Major Arcana Tarot Cards Meanings List

Tarot's Major Arcana distinguishes a Tarot deck from a regular deck of playing cards by its inclusion. Each Suit in the Minor Arcana covers a single classical element, i.e. Cups and Water, Swords and Air, Pentacles and Earth, Wands and Fire. Most cards in the Major Arcana represent the combination of all the elements in harmony. Through shared Numerological symbology each minor card is directly related to a superior card in the Major Arcana. For example, the solution to the problematic 5's in the Minor Arcana can be found in the 5th and 14th card of the Major Arcana, The Hierophant and Temperance. The court cards of the Minor Arcana have no numerical value but each one has a superior in the Major Arcana i.e. the Pages and The Fool, the Knights and The Chariot, the Queens and The Empress and the Kings and The Emperor.

To understand Tarot, and to be able to easily grasp the meaning of each card, it is essential to work with the cards together instead of in isolation. Our card guides will help you grasp the meaning of any card by referencing, contrasting and comparing other cards that are directly related. Tarot shows us specific cards for a reason and to be able to accurately read tarot it is important not to jump to wrong conclusions. This is particularly important when reading for ourselves for for someone close. Our hopes, wishes, fears and dreams present a danger of seeing more in a card that is losely connected to the desired outcome than what is really there. The Major Arcana is the core of Tarot that binds all the cards together in a sacred structure.

The word Arcana comes from the Latin Arcanus which mean "secrets or mysteries". As well as a divination tool Tarot is also a spiritual guide book on life. Each card in the Major Arcana from the 1st card, The Magician, to the last card, The World, marks out a journey and life path on the road to spiritual enlightenment and ascension. The Fool is unique in Tarot as being the only Major Arcana card to have no numerical value. It is The Fool who must make this journey from the first to last card of the Major Arcana.


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