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0 - The Fools
This card has no. 0 because it represents the life-phase of the unborn child, pure creativity. (The figure inside the womb). It represents the openminded, innocent attitude of both the unborn baby and the wise person, who know that they actually know nothing;...
1 - The Magician
The magician represents the infant in us, surrounded by a world ful of possibilities and opportunities. By communicating, willpower, self-confidence and action he forms and transforms his world. Meaning: creativity, action with purpose, magic,communication (me...
10 - The Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune shows us the ever-changing phases of life and all phenomena: rising, flourishing and falling. It is impossible to remain in just one phase; just as life goes on we are encouraged to move into new directions. Follow thy Fortune! The...
11 - Lust
In most Tarot decks this card is called Strength. Lust however is the enjoyment of feeling strong in your life, it is lust for life, being the life-force itself! It is the intimately union of the sun (the lion, male principle) with the moon (the woman, female...
12 - The Hanged Man
The card depicts a completely defenseless crucified man, held by the ankh, egyptian symbol of life-force. Everything is taken away from him, all he can do is surrender and trust guidance from within. He has got stuck in his old way of living or thinking, (the...
13 - Death
The skeleton with the scythe symbolizes the cutting through of old structures in our life, for instance relationships or patterns. By doing so we can move forward, so that death in one form becomes birth in a new form. Meaning: transformation, (sudden)...
14 - Art
The word Art refers to the alchemist art of transforming matter through purification from an imperfect state into a perfect one. This was done by first analysing and transforming the different elements and then mingling opposites in the right proportions. But...
15 - The Devil
In fact this card represents Pan, the very old Nature-God of merriment, sensuality, fertility and life-force. Pan has the appearance of a half-man, half-goat. The goat is related to Capricorn and Saturn. Capricorn is persistent, tenacious, structured and will...
16 - The Tower
The Tower represents structures in our life that keep us from fully being and expressing ourselves, it is imprisonment in any form. The Eye of Horus demands us to look at who we really are. Old structures in our life are ruined (the falling tower) and...
17 - The Star
The Star card depicts the promise of Heaven to Earth. Nuith, Goddess of the Night, pours the cosmic water of life over her head with her right hand and transmits it to the earth with the cup in her left hand. Behind her is Venus. In the left upper corner of...
18 - The Moon
This is the Moon in her darkest hour, where everything looks strange and it is difficult to find your path. Psychologically the Moon is the journey through the depths of the Underworld, our unconsciousness and deep fears. Meaning: fear, illusion, falsehood,...
19 - The Sun
The rays of the Sun pierce all darkness. Crowley describes the Sun as "the Lord of Light, Life, Liberty and Love". In the middle of the (male) Sun we find a rose (female); together with the dancing twin this symbolizes reconciliation of opposites....
2 - The High Priestess
The card shows a highly balanced and transparent female figure. She fully trusts that the Universe will bring her all she needs, give her the right answers and show her the right direction. The years of puberty. Meaning: intuition, spiritual insight, self-trus...
20 - The Aeon
Aeon means Era, a period of time. On this card the Goddess Nuith is the blue vault of heaven that folds herself over the orange globe of fire of her mate Hadit. They form the marriage between unlimited possibility (Nuith) and universal point-of-view (Hadit)....
21 - The Universe
"The Universe is the Celebration of the Great Work accomplished." The Universe card is a complement of the Fool card. Where the Fool came out of the womb to begin a new adventure, so dances the virgin on this card back into the womb of the Universe....
3 - The Empress
The Empress belongs to the young adultness. She symbolizes fertility, femininity, the Great Mother, nature. Meaning: fertility, growth, progress, procreation, love, beauty,delight, the feminine part in both genders, businesswoman. Reverse: infertility,...
4 - The Emperor
The age between 20 – 30 years. A very male card, representing power, leadership, achievement. The Emperor is a true leader: his firm power is combined with exploring new possibilities (the Rams), negotiation and change (the Phoenix - transformation – on his...
5 - The Hierophant
The age between 30 – 35 years. The Priest or Hierophant is a spiritual leader. He holds the key to our inner being. From the marriage of the external spirituality of the father (religious manuscripts and teachings) and the internal spirituality of the mother (...
6 - The Lovers
The search for wholeness and harmony by uniting opposites. This card deals with relationships: love-relationships, friendships, relationships within your work or the family, etc. The Lovers show us the conditions for a good relationship: love, openness,...
7 - The Chariot
The age about 40. The charioteer undoubtedly rides the crest of success. He is a higher form of the Magician, because he has purposefully aimed the vehicle of his life towards progress and victory, based on the pillars practicality, creativity, passion and...
8 - Adjustment / Justice
The Adjustment / Justice card shows the perfectly controlled balance. The masked woman with her inner wisdom brings the two scales with the alpha and omega (action and reaction) of the world into balance with a grounded decision (the point of her sword is...
9 - The Hermit
The age about 50 years. The Hermit withdraws from the world out of his own free will to find his core, his inner divine light, which he will spread over the world with his lantern. This is the search for the Truth in your soul. By doing so he is harvesting (th...
Angelic Correspondences: Numerology and Major Arcana
"An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates." St. Thomas Aquinas "Music is well said to be the speech of angels."...
Arcane Ruminations
Special Plates Notice how each particle moves. Notice how everyone has just arrived here from a journey. Notice how each wants a different food. Notice how the stars vanish as the sun comes up, and how all streams stream toward the ocean. Look at the chefs...
Aviary at the Gates of Heaven: Examining the Bird Symbolism in the Thoth Empress Card
"This card, summed up, may be called the Gate of Heaven." Book of Thoth, p. 77. Eight birds adorn the fourth card of the Thoth Deck Major Arcana, The Empress. These eight birds, their variant symbology united, point at one overarching meaning -- as...
From Self-Doubt to Self-Assurance: The Inner Journey of The Fool
Lack of self-confidence is an unseen enemy for many people. This foe keeps us from doing what we would love to do, from taking decisions that are good for us, and from expressing our uniqueness. Many men and women are flowers that never open up. I know what I...
How The Major Arcana and The Tibetan Book of The Dead can work together
There are some striking complements to the Major Arcana of the Tarot and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. They are a nice enhancement to the meanings of these powerful cards. I claim no expertise on Buddhism but I found the resonance and compatibility to Tarot...
Making A Difference - The Hanged Man
A woman walks in the bare coldness and desolation of the Himalayas in wintertime. The sun is her only companion in a contemplative foot tour in which she thinks over the faded dreams, disappointments, unpleasant activities and unhappy relationship that make...
The Emperor Tarot Card
I'd like to offer the following interpretation of The Emperor card. It is important to bear in mind that when it comes to symbols and archetypal images that our perception of these representations may vary from person to person. My interpretation is my own...
The Magician in the Tarot and Magick
The symbolic images of the Magician in the Tarot decks explain the essence of magick and the required attitude of its practicioners This card has the number 1, because it is the card of beginnings and everything you need for a good start: self-confidence,...
Think for Yourself; Question Authority
The famous magician and occult writer Donald Michael Kraig commences his teachings by writing down the following characters on a blackboard: TFYQA, which means Think For Yourself; Question Authority. It is a sign of his greatness of mind and openness towards...
What does the Fool card mean or represent?
Well, if you could only have one question about the Tarot and Tarot cards, that would be it. Many interpreters of the Tarot consider the Fool to be a central card to the whole deck. The Fool is a special card, even among the 22 of the Major Arcana. It's Card...

