Major Arcana Complete Reference Guide

Major Arcana Complete Reference Guide
Complete Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

We have created this guide as an easy reference tool for the Major Arcana Tarot meanings. The Major Arcana refers to the first twenty-two cards of the Tarot deck. The Major Arcana are important in Tarot reading because their meanings often refer to matters which concern significant personal or spiritual life challenges. This is in contrast to the other fifty-six cards of the Tarot deck, known as minor arcana, whose meanings generally refer to day-today matters or challenges.

Each Major Arcana card depicts a different scene, image or person(s) with unique symbolic meaning and elements.  In Tarot reading, these meanings can change significantly depending on whether or not the card appears in its upright or reversed position. Other factors that can determine a card’s meaning can include where the card appears in a Tarot spread and the personal interpretation of the person conducting the reading, commonly referred to as a tarot reader.

For more in depth meanings of any card below, just click the image.

fool tarot card meanings

The Fool

The Fool Tarot Card Meaning

This is the time for new beginnings. Follow your heart and take some risks. Put yourself out there and be willing to try something new. You may be offered a new opportunity or invitation to an important invent. A new relationship may suddenly appear in your life. The best approach to take is one with spontaneity and an adventurous spirit. In Love Tarot, there could be delusions about the perfect relationship. It’s time to review how your perceive relationships. Take a risk, but don’t be careless. (Click card image to read more about The Fool tarot card meaning.)

Reversed Fool Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Fool

Reversed Fool Tarot Card Meaning

Be careful not to commit to something you are unsure about. This is not the time to take too many risks. Being impulsive or reckless can have negative consequences. You may experience a period of feeling overwhelmed. You need to take the necessary time to gain a deeper understanding of your situation. Your lack of clarity or foresight is hindering your decision making abilities. In Love Tarot, there could be the start of a new relationship. (Click card image to read more about the Reversed Fool tarot card meaning.)

magician tarot card meanings

The Magician

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning

This is the time to focus your energy and apply yourself. Know that you have all the skills necessary to overcome the obstacles that come your way. Be adaptable and get creative. This is also a great time to market yourself. Direct your energy towards achieving your goals and success is sure to come. The Magician Tarot card urges you to get into action and put your talents to use. The magician can represent a male lover or devotee. Be careful you don’t want to change your lover through manipulation. (Click card image to read more about The Magician tarot card meaning.)

reversed magician tarot card meaning

Reversed Magician

Reversed Magician Tarot Card Meaning

You may be experiencing a creative block or lack of direction. It’s important to observe your surroundings and become willing to face your problems. You may feel a lack of self-confidence or indecision about a certain situation. It’s important to remember to use your skills to navigate through difficulties. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Magician tarot card meaning.)

 

high priestess tarot card meanings

The High Priestess

The High Priestess Tarot Card Meaning

This is the time to trust your feelings. There is more going on beneath the surface. The High Priestess appears when you need to listen to your inner voice. This is not a time to act quickly. Rather, there is something more you need to learn about the situation. You may find yourself triggered or agitated as something is stirring in your unconscious. Meditation and contemplation will bring you the answers that you seek. In Love Tarot, you may feel an inner connection to your mate. Some hidden information needs to come to light. The High Priestess can represent a female lover or devotee. (Click card image to read more about The High Priestess tarot card meaning.)

high priestess tarot card meaning

High Priestess Reversed

Reversed High Priestess Tarot Meaning

You may be ignoring your inner voice and not listening to your gut feelings. This is not the time to over-intellectualize as this could hamper your problem solving abilities. Your unconscious may be trying to convey something to you that you are unwilling to hear. Observe your surroundings. More knowledge is required and do not make any rash decisions at this time. (Click card image to read more about the reversed High Priestess tarot card meaning.)

