8 Possible Meanings for Your Tarot Card of the Day

8 Possible Meanings for Your Tarot Card of the Day

Have you heard of the practice of doing single-card tarot readings every day? It’s called doing daily draws or pulling a card of the day.

Doing daily draws is one of the absolute best ways to practice tarot on a daily basis and see the card meanings in action. I consider it to be a must for any tarot reader who wants to go deeper in their understanding of the cards.

I can almost feel your scepticism through the screen, though. And hey, I totally get it. I was initially very sceptical about this activity too.

Perhaps you don’t see how the tarot meanings could apply to your daily life. Maybe you’ve even tried it before and haven’t been able to relate the card meaning to what happened during your day.

Say, for example, you pull Justice as your card of the day. The general keywords for Justice are:  Doing the right thing, fairness, universal and material law, karma. At the end of the day you think to yourself, “That doesn’t describe my day at all!”

If that’s the case, you’re going about it the wrong way, my friend!

It’s a massive misconception to assume that, when you do daily draws, the card meaning needs to broadly describe your day as a whole.

In this article I’ll explain why and I’ll give you 7 possible meanings for your card of the day that will help you successfully relate the card meaning to your day, every single day.

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Most of the time the card meaning does not usually refer to your day as a whole, but rather a single moment in the day. Sort of like a snapshot or photograph of one part of your day.

1. A Single Moment of Your Day

I’ve been doing daily draws and dutifully recording them in my tarot bullet journal every single day for years. I have an unbroken streak and in all my time doing this, the key thing I have noticed is that most of the time the card meaning does not usually refer to your day as a whole, but rather a single moment in the day.

Instead of expecting the card meaning to be talking about the theme of your day, it generally refers to one thing. Sort of like a snapshot or photograph of one part of your day.

For example, recently I got the Ace of Swords as my card of the day around a month before writing this. Ace of Swords represents clarity and communication. I spent a few minutes in the afternoon that day planning out my blog posts and emails, aka my communications to you, for the month. It wasn’t a big theme or huge part of my day, just one thing I did.

This is just one example. That one thing could be anything: something you did, saw, heard, spoke about, a passing thought you had, a single revelation, etc.

We’re going to go over all the possibilities in detail in the next couple of sections but I want you to start looking for single moments that could match your card meaning when you reach the end of the day and to start thinking outside the box.

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2. A Conversation You Had

Your card of the day could be referring to something that came up in conversation. Something not necessarily directly related to you, but just something you talked about with someone.

For example, at the time of writing, my husband and I are planning to move to Germany. There was one day recently when I got the 2 of Swords. We spoke about insurance options in Germany over dinner and discussed what we require, how much it costs, etc. Basically, we were making plans just like the 2 of Swords.

Sometimes the conversation isn’t even about you. It could be about someone you know or some news that you heard.

For example, 6 of Cups is all about memories of the past and childhood. Once, my husband and I spoke about his sister’s childhood friends. I said something to the effect of “didn’t she used to be friends with so-and-so?” and he told me about how they were friends in the past but not any more and the reason why.


Sometimes the card meaning isn’t even about something directly related to you or people you know but something you saw or read in passing.

3. Something You Saw or Read

Following on from the section above, sometimes the card meaning isn’t even about something directly related to you or people you know but something you saw or read in passing.

I have two examples for you about this. Firstly, something you saw. One time I got the Knight of Swords as my card of the day. Knight of Swords seems to me like someone who can be quite shouty at times and that same evening I saw a shouting drunk man in the train station who had stripped down to his underwear and was creating a scene.

Now let’s talk about something you read. Recently, I was reading a book about Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII of England. She was an innocent and light-hearted teenager who was married to a middle-aged obese man with a stinking sore on his leg. When she fell in love with a courtier and was found out the king had her head chopped off. That day, I got the Fool as my card of the day and I saw it as representing her: an innocent who had no idea what she was getting into.


Another possibility is that the card meaning could be referring to a person you met that day or spoke to on the phone, on WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger.

4. A Person You Met or Spoke To

Another possibility is that the card meaning could be referring to a person you met that day or spoke to on the phone, on WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger.

For example, I’m close to one of my cousins and she’s also a highly intuitive spiritual person. I consider myself to be a Queen of Cups and I relate to her so well I consider her to be a fellow Queen of Cups as well.

