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TAROT - Colors and their Meanings and Significance in the TAROT

Updated on September 6, 2011

The Meanings of the Colors on the Tarot cards ...

Colours have been known to influence our moods, energy, health, environment and our personalities. Colours have been used therapeutically (Color Healing, Chromotherapy) as far back as the Ancient World can be traced throughout human history.

Ancient cultures worshipped the sun and its healing powers. Thoth the Egyptian god (who was known to the Greeks as Hermes) teachings of colours and their healing properties can be linked to both the Egyptian and Greek physicians through their use of different coloured salves and ointments as remedies, and practised in treatment rooms painted in healing shades.

From an exoteric perspective, colour is a vibration of light and what we see is a reflection of that essence - revealed in a wide variety of hues. Colour is an integral part of our existence and we are surrounded by it constantly.

Even those who are visually impaired are able to perceive the vibratory rate of colours, whether in their mind’s eye or through the sense of feel, sound and/or smell.

The reasons we subconsciously select one colour over another may have psychological implications that transcend conscious awareness, because colour carries archetypal elements dating back to antiquity.

Since the Tarot is comprised of seventy-eight pictographs, which include colour as a means to convey their message, it is important to develop an awareness of the power this perception wields in order to more accurately interpret the cards.


White - purity, beginnings, spirituality and new to the world

Black - negativity, hidden things and ignorance

Red - energy, patience, activity, passion and vitality

Yellow - spirituality and intellect

Green - the human quality, growth, early changes, vegetable and minerals

Blue - intuitive, emotion, healing and peace

Brown - down to earth type of person

Orange - courage and vitality.

Pale Orange - jealousy

Grey - on the tarot cards always means wisdom


Restful Green

Revitalizing Orange

Inspiring / Stimulating Vermillion and Scarlet


Restful Indigo and Green

Revitalizing Royal Blue and Emerald Green

Inspiring / Stimulating Yellow and Violet


Restful Moonlight Blue

Revitalizing Gold, Rose and Pink

Inspiring / Stimulating Amethyst, Purple and Violet


Red is the first colour in the light spectrum that can be seen by the human eye. Red is representative of survival instincts, action, security and energy. It also represents sexuality and the sexual organs.

Red influences and rules a person’s ability to feel secure within themselves. Red is the ‘will to succeed’. Red relates to the adrenal glands and is the ‘life force’, which is where we draw our strength, energy and ambition. Red can also be the colour of complications.

It relates to the musical scale as ‘DOH’. The planet related to Red is Mars.

Red is associated with the base of the spine - the Root or Base Chakra. Red is the element of fire, and is important for all living things. Without heat there is no motion or activity. Red produces heat which vitalizes and energizes the physical body as it controls the base of the spine chakra (Base or Root Chakra) which exercises great influence on the health and vitality of the body.

When the colour Red is seen within the Tarot cards, it indicates that action will be required.

The colour Red is linked to The Chariot (7) Tarot card due to its energetic nature. Red is also linked to The Tower (16,) and can indicate negative action where rash, hasty, aggressive or violent behaviour is evident.


Orange is the second colour to be seen in the spectrum and represents liveliness, happy memories and courage. Because of Orange’s vibrancy, young people are attracted and drawn to its warming influences.

Orange is a combination of the Red and Yellow Rays, and it’s healing power is greater than the two individual colours alone. Orange represents vitality, dynamic energy and health. Orange brings about an emotional release of energy by those who wear it. Orange is the colour of the Sacral Chakra.

The musical scale it relates to is ‘RE’. The planet related to orange is the Sun.

When the colour Orange is seen on within the Tarot cards, it often indicates a time or situation that will require action, intuition and courage.

Because Orange deals with our ability to procreate, the fertility of The Empress (3) is linked and influenced by it’s vibrancy.


Yellow holds the first place in the solar spectrum for maximum brightness and luminosity. Yellow is the ray of maximum light and it is a positive, magnetic vibration.

Yellow governs the Solar Plexus Chakra, which acts as the ‘brain centre’ to the nervous system. Yellow is to do with intuition, the intellect, mental power and concentration and is a vibrant life force. Yellow promotes a sense of self-confidence to help us cope during stressful situations.

Yellow relates to the musical scale ‘ME.’ The planet related to yellow is Mercury.

When Yellow is seen on the Tarot cards it indicates that intuition and intelligence will come to the fore in order to find a solution to a problem or issue. It also indicates positive outcomes.

Yellow is associated with The Sun (19) which encompasses it’s love of life.


