An Explanation Of The Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Tarot cards have been used for centuries to give a realistic overview of the questioner’s life situation. They can also outline possible choices, peer into the future, or point them down the best life path.

People can use tarot readings for information regarding their love life, preferences in a partner, work, money, and other relationships. They can even shed light on legal matters. The practicality and accuracy of tarot card readings make 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, 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.

The Fool

the fool tarot card

As card number 0 in most decks, The Fool is a card of new beginnings. This card predicts the beginning of a new life path or journey. Generally, one that is full of joy and frivolity. It 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 naivete on your part. Otherwise, you may end up looking the fool.

The Magician

the magician tarot card

He is the number one card and comes with great power and inspiration. This card signifies great power or creation, individuality, love, a problem solver, an idea, or a career.

The High Priestess

the priestess tarot card

She provides knowledge and secrets. This card often represents finding the answer to your question within yourself. She brings the knowledge out of you and into the light.

If this card represents the querent, it can mean that a person can read ancient religious texts or are otherwise spiritually enlightened. The same holds when this card represents another person in their life.

The Empress

the empress tarot card

She is the embodiment of love in its purest form. This card always represents motherhood with unconditional, often overprotective, love. This card is about accomplishing frightening tasks while wearing a smile. The Empress often represents the tasks associated with bearing children or motherhood.

The Emperor

the emporer tarot card

This card is about rules, control, and wise advice, similar to what we would get from a father. This card in a reading represents the ability to take control of a situation and confidently having the power to accomplish the task. He is also a reminder that rules are in place for a reason.

The Hierophant

the hierophant tarot card

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. Additionally, it may suggest that you need to open your mind to new ideas if one has not worked out well.

The Lovers

the lovers tarot card

When this card appears, it references the love life of the querent. It can be that a relationship is present or that one is on the horizon that will meet and fill the needs and expectations of the questioner.

Another representation is that while new love is full of happiness at first, there will be bumps and conflict along the way. Couples can work these problems out if they work through them together.

When it represents a new love on the horizon, it is a long-awaited love that must 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. In this case, The Lovers is a card that suggests they should listen to their inner intuition in deciding which person to choose.

The Chariot

the chariot tarot card

This card can be one of the hardest to interpret. It deals with feelings quite a bit and can indicate that your emotions are running away from you and that you need to get ahold of them. It can also mean people are scheming and plotting against you.

On the other hand, it may mean that you will be victorious in an unpleasant situation. It can also represent the need to overcome your fears and pull yourself together.


the strength tarot card

The basic meaning of this card encompasses courage, balance, and patience. It suggests that you must be strong and firm but balanced and fair as well.

First, you must be courageous enough to confront the situation and then have the strength and patience to see it through. Most importantly, never give up!

The Hermit

the hermit tarot card

He is all about resting, not just sitting around and doing nothing. However, the hermit also shows a need to stop, relax, and look inside oneself. After all, introspecting doesn’t mean doing nothing, it’s hard work! It’s a calling to humility, humbleness, and inner peace learned through a process of quiet self-reflection.

The Wheel of Fortune

the wheel of fortune tarot card

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 a sudden change for the worse. Its interpretation depends on the position the wheel is at at the moment. It always represents a sudden and climactic change.


the justice tarot card

He is all about balance, or Karma in life. You will reap what you have sown. It can also have implications for 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

the hanged man tarot card

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 pinpoint exactly what may be holding you back. That way, you can move forward with your life’s journey.


the death tarot card

This card can be scary to receive in a tarot reading at first. However, what people should understand is that this card isn’t really about actual death at all.

Instead, it represents transformation. Perhaps an end to old ways is indicated here. Whenever one thing ends, something new must begin. This card represents a transformation of self from the old and into the new.


the temperance tarot card

This card shows the coming together of two things. Be it 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.

The Devil

the devil tarot card

This card is the last one in the major arcana. It is quite possibly the only one more misunderstood than the Death card. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t imply Satan or any demonic presence.

Instead, it implies that there are negative traits in us all that we must change. When this card appears in relation to yourself, it’s time to study your negative habits.

Are you lazy or lacking in ambition? Have you become consumed by pursuing worldly desires? This card indicates any prominent negativity you are allowing to run your life in an unhealthy way.

One must look at themselves through spiritual eyes to change their path and remove ignorance from their mind.

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