 

empress tarot card meanings

The Empress

The Empress Tarot Card Meaning

This is a great time to get creative. Your creative energies will result in abundance and self-realization. Your hard work will pay off both spiritually and materially. You will be able to anticipate spiritual and material abundance through the efforts of your labor. The Empress often indicates fertility, childbirth and marriage. Your home life is important to you and it’s important to fill it with things that bring your peace and harmony. This is also the time to tap into your feminine power. In Love Tarot, the Empress can represent a relationship full of possibility. This is fertile ground for a new relationship to emerge. The Empress can represent the exchange of love, commitment and marriage. (Click card image to read more about The Empress tarot card meaning.)

reversed empress tarot card meaning

Reversed Empress 

Reversed Empress Tarot Card Meaning

You may experience a period of financial uncertainty. Work can feel laborious and mundane. Financial matters can be tested and you may find that you are struggling to make ends meet. Spiritually, the Empress reversed can indicate that you are being too greedy with your emotions or you may be holding on to your money too tightly. A lack of creativity is hindering your growth. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Empress tarot card meaning.)

emperor tarot card meanings

The Emperor

The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

This is the time to gain control of your surroundings. Use your intellect to overcome your obstacles and challenges. The projects you have embarked on have solid foundations and will prove to be successful. You are respected in your community and others may come to you for advice. Your drive for success needs to be appropriately focused. You may get a job promotion based on your ability to put things in order. You may be recognized for your leadership abilities. In Love Tarot, the Emperor can represent a structured and organized partnership. In this case, you can expect to feel secure and protected by your partner (Click card image to read more about The Emperor tarot card meaning.).

reversed emperor tarot card meaning

Reversed Emperor

Reversed Emperor Tarot Card Meaning

You may need to take more responsibility in a particular situation. Your reluctance to grow up is hindering your personal relationships. You may feel as though you want to run away from your problems. Potentially, there could be a situation that affects your self-confidence. You may be over thinking things. Generally the Emperor reversed indicates that projects will be halted. Progress may be difficult at this time. You also need to be careful that you are not being too forceful with those at work or at home. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Emperor tarot card meaning.)

hierophant tarot card meanings

The Hierophant

The Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning

There may be situations that come up that cause you to struggle with questions of major significance. You may be forced to examine your own values and belief systems. The Hierophant encourages you to find freedom through knowledge and exploration. He may indicate that it is a good time for you to seek counsel from someone who is more experienced. There may also be an invitation to a wedding or religious ceremony. In Love Tarot, there may be a need for spiritual guidance within your relationship. This is a relationship based on traditions and values. (Click card image to read more about The Hierophant tarot card meaning.)

reversed hierophant tarot card meaning

Reversed Hierophant

Reversed Hierophant Tarot Card Meaning

There may have been a misrepresentation of the truth. You may be getting bad advice and you, or someone else, may be withholding information to gain authority. The reversed Hierophant warns you that your thinking is too fixated. Your own stubbornness is preventing your personal growth and may be causing friction in your relationships. There may be areas in your life that require some adjustments. Your ideas may need to be more original and creative. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Hierophant tarot card meaning.)

the lovers tarot card meanings

The Lovers

The Lovers Tarot Card Meaning

You are at an important crossroad and you may have to make an important decision. This choice often will yield two very different results, so you must carefully examine the repercussions of each choice. You may find yourself being tested before you transition into a new phase of life. A new relationship may enter your life. This relationship will have a soul connection. You may have to choose between two potential mates. (Click card image to read more about The Lovers tarot card meaning.)

reversed lovers tarot card meaning

Reversed Lovers

Reversed Lovers Tarot Card Meaning

There could be misunderstandings between you and those you care about. You must be willing to take responsibility for the choices that you have made. This may be a good time to explore whether your relationships are healthy. You or your partner may be experiencing a fear of commitment. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Lovers tarot card meaning.)

chariot tarot card meanings

The Chariot

The Chariot Tarot Card Meaning

You have all the tools necessary to triumph over any obstacles that stand in your way. This is a period of action, change and new experiences. Your self-control and will power will aid you in victory. The more effort you put out, the more successful you will become. Self-discipline is necessary. This is a time to remain focused and stay devoted to managing your conflicting thoughts and feelings. In Love Tarot, each member of the partnership must work on their own level of individuation. It’s important to maintain a sense of yourself while in this relationship. Clear communication of personal needs should be addressed. This relationship has the potential to flourish if the energies are directed appropriately. (Click card image to read more about The Chariot tarot card meaning.)

