My characters as Major Arcana tarot cards

There has been a recent trend in the bookish community to make tarot cards with the characters in popular books, so I decided to have some fun and match the key players from my WIP fantasy series Graceborn with the Major Arcana cards! Come and check out my list, and tell me if you’ve ever done something similar! →

The what: My knowledge of tarot is strictly limited to what I’ve read online, but for those who don’t know, tarot cards are a deck of playing cards which, in the modern day, are generally used for divination and other “occult” purposes. The Major Arcana are the 22 emblematic picture cards that come in a tarot deck, each of which has a particular meaning(s).

The why: There has been a recent trend in the bookish community, where main characters from a popular novel/series are made into tarot cards. Since I was trying to find a way to procrastinate from writing, I decided to have some fun and give it a shot with the characters from my WIP fantasy series Graceborn! And you know what? It was actually a great exercise in getting to understand my characters better!

So here it is: a list of my major characters as tarot cards. To be honest, I’m actually a little spooked by how well they all matched up! I hope you enjoy exploring the characters and/or cards, and let me know what you think in the comments below! (Note: All tarot card pictures and meanings below have been sourced from Biddy Tarot.)

0 – The Fool


Upright: beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, a free spirit

Reversed: holding back, recklessness, risk-taking


Name: Kael O’Dair

Description: One of the two MCs, Kael is a walking disaster whose childhood was both sheltered and difficult. He’s hot-tempered, impulsive, and can’t keep himself out of trouble, but his loyalty to family and friends is without equal.

1 – The Magician


Upright: manifestation, resourcefulness, power, inspired action

Reversed: manipulation, poor planning, untapped talents


Name: Varian Ashkelon

Description: A powerful if unconventional Empath, Varian is a survivor above all else. He’s blind, and some say insane, but that does not stop him from delving deep into the political intrigue of the Graceborn.

2 – The High Priestess


Upright: intuition, sacred knowledge, divine feminine, the subconscious mind

Reversed: secrets, disconnected from intuition, withdrawal, silence


Name: Anika Malkar

Description: As Asphodel’s sole Teller, 14-year-old Anika is the subject of much interest due to her ability to see the future and past. She must heed her instincts if she is to trust the right people with her special knowledge.

3 – The Empress


Upright: femininity, beauty, nature, nurturing, abundance

Reversed: creative block, dependence on others


Name: Myrrine Vasilias Iatros

Description: Myrrine is a powerful and dedicated Healer, but that’s not all she is. Born into a royal family, she learned to rule and politick as a child, but as a result still struggles to thaw the ice around her heart.

4 – The Emperor


Upright: authority, establishment, structure, a father figure

Reversed: domination, excessive control, lack of discipline, inflexibility


Name: Gavriil Yfantis

Description: The oldest member of the Council of Eight, the Graceborn’s ruling body, Gavriil is a man steeped in tradition. He prides himself on his principles, but he fears he may have to bend if they are to stop the coming storm.

5 – The Hierophant


Upright: spiritual wisdom, religious beliefs, conformity, tradition, institutions

Reversed: personal beliefs, freedom, challenging of the status quo


Name: the Guardian of the Gate

Description: This character is the least fleshed out of those on this list, as she will not appear until book 3, where she plays a vital role. A kind of spiritual adviser, the Guardian possesses a unique Talent of her own.

6 – The Lovers


Upright: love, relationships, values alignment, choices

Reversed: self-love, disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values


Name: Galen & Maya O’Dair

Description: Galen and Maya are the parents of the two MCs, and are the kind of couple that everyone aspires to be. Loving and supportive, they have raised their family the utmost respect, and will risk anything to keep them safe.

7 – The Chariot


Upright: control, willpower, success, action, determination

Reversed: self-discipline, opposition, lack of direction


Name: Ambrose Machairi

Description: One of Myrrine’s (#3) two Guides, Ambrose is a gifted warrior from an elite military faction. But he’s living with a horrific yet invisible wound, and it takes all of his considerable will just to endure the pain.

8 – Strength


Upright: strength, courage, persuasion, influence, compassion

Reversed: inner strength, self-doubt, low energy, raw emotion


Name: Lysandra Odigos

Description: Lysandra is Myrrine’s (#3) second Guide and childhood friend, who has never once left her side. While she will protect her Bonded with her life, Lysandra is also determined to nudge her out of her comfort zone.

9 – The Hermit


Upright: soul-searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance

Reversed: isolation, loneliness, withdrawal


Name: Doran a’Siredh

Description: Known as the Wanderer, Doran has walked the world for twenty years in search of the Lost. He cannot go home until they are found, but after so long he has almost given up hope. Then he receives the news…

10 – Wheel of Fortune


Upright: good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point

Reversed: bad luck, resistance to change, breaking cycles


Name: Endrid Erazem

Description: A key protagonist, Endrid is a powerful Weaver who has struggled with dysphoria since the day his Talent awakened. He cycles between acceptance and disgust at what he is, but longs to break free of the torment.

