A look at the symbolism, meanings and associations of the 22 Major Arcana Cards
Tarot is a complex tool. Tarot Card meanings are hard to summarize and each of them holds enough information for a book. Anyone telling you that you will be a fantastic reader in a few weeks is trying to sell you something. But starting with the main meanings of each Tarot card is the best way to go. What we’ve tried to do here is sum up all the main keywords, associations and common readings for the major arcana cards.
Consider this: A deck of Tarot can be considered a journey. It starts with the Fool who goes on his way and meets all the characters of the major arcana: the Empress, Temperance, the Devil etc. Each card tells a story. Each card holds one or two main messages. It’s those main messages we tried to capture in the following pages.
Each card is also linked to one or more star sign, element and topic. When read together, these messages get more and more precise but also more complex. That’s why mastering each card as much as possible will help you give the best, clearest and most helpful readings to others and yourself.
Always keep in mind that the deck you use can slightly affect the meaning of your card: when in doubt, always follow your first intuition.
Beginner’s tip: when studying your cards, cut the deck in 5. The Major arcana, the Wands, Cups, Coins (or Pentacles) and Swords. These 5 little piles will be far less impressive and will help you organize your thoughts and see the logic of the deck.
Learning the meaning of each card and the meaning of associations is crucial, but only practice makes perfect. Read for yourself, friends and family. Read as often as you can.