reversed chariot tarot card meaning

Reversed Chariot

Reversed Chariot Tarot Card Meaning

You may feel out of control or overwhelmed. Your energy is not being directed appropriately. You have lost sight of your goals. Your lack of focus has caused you to feel anxious and frazzled. You may feel torn between two directions. Your conflicting feelings are causing you to lose energy and feel pressure. This is the time to take a step back and regain your perspective and sense of clarity. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Chariot tarot card meaning.)

strength tarot card meanings

Strength

Strength Tarot Card Meaning

You can reach your goals by examining the areas in your life that bring you strength. Your may find yourself in a situation that requires courage and fearlessness. A new opportunity will require some risk taking. Self-discipline is your greatest ally. As you gain control over your inner desires and impulses, you now find that you can stand up to those that are pushing you around. The best approach to dealing with conflicts is through neutrality and diplomacy. In Love Tarot, there needs to be a gentler approach to your partner. You can not force someone to change. Physical touch can be healing. (Click card image to read more about The Strength tarot card meaning.)

reversed strength tarot card meaning

Reversed Strength

Reversed Strength Tarot Card Meaning

You may feel as though you do not have the strength to confront a situation. A lack of self-confidence may be influencing your judgment. You need to assert yourself to regain your sense of courage and inner strength. It’s important not to lose your nerve in the face of a new opportunity. You may be giving in to your inner impulses. The reversed Strength card indicates an over-emphasis on security. Staying in your comfort zone can cause you to miss out on new experiences. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Strength tarot card meaning.)

hermit tarot card meanings

The Hermit

The Hermit Tarot Card Meaning

This is a period that requires meditation and contemplation. You must go within and do some soul searching to truly discover who you are. Your answers will come from within your own, inner self. You may need to take things more slowly as you decide which path or strategy is the right one for you. This is a journey that requires solitude and faith. Before proceeding into action, you must thoroughly consider your plans for self-discovery and your desired goals for personal growth. A wise teacher may offer you important advice. In Love Tarot, it’s important to be careful that you make time for yourself. Each partner must not lose sight of their own personal journey. (Click card image to read more about The Hermit tarot card meaning.)

reversed hermit tarot card meanings

Reversed Hermit

Reversed Hermit Tarot Card Meaning

You have not been paying attention to your inner self. The reversed Hermit is a reminder that you need to slow down and take some time for yourself. In some cases, you may feel isolated and lonely. It’s important to remember to connect with those you care about. Your own fear may be inhibiting your personal growth and willingness to go within. Be careful of becoming so consumed with doing things your way that you have passed up good advice from a wise counsel. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Hermit tarot card meaning.)

wheel of fortune tarot card meanings

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meaning

This is a period of rapid change and new opportunity. It’s important to remember that everything comes in cycles and stages. You are beginning a new life cycle, one that promises fortunate circumstances. Things have been set in motion that you have little control of, yet if you accept the process, change and growth will occur. This is a process of destiny and if you let it work through you, events of great significance can manifest. (Click card image to read more about The Wheel of Fortune tarot card meaning.)

reversed wheel of fortune tarot card meaning

Reversed Wheel of Fortune

Reversed Wheel of Fortune Tarot Meaning

You may feel as though you have no control over your current circumstances. There could be setbacks or delays in your endeavors. You good luck has wavered and you must wait until the wheel has made a full circle. The path you our on may not provide the results you want. Things may have to get worse before they can get better. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Wheel of Fortune tarot card meaning.)

justice tarot card meanings

Justice

Justice Tarot Card Meaning

You may need to evaluate your present course of action. This is the time to take a moment to pause and re-examine the directions you are taking. You may have to restructure your life according to what you feel is right and just. In some cases, the Justice card is a reminder that you need become accountable for your choices. There is a need for truth and balance. The Justice card can indicate the onset of legal issues. Things should proceed with fairness and integrity. The outcome should be in your favor. In Love Tarot, a balance is needed within oneself and one’s relationship. This is the time to re-evaluate your relationship. Be open and levelheaded. (Click card image to read more about The Justice tarot card meaning.)

