Tarot Symbolism: The Dog

Tarot Symbolism: The Dog
In tarot reading, the dog is a symbol of faithfulness and watchful protection.

The symbol of the dog in art and mythology dates back for centuries. Historically, they have been symbols of loyalty, faithfulness and protection. They are also considered to be great warriors and can be a symbol of an expert hunter. In the middle ages, dogs were associated to the priesthood due to the priests’ vigilance in protecting people from the influence of the devil.

In many ancient cultures, the dog was associated to death. Dogs were believed to have the capacity to look into the spirit realm, see ghosts, and warn their masters of invisible dangers. In Greek mythology, Cerberus, the three headed dog, guarded and protected the gates of the dead. He served as a guide for those who crossed over.

When it comes to tarot reading, the symbol of the dog is perceived as a sign of faithfulness, devotion and protection. He can appear in tarot cards that depict the family and/or home. In this regard, he is a symbol of fidelity, loyalty and watchfulness. He can also represent our loyal friends, partners, and intimate relationships. He can represent home life or domestication.

The two most significant cards that depict the image of the Dog is the Fool tarot card and the Moon tarot card. In tarot reading, the Fool’s dog represents a need for caution. He is there to remind the Fool to not become careless or irresponsible. Psychologically, the image of the Dog can represent the voice of reason.

The Moon Tarot card, however, depicts both a dog and a wolf. Symbolically, this represents two opposites: the wolf represents the more primitive parts of our psyche while the dog represents the rational. The Moon’s message reminds us that we must be conscious of both parts of ourselves. If not, we are vulnerable to inner conflict or a lack of balance.

© 2011 Tarotreadingpsychic.com. All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used with his permission. They are for example purposes only.

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