The Major Arcana : is
at the heart of the Tarot. A whole range of human life and
experience is represented by the Major Arcana. It is symbolic of
physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of
humankind. The cards are thought to illustrate the strengths, hopes
and fears, weaknesses, the most godly and darkest parts of an individual.
Many of the Major Arcana cards show an archetypal figure, or in other
words, a figure who is representative of the whole essence of a type of
person. Archetypes might include: a warm nurturing mother figure, a
strong figure of authority, a formal traditional religious leader, or even
a magical, mystical, mysterious person. Archetypes can be
representative of real people, whether it be in part or as an abstract
symbol in one's life.
Each card that is represented below belongs to the Major Arcana and
depending upon which way round the cards falls, its imagery is symbolic
and represents both positive and negative forces.
Although the cards are listed below with their meanings these are intended
only as a guide, for information and reference purposes. This
is because the true meaning of the cards is dependent upon a variety of
factors including: surrounding cards, the spread used, the nature of the
question, the reader and the querent. All meanings attributed to the cards
are subject to a great deal of interpretation.
The tarot cards consist of 78 cards that are split into two main
sections called the Major Arcana (containing 22 cards) and the Minor
Arcana (containing four suits, namely: The
Suit of Wands, The
Suit of Cups, The
Suit of Swords and The
Suit of Pentacles. Each suit in turn consists of 14 cards each). Below is a listing
of the major arcana and below that links to the individual minor arcana
In order to fully understand and to read Tarot cards, it is important,
before starting, to consult a good 'Teach Yourself Tarot Guide' and gather
as much information on the subject as possible. The volume of
information required is beyond the scope of this document and the Tarot
topic covered on Paranormality. Please see below for recommended
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