The Major Arcana is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, books and related discussion.

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The Major Arcana cards www.wejees.com
The major arcana consists of 22 cards numbered from 0 to 21. They go from complete ignorance to complete knowledge.
Study Guide to the Major Arcana and Archetypes of the Mind/Body
the Major Arcana and Archetypes of the. Mind/Body/Spirit. Complex.
The Major Arcana
cardboard for a do-it-yourself Major Arcana pack.
THE VEIL OF ISIS by Jeni Bethell In the Major Arcana of the Tarot
In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, The High Priestess is said to represent the receptacle of which the Magician, the seed, has need.
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HE MAJOR ARCANA. VISIONS OF T. The Hermit.

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Divine your future
For the uninitiated, Tarot is a form of divining or predicting using a deck of 78 cards, which come divided into two sections: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana has 22 cards and the minor 56 that add up to 78.
Goods & Services
The cards of the major arcana of the tarot are always subject to the interpretation of both the holder and the reader, but the Fool perhaps symbolizes Reno and the Biggest Little Best of Northern Nevada better than any other.
Outdoors
The annual Burning Man festival in the desert north of Reno is so wide open for interpretation that it could fit with many of the cards of the Major Arcana, but somehow The Tower seems most appropriate.
FAN CAST: Devil May Cry
He came to Dumary Island in search of the legendary Arcana, the four mystical artifacts which would allow him to unseal Argosax. I choose him because he has that evil look which tell you I'll kill you.
Blade and barrel
Arcana Heart 3 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is another that comes in a limited edition pack. This is no RPG however – it's a 2D brawler much like Blazblue.

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Major Arcana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Major Arcana or trumps are a suit of twenty-two cards in the tarot deck.
The Major Arcana
Tarot Card Meanings of the Major Arcana
A brief writing on the Major Arcana with links leading to all Tarot card meanings of the Major Arcana.
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Major Arcana - The Tarot - Wyrdology
The major Arcana are also known as the "trumps" (from "triumphs") of the Tarot deck. Some call them Atu - hence "Atu XVIII" refers to The Moon.

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