A Beginner's Look Into the Major Arcana of the Tarot Card Deck
Every tarot deck is made up of 2 parts.
One is the Minor Arcana (56 cards), and the other is the Major Arcana (22 cards). Each Major Arcana card represents something on its own.
Here's a quick overview of the major takeaways from each of these 22 cards.
The Meanings Behind the 22 Major Arcana Cards
These cards tell a story through their archetypes who represent stages within the human journey. While reading tarot cards, remember that there are "upright" or positive implications, and a "reversed" or negative implications. Upright and reversed may not always be negative or positive. A qualified Tarot card reader will be able to tell the card's meaning.
Let's take a look at each one individually.
The fool is a free spirit. On the reverse, it also symbolizes naivety and carelessness.
Takeaway: willingly embrace new beginnings.
This symbolizes willpower, solutions, manifestation, and creativity. It also indicates deception, trickery, and mischief.
Takeaway: you can overcome obstacles and beat the odds with a bit of creativity.
The High Priestess
This represents awareness, intuition, and connectivity. From the reversed perspective, there is a lack of groundedness, paired with repression.
Takeaway: follow your instincts.
A symbol of maternity, fertility, warmth, and beauty. There is a tendency to be overbearing.
Takeaway: connect with nature and find the power to be gentle.
The upright view shows power, leadership, and authority. The reverse represents rigidity.
Takeaway: you are in control of your own life.
The Hierophant symbolizes morality, traditionalism, custom, spirituality, and guidance. It also sparks subversiveness.
Takeaway: explore a spiritual perspective.
This represents union and affection. It also symbolizes the loss of individuality, one-sidedness, or lack of harmony.
Takeaway: nurture your relationships; give them the attention they need.
The chariot is a symbol of direction, purpose, and drive. The reversed reflects a lack of control.
Takeaway: do not put limitations on yourself.
This signifies fortitude and courage. It comes with feelings of insecurity and underestimating yourself.
Takeaway: you are strong enough.
The hermit represents introspection and contemplation. The reverse indicates loneliness and a loss of direction.
Takeaway: find comfort in solitude.
Wheel of Fortune
This represents the temporary nature of the good and the bad. It indicates a desperate need for control.
Takeaway: embrace experiences and the lessons they bring.
This symbolizes a cause-effect, karmic existence. The reverse indicates unfairness and dishonesty.
Takeaway: you reap what you sow.
The Hanged Man
This represents sacrifice. On the flip side, it symbolizes unnecessary martyrdom and fear.
Takeaway: small sacrifices contribute to bigger pleasures.
This indicates new beginnings and changes. It also comes with the fear of these changes.
Takeaway: embrace change.
Temperance represents moderation, balance, and patience. The reverse is extremism and excess.
Takeaway: do not force things; go with the flow.
The devil symbolizes addiction and superficiality. However, it also indicates freedom.
Takeaway: your freedom is in your own hands.
This represents upheaval and destruction. It comes with the fear of suffering.
Takeaway: things fall apart to make way for better things.
The star embodies hope and rejuvenation. The reverse: discouragement and anxiety.
Takeaway: have faith in the universe.
The moon symbolizes intuition and subconscious thoughts. It also reflects confusion, misinterpretation, and apprehensiveness.
Takeaway: do not believe everything you feel.
This represents joy and optimism. The reverse of this is sadness.
Takeaway: you're on the right path; express gratitude and continue.
This symbolizes a reckoning or crossroads. Self-doubt may accompany this decision.
Takeaway: it's never too late to change.
This represents self-fulfillment. The reverse is a lack of closure.
Takeaway: you're exactly where you need to be.
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