Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Major Arcana is the first suit of a tarot deck, and is comprised of 22 cards. They all depict varying characters, scenes and may symbolic elements, and the reactions they draw from us are layered and sometimes complicated. These cards are important because they represent and reflect the prevailing themes in our lives and profound life lessons. Each card has its own unique name. Some names are more direct, and we have a basic understanding of the word while others point to life attitudes.

0 – The Fool


The Fool – Movement into the unknown, intuition, trust, new beginnings. Click here for more.


I – The Magician

The Magician – Hands on skills and creation. Trust in inspiration and what you can create yourself.


II – The High Priestess

The High Priestess – Secrets, mystery, wisdom.

III – The Empress

The Empress – Nurturing, fruitfulness

IV – The Emperor

The Emperor – Stability, foundation, authority, will.


V – The Hierophant

The Hierophant – Societal structure, alliance, conformity.

VI – The Lovers

The Lovers – Harmony, balance, attraction.

VII – The Chariot

VII – Strength

Strength – Courage, power, success and honor

IX – The Hermit

The Hermit – reflection, retreat for contemplation

X – The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune – destiny, events in motion, luck.

XI – Justice

Justice – Equality, the law and rightness.

XII – The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man – wisdom, contemplation, inner guidance.

XIII – Death

Death – Endings, destruction, fatality. Rebirth, renewal from ending.

XIV – Temperance

Temperance – modesty, balance, being frugal, economy.

XV – The Devil

The Devil – Force, manipulation, lies, deception.

XVI – The Tower

The Tower – distress, disruption, chaos, unforeseen catastrophe.

XVII – The Star

The Star – Loss, abandonment

XVIII – The Moon

The Moon – Hidden mystery, hidden energies, shadow secrets.

XIX – The Sun

The Sun – Happiness, growth.

XX – The Wheel of Fortune

Judgment – Change of position, outcome, decision.

XXI – The World or the Universe

The World – Success, completion.


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