Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Major Arcana

I should had been writing this article even before I started writing the tarot card meanings. As it goes, better late than never so here I am.

A Tarot Deck consists of 78 cards which are broadly divided into Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

Major Arcana consists of 22 cards from Fool to World. (So, now you see why I should had written a blog about Major Arcana even before I posted about Fool). Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards. We will talk about it in my next post Minor Arcana.

So now, coming to Major Arcana, lets talk about it. Some people say that it is the heart of Tarot Deck. Why?? If you would have read all my posts from Fool to World you can easily see that Major Arcana cards alone summarize the human's journey from ignorance to enlightenment in a beautiful story of Fool. Here, you will see a whole range of experiences a human's life undergoes in a quest of understanding life, a quest to bring about materialistic and spiritual selves together at peace, in harmony.

Major Arcana Cards are symbolic of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of humankind. These cards holds within themselves very strong symbols of strength, control, hopes, fears, etc. The way they portray the godly and darkest aspirations and selves of a human is unique.

Every card, shows an archetypal person, a figure who is the essence of the whole card, like sage in Hermit, a ruler in Emperor, a spiritual leader in Hierophant, a warm nurturing mother in empress, and so on.

Their meaning are intended only as a guide and are open to a great deal of factors and interpretation; reason being that in a spread, the cards meaning vary according to the surrounding cards, querent and the questions being asked.

Major Arcana are quite good and helpful for meditation. For instance, Hermit card in itself stands for meditation. Do check out here Hermit . I will discuss meditation in another set of posts as it is a vast topic to cover in a single post.

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