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A pack of Tarot cards

Tarot (タロット Tarotto) refers to a deck of cards which determine an individual's fate and suggests their Stand abilities, featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders.[1]

Standard tarot decks consist of 78 cards. However, Stardust Crusaders only features Stands based on the Major Arcana set of tarot decks, consisting of 22 cards. Each card has a deep meaning, which changes depending on whether the card is in the normal position or in the opposite position (upside down).

Summary

Design on the back of a card

The tarot cards in Stardust Crusaders each have their own designs and symbolism which may relate to the Stand abilities. They were all designed by Hirohiko Araki, appearing similarly to real tarot cards but in Araki's own style. Muhammad Avdol first mentions the tarot cards to Jotaro Kujo so that he can determine Jotaro's destiny and name his Stand after Jotaro draws a card.[1] Throughout their journey to Egypt, the Joestar group is attacked by various tarot Stand users sent by Enya the Hag.

With the exception of Vanilla Ice's Cream, Kenny G.'s Tenore Sax, and the Egypt 9 Glory Gods, all of the remaining Stands are based on the tarot cards. However, the Nine Gods of Egypt also have unique cards which are displayed when the Stand user is introduced, and N'Doul states that the gods are the origins of the tarot cards.[2]

The tarot cards have been sold as merchandise in Adventure Battle Card. They were also included with DVDs for the Stardust Crusaders OVA and as a limited edition bonus in the Volume 2 Blu-Ray of Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt.

Members

A list of Stand users whose Stands are based on the Major Arcana set of tarot cards, in order of their Stand's appearance.

Tarot Users

List of Tarot Cards

The FoolLink to this section
0 OVATarot TheFool.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 183: "The Fool" Iggy and "Geb" N'Doul, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 25: "The Fool" Iggy and "Geb" N'Doul, Part 1

It doesn't have a specific number, and it is placed in front of 1 with no fixed position. The real meaning of the name "FOOL" does not actually mean "fool" but "one who excels in a certain field".[3]

Stand / User
Number
0
Symbolism
Innocence and spontaneity

The MagicianLink to this section
1 OVATarot TheMagician.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 115: Jotaro Kujo, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

The stick in his hand represents imagination, the sword on the tabletop represents effort and difficulty, the gold coins represent skill and accomplishment, and the chalice represents the depth of his passions. On his head is the symbol for infinity.[3]

Number
1 (I)
Symbolism
New beginnings

The High PriestessLink to this section
2 OVATarot TheHighPriestess.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 179: High Priestess, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 23: High Priestess, Part 1

It is also known as "The Chief Priestess". It is a card that represents calm behavior and deep thought, which are shown by the Book of the Law of Thoth, the God of Wisdom, held in her hand.[3]

Stand / User
Number
2 (II)
Symbolism
Intuition and arcane knowledge

The EmpressLink to this section
3 OVATarot TheEmpress.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 147: Empress, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 12: Empress

The crown symbolizes that she is an empress. At the same time, she reveals her bosom, showing that she is a woman and a mother. It is a card that represents grace and the power of reproduction.[3]

Stand / User
Number
3 (III)
Symbolism
Growth of new life

The EmperorLink to this section
4 OVATarot TheEmperor.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 141: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 10: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 1

This card represents strength and ambition. The number of the card signifies the stability of everything, and also hints to the four elements of the material world: fire, water, earth, air, and the four seasons.[3]

Stand / User
Number
4 (IV)
Symbolism
Order and control

The HierophantLink to this section
5 OVATarot TheHierophant.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 118: Noriaki Kakyoin, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 2: Who Will Be the Judge!?

The Hierophant is a card that heralds open-mindedness and assistance, and refers to an ancient Greek priest. It also determines all the good omens in nature, such as the growth of grains.[3]

Number
5 (V)
Symbolism
Tradition and conformity

The LoversLink to this section
6 OVATarot TheLover.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 161: Lovers, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 16: Lovers, Part 1

This card shows the occurrence of love, physical development, etc. Usually it shows two young and beautiful men and women in love, but for some reason, this card shows three of them.[3]

Stand / User
Number
6 (VI)
Symbolism
Conscious connections and bonds

The ChariotLink to this section
7 OVATarot TheChariot.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 124: Silver Chariot, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 4: Tower of Gray

The chariot depicted here is a two-wheeled vehicle that was used in battle and competition in ancient times. It is also a strong card that heralds victory, overcoming all obstacles.[3]

Number
7 (VII)
Symbolism
Invasion and victory

StrengthLink to this section
8 OVATarot Strength.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 130: Strength, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 6: Dark Blue Moon

The card shows determination and courage through the appearance of a man prying open the mouth of a lion, the king of beasts. He also has a symbol above him to indicate infinity.[3]

Stand / User
Number
8 (VIII)
Symbolism
Resilience, compassion, and confidence

The HermitLink to this section
9 OVATarot TheHermit.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 117: The Man with the Star Birthmark
Anime Debut: SC Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

He is also called "The Wise Man" and "The Alchemist". The word "hermit" doesn't mean "recluse" but "one who hides secret knowledge," and in his hand is a lamp in the shape of a five-pointed star.[3]