reversed justice tarot card meaning

Reversed Justice

Reversed Justice Tarot Card Meaning

You may be forced to make a decision that you have been reluctant to confront. It’s important to remember to be honest with yourself. There may be a situation in which you will not be treated fairly. In some cases, there could be a setback in you getting what you feel you deserve. You may be too focused on your position and status in society. Justice reversed always represents an imbalance of some kind. You need to find equilibrium between your conscience and inner desires. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Justice tarot card meaning.)

hanged man tarot card meanings

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meaning

The Hanged Man signifies the awakening of a new consciousness. You may have to re-examine your priorities and determine if they conform to the spiritual principals that you wish to live by. Sometimes The Hanged Man indicates that an important life lesson needs to be understood and accepted. During this period you may feel tested by outside influences. You may be forced to sacrifice something you feel attached to. The Hanged Man urges you to let go and relinquish your perception of control. In Love Tarot, you may have to let go of old ideas. Sacrifices must be made in order for the relationship to move forward. There could be conflict within the relationship. The relationship is not on solid ground. (Click card image to read more about The Hanged Man tarot card meaning.)

reversed hanged man tarot card meaning

Reversed Hanged Man

Reversed Hanged Man Tarot Card Meaning

You may be choosing to live in a fantasy or you are failing to be true to yourself. Perhaps you are sacrificing too much of yourself in order to keep the people closest to you happy. You may be lingering in the past or you are too consumed with controlling the outcomes of your decisions. Your lack of faith is preventing you from making necessary changes in your life. The best approach would be to surrender and go with the flow. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Hanged Man tarot card meaning.)

death tarot card meanings

Death

Death Tarot Card Meaning

You are in the process of a personal transformation. A life cycle has ended and another is beginning. There may be a phase in your life that is coming to an end. Examples of this could include a child leaving the home, the end of a relationship, a graduation, or the death of someone you may know. The Death card indicates that there is going to be a major change in your life. It will be an experience that leads to an important transformation. You may find that your life takes a new and unexpected turn. In Love Tarot, you can expect a transformative period within the relationship. This is the time for new beginnings. Old patterns and communication methods may have become outdated. (Click card image to read more about The Death tarot card meaning.)

reversed death tarot card meaning

Reversed Death

Reversed Death Tarot Card Meaning

You may be unwilling to change or are preventing important transitions the need to occur within your life. You may be in denial regarding the conclusion of a life stage, relationship or important event that needs to happen if you are to move forward in your life. You may feel a reluctance to look forward due to your attachment to the past. You may be forced to give up what you do not necessarily want to. Resisting change makes the process of letting go much more painful. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Death tarot card meaning.)

Temperance tarot card meanings

Temperance

Temperance Tarot Card Meaning

Balance and moderation are now in need. You need to take the time to step back and re-evaluate what isn’t working in your life. The Temperance card suggests that all things need to be handled with moderation and tolerance. This is a good time to explore what feels as though it is on the verge of becoming out of control. In some cases, the Temperance card can indicate a new relationship or a situation in which you and someone else must come together to get a task done. In Love Tarot, there is harmony within your relationship. The best approach is utilizing balance and patience to move your relationship forward. This is a period of self-realization for both you and your partner. (Click card image to read more about The Temperance tarot card meaning.)

reversed temperance tarot card meaning

Reversed Temperance

Reversed Temperance Tarot Card Meaning

Your behavior may be too reckless or extreme. You may be overreacting to a situation. It’s important to remember to handle things with neutrality and moderation. You need to be careful that your ambitions don’t cause you to make radical decisions. It would be wise to consider a compromise. You may feel as though your life is not in balance. It’s important to take a step back and make time for yourself. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Temperance tarot card meaning.)

