A Journey Through the Tarot blog: Game of Thrones and tarot Connections

Recently, I've been exploring innovative and fun methods of teaching Tarot, and I stumbled upon a completely awesome approach - connecting Major Arcana cards with beloved film/series characters to make the concept of tarot more relatable and easier to remember.
In 2011, before Game of Thrones was adapted into a series, I immersed myself in the Song of Ice and Fire collection, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. I found the books gripping, intriguing and truly captivating.
In later years, I eventually indulged in watching the television series, appreciating it, despite the minor deviations from the original story and, well, let's not get into the controversial ending!
During my journey through the lands of Westeros, I discovered the intriguing parallels between some of our cherished characters and the Tarot Major Arcana. This realisation sparked my excitement, and I wanted to share this revelation with fellow Tarot enthusiasts and Game of Thrones fans alike.
So, let's dive in to see how the mystical world of Tarot links with the epic saga of Game of Thrones. Whether you're a Tarot novice or a seasoned Westeros explorer, this blog will bridge the gap, connecting the dots between your beloved characters from the Seven Kingdoms and the profound symbolism of Tarot cards. So let's delve into this enthralling fusion of Tarot and fantasy and see if you agree with these relations.  
  • The Fool - Gendry Baratheon: Gendry's adventurous spirit and willingness to embrace new experiences embody the essence of the Fool, embarking on a journey of self-discovery and potential as the last surviving Baratheon heir.
  • The Magician - Tyrion Lannister: Raise a goblet to Tyrion Lannister, the witty and clever Magician of Westeros! Much like the legendary sorcerer Merlin, Tyrion's intellect and resourcefulness make him a true master of strategy, navigating the Game of Thrones with charm and finesse.
  • The High Priestess - Melisandre: Venture beyond the Wall with Melisandre, the enigmatic High Priestess of the Lord of Light. Just as Aria holds her own secrets, Melisandre's mystical powers and prophetic visions reflect the essence of the mysterious and intuitive High Priestess.
  • The Empress - Daenerys Targaryen: Witness the rise of Daenerys Targaryen, the Empress of Essos and the Mother of Dragons! Like Isabella's nurturing and regal spirit, Daenerys' fierce determination and love for her people resonate with the Empress's devotion to growth and abundance.
  • The Emperor - Tywin Lannister: Bow before Tywin Lannister, the formidable Emperor of House Lannister! As a master tactician and the head of a powerful house, Tywin embodies the authority and strategic prowess befitting the Emperor's archetype.
  • The Hierophant - High Sparrow: Wander the halls of the Great Sept with the pious High Sparrow, echoing the Hierophant's role as a spiritual guide. His influence over the people's faith in the Seven mirrors the Hierophant's imparting of sacred wisdom.
  • The Lovers - Robb Stark and Talisa Stark: Immerse yourself in the profound love story of Robb and Talisa Stark, true reflections of the Lovers. Their connection amidst the turmoil of war demonstrates the powerful influence of love and unity.
  • The Chariot - Brienne of Tarth: Witness the Chariot in action through the unyielding and devoted Brienne of Tarth! Her skill in battle and unwavering dedication to her oaths exemplify the triumph of the Chariot's journey.
  • Strength - Hodor: Discover the gentle giant, Hodor, whose unwavering loyalty and inner strength embody the essence of the Strength card. His sacrifice for Bran Stark reveals the true power of love and compassion.
  • The Hermit - Maester Aemon: Unravel the wisdom of Maester Aemon, a true Hermit of the Night's Watch. His isolation at the Wall mirrors the Hermit's pursuit of inner wisdom and knowledge.
  • The Wheel of Fortune - Littlefinger (Petyr Baelish): Marvel at the ever-changing schemes of Petyr Baelish, mirroring the unpredictable nature of the Wheel of Fortune. His rise and fall shape the destinies of numerous characters, echoing the turning wheel of fate.
  • Justice  - Ned Stark: As a leader committed to fairness and protection, Ned Stark upholds the principles of Justice, making tough decisions based on moral righteousness.
  • The Hanged Man  - Bran Stark: Bran's transformation into the Three-Eyed Raven and his unique perspective beyond time and space parallel the symbolism of the Hanged Man, where enlightenment comes through sacrifice and surrender.
  • Death - Night King: The Night King, as the embodiment of death and transformation, reflects the symbolism of the Death card, heralding an era of darkness and change in Westeros.
  • Temperance  - Samwell Tarly: Samwell's patient and balanced approach to challenges align with the essence of Temperance, blending knowledge and wisdom in his journey of self-discovery.
  • The Devil  - Cersei Lannister: Cersei's pursuit of power at any cost and her willingness to embrace darker aspects of her nature resonate with the symbolism of the Devil.
  • The Tower - Theon Greyjoy: Theon's journey of downfall and eventual redemption, marked by great loss and transformation, mirrors the transformative nature of the Tower.
  • The Star  - Sansa Stark: Sansa's unwavering hope and resilience in the face of adversity parallel the qualities of the Star, representing guidance and optimism.
  • The Moon - Arya Stark: Arya's transformative journey and connection to the Faceless Men reflect the symbolism of the Moon, with its themes of illusions and self-discovery.
  • The Sun - Jaime Lannister: Jaime's journey of redemption and finding his true path align with the qualities of the Sun, representing personal growth and enlightenment.
  • Judgment - Jon Snow: Jon's resurrection and the subsequent transformation of his purpose and identity align with the themes of Judgment, where past actions influence present decisions.
  • The World  - Daenerys Targaryen (again): Daenerys' global impact and her quest to liberate enslaved peoples resonate with the symbolism of the World, symbolising the fulfilment of her destiny.

As you explore the world of Tarot through the lens of Game of Thrones, you'll find that the characters of Westeros beautifully embody the timeless archetypes depicted in the Tarot Major Arcana. From the cunning Tyrion Lannister as the Magician to the mystical Melisandre as the High Priestess, each connection serves as a reminder that in the realm of both fantasy and divination, the threads of destiny intertwine in an enchanting tapestry of intrigue and symbolism.


How do you feel about this connection? Did you find yourself agreeing with the character links to each Tarot card, or did you feel that another character might have been better suited for some of the cards? Regardless, I'm glad to have been a part of your learning journey in Tarot, and I hope this exploration has been helpful and enjoyable for you. Happy learning, and may your understanding of Tarot continue to grow and evolve! If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask.

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