Tarot Tuesday – XII of Fire – The Hero

XII of Fire


Guardian, Protector, Savior, Activiast, Honorablet, Integral, Selfless, Honest

Key phrases:

  • A person of noble qualities
  • Ordinary people who do extraordinary acts
  • A person who lies cannot be trusted
  • Put another’s wellbeing before your own at this time
  • Accord others with respect and dignity
  • Avoid gossip
  • An opportunity for redemption
  • Give a second chance
  • Altruism or wounded ego?

Meaning: The Hero represents someone we all admire for their noble qualities, their courage, and willingness to champion and rescue the weak and vulnerable.

In the past, the hero would ride in and save a village from thieves and villains, rescue damsels in distress, and battle against injustice. In the present, they are doctors who work to save lives in lands ravaged by war and disease. They are environmentalists who place themselves in harm’s way in order to save the forest, the oceans, and the animals that dwell within. They are the soldiers, the firemen, the paramedics and police – all of them ordinary people, who serve and protect, and often put their own lives at risk in order to save the lives of others. The hero could be the mother who jumps out of a burning building in order to save her child’s life, the man who dives in front of a car in order to knock another person out of the way, or the man who risks drowning himself to rescue another from rushing floodwaters.

In modern times, the hero is a guardian, protector, savior, activist, environmentalist, and so much more. They serve without question. They serve for little or no reward. They serve simply because it is the right and honorable thing to do. They are ordinary people who perform extraordinary feats.

When the Hero appears in your reading you are being asked to embrace the code, to act selflessly for the greater good. It is time to be the best person you can be, to resist pettiness and behavior that makes you less than you could be. We cannot all perform heroic feats, nor are we all meant to. However, we can choose to hold ourselves to a higher standard and treat all those we meet with dignity, kindness, and compassion.




Artist: Ravynne Phelan