Tarot > Major Arcana
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.
Upright: Faith, beginning, innocence, spontaneity, apparent folly, free spirit.
Reversed: Foolishness, naivety, recklessness, unnecessary risk-taking.
Upright: Concentration, power, skill, action, self awareness, resourcefulness.
Reversed: Poor planning, manipulation, undeveloped talents.
Upright: Higher powers, intuition, potential, mystery, unconscious awareness.
Reversed: Not heading intuition, hidden agenda.
Upright: Mothering, feminine, fertility, beauty, nature, abundance, senses.
Reversed: Dependence, lack of creativity.
Upright: Structure, authority, fathering, regulation, solid foundation.
Reversed: Rigidity, intolerance, domination, inflexibility, excessive control.
Upright: Beliefs, education, conformity, tradition, religion, group identification.
Reversed: Opposing the status quo, restriction.
Upright: Choices, personal beliefs, aligned values, sexuality, love, relationships.
Reversed: Imbalance, disharmony, misaligned values.
Upright: Will, self-assertion, control, victory, determination.
Reversed: Aggression, lack of control, no direction.
Upright: Self-control, patience, strength, courage, compassion.
Reversed: Self-doubt, weakness, lack of self-discipline, indecision.
Upright: Self reflection, soul searching, inner guidance, solitude.
Reversed: Withdrawal, isolation, loneliness.
Wheel of Fortune
Upright: Destiny, good luck, turning point, personal vision, karma, life cycles.
Reversed: Bad luck, lack of control, lack of insight negative external forces.
Upright: Decision, justice, responsibility, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law.
Reversed: Lack of accountability, unfairness, dishonesty, unlawful.
Upright: Suspension, reversal, letting go, accepting God’s will, sacrifice.
Reversed: Resisting fate, indecision, martyrdom, delay.
Upright: Ending, beginning, inexorable forces, change, transformation, transition.
Reversed: Resistance to change, stuck, unable to move on.
Upright: Health, balance, moderation, combination, patience, purpose, meaning.
Reversed: Imbalance, unhealthy, lack of vision, excess.
Upright: Hopelessness, bondage, ignorance, addiction, materialism.
Reversed: Detachment, understanding, breaking free, reclaiming personal power.
Upright: Release, disaster, downfall, upheaval, revelation, sudden change.
Reversed: Avoiding disaster, status quo, fear of change.
Upright: Generosity, hope, spirituality, inspiration, renewal, serenity.
Reversed: Imbalance, lack of faith, discouragement, despair.
Upright: Fantasy, illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, bewilderment.
Reversed: Confusion, releasing fear, unhappiness.
Upright: Enlightenment, vitality, greatness, success, fun, assurance, warmth.
Reversed: Lack of happiness, temporary depression, lack of success.
Upright: Rebirth, inner calling, judgement, release, absolution.
Reversed: Self-doubt, lack of inner guidance, no self-examination.
Upright: Involvement, completion, fulfillment, integration, accomplishment, travel.
Reversed: Incomplete, failure, lack of closure.