Great Lakes Tarot Identification

Curious what's pictured on your cards? Here's the key: 


Major Arcana

0. The Fool

Inspired by Trashfish Cle

1. The Magician

Wildflowers from within

2. The High Priestess

Isle Royale

3. The Empress

Spring bloom from within

4. The Emperor

Willow tree at Cleveland's Edgewater Park

5. The Hierophant

Tree understory

6. The Lovers

Inspired by Dow Gardens

7. The Chariot

Dandelion seeds spreading.

8. Strength

South Haven Lighthouse

9. The Hermit

Night fishing on the rocks

10. Wheel of Fortune

Pickerel Frog

11. Justice


12. The Hanged Man

Solitary hiking

13. Death

Off the trails

14. Temperance

Pictured Rocks, Michigan

15. The Devil

What we leave

16. The Tower

Sturgeon, the giant

17. The Star

Steelhead feeding

18. The Moon

Purple coneflower among baby's-breath and purple loosestrife

19. The Sun

Spring blooms

20. Judgement

Hiking in moonlight

21. The World

Warbler, Tree Swallow, Ruby Crowned Kinglet



Ace of Cups

Northern Pike: A hard-to-target species of fish, extremely exciting and elusive. 

2 of Cups

Bluegill: An easily accessible fish to catch, bluegill are usually the first fish people catch that inspires the love and connection to fishing.

3 of Cups

Rock Bass: More highly colored and distinguishable from other bass, sometimes a cause for celebration.

4 of Cups

Lamprey: A parasitic eel. 

5 of Cups

Sturgeon: a giant fished hunted to near extinction. 

6 of Cups

Rainbow Trout: A visually iconic fish, brings back memories of fishing in the past.

7 of Cups

Pumpkinseed Fish: A vibrant fish, argued to be the most beautiful freshwater fish in North America. 

8 of Cups

Freshwater Drum: Not a targeted or sought after fish. 

9 of Cups

Musky: Known as “the fish of 10,000 casts,” Musky are extremely elusive.

10 of Cups

White Crappie: A personal choice. Like the bluegill, crappie are easy-to-catch fish that enable bonds between parents, friends, or other anglers.

Page of Cups

Carp: Catching carp is not sought after but can be fun to fish for.

Knight of Cups

Smallmouth Bass: An all-American gamefish pursuit. Fishing for smallmouth can be beautiful—from rivers to lakes—as well as exciting. 

Queen of Cups

Steelhead: Steelhead are thriving in Ohio now that the Cuyahoga River is being restored. 

King of Cups

Walleye: The King of the Great Lakes. Anglers and industry seek out the walleye. 



Ace of Wands

Dotted Mint: Growing in popularity as a “pollinator magnet.” 

2 of Wands

Blue Violet: Mistaken for a weed, blue violet can be a welcome discovery on the ground.

3 of Wands

Buckbean: Sometimes hard to catch in bloom, you might have to explore a bit to find it.

4 of Wands

Meadow Beauty: A beautiful flower that attracts bees and deer. 

5 of Wands

Harebell: A tough little plant. Drought tolerant, loves dry sandy and gravely soils. The name is said to come from a folk belief that witches used the plant to transform themselves into hares. 

6 of Wands

Cuckoo Flower: A sure sign that spring has arrived. 

7 of Wands

Leatherleaf: A tough plant that grows in bogs.

 8 of Wands

New England Aster: Large and showy, New England aster grows tall. 

9 of Wands

Wild Lupine: A vertical plant, standing tall against the green.

10 of Wands

Common Reed: I always found something mesmerizing about common weed blowing in the wind. A small moment to reflect. 

Page of Wands

Houghton’s Goldenrod: Named after Douglass Houghton, a doctor, botanist and civil leader. Houghton’s goldenrod was listed as a threatened species. 

Knight of Wands

Joe Pye Weed: A bloom extremely attractive to traveling butterflies.

Queen of Wands

Smooth Penstemon: Beautiful white flowers that can attract hummingbirds.

King of Wands

Wild Bergamot: Aromatic leaves once used to treat respiratory ailments. 



Ace of Swords

Kirtland’s Warbler: A high regarded bird in the birding community. Divine.

2 of Swords

Moose: There is folklore that dreaming of multiple moose means you should be wondering about the direction you are taking in your life. 

3 of Swords

Blue Heron: A calming, prolific bird with a sharp beak that symbolizes self-reliance.

4 of Swords

Snapping Turtle: Live in solidarity.

5 of Swords

Bullfrog: Frog symbolism can mean transition or transformation. Something one may do after conflict, having a falling out or turning point in your life.

6 of Swords

Loon: A symbol of wildness, the unknown.

7 of Swords

Blue Spotted Salamander: Highly elusive and known to be found in the dead of night.

8 of Swords

Big Brown Bat: A symbol of darkness, deepness, trapped, caves.

9 of Swords

Otter: A mischievous animal with a great sense of hearing for danger.

10 of Swords

Kingfisher: An adept hunter, dive bombing fish within an instant.

Page of Swords

White Tailed Deer: Extremely common and beloved for hunting or random sightings.

Knight of Swords

American Bald Eagle: One of the great bird hunters and symbols of conservation.

Queen of Swords

Northern Harrier: As stoic bird and clear hunter. 

King of Swords

Canadian Lynx: An elusive, powerful animal.



Ace of Pentacles

Birders take an opportunity to see elusive species around the Great Lakes.

Two of Pentacles

Camping around the Great Lakes is relaxing and can be a nice reset to life priorities. 

Three of Pentacles

My father goes walleye fishing on Lake Erie with a group of friends and splits the catch to bring home. 

Four of Pentacles

Mushrooms can be poisonous but also can be delicious—if you know the right ones to forage for. 

Five of Pentacles

Harmful algal blooms

Six of Pentacles

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Seven of Pentacles

Cross-country skiing

Eight of Pentacles

Salt mining

Nine of Pentacles

Cliff jumping 

Ten of Pentacles

Mining ore dock

Page of Pentacles

Fly fishing

Knight of Pentacles

Ambassador Bridge

Queen of Pentacles

Wind turbines

King of Pentacles

Barge industry

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