, and Disks. These four suits embody different aspects of a person’s life.  Newer tarot card decks may have different names for their suits, but even with different names the facets of life that are represented are typically the same.

Because we all deal with the same issues in life.

For example, when we talk about the Wands suit we know it represents the element FIRE, and refers to anything that is “fiery” such as your will, your drive, endeavors, your passions. Your fire can be your creativity, making things happen and the ability to use energy to turn possibility into reality.

Myths, fables and fairy tales use the wand as a tool to make one’s dreams come true, to manifest your will or your passion into being—think Fairy Godmother!

When we talk about the suit of Cups it represents the element WATER, and refers to one’s emotions, your intuition, what you sense or feel.  Cups are about your ability to empathize, and the ability to understand the intangible, the spiritual.

We know that water is a potent force in the world; it moves and can move objects; it comes in waves and tides—pushing and pulling; water also falls as tears.  Cups cards tell you how your emotions, intuition, and feelings are influencing your world. Are you a gusher? Or a waterfall? Do you allow yourself to be carried away? Or do you man the oars?

When we talk about the Swords suit, which characterizes the element AIR, we are referring to all things “airy”, such as your thoughts, your dreams – anything that typically occurs above your neck!  Swords are your intellect, your ability to conceptualize and to communicate the idea to others.

Now, sometimes our swords work against us – as when we speak badly to ourselves! “You’re such a failure!” And, they can be our weapons to cut away the thoughts or beliefs that no longer serve us.  “I am creating my own reality. My past thoughts are not welcome here.” 

The use of affirmations on a daily basis can help you create a new internal air-space. Swords are double-edged and can cut from both sides—take care to use your thoughts and beliefs to protect yourself and not do harm.

When we talk about Disks, we are referring to the element EARTH—those things that are physical and tangible—money, career, home, property, health, achievements, possessions, material goods—all those things that are external.

Earth is our home; it’s the source of our food and water; it’s where we spend our lifetimes and it’s crucial that we honor and care for it. Disks cards represent the relationship we have to all things outside of us. 

How do we care for our families, our friends, our house, our money, our pets, our neighborhood, our environment? 

Tarot Card readers, such as Zanna, interpret the meanings of the suits and make them relevant to each one’s questions and situation—and each reader has a different style and unique ability.

And there are myriad of meanings for each card, depending upon your specific situation. The most fun part about a tarot reading is that there are often surprises and unknown treasures that are brought to light.

Here’s a good example of how Swords and Disks showed up in a LOVE reading I recently did!

Which suit do you think would show up most in your reading?

Are you a CUPS kind of gal?

Looking for love, taking care of others, intuitive and sensitive?


Thoughtful and pensive, holding strong beliefs, and creative?

Maybe you’re a WANDS guy?

You’re passionate, driven and sure of where you’re going.

Or a DISKS type of lady?

You’re successful, your home-work life is balanced?

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tree with handwritten note tacked to it saying looking for love

Ever feel like you’re talking to the wall? 

Or maybe you’re not connecting in the same way you used to? 

Maybe you’re ready for a new romance, a new love. 

But you don’t want a repeat of the last relationship.

How can you find the perfect relationship?


All relationships—even friendships and family relationships—require a lot of every one involved: honesty; caring for the other; and a way of partnering to maintain the vitality of the relationship.

And sometimes we aren’t sure how we’re feeling about the other, or maybe we’re unsure of what the relationship is requiring of us. Or maybe we don’t know where our life is leading us – and that can negatively or positively affect the relationship.

Tarot card readings can help you uncover some secrets about yourself, about your partner(s) – about any type of relationship.

Here’s an example of a recent reading that I did for a married woman looking for love (names have been changed):

Susan:  It feels like something’s wrong with my marriage, but I can’t figure out what! Mike and I aren’t on the same page. I’m worried.

Me:  I’m sorry to hear that, but let’s see what the cards want you to know. Why don’t we start by finding out who you are in this relationship? What role do you play? And then we can ask more.

First card – Queen of Disks – a powerfully seated queen who is reflecting on the barren past she’s come through to her place of victory.

