Major Arcana Tarot cards

22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards Meanings and List

The major arcana usually represent particularly striking elements or events that will
have a powerful impact on your life, whereas minor arcana provide finer details and provide greater clarity to a generic reading. Psychic Reading reviews.

The Major Arcana cards represent major, overarching themes within your life and can change the interpretation of the entire spread when they appear.

They are so deep and so complex, however, that they can’t be delved into too deeply within this article. However, I want to touch briefly on each of the main themes that inhabit each of the Major Arcana.

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The 22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards Meaning

There are 78 cards that make up the standard tarot deck.
The 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards are also referred to by occult practices as the trump cards in the deck of the tarot card deck. 

Originally known as “trionfi” by the Italian suited deck, dating back to the 15th century later.  It was later known as tarocchi or tarock.

The Major Arcana represent life lessons, karmic influences, and the great archetypal themes that are influencing your life and the path of your soul to enlightenment. These tarot cards are critical in comprehending the big picture of your life.

Tarot Cards were popularised with the familiar desk we all know as the Rider-Waite deck illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith in 1909.

What are the Major Arcana Numbers?

The Major Arcana Numbers present the numbers on the trump cards Start with 0 with the Fool up until 21 on The World trump card. Each Number has its significance in Numerology. 

In the article, we list each card and its significance in its upright and reversed overview meanings as a brief and its reference to the elements. A deep meaning for each card number is provided with a link to it.

 

 


The Fool Tarot Card

The first card in the Major Arcana is the Fool Numbered as 0. People often see The Fool as a sign of hope and a chance to start over. It could mean you’re about to start something new and exciting.

He has not yet experienced the ups and downs of life, leaving him unaware of the magnitude of life’s challenges, and the strength and potential he holds.
This card symbolizes new beginnings and potential.

The Universe is encouraging you to step outside your comfort zone and trust that everything is going to be okay. Take that leap of faith; this card is an encouragement.

The Fool Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: New Beginnings, innocence, free spirit, spontaneity
REVERSED: Holding back, recklessness, risk-taking, inconsideration
NUMBER: 0 ELEMENT: Air
THE FOOL TAROT CARD MEANING

The Magician Tarot Card

The Magician Tarot card number 1 in the Major Arcana, is associated with energy, potential, and making one’s wishes come true. The Magician symbolizes his unique position as the connection between the physical world and the spiritual worlds and the way spiritual energy is manifested into action in the real world.  The  1st Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Magician Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Willpower, Resourcefulness, Desire, Power, Creation & Manifestation
REVERSED: Trickery, Manipulation, Illusions, Creative talents, Out of touch & Poor planning
NUMBER: I ELEMENT: Air
THE MAGICIAN TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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The High Priestess Tarot Card

The High Priestess card number 2 in the Major Arcana, this tarot card is a symbol of divine light, inner illumination, and divine wisdom.

The High Priestess is the most intuitive card in the whole deck. In Tarot readings, the High Priestess Tarot Card tells you to listen to your intuition and follow your heart. The 2nd Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The High Priestess Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Intuition, Sacred knowledge, Divine Feminine, Inner voice & The subconscious mind
REVERSED: Secrets, Lack of center,  Withdrawal, Repressed & Silence
NUMBER: II ELEMENT: Water
THE HIGH PRIESTESS TAROT CARD MEANING

The Empress Tarot Card

 The Empress Tarot card number 3 in the Major Arcana is the most feminine and associated with fertility, beauty, compassion, sensuality & taking care of yourself.

She is very close to Mother Nature, and when you take in the energy of the natural world around you, her power grows. The 3rd Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Empress Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Femininity, Beauty, Motherhood, Fertility, Nurturing, Nature, Abundance
REVERSED: Dependence, Creative block, Smothering, Nosiness, Emptiness
NUMBER: III ELEMENT: Earth
THE EMPRESS TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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The Emperor Tarot Card

The Emperor card number 4 in the Major Arcana. It represents the archetypal father figure of the whole tarot deck. This card is a sign of the highest level of leadership. It is also a sign of strength, power, and success.

The  4th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

The Emperor Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Authority, Structure, Establishment, Control, Strength, Wisdom, Power
REVERSED: Domination, Coldness, Excessive control, Tyranny, Inflexibility
NUMBER: IV ELEMENT: Fire
THE EMPEROR TAROT CARD MEANING

 


The Hierophant Tarot Card

The Hierophant card number 5 in the Major Arcana is a very important figure because it is a sign of religious wisdom and tradition.

