Tarot Talk: What is the Major Arcana

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Tarot Talk: What is the Major Arcana

Tarot can be a confusing topic for many and a hard skill to learn.  For Tarot Talk we will be diving in to each card little by little in the hopes of offering an explanation in to it to make it easier to understand for those interested in learning the craft.
Today we will be talking about the Major Arcana and a brief explanation of the cards. Next time, we will be talking about the Minor Arcana and will then get into each card one by one in more detail.
The major arcana is comprised of 22 cards numbered 0 to 21. They usually indicate a major event or life change. They are larger in scope than the minor arcana and generally speak to the energies that affect lives and human experience. The minor arcana is comprised of 56 cards, more than double the minor arcana, so the probability of pulling a major arcana card is a lot less than the minor; meaning that when one is pulled it is time to take notice! Here is a brief meaning of each card based on the Rider-Waite deck, some people read the cards as having different meaning in reverse, so those are included as well.
0 The Fool
Upright: beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, free spirit
Reversed: holding back, recklessness, risk-taking

1 The Magician
Upright: manifestation, resourcefulness, power, inspired action
Reversed: manipulation, poor planning, untapped talents
2 The High Priestess
Upright: intuition, sacred knowledge, divine feminine, subconscious mind
Reversed: secrets, disconnected from intuition, withdrawal and silence

3 The Empress
Upright : femininity, beauty, nature, nurturing, abundance
Reversed: creative block, dependence on others

4 The Emperor
Upright: authority, establishment, structure, father figure
Reversed: domination, excessive control, lack of discipline, inflexibility
5 The Heirophant
Upright: spiritual wisdom, religious beliefs, conformity, tradition, institutions
Reversed: personal beliefs, freedom, challenging the status quo

6 The Lovers
Upright: love, harmony, relationships, value alignment, choices
Reversed: self-love, disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values

7 The Chariot
Upright: control, willpower, success, action, determination
Reversed: self-discipline, opposition, lack of direction

8 Strength
Upright: strength, courage, persuasion, influence, compassion
Reversed: inner strength, self-doubt, low energy, raw emotion
9 The Hermit
Upright: soul-searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance
Reversed: isolation, loneliness, withdrawal
10 Wheel of Fortune
Upright: good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point
Reversed: bad luck, resistance to change, breaking cycles
11 Justice
Upright: justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law
Reversed: unfairness, lack of accountability, dishonesty
12 The Hanged Man
Upright: pause, surrender, letting go, new perspectives
Reversed: delays, resistance, stalling, indecision
13 Death
Upright: endings, change, transformation, transition
Reversed: resistance to change, personal transformation, inner purging
14 Temperance
Upright: balance, moderation, patience, purpose
Reversed: imbalance, excess, self-healing, re-allignment

The Devil
Upright: shadow self, attachment, addiction, restriction, sexuality
Reversed: releasing limiting beliefs, exploring dark thoughts, detachment
16 The Tower
Upright: sudden change, upheaval, chaos, revelation, awakening
Reversed: personal transformation, fear of change, averting disaster

17 the Star
Upright: hope, faith, renewal, spirituality
Reversed: lack of faith, despair, self-trust, disconnection
18 The Moon
Upright: illusion, fear, anxiety, subconscious, intuition
Reversed: release of fear, repressed emotion, inner confusion

19 The Sun
Upright: positivity, fun, warmth, success, vitality
Reversed: inner child, feeling down, overly optimistic
20 Judgement
Upright: judgement, rebirth, inner calling, absolution
Reversed: self-doubt, inner critic, ignoring the call

21 The World
Upright: Completion, integration, accomplishment, travel
Reversed: seeking personal closure, short-cuts, delays
*- meanings pulled from biddytarot.com

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