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Tarot Card Meanings List — Major arcana

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Major Arcana


The Major Arcana is a 22 card set within the tarot that is considered to be the core and the foundation for the deck. All of the deck is filled with archetypal significance, but this is most pronounced within the Major Arcana. These cards follow a storyline that tells of the spiritual travels taken from the innocent wonder of The Fool to the oneness and fulfillment of The World. In other words, these cards tell the story of humanity's spiritual evolution into enlightenment and individuation.

And so, as we follow the journey of the Fool, we can start seeing common parallels between our own stages in life and those in the cards, each card teaching a specific lesson and a concept to meditate over. Because they form the basis of the tarot, some readings can sometimes be conducted with only the Major Arcana as well.

The World Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The World Meaning

Upright: fulfillment, harmony, completion, Reversed: incompletion, no closure

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Judgement Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

Judgement Meaning

Upright: reflection, reckoning, awakening, Reversed: lack of self awareness, doubt, self loathing

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The Sun Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Sun Meaning

Upright: joy, success, celebration, positivity, Reversed: negativity, depression, sadness

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The Moon Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Moon Meaning

Upright: unconscious, illusions, intuition, Reversed: confusion, fear, misinterpretation

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The Star Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Star Meaning

Upright: hope, faith, rejuvenation, Reversed: faithlessness, discouragement, insecurity

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The Tower Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Tower Meaning

Upright: sudden upheaval, broken pride, disaster, Reversed: disaster avoided, delayed disaster, fear of suffering

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The Devil Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Devil Meaning

Upright: addiction, materialism, playfulness, Reversed: freedom, release, restoring control

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Temperance Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

Temperance Meaning

Upright: middle path, patience, finding meaning, Reversed: extremes, excess, lack of balance

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Death Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

Death Meaning

Upright: end of cycle, beginnings, change, metamorphosis, Reversed: fear of change, holding on, stagnation, decay

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The Hanged Man Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Hanged Man Meaning

Upright: sacrifice, release, martyrdom, Reversed: stalling, needless sacrifice, fear of sacrifice

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Justice Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

Justice Meaning

Upright: cause and effect, clarity, truth, Reversed: dishonesty, unaccountability, unfairness

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The Wheel of Fortune Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Wheel of Fortune Meaning

Upright: change, cycles, inevitable fate, Reversed: no control, clinging to control, bad luck

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The Hermit Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Hermit Meaning

Upright: contemplation, search for truth, inner guidance, Reversed: loneliness, isolation, lost your way

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Strength Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

Strength Meaning

Upright: inner strength, bravery, compassion, focus, Reversed: self doubt, weakness, insecurity

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The Chariot Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Chariot Meaning

Upright: direction, control, willpower, Reversed: lack of control, lack of direction, aggression

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The Lovers Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Lovers Meaning

Upright: partnerships, duality, union, Reversed: loss of balance, one-sidedness, disharmony

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The Hierophant Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Hierophant Meaning

Upright: tradition, conformity, morality, ethics, Reversed: rebellion, subversiveness, new approaches

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The Emperor Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Emperor Meaning

Upright: authority, structure, control, fatherhood, Reversed: tyranny, rigidity, coldness

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The Empress Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Empress Meaning

Upright: motherhood, fertility, nature, Reversed: dependence, smothering, emptiness, nosiness

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The High Priestess Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The High Priestess Meaning

Upright: intuitive, unconscious, inner voice, Reversed: lack of center, lost inner voice, repressed feelings

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The Magician Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Magician Meaning

Upright: willpower, desire, creation, manifestation, Reversed: trickery, illusions, out of touch

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The Fool Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Fool Meaning

Upright: innocence, new beginnings, free spirit, Reversed: recklessness, taken advantage of, inconsideration

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