In a Yes or No Tarot reading, the Hierophant card is neutral and tells you to get advice from a counselor, a spiritual master, or someone else you can trust.
The 5th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

The Hierophant Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Spiritual wisdom, Morality, Ethics, Conformity, Tradition
REVERSED: Personal beliefs, Freedom, Subversion, New approaches, Rebellion
NUMBER: V ELEMENT: Earth
THE HIEROPHANT TAROT CARD MEANING

 

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The Lovers Tarot Card

The Lovers card number 6 in the Major Arcana is a picture of perfect love, harmony, and attraction.

The Lovers can be seen as a metaphor for finding balance within yourself. You are getting to know yourself, your own moral code, and what is important to you in life. This will make your life more peaceful and balanced.

The 6th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

The Lovers Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Love, Partnerships, Harmony, Duality, Union, Choices, Alignment, Symmetry
REVERSED: Self-love, Imbalance, Misalignment, One-sidedness, Disharmony
NUMBER: VI ELEMENT: Air
THE LOVERS TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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The Chariot Tarot Card

The Chariot tarot card number 7 in the Major Arcana is all about moving forward, overcoming problems, and winning by staying in charge of your environment with stability and resolution.

The charioteer can win in any situation because he or she has perfect control with confidence and harnessing the chaotic fears around you and moving forward could also be a card of restoring balance.
The 7th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Chariot Tarot

UPRIGHT: Willpower, Control, Determination, Direction, Success, Action
REVERSED: Self-discipline, Lack of Direction, Hostility, Lack of Direction & Control
NUMBER: VII ELEMENT: Water
THE CHARIOT TAROT CARD MEANING

 


Strength Tarot Card

The Strength Tarot card number 8 in the Major Arcana is about inner strength and adapting and overcoming your fears. It means being able to control your strong feelings and bring peace finding a balance between compassion and strength and believing in yourself you have that power.
The 8th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

Strength Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Bravery, Influence, Courage, Fortitude, Strength, Focus, Kindness, Compassion
REVERSED: Insecurity, Self-doubt, Low energy, Weakness, Doubt, Disbelief, Raw Energy
NUMBER: VIII ELEMENT: Fire
STRENGTH TAROT CARD  MEANING

 


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The Hermit Tarot Card

The Hermit card number 9 in the Major Arcana is someone who stays away from people and events so they can think about themselves and get stronger. Looking for your inner voice or calling on your inner vision. A need for understanding and advice, or for a wise person who can give them. A card that shows personal experience and a calm mind.

Being a seeker of truth with his light but also the light can symbolize that after the self-introspection you’re able to see things clearer or see things with more light. The 9th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Hermit Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Inner Guidance, Truth Seeking, Introspection, Contemplation, Soul-searching
REVERSED: Isolation, Loneliness, Seclusion, Feeling Lost, Withdrawal
NUMBER: IX ELEMENT: Earth
THE HERMIT TAROT CARD MEANING

 


Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

The Wheel of Fortune card number 10 in the Major Arcana is usually a sign of luck or fate, and it is a sign of change in the Major Arcana.

When the Wheel of Fortune is upright in a Tarot reading, it means that big changes are on the way.
The 10th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Life cycles, Fate, Luck, Change, Fortune, Good luck, Karma, Destiny
REVERSED: Misfortune, Unlucky, No Control, Perils
NUMBER: X ELEMENT: Fire
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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Justice Tarot Card

The Justice tarot card number 11 in the Major Arcana stands for truth, justice, and the law. As she sits in her chair, the scales in her left hand show how intuition should balance logic. With the double-edged sword in her right hand, she shows that she is fair.
The 11th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

Justice Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Truth, Clarity, Upright Attitude, Transparency, Fairness Cause & Effect
REVERSED: Prejudice, Unaccountability, Injustice, Dishonesty, Unfairness
NUMBER: XI ELEMENT: Air
JUSTICE TAROT CARD MEANING

 

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The Hanged Man Tarot Card

The Hanged man card number 12 in the Major Arcana can mean surrendering to higher cause self-sacrifice could also mean spiritual enlightenment after this self-sacrifice gaining a new perspective.

