Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings 2018-05-20T21:29:51+00:00


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Major Arcana Tarot Cards Meanings

Major Arcana cards show up when things are happening that pull us towards a certain destiny or path. Many Major Arcana cards in a reading is often a sign that our Spirit Guides and Angels are working behind the scenes to set everything up for us so that we can live the lives we are destined to live.

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fool tarot card meaningFool represents new beginnings, having faith in the future, being inexperienced, not knowing what to expect, having beginners luck, improvising, believing that the Universe provides, having no strings attached, being carefree.

magician tarot card meaningMagician represents your ability to communicate clearly, to ‘sell’ yourself and to be innovative. The Magician has all the tools and resources available to manifest his desired outcome, so it is a good card to get if you want to create.

high priestess tarot card meaningHigh Priestess represents secrets, mystery, intuition, wisdom, making the impossible become possible, and magic.


empress tarot card meaningEmpress represents feminine power, a nurturer and a family oriented person, our mother or a mother figure, abundance, femininity, fertility and the love of the home and family.

emperor tarot card meaningEmperor represents masculine energy, the ruler, the head of the household, head of a company, organisation and communities. The Emperor is an authority figure that creates a solid foundation to build and create on.

hierophant tarot card meaningHierophant represents group consciousness, religion, your belief system, ceremony, traditions, kindness, charity, giving guidance in the form of spiritual counselling.

lovers tarot card meaningLovers represents love and relationship, soul mates, physical attractions, choices to be made, The Lovers represents doing the things that make us feel whole, being with the people who make us feel whole.

chariot tarot card meaningChariot represents your willpower and determination. It represents victory. The Chariot gives you the green light to charge ahead and take control in your life or an area of your life that needs your attention.

strength tarot card meaningStrength represents our courage, passions, strength, self-confidence, patience and compassion. Strength reminds us to follow our passions, to take the time to do the things that make us tick, that makes us strong within ourselves and which builds confidence and self-worth.

hermit tarot card meaningHermit represents spending time alone, being a lone wolf, soul-searching, seeking spiritual guidance, introspection.


wheel of fortune tarot card meaningWheel of Fortune is the Big destiny card in the tarot deck. What is meant to be is meant to be. In the tarot when the Wheel of Fortune turns up, it means that the events and people in your life are in your life due to it being pre-decided by destiny.

justice tarot card meaningJustice represents all kinds of legal matters, the spiritual laws of truth and cause and effect. When the Justice card shows up it reminds us to be lawful and fair to achieve the best result.

hanged man tarot card meaningHanged Man represents being temporarily suspended. Life is on hold, but it serves a purpose.


death tarot card meaningDeath represents transformation, endings and new beginnings. When the Death card shows up it tells you that things will not be the same again. A transformation is taking place, you are growing and changing with the circumstances you find yourself in.

temperance tarot card meaningTemperance represents balanced interaction between the elements to create something new and fresh. Temperance includes all the elements in such a way that it brings out the best of each substance. When the Temperance card shows up in your life there is great balance and strength between the different areas and people in your life that are working together.

devil tarot card meaningDevil represents the primal source of behaviour that shows itself in the form of our desires and earthly needs. It also represents our fears that causes addiction and compulsive behaviour.

tower tarot card meaningTower represents disaster, emotional ‘meltdowns’ and/or tantrums, anger issues, upheaval, sudden change that is caused by disruption and revelations that rock the foundation of the person, household, organisation or even country, depending on the nature of the question.

start tarot card meaningStar represents hope, a bright future, joy, optimism, guidance, having answers to your questions, being and feeling the connection to the divine, serenity and inspiration. The Star shines so brightly that when it shows up in a reading it tells you that you are being the light in someone’s life.

moon tarot card meaningMoon represents illusions, intuition, fantasies, fears and anxiety. When the Moon appears things might not be quite as they seem. Your insecurities might be running high or you find yourself on the receiving end of other people’s insecurities.

sun tarot card meaningSun represents success, joy, sunshine, day, warmth and happiness. The Sun shows up when life is sunny and you are enjoying your time with the people you love. Life is simple rather than complicated. Relationships are blossoming and you are feeling loved.

judgement tarot card meaningJudgement represents taking responsibility for your actions and your life, being a good judge of character, seeing the truth and knowing what you want. The Judgement card often shows up when you need to step up and be a leader, speaking the truth and being more assertive.

world tarot card meaningWorld is the final Major Arcana card and represents fulfilment and successful completion of a cycle. You know your place in the world, and your life lessons have made you smart and accomplished. The World shows up when the world is ready for you and want what you have to offer.

