The 22 cards
in the Major Arcana (sometimes referred to as the Trump cards) depict
major symbols or archetypes. Among them are the Fool, the Lovers,
Death, and the World, all of which signify major ideas, phases or
forces of life. The term "Major Arcana" actually means
the "Greater Mysteries."
that the progression of the cards in the Major Arcana actually tell
the story of a soul's progression through Karma, or a seeker's path
through his or her life. The word "Arcana" is actually
Latin for "life secrets." The deck begins with the Fool,
an enthusiastic and naïve person eager to set out on his life
path, regardless of what lies ahead, and ends with the World, which
represents a perfect attainment of completion, or Nirvana.
Think of the Majors as archetypal events, the big issues that concern
character and destiny. They "breathe with the collective unconscious
of the human race" (MacGregor). They are the most powerful
cards in the deck.
Frequently these cards are used alone when reading for divination
since they are the archetypal symbols of human existence and mark
stages of self-discovery and self-awareness.
When a Major
Arcana card is drawn, special attention should be paid to its position.
Arcana card also has an astrology association and a numerology connection
that can also be taken into an account when doing a reading.
we did include reverse meanings here, it is up to you as to whether
or not you use them. For some, a reverse card simply indicates direction
(as in whether something is coming or going), others don't use reverses
at all. Go with that your instincts tell you. In time, you will
naturally develop your own way of reading the cards.
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