Major Arcana | An Overview

Major Arcana | An Overview  Major Arcana

The most powerful cards in the deck are called the Major Arcana. Each of the 22 cards plays an important role when it comes to serving as your guide. They help you in knowing how you should go about with your life. They also give insight on how to deal with the challenges and obstacles that may come your way. 

The cards in the Major Arcana represent estimated time frames, seasons, and individual traits of the people in your life. They also provide astrological influences, an overview of you in your environment and many other types of symbolic representations.

The Major Arcana & The Phases of Life

The Major Arcana cards represent the different phases you go through in life. In essence, this paves the path for learning about yourself and the world around you. These are the cards that will determine the flow of the reading. They provide you with a means of pinpointing specific influences and events that are currently at work in your life.

It is important to remember that what shows up in a reading may not happen exactly as revealed by the cards. Readings offer the probability of circumstances and conditions that continue to unfold. For the reason that you are the one in control of your experiences through your actions and thinking. Hence, keep in mind that the tarot is merely a divine way of seeing the possibilities available during the given time. Things are subject to change.

Major Problems vs. Mundane Aspects

Some readers that feel that the Major Arcana predicts major problems in life rather than the daily mundane aspects. Others say that the influence of these cards takes precedence over the rest of the cards and each card holds a significant amount of symbolism. My take on it is that all cards are important in bringing you the information that you need to improve your life.

The Major Arcana also indicates the most critical positions in different spreads. The cards are also used for depicting the person who consults the Tarot, also called the Significator. The Major Arcana is also utilized as a wonderful tool to meditate. As you go through your journey of the Major Arcana, you can explore the numerous interpretations of each card. They will open your mind to discovering the numerous patterns that will expand and grow your consciousness.

The Major Arcana Cards

Below are the Major Arcana, also called “trumps”, which means ‘above all’;

THE FOOL:

It indicates the strength to leave everything and start a new path.

THE MAGICIAN

An ancient sage, the teacher who illuminates the roads with his wisdom.

THE PRIESTESS:

She represents wisdom, meditation, and inner reflection.

THE EMPRESS:

She represents the feminine, the action, and the power.

THE EMPEROR:

He represents the solidity and the passage of time.

THE HIEROPHANT:

He is a spiritual guide that unites the mundane and the divine.

THE LOVERS:

Choosing between desire and passion or a more mature love.

THE CHARIOT:

One can wage against oneself and against others.

STRENGTH

Represents mastery of inner power and energy.

THE HERMIT:

It represents loneliness, prudence, and reflection with oneself.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE:

It is a very dynamic load that indicates speed in the achievement of objectives and the surprises brought by the destination.

JUSTICE:

Represents integrity, moral values, and fairness.

THE HANGED MAN:

It represents altruism, sacrifice, and self-denial.

DEATH:

Always tells us about changes. 

TEMPERANCE:

Represents self-control, balance, and moderation.

THE DEVIL:

Represents the most primitive instincts: passions, confrontations.

THE TOWER:

Represents the need to break away from everything that is not working as it should.

THE STAR:

Represents youth, beauty, luck, radiance, communication, creativity.

THE MOON:

Represents a phase of confusion and darkness.

THE SUN:

Represents success, happiness, harmony, tranquility, and purity.

JUDGEMENT:

Represents a moment of change and renewal.

THE WORLD:

Represents success and victory.