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Reversed card meaning

fool reversedFool reversed indicates new beginnings being blocked, the path is hidden and the querent is having difficulties seeing the world with fresh eyes.


magicianMagician reversed indicates empty promises, false possibilities, a con man, misunderstandings and a lack of substance to make possibilities become a reality.

high priestess reversedHigh Priestess reversed indicates blocked psychic abilities, and little to no awareness of the subconscious influence on our reality. Secrets are kept, answers are not found and instincts are wrong.

empress tarot card meanings reversedEmpress reversed indicates neglect and a lack of attention where there should be nurturing. She can represent a mother who gives little affection and hardly any protection to her child. The child can also symbolise a project, a relationship, an enterprise, the home and a business that need attention but are instead being left unattended.

emperor tarot card meanings reversedEmperor reversed denotes someone with a childish streak, who is also inconsistent and unpredictable. If this card represents the querent then something is blocking the energy that gives the person authority.

hierophant reversed tarot card meaningHierophant reversed denotes prudence, silliness and hypocrisy. There are rules but no knowledge of why these rules are of importance. The ego is without guidance. There is an inflexibility in the system and in the people of the system. It can be an institution who control information and the leaders make themselves rich while the poor remains poor.

lovers reversed tarot card meaningsLovers reversed indicates a breakup between partners, families and friends. Whatever it is, the people who split up are not creating the same magic and chemistry on their own and become less whole. Lovers reversed can also indicate a wrong choice being made.

chariot reversed tarot card meaningsChariot reversed indicates defeat and cowardice. Instead of charging ahead and taking control of the inner and outer forces, there is the feeling of giving up before you give it a go. ‘What is the use’ is the energy in Chariot reversed.

strength reversed tarot card meaningsStrength reversed denotes a lack of courage, lack of passion,fear, even timidity and impatience. Weak will and lack of backbone are indicated when this card shows up reversed. The lion remains untamed, often due to a fear of standing out due to peer pressure.

hermit reversed tarot card meaningsHermit reversed indicates isolation and paranoia. There is no insight rather there is a twisted and vicious side to the person. This also denotes someone who is very lonely and is ‘loosing’ their grip on reality due to the amount of time they spend by themselves.

wheel of fortune reversed tarot card meaningsWheel of fortune reversed indicates bad luck and misfortune. Instead of hitting the top of the wheel and moving forward, you are hitting the bottom, often stagnating. The wheel might not be turning at all and much-needed change is eluding you.

justice reversed tarot card meaningsJustice reversed denotes injustice, unfairness, imbalance. You are either getting too much or too little of what you need. Something might be preventing the energy of fairness and balance from succeeding.

hanged man reversed tarot card meaningsHanged Man reversed indicates stubbornness and selfishness, refusing to give up your perspective to gain new insight. This card reversed denotes someone who is feeling apart from the world and unable to communicate their point of view and their perspective to others.

death reversed tarot card meaningsDeath reversed indicates that something that should have come to a blessed end for some reason persists. ‘Not death’ is not a desired thing as it is not living either. For some reason, the person is holding on. Blocked grief is often a factor.

temperance reversed tarot card meaningsTemperance reversed indicates that the balance between two opposing elements to create a third goes terribly wrong. This card often shows up when two different people who could bring out the best in each other instead bring out the worst.

devil reversed tarot card meaningDevil reversed indicate temptations resisted, stricter moral kept and they escape the chains from the devil. The querent might be too restricted in their life, and they have little or no desires that drive them.

tower reversed tarot card meaningsTower reversed denotes secrets and lies that would have brought down the false structures remain hidden and there is no shake-up. There is no destruction and the Tower remains standing.

star reversed tarot card meaningsStar reversed indicates that any hope or promise offered is going to be false. There is leading astray rather than finding one’s way. There is a feeling of being lost with no way out.

moon reversed tarot card meaningsMoon reversed indicates primitive forces at play, a long dark night of the soul. Intuition and creativity are blocked, a sexual block is also possible.


sun reversed tarot card meaningsSun reversed indicates new beginnings, success and happiness being blocked. Success is blocked due to reaching the wrong conclusions and having bad reasoning and poor logic. Things are frustrating and unclear. There might be some problems with pregnancy or raising young children.

judgement reversed tarot card meaningsJudgement reversed indicates taken on burdens, digging oneself deeper into the old life, being haunted by the past and unable to let go. There is something blocking the querent from renewing themselves.

world reversed tarot card meaningsWorld reversed indicates staying at home secluded within the comfort zones, projects and ventures remain incomplete. The querent is unable to finish what they started.