Me:  This card tells me that you are someone who has accomplished a lot in your life/career/family—you are successful.  You know the lessons of your past, and are not willing to repeat them.  You are a strong partner and generous in your relationships.  Does this resonate with you?  Do you see yourself in this way?

Me:  Now let’s find out who Mike is in this relationship.  What role does Mike play?

Second card – Prince of Swords – a male figure wields a sword as he cuts away the strings that are attached to him holding look-alike puppets.

Me:  Mike is doing some mental re-arrangement. He’s releasing himself from old patterns of thinking that are limiting him. It might seem as if he’s changing before your eyes. He’s a pensive, thinking kind of guy, even if he doesn’t always share with you.  Does that sound right?

While this is only two cards, I can already see the dynamics of their relationship and how there might seem to be conflict, although it may only be temporary while Mike is doing some internal work on his beliefs and ideas. 

Susan is smiling—it’s not as bad as she’s been thinking.

Because, having insight that is often difficult to attain on your own, can help you see what’s REALLY going on in your life and relationship.

Susan’s looking for love reading was powerful and she discovered information that helped her to see how she could take steps to improve her life and strengthen her marriage.  She invited her husband to do a couple’s reading and they’ll be coming in next month to learn more together!

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Green gypsy wagon with Tarot sign

Imagine the turtle, if you will—a totally self-contained creature. In his colorful, camouflaged shell he has all he needs: bedroom, hang-out, home office, shelter, safety, and a place to contemplate the world.  Much like my vardo!

Interior of ornate vardo (gypsy wagon)

Vardos are the perfect home for traveling folk — and tarot card readers. Like me! I have lived in 15 different homes in 7 states, crisscrossing the lower 48 trying to find that perfect place, that place that’s truly home.  But . . . imagine if you have the perfect home no matter where you travel—everything’s just right—no need to find new places for your book collection and kitschy knick-knacks or install new window coverings with each move—“Let’s see, do we want blinds, shades, a valance?”  You just make the decision once and never have to redecorate again!

So, why the attraction to Vardos?

Because I’m a tarot card reader. And I spend a lot of time contemplating what the Spirit messages that I receive mean.  I’m a clairvoyant (among other “clairs”), which means that aesthetics and the visual are important to me. Bright colors and wood are necessary in my home and work space.

The walls of my small creative space are covered in colorful images that harken to magical times and places.  Crystals adorn most flat surfaces, such as bookshelves or tables or windowsills. It is in that magical realm of fairies, monsters, sprites, spirit guides, angels and alchemy that I do my work. 

And it is with energy that I play and learn and am guided.

Imagine the power of tarot card readers from the past who lived, breathed, cooked, made love and dreamt in their own “turtle shell” filled with colorful images, feathers, stones or crystals they found on their travels.  Because they lived close to the earth, they had powerful connections to grounding and balanced energy; and living under the stars made ethereal connections real and almost touchable.

My favorite recurring dream

. . . is of me traveling in a horse-drawn vardo embellished on the outside with flowers, banners, hand-painted stars; moving from town to town, parking in the woods or by a stream, offering my card readings to the townsfolk.  Transfixing them with the Spirit’s messages telling them of a bright future, or a new job, or a new love waiting for them.

My Life Today Is Spent In My Office

. . . or near my pool, or meditating in my garden space.  I work hard to disregard the traffic noise, the planes flying overhead, and the neighbors’ gas-driven yard equipment so I can keep my Spirit connections clear and strong.

So I sit quietly, breathe deeply, relax my body and slowly climb the imaginary golden stairs in front of me and enter the realm of magical trees, waterfalls, spirit animals, ancestral faces, and angel guides.  They rush to embrace me and whisper in my ear . . . they tell me stories of new loves, of opportunities waiting, of all they want me to share with others . . . they remind me that we are all connected through Mother Earth, through Father Sky, through the Spirit that binds our hearts together. They ask me to be their mouthpiece. And to remind everyone that they are loved and perfect just as they are.

And as I descend and flow back into my body, I smile. Because I have seen a little bit of heaven. I have walked the pathway of those readers of old. I am who I am—a tarot card reader, a believer, a seer, and my Vardo is all around me . . . and within, too.