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The "Selfish" Cards in Tarot

When I was trying to learn Tarot, one of the most frustrating aspects were cards that looked alike or seemed to convey the same type of energy.

Some similarities I struggled with included:

What's the difference between the 2 of Wands and 3 Wands? They're so similar!

A Tarot deck creator listed "fear" as a keyword for TWO cards. Whaaa?

Both the 3 of Swords and 5 of Cups look like sadness to me...

The Lovers and the 2 of Cups. OK, two love? And the 10 of Cups, too!

10 of Swords and Death. People are DEAD. So which one is...death?

As if learning Tarot wasn't aggravating enough, right?

Years ago, after I finally became comfortable with the Tarot, I thought of writing a book called Tarot Look-a-Likes. It would compare and contrast dozens of groupings of cards that had similar themes. For example, BEGINNINGS would cover the Aces, Fool, Death and the World. ABUNDANCE would discuss the Empress, 9 of Pentacles, 10 of Pentacles and the Queen of Pentacles.

After I started the book, I realized just how time consuming it would I put it on the back burner.

Until now.

But, I've decided to resurrect the concept in video form. It's faster this way and, hopefully, more fun and engaging. 

Below is a 7 minutes video on the 4 of Coins and 5 of Swords, two Tarot cards often ascribed the keyword SELFISHNESS. 

Has "look-a-like" Tarot cards ever stumped you? Which cards frustrate you the most? Do share in the comments section below!

And if you like the idea of my Tarot Look-a-Likes videos, I have my own Patreon page here. You can become my Patron (yep, just like the artists of old!) by sponsoring each video for $1, $3 or $5--and you get cool rewards like a free 1-card Tarot reading, my exclusive AstroTarot Forecast for all 12 signs of the Zodiac and a BOYER ARTIFACT. Visit this link for more information. 

Already up on my Patreon page is a 17 minute video comparing the Aces, Fool, Death and the World in light of BEGINNINGS. The February AstroTarot Forecast is already posted, too!

I hope you can join me for this exciting, groundbreaking series--for what amounts to a cup of fancy, schmancy coffee. ;o)

Blessings to you!


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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot (Hampton Roads), Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Publishing) and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice (Dodona Books). She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. A Renaissance Soul, she is also an award-winning cook, mixed media artist, jewelry artisan and journal maker. Next to creating, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania. Visit her at


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