The Mountebank card in the Tarot de Marseille

Each card from the Tarot de Marseille moves us to another world, another universe where every detail matters. Full of symbolism, the arcana hold many secrets that are not easy to grasp. Among them, The Mountebank card (Le Bateleur) stands out. How should you interpret this card? What does it hide? Here are a few elements to discover its meaning

What is depicted on the Mountebank card?

The Mountebank arcanum shows a man that reminds us of a Harlequin. He wears a patchwork of bright colored clothes, predominantly with two basic and opposed colors: blue and red. The Mountebank wears a hat with a curved brim reminiscent of the shape of the number eight, a sign symbolizing infinity.


With a wand in one hand and a coin in the other, the Mountebank is standing straight, behind a table. Several disparate items can be found on it:

  • Two dice
  • A golden cup
  • A knife with a blue handle
  • A blue item that cannot easily be identified
  • A red cup
  • Three round yellow-colored items, which seem stuck together
  • Two round red-colored items
  • A basket

What is the point of all these different items? What is the link between them? What is their use?

Meaning of the arcanum of the Mountebank

This arcanum from the Tarot de Marseille lets us see that anything is possible, that nothing is frozen in stone, and that anyone can make their desires come true. There are no ready-made answers, you need to learn how to take the initiative and take risks.

In that way, the card of the Mountebank is the card of free will and entrepreneurship. With a picture of a young, smiling jack-of-all-trades, the card of the Mountebank teaches us to show initiative, to be enthusiastic when facing new opportunities, and to give a fresh start to your life.

The strong points of this tarot card

  • Initiative
  • Self-reliance
  • Optimism
  • Cheerfulness
  • Energy
  • Open-mindedness
  • Dynamism

The negative aspects of this major arcanum

  • Gullibility
  • Imprudence
  • Impatience
  • Immaturity
  • Panic
  • Exaggeration
  • Boasting

Author: Igor Leroy

In parallel to my psychology studies, I developed a fascination for the symbolic dimension of tarot reading. I was lucky enough to be trained by a famous reader, and I gained a solid expertise in the world of tarot, and more generally in the various supports for divination. Today, it allows me to quickly decipher the messages hidden within the arcana, and within other clairvoyance tools as well. I have been writing articles on 7-astrostreet for several months now, in order to share my passion with a large audience.

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