This kind of upside-down trying to get a new outlook on things and putting yourself to the test maybe you need to take a step back to move forward.
The 12th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

The Hanged Man Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Sacrifice, Pause, Surrender, Letting go, new perspectives, Release, Martyrdom
REVERSED: Procrastination, Delays, Indecision, Resistance, Needless sacrifice
NUMBER: XII ELEMENT: Water
THE HANGED MAN TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards Meanings and List Angel number


Death Tarot Card

Death card number 13 in the Major Arcana people see this as a negative card, this is not necessarily the case, death can mean rebirth or transformation could mean change death could also literally mean death or illness but most likely will mean the death of something for something else to be reborn of it could also be crossing a threshold or the end of a cycle.
The 13th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

Death Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Transformation, Endings, Metamorphosis, Change, Transition, End of Cycle
REVERSED: Stagnation, Resistance to change, Immobility, Inner purging, Stalemate, Fear of Change
NUMBER: XIII ELEMENT: Water
DEATH TAROT CARD MEANING

 

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Temperance Tarot Card

The card of Temperance number 14 in the Major Arcana is a card of going with the flow creating inner peace within yourself balancing out those emotions and working on yourself could also mean adapting and taking the middle road.
The 14th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

Temperance Tarot

 

UPRIGHT: Balance, Moderation, Endurance, Patience, Search for Meaning & Purpose
REVERSED: Imbalance, Extremes, Excess, Indulgence, Lack of balance, Self-healing, Re-alignment
NUMBER: XIV ELEMENT: Fire
TEMPERANCE TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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The Devil Tarot Card

The Devil Tarot Card number 15 in the Major Arcana, means that this person has great vitality, a great sexual appetite, and an uncanny dynamism that is rarely fully satisfied.

This person is also gifted with great intelligence and great sensitivity, leaning to end-less self-questioning and deep unquenched lack of satisfaction.
The 15th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Devil Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Addiction, Self Shadowing, Materialism, Sexuality, Playfulness
REVERSED: Releasing, restoring control, Limiting beliefs, Freedom, Exploring Dark Thoughts, Emancipation
NUMBER: XV ELEMENT: Earth
THE DEVIL TAROT CARD MEANING

 

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The Tower Tarot Card

The Tower card number 16 in the Major Arcana, an unfavored card of many, is another one that I’ve seen as negative but can be positive in the outcome so you see lightning kind of crashing onto this and destroying it.

This means that there is an outside force or the universe is breaking your foundation down to kind of build you back up again this card is a card of a reason meaning that this is happening for a reason this is not just something that is a circumstance or for no reason, this is happening for a reason could mean a breakthrough challenging outdated beliefs it could also be a card of closed-mindedness.
The 16th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Tower Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Sudden Change, upheaval, Calamity, Chaos, Turmoil, Revelation, Awakening
REVERSED: Delayed Disaster, Fear of Suffering & Pain, Personal, Transformation, Fear of Change, Averting disaster
NUMBER: XVI ELEMENT: Fire
THE TOWER TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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The Star Tarot Card

 The Star card number 17 in the Major Arcana,  this card is a card of healing and rebirth and rejuvenation this represents trusting in yourself, and the universe could also mean wishing on the stars and can also mean guidance from above.
The 17th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Star Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Hope, Rejuvenation, Trust, Belief, Faith, Purpose, Renewal, Spirituality
REVERSED: Despair, Lack of faith, Depression, discouragement, Disloyal, Self-trust
NUMBER: XVII ELEMENT: Air
THE STAR TAROT CARD MEANING

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The Moon Tarot Card

The Moon card number 18 in the Major Arcana, whenever you see the moon in Tarot the moon kind of means emotions or things being hidden or secrets or your intuition, so the moon card is understanding your intent and realizing those cycles and patterns within your life the attraction of the and also curiosity and Divine Feminine.
The 18th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 The Moon Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Illusions, Intuition, Anxiety,  Subconscious
REVERSED: Fear, Misinterpretation, Confusion, Misperception, Suppressed Emotions
NUMBER: XVIII ELEMENT: Water
THE MOON TAROT CARD MEANING

 


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The Sun Tarot Card

The Sun Tarot card number 19 in the Major Arcana represents happiness, optimism, independence, and joy. When The Sun appears erect, you should be successful and enthusiastic.
The Sun Card is another favorite card in the Tarot collection this is a yes card it’s a very positive card that means happiness and joy and warmth and growth and the solving of problems also doing things for yourself.
The 19th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The Sun Tarot - Major Arcana Tarot Card

UPRIGHT: Positivity, Triumph, Happiness, Vitality, Rejuvenation
REVERSED: Insecurity, Inner Child, Sorrow, Pessimism, Discouragement
NUMBER: XIX ELEMENT: Fire
THE SUN TAROT CARD MEANING

 


 

Judgement Tarot Card

 The Judgement card number 20 in the Major Arcana represents that the time has come to make a decision. It could also mean putting your past to rest and moving forward you see how they’re kind of being raised back from the dead there’s new life which brings me to the meaning of the desired transformation a culminating moment and evaluating yourself.
The 20th Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

