Major Arcana Tarot Cards

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Major Arcana Tarot Cards

The 22 cards that comprise the Major Arcana are the foundation of the Tarot deck. Each major arcana Tarot card is explained below.

The universal human experience is portrayed in each of the major arcana tarot cards. Each card has a number, name and image associated with it.

Each image on a card represents an archetype popularized by Carl Jung. As a result each card taps into our collective unconscious and has a profound hidden meaning.

The major arcana cards are given more credence in a reading as they relate to the important motivations, issues and feelings in your life. Whereas the minor arcana cards often pertain to temporary and less important issues.

In each souls journey toward self-actualization the major arcana can provide insight. By correctly understanding the meaning of the cards a person can make decisions that will progress them along their spiritual path.


Fool Tarot Card

Upright: Faith, beginning, innocence, spontaneity, apparent folly, free spirit.
Reversed: Foolishness, naivety, recklessness, unnecessary risk-taking.


Majician Tarot Card

Upright: Concentration, power, skill, action, self awareness, resourcefulness.
Reversed: Poor planning, manipulation, undeveloped talents.

​High Priestess

High Priestess Tarot Card

Upright: Higher powers, intuition, potential, mystery, unconscious awareness.
Reversed: Not heading intuition, hidden agenda.


Empress Tarot Card

Upright: Mothering, feminine, fertility, beauty, nature, abundance, senses.
Reversed: Dependence, lack of creativity.


Emperor Tarot Card

Upright: Structure, authority, fathering, regulation, solid foundation.
Reversed: Rigidity, intolerance, domination, inflexibility, excessive control.


Hierophant Tarot Card

Upright: Beliefs, education, conformity, tradition, religion, group identification.
Reversed: Opposing the status quo, restriction.


Lovers Tarot Card

Upright: Choices, personal beliefs, aligned values, sexuality, love, relationships.
Reversed: Imbalance, disharmony, misaligned values.


Chariot Tarot Card

Upright: Will, self-assertion, control, victory, determination.
Reversed: Aggression, lack of control, no direction.


Strength Tarot Card

Upright: Self-control, patience, strength, courage, compassion.
Reversed: Self-doubt, weakness, lack of self-discipline, indecision.


Hermit Tarot Card

Upright: Self reflection, soul searching, inner guidance, solitude.
Reversed: Withdrawal, isolation, loneliness.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

Upright: Destiny, good luck, turning point, personal vision, karma, life cycles.
Reversed: Bad luck, lack of control, lack of insight negative external forces.


Justice Tarot Card

Upright: Decision, justice, responsibility, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law.
Reversed: Lack of accountability, unfairness, dishonesty, unlawful.

Hanged Man

Hanged Man Tarot Card

Upright: Suspension, reversal, letting go, accepting God’s will, sacrifice.
Reversed: Resisting fate, indecision, martyrdom, delay.


Death Tarot Card

Upright: Ending, beginning, inexorable forces, change, transformation, transition.
Reversed: Resistance to change, stuck, unable to move on.


Temperance Tarot Card

Upright: Health, balance, moderation, combination, patience, purpose, meaning.
Reversed: Imbalance, unhealthy, lack of vision, excess.


Devil Tarot Card

Upright: Hopelessness, bondage, ignorance, addiction, materialism.
Reversed: Detachment, understanding, breaking free, reclaiming personal power.


Tower Tarot Card

Upright: Release, disaster, downfall, upheaval, revelation, sudden change.
Reversed: Avoiding disaster, status quo, fear of change.


Star Tarot Card

Upright: Generosity, hope, spirituality, inspiration, renewal, serenity.
Reversed: Imbalance, lack of faith, discouragement, despair.


Moon Tarot Card

Upright: Fantasy, illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, bewilderment.
Reversed: Confusion, releasing fear, unhappiness.


Sun Tarot Card

Upright: Enlightenment, vitality, greatness, success, fun, assurance, warmth.
Reversed: Lack of happiness, temporary depression, lack of success.


Judgement Tarot Card

Upright: Rebirth, inner calling, judgement, release, absolution.
Reversed: Self-doubt, lack of inner guidance, no self-examination.


World Tarot Card

Upright: Involvement, completion, fulfillment, integration, accomplishment, travel.
Reversed: Incomplete, failure, lack of closure.