Green is the colour of balance, peace and harmony. This colour is absorbed by the Heart Chakra and controls the cardiac centre and strongly influences the heart and blood pressure. It occupies the middle or point of balance in the solar spectrum.

Green is a soothing, harmonious radiation that is essential for the well being of our nerves and the proper functioning of our body. Green light gives us the energy of the Sun in the safest and most natural form, and is identical with the green plant energy known as chlorophyll, which is prescribed by medical science as a specific for the heart. Green is a colour used principally for healing as it promotes health and well-being.

Green is the second basic colour tone and this is seen most commonly in the Aura. It loosens and equalizes the etheric body and is the colour of energy, youth, growth, inexperience, fertility and new life. Green radiates sympathy, kindness and peace, love and harmony and is linked with abundance, evolution and supply.

The musical scale for green is ‘FAH’. The planet related to green is Saturn.

When Green is seen within the Tarot deck, it is an indication that growth is taking place on many levels, and that through this growth, abundant harvests will be reaped.

Temperance (14), influences and is representative of the colour Green as we strive to maintain equilibrium in our body and soul, mind and spirit.


Pink is a colour of unconditional love, compassion and femininity. It blends with Green to co-govern the Heart Chakra, and represents understanding, love and admiration.

Pink is most often associated with happy memories and brings us in touch with good times from long ago. Pink indicates an elements of love, emotional issues, forgiveness and our emotional endeavours.

When Pink can be seen within the Tarot cards, matters of the heart often prevail.

Pink is seen on The Lovers card (6).


Turquoise is the colour of deep compassion and inner-healing. It relates to our ability to love ourselves as well as others. When we love unconditionally we often must love those whose lifestyles are completely different from our own. For this reason we must let go of pre-conceived notions if we are to grow and develop on our path to becoming ascended or celestial beings. As we learn to love those who do not necessarily live their lives the way that we would prefer, we will ultimately gain much knowledge of others as well as ourselves.

When Turquoise is the be seen on the Tarot cards it often indicates a time of learning self-acceptance and life lessons.

The High Priestess (2) and The Hierophant (5) represent the colour Turquoise, and The Hanged Man (12) is an illustration of the archetype to govern Turquoise.


Blue represents inspiration and is a Spiritual colour. The Blue vibration raises our consciousness to the realm of Spirit, hence the value of this colour in Spiritual and Color Healing, meditation and devotional services. Blue implies ‘notable intentions’ and is the colour for meditation and Spiritual expansion and is also the colour for truth, calmness, devotion and sincerity; plus it is the colour of intuition and higher mental faculties. Blue brings quiet and peace of mind.

Blue is universally considered to be the friendliest colour on the spectrum and people who wear this shade are seen as approachable and socially aware.

Lots of blue in the Aura indicates an artistic and harmonious nature and Spiritual understanding. Bright blue denotes confidence and self-reliance and indicates a more positive person than one whose Aura radiates a paler blue shade.

The color Blue governs the Throat Chakra and corresponds with our ability to communicate with others.

In Eastern countries, Blue coloured objects are placed in tombs to ward off evil spirits. In China and Japan it is the colour of fortune. Blue was prevalent in the temples of Isis in Ancient Egypt and in the Catholic Church it is the colour of the Virgin Mary.

The musical tone for blue is ‘SO’. Blue is the colour of the Moon and is associated with the feminine aspect. Another planet related to Blue is Jupiter.

When Blue is seen within a Tarot card, it most often denotes a time of reflection, using the mind productively and healing the soul. It is a positive expression.

Because Blue is so amiable and eager to express itself, The Magician (1) carries with it the tones of the colour Blue, as does The High Priestess (2).


Purple has long been the colour of royalty, dating back to a time when the monarch was thought to have a direct link to the heavens.

Purple is associated with the Brow Chakra (3rd Eye) and represents insight, wisdom and our ability to see beyond what is considered to be the normal span of visual perception.

When Purple is seen on a Tarot card it implies that guidance and assistance from the highest realm will be available. It also sometimes intimates a karmic situation and/or vital life lesson. Purple points to our spiritual selves.

The archetype of The Emperor (4) carries with it the Universal influences of the colour Purple.


Magenta is a mixture of Red and Purple, and is considered to represent ‘Universal Harmony’. Magenta is strong, bright and vibrant and carries with it a sense of vivacity.

Magenta governs the crown of the head (the Crown Chakra) and deals with our ability to transcend the ‘here and now’ to experience a sense of higher cognition.

When Magenta is seen within the Tarot cards it often indicates elements of our spirituality and spiritual paths and connects us with our higher-selves.

The Hermit (9) helps us to find the answers to the probing questions within ourselves.