 What do the Major Arcana Tarot cards tell us in a reading?

Major arcana cards indicate that the seeker is in the flow when it comes to where their lives are heading. This flow can be so strong that the seeker feels as if they have little control. The more Major arcana cards in a reading and the stronger the flow. I find that when many Major arcana cards show up in a reading the seeker’s spirit guides and angels are working hard behind the scenes to take the seeker to where they need to be to accomplish something. The Major arcana cards are stepping-stones to help the Seeker accomplish what they set out to accomplish in this lifetime.

Major Arcana Tarot card connections

Explore the Major Arcana tarot card connections with the Grand Tableau. Click on text to learn more. 


  1. Eva October 5, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I asked if my ex and i would reunite in a 3 card spread – past, present, future.
    Past – death
    Present – page of wands
    Future – 6 of cups
    Could this be a yes?

  2. Inger Bråthen October 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Death in the past position can mean the ending of your relationship was unavoidable…6 of cups in the future can mean you will be in each other’s life….I recommend you do the Estranged lovers spread…this spread looks at why it ended, if you are compatible, and if you will reunite….You can find it here:

  3. Emma October 6, 2016 at 11:57 am


    I asked if this guy I’m seeing & I would ever have a relationship, in a 4 card cross spread (plus one as my friend’s mother thought me to do). I believe she said the first card represents ‘you’ in the situation, the second represents ‘him’, the third represent our current situation, the forth represents the outcome/result and fifth optional one represents a ‘confirmation’ of the outcome/advice.

    I pulled 5 cards from the major arcanes & I got;

    1- The high pristess
    2- The judgement
    3- The hierophant
    4- The fool
    5- The star

    Think there’s chance for us? Should I go with the flow or have a talk with him about the futur?

  4. Inger Bråthen October 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Hi, Emma. I recommend to do the same spread with also the minor arcana cards and compare the layouts. The cards you got denote a lot of unpredictable energy between you, and you will not know where you stand, or what will happen next. The minor arcana cards will show you how this will unfold in day to day situations….I don’t think now is the best time to talk about the future, however, the minor arcana will tell you more about the Why now is not such a good time….. Let me know what cards you get….:)

  5. Emma October 7, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Thanks! Doing the same spread with the minor arcana cards, asking the same question ‘Will I have a relationship with this man?’ and I got:
    1- Eight of pentacles
    2- Knight of pentacles
    3- King of swords
    4- Page of pentacles
    5- Ace of wands

    What are these cards suggesting?

  6. Inger Bråthen October 7, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Hi, you are getting a lot of court cards which often mean you are in the same soul family, but because there is a lack of cups, then a romantic relationship could be blocked. Page of pentacles where Fool was, suggests there will be a focus on caring for something new, a new project or a study. Ace of wands where the Star was, confirms this by saying you will both be very focused on your futures,but more as your individual futures, as you are both very gifted people….

  7. Emma October 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Does that mean there’s no hope for a relationship? Should I wait & take it easy or just forget about it?

  8. Inger Bråthen October 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    There is no such thing as no hope, but the cards say it is most likely a no…or it can be a timing issue….:)

  9. lynne November 11, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Hi, I asked a relationship question how long will it last with new boyfriend.

    Four of cups
    six of arrows
    King of Arrows
    King of Slaves
    Three of cups

  10. Inger Bråthen November 11, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Hi, Lynne. What spread did you use? Did the card positions have certain meanings as well?

  11. Laura November 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hi , I did the Celtic Cross spread about me n my ex
    1-the emperor
    2- Knight of wands
    3- (which was beneath me) hangman
    4-(in front of me) the Fool
    5-(above me) 6 coins reverse
    6-(behind me) ace of swords reverse

    Last four
    7-(Bottom one going up) Lovers
    8- the hierophant
    9-knight of swords
    10-6 of wands

    Question about my ex and I and if we will get back together

  12. Inger Bråthen November 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Hi, I feel like you will get an opportunity, but then I feel like you will realise you have outgrown this relationship. I feel like he is hurting, however, it looks like in your cards you are moving on and are doing really great….

  13. Laura November 14, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Thank you very much for your time. Thats right on point with it, except I haven’t had another chance yet, but I thought that’s what it read also. Thanks again

  14. Emma December 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Hi again Emma,

    I wrote to you before on this same post, and I’m writing to you again about the same guy. We’re still seeing each other, and I felt like we got a little closer, however everything still feels very ‘unsure’. Here the last spread I got with the major arcanas;

    1- High Priestess
    2- The Chariot reversed
    3- The World
    4-The Justice
    5- Death reversed

    I think I mentioned earlier than I do the spread the way my mother friend thought me, meaning the first card would represent me, the second him, the third the current situation, the fourth the outcome/conclusion and the firth represents an ‘advice’. Can you please help me interpret this card combination? Thanks!

