Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Major Arcana is the first set of cards in the tarot set. Separate from the Minor Arcana, the Major Arcana is not divided into suits like regular playing cards but are allegorical symbols of the ‘Journey of the Fool’, a journey we all take in our lives; a symbolic journey of understanding. Almost every aspect of your life can be interpreted within the Fool’s journey.

Click each image below to go to the card page, where you’ll find details on their meanings. The Major Arcana tarot cards usually show a scene focusing on people, with many symbolic elements which are described in the card descriptions.

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Many of the most well known and iconic tarot cards; The Fool, The Lovers, The Hermit, Death, for example, are all from the Major Arcana.

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0 – The FoolThe Fool - Thumbnail


I – The MagicianThe Magician Thumbnail


II – The High PriestessThe High Priestess thumbnail


III – The EmpressThe Empress Thumbnail


IV – The EmperorThe Emperor Thumbnail


V – The HierophantThe Hierophant thumbnail


VI – The LoversThe Lovers Thumbnail


VII – The ChariotThe Chariot Thumbnail


VIII (or XI) – JusticeJustice Thumbnail


IX – The HermitThe Hermit Thumbnail


X – The Wheel of Fortunewheel of fortune Thumbnail


XI (or VIII) – StrengthThe Hanged Man Thumbnail


XII – The Hanged ManThe hanged Man Thumbnail


XIII – Deathtarot death Thumbnail


XIV – TemperanceTemperance Tarot Thumbnail


XV – The DevilTarot Devil Thumbnail


XVI – The TowerThe Tower tarot Thumbnail


XVII – The Startarot star Thumbnail


XVIII – The MoonThe moon tarot Thumbnail


XIX – The Sunsun tarot Thumbnail


XX – Judgementjudgement tarot Thumbnail


XXI – The WorldTarot - The World Thumbnail


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