devil tarot card meanings

The Devil

The Devil Tarot Card Meaning

You may feel trapped and unable to control the outcome of a situation. You may feel imprisoned by your own ambitions and motivations. In some cases, the Devil card reminds us that we are too attached to material possessions, unhealthy relationships, substances or our financial position. The Devil encourages you to resist the power of your primitive nature. You also need to be aware of how you are treating others. This is the time to become aware of behaviors that may be selfish. One solution is to start thinking about how you can help others. In relationship readings, the Devil suggests that you may need to take a good look at your relationships. Your attachments to others may be harmful or unhealthy. There could be issues with co-dependency and enmeshment. Negative patterns and behaviors are causing an unhealthy relationship. (Click card image to read more about The Devil tarot card meaning.)

reversed devil tarot card meaning

Reversed Devil

Reversed Devil Tarot Card Meaning

You may experience a new sense of freedom. You may have or are now willing to free yourself from the restraints that you have imposed upon yourself. You are no longer controlled by your darker impulses. Your ties to issues of materialism or to your relationships no longer hold you prisoner. In some cases, the Devil reversed can indicate liberation and freedom from old ideas and perceptions. However, if you are still unwilling to deal with your attachments, the Devil reversed can have further negative interpretations. In this case, there may be an over-attachment to material possessions. This refers to greed and the need to control others. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Devil tarot card meaning.)

the tower tarot card meanings

The Tower

The Tower Tarot Card Meaning

This may be a period in which you experience sudden change or upheaval. The Tower can indicate a move, change of job, or shift in an important relationship. Now is the time to set yourself free from situations that have been holding you back. Your belief system may no longer be working for you. If this is the case, you must be willing to let go of your old ideas. You may have to let go of ineffective behavior patterns and realign yourself with what you truly value. Expect a period of chaos and uncertainty as you transition into a new way of being. In Love Tarot, external forces are affecting your relationship. It’s time to express who you really are. It’s important to get to your own truth. Old masks and personas no longer will imprison you. (Click card image to read more about The Tower tarot card meaning.)

reversed tower tarot card meaning

Reversed Tower

Reversed Tower Tarot Card Meaning

In a positive respect, the Tower reversed informs you that you are in the process of liberating yourself. Disruption and chaos are coming to an end. You have a new found sense of clarity and acceptance. In some cases, however, the Tower reversed can indicate some form of injustice in your life. You may feel trapped in a situation that you wish to be freed from, but do not know how to proceed. You may be required to confront a situation that you could have avoided. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Tower tarot card meaning.)

the star tarot card meanings

The Star

The Star Tarot Card Meaning

The Star is a card of prosperity and spiritual growth. This will be a period of healing and regeneration. Take the time to balance and center yourself. Trust your inner wisdom and intuition as it will bring you comfort and relief. You have a new sense of hope and have the confidence to proceed in your endeavors. You may also discover a new sense of inspiration and creativity. The Star encourages you to apply yourself as you will be rewarded for your efforts. In Love Tarot, there is harmony within you relationship. You can expect a deep appreciation for one another. The Star can indicate the deepening of one’s relationship through spirituality. (Click card image to read more about The Star tarot card meaning.)

reversed star tarot card meaning

Reversed Star

Reversed Star Tarot Card Meaning

You may feel as though there is a lack of hope. It’s important to stay aware of the beauty that surrounds you. A lack in self-confidence and low self-esteem can be prohibiting you from feeling happy. There may be feelings of anxiety and fear. This is the time to find faith in yourself and in the Divine. Try to focus on the things that you do have. In a tarot reading, the Star reversed also warns of rigid and stubborn thinking. The best action to take would be that of letting go. Surrender to the process and let your inner wisdom guide you. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Star tarot card meaning.)

the moon tarot card meanings

The Moon

The Moon Tarot Card Meaning

This is the time to take pause and remain open. You may experience a flood of deep emotions as you struggle with some form of internal conflict. You must be willing to face your unconscious instincts and behaviors. Important information needs to rise to the surface. Be willing to reflect upon your past behaviors. The Moon also indicates the need to pay attention to your dreams, feelings and intuition. This is a good time to trust your “gut” feelings. In Love Tarot, you can gain new intuitive information about your relationship. Trust your gut. The Moon indicates the desire for a soul mate. There may be conflict below the surface. (Click card image to read more about The Moon tarot card meaning.)