  15. Inger Bråthen December 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Hi, Emma. The chariot reversed as him, could mean he feels unsure about the direction his life is taking him, and he needs to trust himself more. The world and justice are linked in tarot, as they both speak of needing to be very responsible, and to have a lot of balance and trust. Death reversed as advice can mean that you are meant to take a step back and experience new things together. This could be the key to bringing you closer together.

  16. Emma December 21, 2016 at 12:40 am

    That would make a lot of sense, however I don’t really understand the ‘step back to get closer’.. Step back as in ‘not be so serious about the relationship’ or in the sense that I should contact him less? I do initiate contact with him more often then he does, but he’s very responsive when I do reach out to him.

    I also feel like work is a priority for him right now, I don’t know if I should offer my help or support in his new business or just let him do his thing by himself?
    He’s a libra and I’m a sagittarius if that helps

  17. Inger Bråthen December 21, 2016 at 1:35 am

    With the death reversed, it can be a good idea to look at the cards before in the Major Arcanas, and that is Hanged Man. The Hanged Man sees things differently, and therefore has different experiences….

  18. Nicola March 10, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    When asked tarot cards about work issues in a 3 card spread I received
    The lovers
    The hermit

    I can understand the cards separately but what do all 3 say thank you.

  19. Inger Bråthen March 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Hi, the most important card here is the Hermit. I feel like you are being guided to be a light for others in some way and to seek within for your answers. I also feel like you will detach yourself from the work issue and work more on your own, and in the process, be helping others. I also feel there is a new role for you in your career that is part of your destiny. Everything that has been happening is to take you to the next level where you can grow to your highest potential.

  20. Claire April 5, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Hi Inger,

    I asked my cards when I got back with my boyfriend how I could strengthen our relationship. What I had from that was to work on thinking before I speak, thinking with my head before reacting. I’ve done these things and we are a lot lot stronger already. It seems to be moving fast, keep pulling the eight of wands!
    I asked again what would happen in my relationship and I had.

    Eight of wands
    The tower
    The lovers
    The sun

    I just pulled cards rather than a spread. I know that there are lots of major arcana and that’s significant. These are positive cards for love but how does the tower fit in? And is there anything else you can tell me about the combination?

    Many Thanks,

  21. Inger Bråthen April 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi, the tower is showing up when things get shaken up and you might feel the foundation is uncertain. The cards also say not to worry so much in this relationship, and instead enjoy this relationship and to go with the flow 🙂

  22. Martyna April 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Inger.
    I’m between two men. They are both completely different. I met them almost same time. I need to choice one of them, but I have big fight in my heart and don’t know which to choice. I pulled 3 tarot cards, but I didn’t get answer for my question.
    My cards: world, wheel of fortune and temperance.

  23. Inger Bråthen April 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Hi, you could have met two soulmates at the same time. Ask the Creator of all to show you who is your Highest and Best soulmate, and it will be clear.

  24. Ale April 15, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Hello I did a 4 cards spread on will he return and I got:
    Situation 8 of cups
    Challenge page of cups reversed
    Advice the sun
    Outcome 9 of pentacles
    Doesn’t look too good to me….any advice?

  25. Inger Bråthen April 17, 2017 at 7:11 am

    The Sun means that you could have a renew in this relationship. This could all be due to a misunderstanding. That is what I feel strongly. I feel like you need to make things clear to this person who has misunderstood something and once you clear it up it will change everything.

  26. Em April 26, 2017 at 11:37 am


    I asked if I was going to have a relationship with the guy I have a crush on. We met at a party & he sent his friend to get me a drink on him. Since then we spoke 3-4 times over social media, and I was always the one initiating contact first, he would be very responsive & flirty back, however he hasn’t asked me out yet. Not sure if he’s shy or just not that into me. So these were the cards I got ;
    1-Two of Cups (representing me in the situation)
    2-Seven of Wands (representing him in the situation)
    3-Seven of Cups (the current situation)
    4-Page of Cups (the outcome)
    5-The Moon (advice)
    Also, judging by this spread should I make a move & ask him out? Or am I better off waiting for a ‘natural encounter’ such as meeting him at another party?