Indigo is a mixture of Blue and Purple, and contains much depth, dating back to the attire of early spiritual leaders.

The organs of sight, sound and smell are under the influence of this colour ray, and it is stimulating and regenerating to the mind, body and soul. Indigo affects vision, hearing and smell on the physical, emotional and Spiritual plane.

Indigo is the colour of the future race consciousness, extending the inner vision and opening up new fields of comprehension and knowledge.

Indigo in the Aura shows a high degree of Spirituality, integrity and deep sincerity. Wisdom and saintliness are also represented by the darker Indigo in Auras.

The musical note for Indigo is ‘LA’. The planet associated with Indigo is Venus.

Because Indigo is associated with the Crown Chakra it is considered to be one of the most inspired colours in the spectrum. When we are attuned to our Crown Chakra we will ultimately possess the knowledge that we need to progress along our paths. It is for this reason that there will be occasions when we live under the vibrational influences of The World (21) and conclude a part of our lives, or simulate the activities of The Fool (0) and begin an entirely new venture.


Lavender is a calming colour that is approachable and puts others at ease.

When seen on the Tarot cards, Lavender suggests inner-strength and wisdom to draw from.

When we are tense due to stress in our lives it is useful to meditate on the Strength card (8) to help maintain harmony during difficult times.


Violet is the highest colour ray and is the centre of intuition and Spiritual understanding. Violet has the highest vibration of light with strong electro-chemical properties and is inspiring to the mind, arousing soul qualities, mysticism, Spiritual intuition and idealism. It is useful for restoring mental equilibrium and appeals more to sensitive and soul-conscious types of people.

Amethyst and Purple correspond to the material and Spiritual aspects, while the colour Violet is connected to the Chakra in the higher brain, known as the pituitary gland, which is concerned with the Spiritual, intuitive faculty. This colour aids the development of clairvoyance, psychic sensitivity and intuition, and is of great value in meditation.

Saint Germaine heals with the Violet Rays and in Eastern philosophy Violet is the ruler of the centre of the head and this is called the ‘Thousand Petalled Lotus’.

Leonardo Da Vinci said that the power of meditation can be ten times greater under Violet light.

Violet is another colour that is rarely seen in the Aura. It is the colour of the initiate and belongs to the highest sphere of Spiritual beings. Its presence in the Aura denotes true greatness and worthiness.

The musical tone for violet is ‘THE’. The planet associated with Violet is the Moon.

When Violet is seen on the Tarot cards it implies a deep spiritual understanding and the wisdom and knowledge of an old soul.

The color Violet is associated with The Moon (18) Tarot card.


White is a combination of all the colours within the light spectrum. It is considered to be a colour of purity, truth, knowledge and illumination. White embodies clarity and understanding, which will ultimately bring good fortune as we attune to its ‘Universal Harmony’.

Often when the colour White is seen on the Tarot cards it implies new beginnings and new ideas and opportunities coming from a higher place and plane.

The Wheel of Fortune (10) is indicative of the colour White.


Brown is a combination of the three primary colours - Red, Yellow and Blue. Brown is an earthy, practical colour that is sincere and honest in nature. In some aspects Brown may be considered to be a bit too conventional for some.

When the color Brown is seen within the Tarot deck it often implies that issues or situations to with the most basic levels.

Because The Devil (15) is concerned with the earthly events of the ‘here and now’ its most positive aspects are reflected in this colour.


Black is considered to represent unresolved, thwarted ambitions that have resulted in profound forgetfulness, as in cases when people lose sight of their purpose in life.

Although Black has been given bad publicity throughout the ages, deep velvety Black can actually bring about an intense sense of healing that cannot be penetrated by the other colours and it is for this reason that many people in mourning subconsciously choose to wear it.

Death (13) represents Black’s apocalyptic nature. Judgement (20) calls into play the deep inner healing that is necessary to transform our being. The Moon (18) disables our ability to clearly remember all that has been and all that ever will be so that we can evolve ourselves without outside intervention.


Grey is a combination of White and Black and has the unusual distinction of being a combination of all colours - and absence of colour at the same time.

Grey indicates that balance must be achieved when two opposing viewpoints are at play, to influence an outcome either positively or negatively.

Wherever the colour Grey appears in the Tarot deck, it is an indication of inner-knowing, higher knowledge and wisdom. Justice (11) vibrates to the essence of Grey.


All the colours play an integral part in the make-up of the ancient Tarot and it’s messages and meanings. Knowing the hidden implications of the colours enhances your reading and interpreting of the Tarot cards.


TAROT - The Royal Road

COLOURS - The Vibration and Energies of Colours


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