TAROT

STUDY

overview

The Major Arcana is a 22 card set within the tarot that is considered to be the core and the foundation for the deck. All of the deck is filled with archetypal significance, but this is most pronounced within the Major Arcana. These cards follow a storyline that tells of the spiritual travels taken from the innocent wonder of The Fool to the oneness and fulfillment of The World. In other words, these cards tell the story of humanity’s spiritual evolution into enlightenment and individuation.

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Major Arcana

The Major Arcana is a 22 card set within the tarot that is considered to be the core and the foundation for the deck. All of the deck is filled with archetypal significance, but this is most pronounced within the Major Arcana. These cards follow a storyline that tells of the spiritual travels taken from the innocent wonder of The Fool to the oneness and fulfillment of The World. In other words, these cards tell the story of humanity’s spiritual evolution into enlightenment and individuation.

And so, as we follow the journey of the Fool, we can start seeing common parallels between our own stages in life and those in the cards, each card teaching a specific lesson and a concept to meditate over. Because they form the basis of the tarot, some readings can sometimes be conducted with only the Major Arcana as well.

cups

suit
cups
element
water
keywords
emotion, habits, feelings, intuition, relationships, healing, spirituality
duality
receptive, passive
astrological signs
cancer, scorpio, pisces
alternate names
chalices, goblets, vessels
direction
west
times
autumn, dusk

water

The suit of cups rules over all that is associated with emotions, the unconscious, creativity, and intuition. They frequently talk about relationships, whether romantic or otherwise, and one’s imagination and inner world. They are associated with the element of water, which becomes a frequent visual theme within this suit. At their worst, the cups suit is fret with uncontrolled feelings, fantasy, and a disconnect with one’s inner voice.

wands

suit
wands
element
fire
keywords
energy, drive, willpower, creativity, power, desire, courage
duality
activity
astrological signs
aries, leo, sagittarius
alternate names
rods, clubs, scepters
direction
south
times
summer, noon

fire

The suit of wands is one of four tarot suits within the Minor Arcana, which are generally corresponding with everyday events. The suit of wands is connected to the element of fire. Consider this element when you are working with wands; it is temperamental, volatile, and full of energy.

The suit of wands is the source for all energy, it symbolizes human willpower. In a tarot reading, the suit of wands often represent a person’s creative potential, and can suggest themes of creative projects, inspiration, and one’s drive.

pentacles

suit wands
element fire
keywordsenergy, drive, willpower, creativity, power, desire, courage
dualityactive
astrological signsaries, leo, sagittarius
alternate namesrods, clubs, scepters
direction south
timessummer, noon

earth

The pentacles is the suit of all things worldly and material. Though we will immediately think of the pentacles as relating to financial matters, we also can understand them as being associated with security, stability, nature, health, and prosperity. The pentacles are of earth element. When we see pentacles show up in a reading, they are usually concerned with your long term future, career, generosity, your household, business investments and your feelings of sensuality. The negative side of the pentacles show up as greed, jealousy, miserliness, and unbridled ambition at the cost of all else.

New feelings | Spirituality | Intuition

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unity | Partnership | Connection

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Friendship | Community | Happiness

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apathy | Contemplation | Disconnectedness

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unity | Partnership | Connection

Upright: innocence, new beginnings, free spirit, Reversed: recklessness, taken advantage of, inconsideration

swords

suit wands
element fire
keywordsenergy, drive, willpower, creativity, power, desire, courage
dualityactive
astrological signsaries, leo, sagittarius
alternate namesrods, clubs, scepters
direction south
timessummer, noon

air

The pentacles is the suit of all things worldly and material. Though we will immediately think of the pentacles as relating to financial matters, we also can understand them as being associated with security, stability, nature, health, and prosperity. The pentacles are of earth element. When we see pentacles show up in a reading, they are usually concerned with your long term future, career, generosity, your household, business investments and your feelings of sensuality. The negative side of the pentacles show up as greed, jealousy, miserliness, and unbridled ambition at the cost of all else.

New feelings | Spirituality | Intuition

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unity | Partnership | Connection

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Friendship | Community | Happiness

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apathy | Contemplation | Disconnectedness

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unity | Partnership | Connection

Upright: innocence, new beginnings, free spirit, Reversed: recklessness, taken advantage of, inconsideration