Tarot for the Modern Reader
The Major Arcana

The FoolWhen the spread is made up of many Majors, it can then be said that this is a very important and powerful reading that you need to pay close attention to. There will be a lot that you do not have control over, and you may feel you are at the mercy of the Universe, but this is of a Karmic nature, and it is very important that you absorb the meaning and the lesson.
The Universe will consistently present us with situations that stretch and challenge us, in areas that we have a Karmic debt to fill. When the lesson is successfully learned, we are freed of it, in this lifetime and the following. If not, the Universe will just keep bringing us more “opportunities” to learn the lesson.  When Major Arcana cards come up reversed, it indicates a need to return to the lesson of the card before, as you have not yet integrated that lesson, thus this is a learning opportunity that must be mastered before you can move on to the next lesson.
The Major Arcana cards represent the core of our spiritual beings. These are 22 very powerful archetypes that represent many facets of our lives. The archetypes in the cards are depicted with a vast variety of symbolism spanning many cultures and religions. There are many meanings assigned to the cards, but it is important for you to look at the cards, free your mind and listen for the small voice inside of you to give you personal meaning. When you think of something random or seemingly mundane, that is likely your intuition speaking to you.
It is good to have a solid foundation of meanings for the cards, but it is just as important to let each card speak to you each time you turn them over. You will find different meanings for the same card over and over in different readings if you tune into your intuition. Having a growing knowledge of symbolism can help deepen your practice as well. You may notice that you have several cards with the same symbol on them, such as Wings, or a White Rose. As you learn what these things represent, it can uncover additional messages for you.

The FoolThe Fool

Keywords: New beginnings, opportunities, carefree, naivete, innocent, a journey

Reverse Keywords: Foolishness, risky behavior, not time for something new

maj_01The Magician

Keywords: Initiation, raw power, manifestation, action, communication, travel

Reverse Keywords: False start, re-doing things, miscommunication, blocked energy, trickster

maj_02The High Priestess

Keywords: Secrets, intuition, mystery, feminine independence, spiritual wisdom

Reverse Keywords: Secrets exposed, blocked intuition, not listening to gut

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maj_03The Empress

Keywords: Abundance, fertility, creativity, mothering, pregnancy, growth, expansion, beauty, luxury

Reverse Keywords: Difficulty with/as mother, pregnancy complications, blocked creativity or growth

maj_04The Emperor

Keywords: Authority, father figure, structure, order, stability, rules, routine, boss, government

Reverse Keywords: Domineering, overbearing, abuse of power, controlling, dictatorship

maj_05The Hierophant

Keywords: Conformity, tradition, institutions, orthodox beliefs, church, marriage

Reverse Keywords: Breaking tradition, unorthodox views, rejecting traditional norms

maj_06The Lovers

Keywords: Soulmate, relationship, meaningful love, choice, duality, decisions

Reverse Keywords: Difficulty in relationship, a fight or rift, inability to make a decision

maj_07The Chariot

Keywords: Victory, progress, will, determination, surmounting obstacles, reconciling opposites

Reverse Keywords: No direction, lost confidence, unmotivated, spinning your wheels


Keywords: Inner strength, fortitude, animal desires, power, confidence, passion

Reverse Keywords: Weakness, feeling powerless, no confidence, cowardly

maj_09The Hermit

Keywords: Solitude, introspection, time, sage, wisdom, guru, prudence

Reverse Keywords: False guru, too long alone, hiding, rejecting solitude, perfectionist

maj_10The Wheel of Fortune

Keywords: Luck, fate, destiny, fortune, chance, positive turn of events

Reverse Keywords: Poor luck, misfortune, don't take chances, difficult turn of events


Keywords: Fairness, equality, the law or legal system, writing, judge or lawyer

Reverse Keywords: Unfair outcome, unjust, difficulty writing, delay, corruption

maj_12The Hanged Man

Keywords: New perspectives, contemplating, suspension, surrender, sacrificing materialism, meditation

Reverse Keywords: Thinking outside-the-box, selfish, resentful, holier-than-thou attitude


Keywords: Transformation, rebirth, letting something go, endings, fresh start

Reverse Keywords: Refusing change, stagnation, can't let go, contacting the dead


Keywords: Moderation, blending, balance, homeostasis, tempering extremes, utilizing patience, a healer

Reverse Keywords: Out of balance, extremes, no moderation, no patience, healing blocked

maj_15The Devil

Keywords: Materialism, addictions, slave to something, pleasure and desires, overindulgence

Reverse Keywords: Recovering from or releasing addictions, breaking bad habits, removing chains that bind

maj_16The Tower

Keywords: Crisis, sudden change, natural disaster, explosive situation

Reverse Keywords: Narrowly averted disaster, managing crisis, warning sign

maj_17The Star

Keywords: Hope, optimism, faith, astrology, spotlight, healing

Reverse Keywords: Lack of faith, despair, denying your gifts, hopelessness

maj_18The Moon

Keywords: Lack of clarity, illusions, delusion, moon cycles, messages and signs

Reverse Keywords: Irrational, "lunatic", hidden things exposed, blocked messages

maj_19The Sun

Keywords: Creativity, joy, happiness, optimism, success, confidence, vitality, warmth, clarity

Reverse Keywords: Pessimism, lack of vitality or health, rainy, cloudy, sunburn, burnout


Keywords: Awakening, true calling, call to action, powerful, near end of cycle

Reverse Keywords: Not heeding the call, rejecting the call from within

maj_21The World

Keywords: Completion, success, reaching the pinnacle, achieving goals, the summit

Reverse Keywords: Goals delayed, cycle not yet complete, travel delayed, barriers

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