Most classic Tarot decks are comprised of 78 cards, divided into a Major Arcana (22 cards) and a Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards, also called trump cards, are important because they represent significant life events on a large scale, or they can stand for literal people in your life -- sometimes you'll draw a card that even resembles the person in question!
In general, Major Arcana cards impart messages of greater weight than the Minor Arcana cards, so beginning Tarot readers should learn the meaning of these cards first. It's wise to note when your Tarot reading turns up many Major Arcana cards, because that's a good indicator you are going through a dramatic period in your life.
Each Major Arcana card is numbered, following a sequence of archetypal life stages from the beginning (the innocent and eager Fool) to the end (The World, a card of completion). The cards depict universal characters and situations, moving through the ups and downs of life, and they take on different meanings depending on what type of question you ask, where they turn up in your spread and whether they display right-side-up or reversed.
As you learn more about Tarot, you'll want to explore the deeper hidden messages within the symbolism of every card and how to work with reversals in your spread. Get a classic Celtic Cross Tarot reading now to see which cards turn up for you!
Browse the meaning of the Major Arcana Tarot cards:
|The Fool||The Magician||The High |
|The Empress||The Emperor||The |
|The Lovers||The Chariot|
|Strength||The Hermit||The Wheel |
|Justice||The Hanged Man||Death||Temperance||The Devil|
|The Tower||The Star||The Moon||The Sun||Judgement||The World|