reversed moon tarot card meaning

Reversed Moon

Reversed Moon Tarot Card Meaning

Your own illusions are prohibiting you from seeing the truth. There may be some deception surrounding you. This is the time to rely on your spiritual connection. New perspectives and clarity will ultimately emerge. Try not to make any major decisions right now. It would be best to wait until you see the truth of the situation. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Moon tarot card meaning.)

the sun tarot card meanings

The Sun

The Sun Tarot Card Meaning

This is a period of success and achievement. Projects or endeavors will reach completion. This is a great time for celebration. Time spent with family and friends will be emotionally gratifying. You will feel healthy and free and may experience a change of perspective. Expect news that is positive; such as births, financial successes, marriages, stability or the completion of projects. The Sun indicates an overall happiness and feelings well-being. In Love Tarot, you can expect joy and happiness within your relationship. This is a period of mutual attraction, fulfillment and happiness. (Click card image to read more about The Sun tarot card meaning.)

reversed sun tarot card meaning

Reversed Sun

Reversed Sun Tarot Card Meaning

Success will be accomplished; however, the process may be delayed. Happiness can be attained, but there will be some limitations. Not all that you expected will materialize. In some cases, your expectations may be unrealistic. This would be a good time to review your perceptions of your situations. You may experience low energy and mild depression. In terms of relationships, the Sun reversed can indicate quarrels and miscommunication. You may feel unloved or not appreciated. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Sun tarot card meaning.)

judgment tarot card meanings

Judgment

Judgment Tarot Card Meaning

Judgment represents the end of another cycle or life stage. This is the time to ask yourself if the current direction of your life is aligned with you highest good. Judgment often calls for self-evaluation and self-exploration. You need to review the course of your actions and determine if you need to correct any past mistakes. The Judgment card can also represent the need to make an essential life decision. In this case, it is extremely important to evaluate the possible consequences of your decision. Know that your decision can be transformational. In Love Tarot, your relationship may need to take a new direction. It’s time to review your relationship through a new perspective. Self-evaluation is required. You may experience a spiritual renewal in your relationship. (Click card image to read more about The Judgment tarot card meaning.)

reversed judgment tarot card meaning

Reversed Judgment

Reversed Judgment Tarot Card Meaning

The reversed Judgment card can indicate unhappiness, isolation or difficulties with overcoming your obstacles. You may have to deal with the consequences of the decisions you made in the past. This is the time to take constructive measures. You may also find that you are fearful about making important decisions. You can not prevent change from happening. If you are unwilling to accept changes, you will be unable to grow. Unwanted changes could make you feel out of control and helpless. (Click card image to read more about the reversed Judgment tarot card meaning.)

the world tarot card meanings

The World

The World Tarot Card Meaning

The World indicates wholeness, both spiritually and individually. You are coming to an end of an important life cycle or stage. You can expect the completion of a project, relationship or important situation. Everything is as it should be and the achievement of goals will be met with success. Your hard work will reap rewards. You have achieved a sense of balance within yourself and feel whole and complete. As you complete this last stage, plan to begin something new. This is a great time to explore new areas of interest. In Love Tarot, the World card represents the completion of a relationship. The lessons have been learned. This is a creative and harmonious relationship based on the personal development of both partners. In some cases, the World can indicate a mutual and harmonious separation. (Click card image to read more about The World tarot card meaning.)

reversed world tarot card meaning

Reversed World

Reversed World Tarot Card Meaning

There could be delays or setbacks in achieving your goals. You may not be willing to accept change or your fears are preventing you from completing important tasks or projects. You may be apt to quit a situation rather than see it through. A lack of commitment may be preventing you from achieving your goals. (Click card image to read more about the reversed The World tarot card meaning.)

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