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THE MEANINGS OF THE MAJOR ARCANA TAROT CARDS

The Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul’s journey to enlightenment. The Major Arcana card meanings are deep and complex –in beautiful ways! Theses Tarot cards truly represent the structure of human consciousness and hold the keys to life lessons passed down through the ages.

Also known as the Trump Cards, the Major Arcana cards include 21 numbered cards and 1 unnumbered card (the Fool). The Fool is the main character of the Major Arcana and makes his journey through each of the cards, meeting new teachers and learning new life lessons along the way, and eventually reaching the completion of his journey with the World card. This is known as the Fool’s Journey and is a helpful way of understanding the story line of the Major Arcana Tarot card meanings.

WHAT DOES A MAJOR ARCANA CARD MEAN IN A TAROT READING?

When you see a Major Arcana card in a Tarot reading, you are being called to reflect on the life lessons and themes that are currently being experienced at this time. A Major Arcana card will often set the scene for the entire Tarot reading, with the other cards relating back to that core Major Arcana meaning.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN A TAROT READING IS MOSTLY MAJOR ARCANA CARDS?

When a Tarot reading is predominantly made up of Major Arcana cards, you are experiencing life-changing events that will have long-term effects. There are important lessons that you must pay attention to in order to progress further in your spiritual and personal quest.

If many of the Major Arcana Tarot cards are reversed, however, it may be a sign that you are not paying enough attention to these important life lessons and you need to first master the lesson before being able to move forward.

MAJOR ARCANA TAROT CARD MEANINGS

UPRIGHT

Beginnings, Innocence, Spontaneity, A Free Spirit

REVERSED

Naivety, Foolishness, Recklessness, Risk Taking

 

 


THE FOOL

UPRIGHT

Power, Skill, Concentration, Action, Resourcefulness

REVERSED

Manipulation, Poor Planning, Latent Talents

 

 


THE MAGICIAN

UPRIGHT

Intuition, Higher Powers, Mystery, Subconscious Mind

REVERSED

Hidden Agendas, Need To Listen To Inner Voice

 


THE HIGH PRIESTESS

UPRIGHT

Fertility, Femininity, Beauty, Nature, Abundance

REVERSED

Creative Block, Dependence On Others

 

 


THE EMPRESS

UPRIGHT

Authority, Father Figure, Structure, Solid Foundation

REVERSED

Domination, Excessive Control, Rigidity, Inflexibility

 

 


THE EMPEROR

UPRIGHT

Religion, Group Identification, Conformity, Tradition, Beliefs

REVERSED

Restriction, Challenging The Status Quo

 


THE HEIROPHANT

UPRIGHT

Love, Union, Relationships, Values Alignment, Choices

REVERSED

Disharmony, Imbalance, Misalignment Of Values

 

 


THE LOVERS

UPRIGHT

Control, Will Power, Victory, Assertion, Determination

REVERSED

Lack Of Control And Direction, Aggression

 

 


THE CHARIOT

UPRIGHT

Strength, Courage, Patience, Control, Compassion

REVERSED

Weakness, Self Doubt, Lack Of Self Discipline

 


STRENGTH

UPRIGHT

Soul Searching, Introspection, Being Alone, Inner Guidance

REVERSED

Isolation, Loneliness, Withdrawal

 


THE HERMIT

UPRIGHT

Good Luck, Karma, Life Cycles, Destiny, A Turning Point

REVERSED

Bad Luck, Negative External Forces, Out Of Control

 


WHEEL OF FORTUNE

UPRIGHT

Justice, Fairness, Truth, Cause And Effect, Law

REVERSED

Unfairness, Lack Of Accountability, Dishonesty

 

 


JUSTICE

UPRIGHT

Suspension, Restriction, Letting Go, Sacrifice

REVERSED

Martyrdom, Indecision, Delay

 

 


THE HANGED MAN

UPRIGHT

Endings, Beginnings, Change, Transformation, Transition

REVERSED

Resistance To Change, Unable To Move On

 


DEATH

UPRIGHT

Balance, Moderation, Patience, Purpose, Meaning

REVERSED

Imbalance, Excess, Lack Of Long Term Vision

 

 


TEMERANCE

UPRIGHT

Bondage, Addiction, Sexuality, Materialism

REVERSED

Detachment, Breaking Free, Power Reclaimed

 

 


THE DEVIL

UPRIGHT

Disaster, Upheaval, Sudden Change, Revelation

REVERSED

Avoidance Of Disaster, Fear Of Change

 

 


THE TOWER

UPRIGHT

Hope, Spirituality, Renewal, Inspiration, Serenity

REVERSED

Lack Of Faith, Despair, Discouragement

 

 


THE STAR

UPRIGHT

Illusion, Fear, Anxiety, Insecurity, Subconscious

REVERSED

Release Of Fear, Unhappiness, Confusion

 

 


THE MOON

UPRIGHT

Fun, Warmth, Success, Positivity, Vitality

REVERSED

Temporary Depression, Lack Of Success

 

 


THE SUN

UPRIGHT

Judgement, Rebirth, Inner Calling, Absolution

REVERSED

Self Doubt, Refusal Of Self Examination

 

 


JUDGEMENT

UPRIGHT

Completion, Integration, Accomplishment, Travel

REVERSED

Lack Of Completion, Lack Of Closure

 

 


THE WORLD