What Do Landscapes Symbolize In My Tarot Reading?

As you traverse through your Tarot card reading and the spread, you’ll come across a magical land adorned with symbols that range from common to abstract. During a tarot card reading, you may be tempted to focus mainly on the more abstract signs and symbols on the card. Doing so, however, is a sure-fire way to keep you from gaining a complete understanding of your reading.

It’s important that you account for the images and landscapes that are in the background in order to get the full meaning, and to get the most out of the reading. During a Tarot card reading, a psychic advisor reads the cards and deciphers the symbols that appear. Each suit of the cards is extremely symbolic, whether they are wands, coins, swords, or cups.

That is only part of the reading though. Every little piece of imagery on the card is essential for a complete understanding. One crucial feature of the Tarot card is the landscape that is represented on it in the background. Some cards show bodies of water, some feature green fields, others show mountains in the distance.

Each card is unique. All of these scenes hold important meanings that play a part in the message the card is giving you.

What Do Mountains Mean?

the hermit mountain tarot card

Several cards depict mountains in the background. Mountains represent obstacles and challenges you experience in your life. When deciphering the meaning of the mountains on the card, it’s important to notice the other details.

For example, how many peaks does the mountain have? Are the mountains far off in the distance or are they up close? Those details hold necessary information that help you determine whether your challenges are a thing of the past or if they are still coming up in the future.

What Do Rivers and Lakes Mean?

water tarot card meaning

Bodies of water on a Tarot card usually symbolize thoughts and emotions. Rivers, specifically, give you an understanding into the flow of emotions in your life. The state of the water on the card gives you indications of how you’re progressing through your emotional life.

For example, if the water in the river is choppy and chaotic, it implies that your heart and mind are troubled. If the water in the river appears to be flowing in a tranquil and calm manner, that indicates a healthy flow of thoughts and emotions.

What Do Oceans Mean?

When standing on land, looking out towards it, an ocean appears to be never-ending and limitless. It’s hard to tell where the ocean ends and the earth begins again. So much life and a great number of mysteries hide in the vast depths of the ocean. For that reason, an ocean, sea, or other large body of water on a Tarot card point to mysterious happenings or unknown quantities in life.

What Do Villages or Cities Or Cities Mean?


A village or a city is an assembly of people and thoughts. If your Tarot card has a village or a city on it, it is a depiction of the thoughts and emotions of people who surround you. It could also be trying to tell you that if you isolate yourself from others, you will not be able to succeed at the current task you are working on.

Paying attention to the conditions and the emotions of the village or city portrayed on the card will help you learn how your current situation is affected by others.

What Do Farms and Pastures Mean?

farms and pastures tarot card

Farms and pastures depict what you sow in your life and what you will reap from it after. For example, green and vibrant fields on the card symbolize growth and fertility, while an image of a neatly plowed field may signify that you are going to have a profitable harvest.

Use this information to reflect back on the seeds you have planted in your life and how you are nourishing new relationships or interests. Fields are also a good reminder that patience is required in everything you do in life!

Even though many make the mistake of ignoring the landscape on a Tarot card and thinking of it as no more than a backdrop to the main image, the landscape conveys vital information whose meaning can be deciphered by a skilled and talented psychic reader. The readings become more clear and detailed when these landscapes are not ignored.


Angela Moore founded Psychic Review Online in 2008 after being scammed out of her life savings by a psychic con artist. Since then she has devoted her time to rooting out the frauds and helping people find a real psychic reader.

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