The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana cards represent significant life events and life lessons. Each of the 22 cards represents an archetype that we will encounter at different points of our lives. Each card also has sign of the Zodiac connected to it, allowing us to bring the qualities of the sign to our interpretation.

Majors Key Word Chart

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The Fool

beginnings possibilities, pleasure, thoughtlessness, adventure, opportunity

indecision, hesitation, injustice, apathy, bad choice

The Magician

creativity, self-confidence, dexterity, sleight of hand, will-power, skill

delay, unimaginative, insecurity, lack of self-confidence

The High Priestess

knowledge, wisdom, learning, intuition, impatience, virtue, purity

selfishness, shallowness, misunderstanding, ignorance

The Empress

development, accomplishment action, evolution

inaction, lack of concentration, vacillation, anxiety, infidelity

The Emperor

authority, father-figure, structure, solid foundation

domination, excessive control, rigidity, inflexibility

The Hierophant

mercy, conformity, forgiveness, social approval, bonded, inspiration

vulnerability, unconventionality, foolish generosity, impotence, frailty, unorthodoxy

The Lovers

harmony, trust, romance, optimism, honour, love, harmony

separation, frustration, unreliability, fickleness, untrustworthy

The Chariot

perseverance, rushed decision, turmoil, vengeance, adversity

vanquishment, defeat, failure, unsuccessful

Strength

courage, conviction, strength, determination, action, heroism, virility

pettiness, sickness, unfaithfulness, weakness

The Hermit

inner strength, prudence, withdrawal, caution, vigilance

hastiness, rashness, immaturity, imprudence, foolishness

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The Wheel of Fortune 

unexpected events, advancement, destiny, fortune, progress

interruption, outside influences, failure, bad luck

Justice

equality, righteousness, virtue, honour, harmony, balance

false accusation, unfairness, abuse, biased

The Hanged Man

change, reversal, boredom, improvement, rebirth, suspension, change

false prophecy, useless sacrifice, unwillingness

Death

unexpected change, loss, failure, transformation, death, bad luck

immobility, slow changes, cheating, death, stagnation

 

Temperance

temperance, patience, good influence, confidence, moderation

conflict, disunion, frustration, impatience, discord

The Devil

downfall, unexpected failure, controversy, ravage, disaster, ill tempered

release, enlightenment, divorce, recovery

The Tower

disruption, abandonment, end of friendship, bankruptcy, downfall, unexpected events

entrapment, imprisonment, old ways, rustic

The Star

balance, pleasure, optimism, insight, spiritual love, hope, faith

disappointment, bad luck, imbalance, broken dreams

The Moon

 Deception, disillusionment, trickery, error, danger, disgrace

trifling mistakes, deception discovered, negative advantage

The Sun

accomplishment, success, love, joy, happy marriage, satisfaction

loneliness, cancelled plans, unhappiness, break ups

Judgement

awakening, renewal, rejuvenation, rebirth, improvement, promotion, atonement, judgment

disappointment, indecision, death, failure, ill-health, theft, worry

The World

perfection, recognition, success, fulfilment, eternal life

lack of vision, disappointment, imperfection

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