Powerful Pairings: 3 Tarot Card Combinations You’ll Want to Pay Attention to in Your Readings

by Brigit on June 3, 2015 in Tarot Tutorials


Have you ever come across two cards in the Tarot deck and thought, “Wow! These two cards together make one powerful message”?

Take, for example, the Lovers and the Devil. Both have a naked man and woman, but the governing body that resides above them is completely different – an archangel versus the devil. What does this tell us about these cards?

Or the Hermit and the Page of Wands where both are on a spiritual journey, but their experience is completely different.

You see, when you start to find Tarot card combinations that are inextricably linked and you compare and contrast those Tarot pairings, you discover a whole new layer to those Tarot cards that you can bring into your Tarot readings for even deeper insight. And ultimately, that’s going to make you a better Tarot reader.

In today’s post, I’m going to share 3 Tarot card combinations that you’ll want to pay attention to in your Tarot readings. And I’m going to encourage you to continue exploring the Tarot deck to find even more powerful pairings.

Powerful Pairing #1: Lovers + Devil


Take a look at the Lovers and the Devil Tarot cards and you’ll notice some distinct similarities (and differences) straight away. For example, both cards show a naked man and woman, but in the Devil, they are chained and their movement is restricted, whereas in the Lovers, they are free to make their own choices.

And in both cards, there is an entity that hovers above the man and woman. In the Devil, it is the devil himself who appears to be exerting his control over the couple. And in the Lovers, it is the archangel Raphael – the god who heals. Raphael is also known as the enemy of the devil, which makes for a very powerful contrast with these two cards.

Finally, look at the background. The Devil is one of darkness whereas the Lovers is one of light. When we shine the light of consciousness on our lives, there can only be light and pure love, which is the essence of the Lovers.

Combined the Lovers and Devil cards reflect the contrasts that we experience in our own lives. Lust versus love. Control versus freedom. Immediate satisfaction versus long-term, sustainable choices. Choosing darkness versus choosing the light.

You are here to love – to give love, to receive love, to make love. You are guided by a deep love for the Universe but you also need to be careful that this love does not turn into desire or lust.

You are deeply passionate and can direct that passion for the greater good of society when you apply your highest morals and values to your decision-making. You dance the fine line between freedom and boundaries, and make the best decisions when you are acting from a place of inner truth and Universal love.

Powerful Pairing #2: High Priestess + Hierophant


The High Priestess offers a deep connection to the intuition and creates the space for personal insight to flow. On the a lot people (especially Tarot readers) LOVE the High Priestess, but detest the Hierophant.

On the other hand, the Hierophant is known to be rigid in his thinking and dogmatic in his spiritual teachings.

So when we see these two cards together in a reading, it can feel like a contradictory message.

But if we take a deeper look at the combined meaning of the High Priestess and the Hierophant, a richer layer begins to emerge.

In combination, the High Priestess and the Hierophant reflect that we seek our answers from both within and without. We can dive deep into our subconscious mind and our intuition for self-guidance, but at the same time, we can learn from our spiritual guides and teachers and take advantage of the spiritual knowledge that has amassed over the many centuries.

We nurture our soul by connecting inwardly and outwardly at the same time. Both paths lead us to increased knowledge about who we are and how we fit in to this world.

Powerful Pairing #3: Strength + Chariot

strength-chariot-tarot-cardsThe final powerful pairing is Strength plus Chariot. What I love about these two cards combined is that they represent the duality between inner and outer power.

The beautiful woman in the Strength card maintains a level of power and control over the lion. She doesn’t have to use a chain or an overt method of control. She simply lulls the lion into a peaceful, pleasurable place by stroking its jaw. She draws her power from within, creating a subtle effect of control without being overbearing.

Contrast this with the Chariot. The ‘warrior’ is at the helm, steering the chariot in the direction he wants. Even with the sphinxes pulling in opposite directions, he uses his power to push forward with clear determination and focus. This card is therefore about overt power, strength and control, compared to the subtle control of the Strength card.

When you see the Strength and Chariot cards in a reading, pay attention to how power and strength are being expressed. No doubt there will be a balance between inner and outer strength, often with positive consequences. When we become aware of the contrasting styles, we can integrate them in a way that is very constructive.

Discover Your Own Powerful Pairings

While these 3 Tarot card combinations are incredibly powerful, we have barely scraped the surface. In fact, there are over 3,000 possible Tarot pairings in a 78-card deck!

I encourage you to do some exploring for yourself. Look through the Tarot deck and find your own powerful pairings. Be sure to share your ideas and insights below in the Comments section.

And if you want to learn how to create your own combined Tarot card meanings, then watch my Tarot Masterclass: Mastering Tarot Card Combinations. I’ll show you how to confidently interpret different Tarot card combinations, enabling you to build a rich, interwoven story in your Tarot readings.

>> CLICK HERE to Master Tarot card combinations

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

AAFREEN June 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Hey Brigit,
I have been following your Tarot blogs from a couple of months and I just cant believe that the meanings of each card could be so intense at the same time so simple. I learnt Tarot reading a few years back but I was somehow not happy about my readings for the clients and I stopped doing the readings but after following your blog I feel so confident once again and I now feel that I should start the Tarot readings once again.

Thank You once again for making the Tarot reading so simple to understand.


Brigit June 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Beautiful!! That brings me such joy :-)


Vandna Soni June 9, 2015 at 2:00 am

Hi Brigit!

Am always excited to see The Fool and The World Card combination…why?! I think the fool encourages us to take risks and have an open heart and attitude to life and the The World always reminds us that life is all about change.. Accept and be open to what the universe is giving you. It reminds me that to live life we need to somewhere encourage the fool , rather the attitude of a fool within us. The world card being 21st , that is the last and the fool – the beginning -0. It’s like completing a full circle:)


Brigit June 9, 2015 at 5:46 pm

What a beautiful and powerful combination! Thanks for sharing your insights on these 2 cards.


Cary June 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Here’s a few more interesting pairings for readers consideration:

King Of Swords and Justice
Two of Swords and Justice
Queen of Pentacles and The Empress
Six of Swords, Eight of Cups AND Ten of Wands (a tripling!)

Great article Brigit, thanks for sharing it.


Cary June 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Oh, almost forgot:

Temperance and The Star



Brigit June 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Thanks for sharing, Cary. What attracts you to these pairings (and triplings!)?


amanda September 28, 2015 at 11:57 am

The two card combinations I find that are interesting are the 8 of pentacles and the page of pentacles because you are learning a new skill with the 8 of pentacles–and with the page of pentacles you are applying a skill you are learning. So, one’s learning and the other is applying.

With the 9 of pentacles (reversed) and 9 of wands, you are making minor gains, and like you said, the 9 of pentacles, being reversed has to do with setbacks. So they are like opposites.


Brigit October 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Nice! It’s funny how much you can learn from placing two cards together – they often give more information about each other than if they were on their own.


Alexandra October 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

Your site is my favourite for deciphering my cards, thank you for all the info you’ve posted !!

I’ve just done a reading on myself and pulled the page of pentacles and queen of pentacles together, I feel like there’s a message behind this combination, but I can’t wrap my head around it. Any insight would be appreciated!!

My full reading was death (past), page of pentacles (present), queen of pentacles (future).


Brigit October 6, 2015 at 10:40 am

That’s really lovely – I see it as a maturing or a development of character, especially when it comes to all things earthy and material.


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