What is the meaning of major arcana in a tarot reading?

Close your eyes and picture yourself entering a mysterious wonderland, with a million questions running through your mind. 

As you journey further into this enchanting land you encounter several people, animals, and other beautiful elements of nature. Each of them sends you a signal, like a secret code that either answers your questions or unleashes the solution to your problems. 

The art of divine Tarot card reading is just like this mysterious land. It is an ancient form of divination that has been used for centuries by famous Tarot card readers to gain insight into various aspects of life. One of the most fascinating and intriguing aspects of tarot is the major arcana, a collection of 22 cards that represent significant life events and spiritual lessons.

So, what is the major arcana and why is it important in a tarot reading? Well, let’s find out!

What is Major Arcana?

The major arcana comprises a set of cards distinguished by their distinctive symbolism and significance. Unlike the minor arcana, which consists of 56 cards divided into four suits, the major arcana cards are numbered from 0 to 21 and are not associated with any particular suit.

Each major arcana card has a unique meaning and can be interpreted in various ways, depending on the context and the intuition of the best tarot card reader. They are usually associated with significant life events or spiritual lessons that we may encounter on our journey. Unique symbolism and meaning make them essential in a destiny tarot card reading.

Let’s take a closer look at them and their meanings.

The Major Arcana Cards and Their Meanings

#0 The Fool 

This card represents new beginnings, freedom, and adventure. It suggests that we should embrace our curiosity and take risks to discover new opportunities and experiences.

When the Fool card is reversed, it depicts that you’re encountering an immature and unfinished side of yours. Your inner self is holding you back to follow your natural flow.

#1 The Magician  

It represents manifestation, creativity, and power. It suggests that you have the power to manifest your desires and you should tap into your creative potential to achieve your goals.

The reversed Magician card suggests that you are going against your creativity. You’re getting influenced and manipulated, suppressing your talent and power.

#2 The High Priestess

It is the most intuitive card in the deck. It’s the embodiment of intuition and wisdom. It encourages you to trust your gut and listen to your inner voice.

In reverse, it indicates a disconnection between you and your intuition. The repressed emotions within you are holding you back. 

#3 The Empress 

It is often associated with abundance, creativity, and motherhood. It suggests that you should embrace your nurturing and creative energies to cultivate abundance and beauty. 

In reverse, it represents over-dependence and helplessness. You’re neglecting yourself and are more concerned about others.

#4 The Emperor

It represents stability, authority, and structure. It’s associated with logic, reason, and the ability to make clear, rational decisions, even in difficult situations. 

In reverse, it indicates a lack of discipline and flexibility, excessive domination, and instability. You need to free your mind from the arrogance that’s influencing your decision.

#5 The Hierophant  

It’s the masculine counterpart of the high priestess. This card represents tradition, spirituality, and wisdom. A symbol of the connection between the physical and spiritual realms, representing the search for deeper meaning and purpose in life.  

In reverse, it indicates you’re sick and tired of living in a world that’s too tightly wound with rules and regulations. The restrictions and limitations placed upon you are stifling your creativity and taking away your sense of autonomy. 

#6 The Lovers 

This card represents love, relationships, and choices. It suggests that we should strive for harmony and balance in our relationships and that we should make choices that align with our higher purpose.

In reverse, it indicates that you are divided and conflicted. You may be going along with something that’s against your will.

#7 The Chariot

It’s a card of willpower and determination. It represents the idea of taking control and steering yourself in the direction of your goal. 

In reverse, it represents opposition and lack of direction. You may be holding back from taking an action.

#8 The Strength 

It represents the strength of character and the ability to overcome obstacles through patience, kindness, and compassion. It encourages you to tap into your inner strength and resilience to overcome any obstacles. 

The reverse card represents insecurity, self-doubt, and weakness. You have little power to affect your behavior. It shows disharmony with your instinctive nature. 

#9 The Hermit

It signifies the need to withdraw from the outside world and focus on personal growth. It’s a reminder to take a step back from your busy life and to connect with your inner self to gain a deeper understanding of yourself. 

The reverse card depicts withdrawal, loneliness, and isolation. It’s a reminder to balance your need for introspection and solitude with your need for connection and community. 

#10 The Wheel of Fortune

It represents the idea that life has ups and downs and that change is inevitable. This card encourages you to embrace change and trust in life’s cycle.