Number
9 (IX)
Symbolism
Introspection and contemplation

Wheel of FortuneLink to this section
10 OVATarot WheelOfFortune.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 150: Wheel of Fortune, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 13: Wheel of Fortune

A card that indicates that fate will change. The "Ouroboros" serpent trying to swallow its own tail represents time and eternal fate, and that all events are in a cycle of reincarnation.[3]

Stand / User
Number
10 (X)
Symbolism
Change and unpredictability

JusticeLink to this section
11 OVATarot Justice.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 155: Justice, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 14: Justice, Part 1

The scales in the left hand is for fairness and balance, and the sword in the right hand is for condemning those who corrupt justice. She is also known as the "Goddess of Justice," a card that represents righteous deeds.[3]

Stand / User
Number
11 (XI)
Symbolism
Fairness and consequences

The Hanged ManLink to this section
12 OVATarot TheHangedMan.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 140: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 10: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 1

This card is also known as "The Hangman". The man's crossed legs represent the number "4" and his arms represent the number "3". The answer of the multiplication of 4 and 3 embodies the twelve constellations.[3]

Stand / User
Number
12 (XII)
Symbolism
Different perspectives

DeathLink to this section
13 OVATarot Death.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 168: Death Thirteen, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 19: Death Thirteen, Part 1

It depicts the Grim Reaper with a large scythe in his hand. Thirteen is an unlucky number, though it may not be depending on the card. It can also mean "a chance for rebirth," as it brings about great change.[3]

Number
13 (XIII)
Symbolism
Self-awareness and transformation

TemperanceLink to this section
14 OVATarot Temperance.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 137: Yellow Temperance, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 9: Yellow Temperance

The figure on the left of the angel symbolizes existence, and the figure on the right symbolizes recognition. The liquid that is poured from left to right and from right to left without withering is said to be the essence of life.[3]

Number
14 (XIV)
Symbolism
Balance and moderation

The DevilLink to this section
15 OVATarot TheDevil.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 133: Devil, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 8: Devil

One of the most sinister cards. The torch that the devil has in his left hand represents destruction and curses, and the imps that are chained represent the weakness of a human being who has not refused temptation.[3]

Number
15 (XV)
Symbolism
Confusion and misfortune

The TowerLink to this section
16 OVATarot TheTower.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 122: Head to Egypt
Anime Debut: SC Episode 3: DIO's Curse

This card has many names, including "Tower of Lightning" and "Lightning Bolt". The tower is said to be the Tower of Babel, the biblical tower where man's wisdom was destroyed by the wrath of God.[3]

Stand / User
Number
16 (XVI)
Symbolism
Unexpected interruption of a journey and chaos[4]

The StarLink to this section
17 OVATarot TheStar.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 114: Jotaro Kujo, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

It suggests a bright future ahead and profound insight. The large star overhead indicates Aquarius, and the water flowing from the two jugs into the Nile are the essence of creation.[3]

Stand / User
Number
17 (XVII)
Symbolism
Optimism, discernment, and hope

The MoonLink to this section
18 OVATarot TheMoon.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 127: Dark Blue Moon, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 6: Dark Blue Moon

This card implies trouble in water, insecurity, lies, betrayal, and fear of the unknown. The scorpion lurking in the water seems to represent the dangers of the world at night (the unknown).[3]

Number
18 (XVIII)
Symbolism
Trouble in water, lies, betrayal, and fear of the unknown[5]

The SunLink to this section
19 OVATarot TheSun.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 166: Sun, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 18: Sun

With its light and heat, the sun represents the power that protects all life. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun god Ra as the god of human creation. Here, too, that Ra is depicted.[3]

Stand / User
Number
19 (XIX)
Symbolism
Abundance, happiness, and fun

JudgementLink to this section
20 OVATarot Judgement.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 174: Judgement, Part 1
Anime Debut: SC Episode 21: Judgement, Part 1

According to ancient Egyptian religion, after the "judgment" in the afterlife, the dead live happily under the sun god Ra. Perhaps this card represents the joy of the afterlife with people dancing and singing.[3]

Stand / User
Number
20 (XX)
Symbolism
Rebirth and self-reflection

The WorldLink to this section
21 OVATarot TheWorld.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 248: DIO's World, Part 2
Anime Debut: SC Episode 45: DIO's World, Part 1

The four elements of the material world, water, fire, earth, and air, are arranged to look like a bull, lion, eagle, and angel. In other words, it is a card that shows the perfect thing, the completion of everything, and the entire universe.[3]

Stand / User
Number
21 (XXI)
Symbolism
Achievement and a pause in life before the next cycle

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Trivia

  • While Stardust Crusaders was being published in Weekly Shonen Jump, the tarot cards were originally drawn with different designs closely resembling cards from real copyrighted tarot decks. In the tankobons, they were re-designed to appear unique for JoJo.
    • The designs on the first tarot cards in the magazine version appear to be based on the Tarot of Marseilles deck set, but later chapters use designs from a different deck.
    • In the magazine version of Chapter 127's cover, the cards were drawn with designs from the Deva Tarot deck set.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future gives Cream and Tenore Sax their own tarot cards, created specifically for the occasion.
  • Aside from The World, every card mentions Lucky Land on them.

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