Clouds have many symbolic meanings. In general, clouds symbolize revelation. Since they come in layers, they symbolize the unveiling of an answer or solution to something that has been bothering a person. On the other hand, they can also symbolize things that can cloud one’s judgment or reasoning. Sometimes they also symbolize a confused state of mind.
Tarot card meanings that have the clouds as a symbol are lovers, wheel, tower, judgment, world, Ace of Swords, 3 of Swords, 5 of Swords, Page of Swords, King of Swords, Ace of Cups, 4 of Cups, 7 of Cups, Ace of Wands and, Ace of Pentacles.
Clouds come in many shapes and forms. Thus, the interpretation of the clouds as a symbol can also vary. There are storm clouds or what is scientifically referred to as cirrus or stratus clouds and fair-weather clouds known as cumulus clouds.
The effects of clouds in nature as well as in human nature also affect their interpretation in tarot readings. Dark clouds of course make people feel frightened, negative, pessimistic, threatened or depressed. These can also mean distress, disaster or danger. White layers of clouds make people feel optimistic, happy, positive and confident. This can mean new opportunities. Thus it depends on the type of clouds found on the tarot card or image.
Clouds are symbols of change or movement just as they move across the sky. When people see clouds in a tarot card, these are usually interpreted as a symbol of something that is fleeting, temporary or short-lived.
by M Rhiane