The reverse card represents the downfall or a phase of renewal. What goes up will come down. So embrace every aspect of life and learn from it with an open mind.

#11 The Justice 

It represents the idea of karma, balance, and fairness. It encourages us to take responsibility for our actions and to be accountable for our choices. 

The reverse card depicts dishonesty, lack of accountability, and unawareness. Observe others and listen to them carefully, which will help you assess the situation fairly. 

#12 The Hanged Man

It represents the idea of surrender, sacrifice, and letting go. It encourages you to sacrifice your needs over others. It suggests that sometimes, you must be patient and wait for things to unfold. 

The reverse card indicates resistance, laziness, delays, and impatience. It indicates that being sacrificial at this moment is of no good. 

#13 The Death 

The Death card is often associated with endings, transformation, and change. It symbolizes the end of a chapter in your life, letting go of the past, and embracing new possibilities. 

The reverse card indicates stagnation, resistance to change, and personal transformation. It suggests being patient with the current situation till the time is right. 

#14 The Temperance

The Temperance card represents the concept of balance, moderation, and harmony. It encourages you to take a measured approach to situations and not rush into things. 

The reverse card represents a loss of balance, excess, and overindulgence. It suggests you take a step back to restore balance. 

#15 The Devil 

This card represents fear, materialism, addiction, and temptation. It represents the idea of being trapped or controlled by your own fears, desires, or negative habits. 

In reverse, it indicates detachment and exploring dark thoughts that might create trouble for others. It suggests you suppress those impulses before it gets you into trouble.

#16 The Tower 

It represents unforeseen change, upheaval, destruction, and chaos. It symbolizes a dramatic and unexpected event that shakes the foundations of your life, which may result in the rebuilding of something stronger and more resilient. 

In reverse, it symbolizes personal transformation and overcoming difficult times. It indicates that the bad times are over, but instead of being stuck with the past, it’s now time to pull yourself up to bring about new beginnings.

#17 The Star

This card represents hope, spirituality, inspiration, and healing. It symbolizes the idea of renewal and nourishment, a sense of optimism, and the promise of a new beginning. 

The reverse card represents depression, disloyalty, and insecurity. It advises reconnecting with your higher self and focusing on your unique talents.

#18 The Moon

It represents disillusionment, anxiety, and fear. It indicates a period of uncertainty, and confusion as you confront hidden aspects of situations that are not what they seem. It may suggest that you need to pay attention to your intuition and listen to your inner voice. 

The reverse card indicates misconception, confusion, and suppressed emotions. It suggests you should trust your instincts and intuition. 

#19 The Sun 

This card represents joy, success, and vitality.  It’s the most positive card in a tarot deck. It indicates success in personal or professional endeavors, as well as a sense of confidence and self-assurance.

The reverse card represents the inner child, sorrow, and pessimism. It may be a sign that you need to take some time to reflect on your situation, reassess your goals, and look for new opportunities or perspectives. 

#20 Judgement

It represents a call to action or a moment of awakening. It indicates a time of forgiveness and healing, a period of self-reflection, where you examine your beliefs, values, and priorities, and decide what is truly important. 

The reverse card represents self-doubt, lack of trust, self-hate, and guilt. It suggests that you allow yourself to transform and let your hidden potential unlock your true self.

#21 The World 

This card represents completion, wholeness, and fulfillment. It indicates that you have reached a state of wholeness and harmony with the universe. It’s a successful completion and the beginning of a new phase. 

The reverse card represents delays, seeking personal closure, shortcuts, and a reluctance to move on. However, it’s important to remember that even in reverse, it still holds the potential for new beginnings.

As you can see, each major arcana card offers a unique perspective on the different stages of your life. Consulting the best tarot card reader is like having a wise sage by your side, helping you navigate the path ahead and providing valuable insights and guidance.

When you consult with the best online tarot card reading service for a destiny tarot card reading, they will interpret each card in the context of your specific question or situation, providing you with meaningful guidance and advice. Be sure to find the best tarot card reader who can interpret the cards with precision and sensitivity.Ready to uncover the hidden gems that the Tarot has to offer? Let the best tarot card reader shuffle the cards, and see where your journey takes you. Remember, the cards are just a tool, it’s up to you to accept their wisdom and apply it to your own spiritual journey. Transform your life in magical ways! Happy reading!

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