At least as far back as ancient Roman times, anagrams have delighted would-be prophets by unlocking mystical hidden meanings in words and phrases. The names of Tarot's Major Arcana make for some intriguing rearrangements, to be sure. For example, we learn of The Empress that "she tempers." The World appears to have "held wort" (plant medicine). The Hanged Man, not surprisingly, "hated hangmen." The Fool seems to ask to be allowed to walk on: "let hoof." The Chariot apparently operates according to a "Torah ethic." Here are all the anagrams we were able to decipher:
You might have noticed that there are no anagrams for Strength or Judgment, as those two left us stumped. But grab some Scrabble tiles and try your own hand at anagramming the Tarot. See for yourself whether the Ace of Swords represents a "coward's foes," whether the Six of Pentacles "expels factions," and whether "few pagans do" the Page of Wands.
— Craig Conley is author of The Young Wizard's Hexopedia, the Tarot of Portmeirion, HarperCollins' One-Letter Words: A Dictionary, Pomegranate's One Letter Words Knowledge Cards Deck, and Weiser Books' Magic Words: A Dictionary. He is co-author of New Star Books' Franzlations: A Guide to the Imaginary Parables. He has published dozens of articles in such magazines as Verbatim, Pentacle, Mothering, and Magic. His work has been profiled in the New York Times, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, Publishers Weekly, The Associated Press, and dozens of others.