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Major Arcana Cards

About a year ago, I got involved in laying tarot cards. I’ve been long intrigued and started out with a deck of oracle cards. I heard that oracle cards may not be as complex as tarot cards, and therefore easier to read. I got hooked immediately and a few different decks have spoken to me since. I didn’t know what to expect, but kept open minded, positive and convinced that the cards didn’t bare any negative messages but only guidance and reassurance. No card has ever lead me wrong so far and I carry a deep respect for the wisdom they hold.

Coming to Germany, I brought my Tarot deck, thinking I would have all the time in the world to learn about them in detail. Well, let’s just say that my own, personal time has been limited, but I learn a little here and there. Tonight I noticed something reoccurring after consulting the cards, and I will talk about it after a short intro of how the cards are devided.

The first division of the deck is between the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana Cards. Arcana is a lovely old word for “secrets” and the cards are my helpers to unveil the secrets that have long been determined. One part of the deck, reveals the big, or major secrets, while the other part holds the small, or minor secrets. There are twenty two Major Arcana Cards. They are numbered from 0-21 and have names like Fool, the Chariot, Temperance, and the Moon. The images on these cards often date back to the beginning of tarot in the fifteenth century. As the major cards in the deck, they represent significant influences in our lives. These are the milestones and life lessons of the human experience. When interpreted, they often carry with them deeply spiritual messages. Because they are such powerful forces in a reading, it is often said that they represent events and developments over which we have little control. They are like weather fronts that we cannot alter but can prepare for. They reveal situations such as moving somewhere new, getting married or divorced, starting a degree program, finding or losing faith, or organizing a business.

What I noticed tonight was that the core cards I have drawn, or otherwise have come up by formulating my birthday or such, are mostly Major Arcana Cards. My life has been filled with major life lessons, (especially lately) and the human experience couldn’t be any greater. Each lesson carried deep and powerful messages with events I had little control over. I had to learn to roll with the punches, change approaches, believe in faith even more so, fill my heart with nothing but love and listen within. As a blessing, the divine has embraced me with spiritual gifts and a understanding of dimensions and signs not previously seen.

The cards have been like a map of my journey, telling me exactly what it is that I need to know for that given time. I think it’s incredible and here is a brief outline of what happened with my Major Arcana Cards. The cards are listed in the order they have appeared and make perfect sense to me.

  1. The High Priestess ~ “She is completely batty, I tell you. Didn’t say a word that whole time. Just sat there smiling at me. Core meaning: Something that can only be understood through experience.
  2. Justice ~ “You play the hand that you were dealt. The way you play it will determine your next hand. Core meaning: The consequences of your actions are at hand.
  3. The Devil ~ “It’s bloody hard work keeping this thing going.” Core meaning: A choice, situation, or action that is contrary to your best interest.
  4. The hanged man ~ “A little shift in perception, that’s all that was needed.” Core meaning: Willing surrender to an experience or situation.

I have written posts about the first three cards if you care to read further detail. The hanged man, I drew tonight which I will further detail in another post.


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17 thoughts on “Major Arcana Cards

  1. Tarot were a great invention by somebody, because they took the trouble to devise a tool that has a narrative, contains lots of symbols as prompts and covers just about any possible situation or need. Just the thing for those of us who don’t wish to read animal entrails (no thank you, I don’t want the blood of an animal on my hands, both literally or any other way), tea-leaves, throwing sticks or stones or water gazing.
    You are, I know, an expert at gathering messages from within and without you when the universe talks to you every day. You are open, sensitive and aware. But there’s nothing like pulling a tarot card for some clear insight with a bit of depth. Yes, you’ve got a lot of powerful messages coming though, you are working through, beautifully I might say, such a profound moment in your life. The Hanged Man makes a lot of sense, I hope his appearance brings you peace and calm, there’s nothing like a little acceptance. May your day be blessed, my lovely Lilac Goddess. x

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    1. Haha I think you are right and I have somewhat become an expert of gathering messages. I look for them with eyes wide open and I love the experience of awareness. Tarot often confirms what I already know and the reassurance of such motivates me even more to know that I’m in track. The hanged man made a lot of sense to me as well and I am still gathering all the information to make the message personal to myself. I will post soon. Xoxo

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      1. Good to know, I am keen to learn from your insights, as a fellow tarot reader, this is really helpful. It is always an eye-opener to get an opportunity to learn from others, the way they read the cards and what they see. There is always more to add. x

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      2. I agree and will post as soon as I find time. A new project is stealing some of my time right now and perhaps I didn’t expect such warm welcome and participation. It really is wonderful. Thank you for being such an important part of it. One day I will tell how largely you have inspired this movement. 😉

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      3. What new project is that?! I am amazed that you are finding the time to be doing all you are, but with a heart so big as yours, you are called by the universe to spread the love. Do be careful to not over-stretch yourself, my true friend, it’s only by looking after yourself that you are enabled to be there for so many others that you are called to share your compassionate soul with. Those that are standing by your side are available to help, though. x

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      4. You know already, celebrating “YOU” 😉. It takes a little work and has been received perhaps better then anticipated. I thought I’d have to beg, but apparently nobody wanted to see that pitiful sight hahaha.
        I know what you mean and promise to take the best care I possibly can. And you my dear, better do the same or I’m coming to find you. And you know I know where 😉

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      5. You don’t need to worry about me, I am like the waxing moon, I am increasing in power, brightness and illumination by every moment. I’m back! x

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  2. I have no clues about all these cards. Nice to learn more about them. My mom was really good apparently with Tarot cards though. She was just like you a very intuitive person. You look awesome by the way! Have a wonderful week. xoxo

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    1. Awe thank you so much Dominique. How sweet of you, I enjoy tarot but also have encountered many who are afraid of the cards. It takes faith and knowing that everything is meant to be positive and good. There are no evil messages. Just guidance, reassurance and support. Hope your week is going well. Xoxo

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      1. There are lot of things going on in my life right now but everything sound promising. Still it involves some major changes so I am trying to figure out what are the best options for me and my family. Need some time off to clear my mind and let my intuition guide me! Take care dear friend. xoxo


      2. Thanks. You are right. I am not too stress as I know everything will be alright. Right now, I’m just going with the flow but soon I will start the flow. Much love to you too Margit. Take care. xoxo

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