The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana

When we think of tarot cards we know there is what is called the Major Arcana. It is the Major Arcana that is considered the heart of the tarot deck. They are also known as the Trump Cards. There are 22 Cards that make up this part of the tarot deck. The Major Arcana are not associated with  suits or court cards like the rest of the Tarot Deck.


The Major Arcana represent life and its cycles from birth do death. It symbolizes the physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional aspects of man and his relationship to the universe. In the Major Arcana 22 cards are different archetypes of people. The archetypes include a nurturing mother type, a strong commanding authoritative type, a traditional religious figure, a mystic spiritual figure and so on. These archetypes represent either real or spiritual figures in one's life.


If you look at the artwork on a Major Arcana card you will see a scene that has symbolic elements on them. Also many of the decks number the Major Arcana in Roman Numerals from 0 to 22 with a word describing each picture on it. Both the number and the word are on top of the card in the middle. There are some decks however where the major arcana only have pictures. This is the same way the earlier first decks were. The speculation is that there were no numbers or pictures on those decks because the majority of people were illiterate. Also, the first decks were not numbered in a particular order like the decks today.


If one looks closely at the pictures on the Major Arcana deck you will find that the pictures are indeed steeped with symbolism. The Major Arcana also relates to those things regarding to one's higher purpose for being on the planet. It tells of one's journey in life especially in relation to their personal character development. The numbers on the card ranging from 0 to 22 depict mans journey from birth to death and from innocence to wisdom to hopefully enlightenment. The Major Arcana tells of the journey one has to take to reach enlightenment in their lifetime. In addition to focusing on our spiritual selves the Major Arcana also gives us answers in relation to our daily lives. It addresses such things as family, social relationships, jobs and those things we face in our daily living.


It is the Major Arcana of the Tarot Deck that represents some aspect of the human experience we go through in our lives. It looks at our spiritual selves, our hopes, our fears, our joys and sadness. It is recommended that when one starts to read tarot cards that they familiarize themselves with the Major Arcana first. Once you get used to them they help unlock your intuition so you can interpret the rest of the cards in relation to them in a tarot spread.