Tarot of Destiny

The Major Arcana Tarot Cards

As an interpreter, the Tarot card meanings aren’t always straight forward in a reading. Even when we are reading the cards for our own personal enlightenment, we know the cards are a reflection of our lives, but often what we see in a spread, is not as simple as identifying “happy” or “sad” circumstances in our lives. If it were that easy, we would all be devoted to the Tarot for guidance. That is why learning Tarot card meanings is essential to our full development, and we begin our learning journey with the Major Arcana. It is much more than merely placing a bet on the outcomes of your future.

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana (meaning, "Greater Secrets") are also known as the Trumps or Triumphs. In the first decks, only the Major Arcana were illustrated or illuminated with symbolic images. These are the cards containing strong archetypal symbols and meanings. Some of the Major Arcana represent archetypal figures, for example the Emperor, while others represent qualities, for example, the Hermit, and others, like the Chariot and Death Card speak to rites of passage in a person's life, those transformative events and circumstances, that set us off in new directions, on new paths.


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