The Major Arcana Cards of Tarot can be understood as pictorial representations of the typical spiritual experiences which the traveler on the ancient path of self-realization goes through. Since we all are walking this path (even if we are not aware of this fact), each of the Major Arcana Tarot Cards is already present within our consciousness. The pictures and symbols on the cards were conceived deep in the interior of our human experience – that is, deep in the essential layers of our human psyche. It is from there that these cards communicate within us. Therefore, Tarot can be used as a means for contacting the deepest layers of our mind.
There are many theories about the origin of the Tarot Cards. Some scholars believe that they represent various secret degrees of initiation of the ancient Egyptian cults, others argue that the origin of the cards can be found in Europe (which is, by the way, highly unlikely), and third sources claim that the Tarot Cards were invented by the members of a medieval sect, widespread in the XII century. One way or the other, we know very little about their origin. But the essence of their importance is undeniably derived from our actual human emotions.
One can never assume one knows the Tarot completely. You might know fragments of the story, but never the full story. As we grow, so grows our understanding of the messages the figures present in the Major Arcana Cards try to deliver to our consciousness.
Tweet“The Star” Tarot Card is Major Arcana number 17. It corresponds to Aquarius (01.20. to 02.18.) – a zodiac sign that pours out the eternal waters of love and life to the whole world. Alternative names of this card are “Daughter of the Firmament” and “Dweller between the Waters“. This card corresponds to the path [...]
TweetThe Moon Tarot connects Netzach and Malkuth – two lower Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. It corresponds to the water element. This card speaks about several important aspects: about intuition and illusion, about how to cope when being overwhelmed by emotions, and about cleaning the mistakes from the past. Basic elements of this Tarot [...]
TweetMajor Arcana nr. 8 – Strength – connects Gevurah and Chesed on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Knowing that Gevurah means restraint, strength, power, and judgment, while Chesed represents kindness, loving-kindness, or love we can try to understand on the intuitive level what the two conditions of our psychic that are being joined by this [...]
TweetThis Tarot card connects Chesed and Tiferet – two Sephirot on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Considering the zodiac, the closest astrological sign to the Hermit is Virgo. We can almost say that by looking at this card one gets a brief insight into the nature of this sign. Therefore it can be rightfully considered a [...]
TweetThe Sun Tarot Card connects Hod and Yesod on the Tree of Life. Its metaphysical meaning is hidden in the alternative descriptive words: “The Master of the World Fire“. Description of The Sun Card Near the top, there is a large Sun with sun rays spreading around in all directions. The central position is dominated [...]
TweetThe World – Major Arcana number 21 – connects Yesod and Malkuth, two of the lowest Sephirots on the Middle Pillar of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. By looking at the most important aspects of Yesod (Foundation) and Malkuth (Kingdom or “the realm of our manifested world”) we can intuitively grasp the significance of this [...]
TweetCard number 10 is Wheel of Fortune. It belongs to the Major Arcana subset of Tarot. When assigned a path on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, it sits on the connecting line between Sephirots Chesed and Netzach. Knowing that Chesed means kindness, while Netzatch eternity could help us in our intuitive understanding of the features [...]
TweetThe Major Arcana Card nr. 12 is the Hanged Man. Metaphysically, this card represents the Path in the Tree of Life connecting two Sephirot – Gevurah and Hod. Gevurah corresponds to the level of severity, while Hod means splendor. Earlier we have considered some aspects of the link between the Major Arcana Cards and Kabbalah. [...]
TweetTemperance – Major Arcana Card number 14 When trying to understand the meaning of Tarot, it is of help to keep in mind that we are dealing with symbols, and when we do that, we find ourselves in the region of the subconscious. Therefore, a tarot card adorned with certain symbols can have certain meaning [...]
TweetThe Tower is a card from the tarot subset of Major Arcana cards. The first look at it leaves us with fear and bewilderment. On the right, there is a lightning that strikes the very top of the tower, causing fire and casting off a crown on the left hand side. In addition, there are [...]
TweetThe 11th tarot card is called Justice. If you think about justice in human terms then you are far away from the true meaning of this card. The justice depicted in this member of the Major Arcana subset has nothing to do with our individual courts, judges, and attorneys. Our universe as a whole has [...]
TweetBeing a Major Arcana card with number 2, the High Priestess resides on the 13th Path on the Tree of Life, connecting two Sephiroth of the Middle Pillar, the central Tiferet with the upmost Keter. The corresponding planet is the Moon, and obviously we deal here with a Yin, that is, female energy card. Within [...]
TweetThe Fool is called “spirit of the Ether”. The Ether element is one of the five basic elements in nature: earth, water, air, fire, ether. In the following we discuss the spiritual, symbolic and metaphysical meaning of this card. In order to comprehend its meaning we should always consult the Tree of Life in Kabbalah [...]