11 – Justice


Upright: justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law

Reversed: unfairness, lack of accountability, dishonesty


Name: Sharina Chayyim

Description: The wife and Guide of Daniel (#14), Sharina has a strong sense of right and wrong and willingly rebels against norms she believes unfair. But her resolve is soon to be tested, and she will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

12 – The Hanged Man


Upright: pause, surrender, letting go, new perspectives

Reversed: delays, resistance, stalling, indecision


Name: Kegan a’Siredh

Description: Many years ago, Kegan relinquished everything dear to his heart to do what had to be done. No one will ever forgive him, but no one knows what he knows. Without his sacrifice, the world would have fallen apart.

13 – Death


Upright: endings, change, transformation, transition

Reversed: resistance to change, personal transformation, inner purging


Name: Tora Kolmarden

Description: Another key protagonist, Tora is an Adept whose affinity is death, which has forced her to keep her distance. But change looms on the horizon, and Tora will have to adapt if she desires the chance for peace.

14 – Temperance


Upright: balance, moderation, patience, purpose

Reversed: imbalance, excess, self-healing, realignment


Name: Daniel Chayyim

Description: Daniel is a Dreamwalker, the only one alive, and he uses both his Talent and his position on the Council of Eight to care for those who cannot help themselves. But he knows a peer is a traitor, and feels powerless to stop them.

15 – The Devil


Upright: shadow self, attachment, addiction, restriction, sexuality

Reversed: releasing limiting beliefs, exploring dark thoughts, detachment


Name: Naveen Syon

Description: Once almost executed for a murder she committed with glee, Naveen is now Guide to Varian (#1), whose empathy balances out the lack of her own. Yet her ruthlessness may be needed before all is said and done.

16 – The Tower


Upright: sudden change, upheaval, chaos, revelation, awakening

Reversed: personal transformation, fear of change, averting disaster


Name: Mahvan

Description: Ancient, powerful and shrouded in mystery, wherever Mahvan goes, chaos trails in his wake. He cannot be slowed, cannot be stopped, and he will break the world to get what he wants, even if it means breaking himself.

17 – The Star


Upright: hope, faith, purpose, renewal, spirituality

Reversed: lack of faith, despair, self-trust, disconnection


Name: Sky Hansen

Description: First appearing in book 2, Sky is a courtesan of androgynous beauty with a secret gift of his own. He clings to the hope for a better life, but when his chance comes along it may mean confronting his turbulent past.

18 – The Moon


Upright: illusion, fear, anxiety, subconscious, intuition

Reversed: release of fear, repressed emotion, inner confusion


Name: Elan O’Rinn

Description: Once the best friend of the two MCs, Elan lost their affection in a moment he can never take back. To find redemption, he must break free of his controlling father and untangle the web of secrets slowly strangling his town.

19 – The Sun


Upright: positivity, fun, warmth, success, vitality

Reversed: inner child, feeling down, overly optimistic


Name: Farai

Description: Farai is the life of the party. A charismatic Weaver and teacher of young Awakened, he constantly tries to cheer up his best friend Endrid (#10) while using fun and dramatics to conceal a tortured past of his own.

20 – Judgement


Upright: judgement, rebirth, inner calling, absolution

Reversed: self-doubt, inner critic, ignoring the call


Name: Celestyn

Description: As a Weaver from the east where they kill her kind, Celestyn sees things the way they are. She is Endrid’s (#10) former mentor, and his future actions are what will inspire her to fight so that all meet the end that they deserve.

21 – The World


Upright: completion, integration, accomplishment, travel

Reversed: seeking personal closure, short-cuts, delays


Name: Asa O’Dair

Description: The other of the two MCs, Asa puts the welfare of others before himself, even when crippled by shyness. But he has great inner strength, as well as dignity and honour, and wherever he travels, people flock to his presence.


“The Old has returned…and what once was, will be again.”

For a thousand years none have dared to enter the Tainted Land, but when Asa O’Dair spills sacred blood on its once-sacred soil, fulfilling an ancient prophecy, an evil long-thought vanquished begins to stir.

Now, Asa and his adopted brother Kael must travel to the city-state of Asphodel, where treachery and dissent lurk within the ranks of the Graceborn, and they learn that a great and terrible destiny awaits them both.

Read the full blurb of Blood of Old here.

Which of the above is your favourite? Have you ever matched your characters to tarot cards? What else do you do to get to know your characters better?

  One thought on “My characters as Major Arcana tarot cards

  1. 23/10/2019 at 6:17 PM

    Wow, what a diverse cast. I can’t wait to read it, I especially love your description of Mahven, it’s brilliant and reminds me of Theo in my first novel. I love your mythology too, Weaver of the east etc. 💜💜💜

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    • 23/10/2019 at 11:53 PM

      Thank you!! I’m glad you like it. Isn’t it funny how we often love our “villainous” characters most?! I did months worth of work on my world-building for this series, so I hope it all comes across as well as it does in my head !! (The eternal challenge of a writer 😂)

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