Tarot Card Meanings – Major Arcana

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Major Arcana Tarot Card Meaning

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 sumarize 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 I’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. 

Also consider this: The Fool could be the last card too. Start with a plan (the Magician) end with a fully open mind and the strength to take a new chance.


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.

hand_directionBeginner’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.

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fool tarot card meaningThe Fool – new beginnings and youth. Fears and mistakes.

Tarot Card Meaning The Magician

The Magician – skills, knowledge & new starts. Card of work and energy.

Tarot Card Meaning The High Priestess

The High Priestess – wisdom, feminine knowledge and intuition.

empress tarot card meaningThe Empress: feminine power and intelligence. A mother, sister or close friend.

emperor tarot card meaningThe Emperor: the masculine response to the Empress. An important man in your life.

Tarot Card Meanings Hierophant

The Hierophant: an older, wiser, influential man. A father figure or powerful ally.

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Tarot Card Meaning LoversThe Lovers: the card of love but also of choices and hesitations.

chariot tarot card meaningThe Chariot: taking charge and responsibility. Movement. Victory.

justice tarot card meaningJustice: balance and legal matters. Long awaited decisions.

hermit tarot card meaningThe Hermit: introspection, reflection, knowledge. Solitude and studies.

wheel tarot card meaning

The Wheel of Fortune: Destiny. Changes. Accomplishment.

strength tarot card meaningStrength: reason is stronger than physical force. Intelligence, hard-earned skills.

hanged man tarot card meaningThe Hanged Man: a blockage. Time for a change of perspective.

death tarot card meaningDeath: endings and new beginnings. Rebirth.

temperance tarot card meaningTemperance: Measure, reason and balance. Card of commitment and peace.

devil tarot card meaning

The Devil: addictions, passions and the material realm. Danger.

Tower Tarot Card Meaning the Tower

The Tower: endings, loss. A serious warning. Also, a relief.

Star Tarot Card Meaning the Star

The Star: destiny, cosmic protection, luck and good fortune.

Moon Tarot Card Meaning the Moon

The Moon: feminine energy. Creation, intuition. Rumours, sadness.

Sun Tarot Card Meaning the SunThe Sun: joy, success and achievements. One of the best cards of the deck.

Judgement Tarot Card MeaninJudgement: a card announcing news. The consequences of past actions.

World Tarot Card MeaningThe World: the best card in the deck, always favourable. Balance, happiness, success.