I’m sure you can see where this is going. We go for months without talking and then we chat for hours when we do speak. One day I got Queen of Cups as my card of the day. Then, out of the blue that afternoon, my cousin apps me and asks me if I’m free to catch up? I said yes and we had one of our long phone catch-up sessions.

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5. A Mundane Application of the Card Meaning

Oftentimes, the generic card meaning does apply to your day but the reason you fail to make that connection is that you’re thinking too big and too broad.

For example, the keywords I have for the Chariot are: being in control, willpower, drive, motion, dedication, direction. I got this as my card of the day earlier in the same month I wrote this article and if I thought about it purely in terms of willpower and drive I would not have successfully related it to my day.

What happened that day was that I went back and forth with a moving company on removing my furniture from my apartment as part of moving house. The company’s sales representative was very prompt in his responses and I managed to book them the same day I sent the enquiry.

If you look back at the keywords I listed for Chariot you’ll see motion and direction. Transportation of furniture fits pretty well with that don’t you think? Especially since a truck is a modern-day chariot.

Sometimes you need to think small and one a more mundane level to find the connection.


Sometimes the card of the day speaks to an important revelation or realisation you had about yourself, your life, your goals, or your plans that will change the way you do things going forward.

6. An Important Revelation You Had

The meaning isn’t always mundane though. While it is true that most of the time my daily draws usually represent something mundane, sometimes, it does reflect something quite big or important.

Sometimes the card of the day speaks to an important revelation or realisation you had about yourself, your life, your goals, or your plans that will change the way you do things going forward. In those cases, the broader, more generic, card meanings do apply.

For example, I met one of my old friends from before my spiritual awakening and it hit me really powerfully that day that our vibrations are so different now that there is no authentic connection at all and it’s time to let her go. Time to truly move on. That day my card of the day was 8 of Cups.


Your tarot card of the day could express itself as a strong feeling you had that day. It could be an all-pervading feeling or just one moment where you got emotional or felt really strongly about something.

7. A Strong Feeling You or Someone Else Had

Other times it’s not so much a revelation and more like a strong feeling you had that day. It could be an all-pervading feeling or just one moment where you got emotional or felt really strongly about something.

For example, I got The Sun as my card of the day one day and that day I just felt so positive and optimistic, like nothing could get me down. That feeling of relentless optimism lasted the whole day and even when I could have gotten into an argument with someone I didn’t because I decided I didn’t want to spoil my happy feeling.

And it’s not always an emotion you yourself had. Sometimes it’s an emotion someone else had towards you or expressed to you. For example, there was a day my mother expressed disappointment about something and although it was her feeling, not mine, I could feel it seeping through the phone. 5 of Cups was my card of the day that day.


The card meanings can be quite literal sometimes. We are so trained as tarot readers to think symbolically, we sometimes forget that card meanings can be literal too.

8. A Literal Representation of the Card

And finally, card meanings can be quite literal sometimes. These are the most difficult because we are so trained as tarot readers to think symbolically, we sometimes forget that card meanings can be literal too.

I got the Tower as my card of the day one day. Pretty scary, right? Wrong! I dropped a glass that day. I was reaching up to get something from a shelf in my kitchen and knocked the glass over. It fell to the ground and shattered into pieces. The Tower card depicts people falling from a height. My glass fell from a height.

Another example would be the day I got the Wheel of Fortune as my card of the day. I was playing a video game in which there was a puzzle where I needed to unlock a door to get to the next area. It involved turning three wheels, which looked exactly like the wheel in the card, in a certain order to unlock the door.

These are quite literal expressions of the card meaning!

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As you can see, the card meanings can express themselves in a myriad of ways. Don’t feel discouraged if you can’t relate the broader, usual, card meaning to your day as a whole and try to think outside of the box using these 8 points I’ve mentioned as your guide.

Doing daily draws, and recording them in a tarot bullet journal, is the absolute best way to get to know the card meanings. Did you notice how many examples I gave in this article? Those all came from my journal.

Every day I pull a card of the day and then write down in my journal how it applied to my day. I would have never been able to recall all of this from memory alone! And just this one activity has expanded my internal database of possible card meanings.

I highly recommend you try it and if you want to, do go ahead and download my Tarot BuJo Starter Kit to help you get started with yours!