What Do The Cards In The Major Arcana Tarot Deck Mean?
Tarot cards have been used for centuries to give a realistic overview of the questioner’s life situation, outline possible choices, peer into the future, or point them down a good life path. They can be used for information regarding a person’s love life or choices in a partner, work, money, and other relationships- even legal matters.
The practicality and accuracy of a tarot card reading makes them an ideal choice for divination. Within the 78 card deck there are arcana-separations of the cards based on what they are.
There is a major arcana, a minor arcana (cards of suit) and court cards. Each tarot card has a specific meaning when it appears in a spread. Here you will find the meaning of each of the cards found within the major arcana.
As card number 0 in most decks, The Fool is a card of new beginnings. He predicts the beginning of a new life path or journey. Generally one that is full of joy and frivolity, and shows you being enthralled by all that surrounds you on this path. He also comes with a warning- proceed with caution and be aware of possible naiveties on your part- else you may end up looking the fool.
He is the number one card and comes with great power and inspiration. This card can be interpreted as great power or creation, individuality, or a love, a problem solver, an idea, or a career.
The High Priestess
She provides knowledge and secrets. This card often represents finding the answer to one’s question within yourself, and brings the knowledge out of you and into the light. If this card is representative of the querent, it can symbolize that they read ancient religious texts, or are otherwise spiritually enlightened- the same holds when this card represents another person in their life.
She is the embodiment of love in its purest form. It always represents motherhood with an unconditional- if somewhat overprotective- love. This card is about accomplishing frightening tasks with a smile still in place- often those of bearing children or other tasks of motherhood.
This card is about rules, control, and the wise advice similar to that which we would receive from a father. This card in a reading represents the ability to take control of a situation, and in doing so with confidence you will have the power to accomplish that task. He is also a reminder that rules are in place for a reason.
He often represents groups as opposed to an individual, and is concerned with making peace and solving issues in spirituality. This card may represent an unpleasant and inflexible teacher, or it may suggest that perhaps you need to open your mind to new ideas if one has not worked out well.
When this card appears it references the love life of the querent. It can be that a relationship is present, or that one is soon on the horizon that will meet and fill the needs and expectations of the questioner. One should keep in mind that it also represents that while in the beginning there will be much happiness- there will also be bumps and strife along the way. All these things can be worked out if you work through it as a partnership- this is a long awaited love and should be handled with maturity. On the other hand, it can also sometimes represent that the querent has two people in mind and both are well suited for them. In this case, The Lovers is a card that suggests they should listen to their inner intuition in deciding which person to choose.
This card can be one of the hardest to interpret. It deals with emotions quite a bit, and can indicate your emotions are running away from you and need to get ahold of them. It can also indicate people scheming and plotting against you. On the other hand it may mean that you will be victorious in an unpleasant situation. It can also be a bit of advice that you need to overcome your fears, and pull yourself together.
The basic meaning of this card encompasses courage, balance, and patience. It suggests that you must be strong and firm, but be balanced and fair as well. You must first be courageous enough to confront the situation, and then have the strength and patience to see it through. Most importantly never give up!
He is all about resting. Not just sitting around and doing nothing however! The hermit shows a need to stop, rest, and look inside oneself. It is a calling to humility, humbleness and inner peace that is learned through a process of quiet self-reflection.
The Wheel of Fortune
This card represents good things to come in life. It is about facing the world with a renewed vigor, and the opportunity to experience great fortune and happiness. However, it can also indicate sudden change for the worse- all depending upon where your position on the wheel is at this moment. It always represents a sudden and climactic change.
He is all about balance, or Karma in life. You will reap what you have sown. It can also have implications toward a court or legal case. It suggests that you cannot sit and do nothing and expect money to appear before you- you must work for what you want.
The Hanged Man
He represents stagnation. Perhaps you find yourself stuck in a situation that you find difficult to remove yourself from? This card suggests that you need to look deep inside yourself to pin point exactly what it is that may be holding you back, so that you can then move forward with your life’s journey.
This is can be a scary card to receive in a tarot reading. However, what people should understand is that this card isn’t really about true death at all. Rather it represents transformation. Perhaps an end to old ways is indicated here. Whenever one thing ends, something new must begin- so this card represents transformation of self from the old and into the new.
With this card the coming together or two things is shown. This can be a union between a man and woman, a family, a partnership, or any other relationship coming together. This card tells the querent to be patient and find harmony. One can begin to understand, accept, and change outside opposition by first finding harmony within yourself. It suggests a need to reach inside your deepest being to encourage spiritual growth and enlightenment.
This is the last card in the major arcana, and quite possibly the only one more misunderstood that the Death card. This card does not imply Satan or any kind of demonic presence. Rather, it implies that there are negative traits in us all that must be changed. When this card appears in relation to yourself then it is time to study your own negative habits. Are you lazy or lacking in ambition? Have you become consumed by pursuing worldly desires? This card indicates and prominent negativity that you are allowing to run your life in an unhealthy way. One must look at themselves through spiritual eyes in order to change the path they are on, and also to remove ignorance from their minds to achieve inner balance.