 

Judgement Tarot

 

UPRIGHT: Introspection, Judgement Reckoning, Absolution, Awareness, Awakening, Reflection
REVERSED: Doubt, Self Loathing, Guilt, Lack of self awareness, Self-doubt
NUMBER: XX ELEMENT: Fire
JUDGMENT TAROT CARD MEANING

The World Tarot Card

The World card number 21, the last card in the Major Arcana means the ending of a cycle or the completion of a cycle a new chapter is about to start could also mean seeing the world or harmony within oneself all right and now that we did the 21 Major Arcana.
The 21st Card in the Major Arcana Tarot Deck

The World - Major Arcana Tarot Card

 

UPRIGHT: Harmony, Integration, Peace, Completion, Fulfillment, Travel
REVERSED: Incompletion, Inadequacy, Delays, Lack of Closure
NUMBER: XXI ELEMENT: Earth
 THE WORLD TAROT CARD MEANING

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Major Arcana Tarot Cards

How Popular is Tarot Now?

Tarot reading has become increasingly popular due to an increase in mindfulness. So much that Kickstarter backers have donated nearly $21.7 million to tarot projects during the last decade, with 69 percent of those pledges coming in 2020 or 2021.
The word Major Arcana is searched on average 31,000 times per month while tarot is searched more than 900,000 times per month worldwide.
While The Star Tarot Card is the most frequently search and the Strength Tarot Card is the least searched online. 
 

What are the Major Arcana?

Occultists say that the Major Arcana cards are the trump cards in the deck of a tarot card deck.

How many Major Arcana are there?

78 cards make up the standard tarot deck.
The 22 major arcana cards (trump) and 56 minor arcana cards are split into two groups: the 22 major arcana cards and the 56 minor arcana cards

If you buy a 78-card pack, there are usually 22 cards like this in it.
From 0 to 21, they are usually numbered in that order. The List of the major cards are Numbered as follows: 

0 The Fool 1 The Magician
2 The High Priestess 3 The Empress
4 The Emperor 5 The Hierophant
6 The Lovers 7 The Chariot
8 Strength 9 The Hermit
10 Wheel of Fortune 11 Justice
12 The Hanged Man 13 Death
14 Temperance 15 The Devil
16 The Tower 17 The Star
18 The Moon 19 The Sun
20 Judgement 21 The World

What is an upright Tarot card?

An upright Tarot card represents the people, energies, and situations that surround you and have an effect on your life from the outside.

How do you know if a Tarot Card is upright?

When you are reading cards and the card is facing you, then the card is upright. 

An upright Tarot card represents the people, energies, and situations that surround you and have an effect on your life from the outside.

How do you know if a Tarot Card is reversed?

When you are reading cards and the card is facing the person you are reading for, then the card is considered reversed.

Should Tarot Cards be shuffled upright?

 You can shuffle them up in any way, be it upright or reversed, this gives Tarot cards the dynamic of their readings if the card is drawn upright or reversed.

Facing the cards in the same direction is inefficient and time-consuming. If you prefer not to read reversals, simply flip the card upright while laying it on the table.

Should you let others touch your Tarot Cards?

These readers frequently safeguard their Tarot cards and ensure that no one else touches them.

In this way, the Tarot cards remain solely the property of their owner (i.e. the Tarot reader). Additionally, it can prevent the client’s bad energy from being transferred to the cards.

What is the most powerful Tarot Card?

The Fool is one of the most valuable cards in practically all tarot games.

What is the 16 Major Arcana?

The Tower (XVI) is the 16th trump or Major Arcana card in most Italian-themed Tarot decks.

Tarot cards, it has been used as well as for divination since the mid-1800s.

What are the elements of the Major Arcana?

The Major Arcana has four elements:

  1. Earth
  2. Air
  3. Fire
  4. Water

Why are the Major Arcana Cards Important?

The Major Arcana is a symbol of a spiritual journey. The most important cards in the deck are called the Major Arcana.

They show the spiritual journey and are the most important cards in the deck. Each card in the deck has a meaning that is linked to an archetype, but the Major Arcana cards have the most of this.

Where did the word Arcana come from?

The Latin word “Arcanus” which means “secret,” is the source of the English word “Arcanus.”

It was used in English for the first time during the Renaissance, but it was not used before then.

It was used a lot to talk about the mysteries of both the spiritual and physical worlds, which were being studied and rethought at the time.

 

 

 

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