  27. Inger Bråthen April 28, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Seven of wands and seven of cups mean he can be unsure about commitment. The moon is telling to wait until he figures out what he wants, and until then, feel free to connect with and date other people 🙂

  28. Emily T Weiskopf June 20, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Hi Inger,

    I’m dating and my love life feels very confusing. I tired doing your Soulmate spread and here are my results. Any feedback would be much appreciated . Thank you!! Emily
    Strength as the Signifier
    1: 9 of Cups
    2: Devil + Knight of Cups
    3: Knight of Swords
    4: Ace of pentacles
    5: 7 of Pentacles + Hermit +Temperance
    6: 8 of wands + Star + Knight of Wands
    7: Emperor + Lovers

  29. Inger Bråthen June 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Hi. Is this the soulmate spread 1 or 2?

  30. Emily T Weiskopf June 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Inger,
    I believe I was focusing on soulmate 1. My Birthday is Aug 21.
    Thank you !

  31. Inger Bråthen June 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Hi, Emily. I laid out your Zodiac spread to see in what house your soulmate will be connecting, and I saw your soulmate connecting with you in your 3rd house which is the house for travel, communication, and education. I feel like your soulmate could enter into your environment. I feel like you’re soulmate is a very successful businessman and is very career oriented.

  32. Emily T Weiskopf June 21, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Inger ! I would have never gotten all of that from the spread at all. So thankful for your insight.

  33. Yenny September 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I did a Celtic Spread can you please help me interpret the cards. The following are my results:

    1. Ace of swords
    2. Judgement
    3. Queen of Cups
    4. Five of wands
    5. Six of cups
    6. King of cups
    7. Ace of cups
    8. Page of swords
    9. Knight of wands
    10. The hanged man

  34. Inger Bråthen September 17, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Hi, Yenny. It depends a bit on your question. You have a relationship arrow in your layout, and the cards are saying to execute good judgement now in regards to a person who is a bit emotional and who could be a good manipulator.

  35. Ben September 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Inger, i just did a reading regarding a worl college (team leader) and i have had a feeling she wants more of a personal relationship with me.

    I just pulled two cards.
    Feelings towards me – sun
    Will she act on these feelings – knight pf wands

    No idea what this could mean? Any insights 😊

  36. Inger Bråthen September 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Hi, Ben. I do think she likes you and I think she will act on it and let you know how she feels.

  37. Emma September 27, 2017 at 10:54 pm


    So I asked if I was going to have a relationship with this guy I’ve recently been talking to & we went on a date a few days ago. I pick 5 cards (1 representing me, 2 representing him, 3 representing the situation, 4 representing the end result and 5 representing some kind of ‘advice’). Also, I don’t pay attention to whether the cards are upright or downwards, based on the cards I pull I try instead to see (depending on the nature of the card) whats the best & worse that could happen. So this is what I got;

    1-Eight of Swords
    2-Queen of Pentacles
    3-Five of Wands
    4-Ten of Pentacles
    5-Nine of Wands

    What do you think this means?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

  38. Emma September 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Inger,

    About my previous post, I just realized I did a tarot without the Major Arcanas in it, so I did another Tarot (the same way) but with just the major arcanas and this is what I got;

    1-The Moon
    2-Wheel of Fortune
    3-The Hermit
    5-The Emperor

  39. Ben September 28, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Thank you Inger, i pulled another two cards on this situation today – lovers first and then asked for a clarifying card and pulled ace of pentacles.. i guess ill wait and see what happens.

    You have been very helpful.

  40. Ben September 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Sorry i ment 10 of penticles as a clarifying card for the lovers.

  41. Inger Bråthen October 1, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Hi, Ben. Do you like your boss back? 🙂

  42. Ben October 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Yes i do, its strange but im interested to see where it could go…

  43. Inger Bråthen October 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Queen of Pentacles in his position denotes he is a grounded and confident person who trusts in his own feelings. You get eight of swords which means you are not sure how you feel yet. Nine of wands shows up as advice when we have been hurt in the past and we can easily carry this hurt into our new relationships. This relationship could trigger some ‘old’ pain so this is a great opportunity for you to do some internal investigation cause you may have internalised a lot of pain from past relationships 🙂 I feel you will take things slow in this relationship and you will learn a lot about yourself in the process.

  44. Ben October 7, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Hi Inger, not sure if you saw my reply to your msg. But yes i do like my boss back 😊

  45. Inger Bråthen October 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    That’s great. 🙂 Let me know how you go. Are you going to ask her out?

  46. Ben October 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Not sure if i will, i have already hinted to her that im keen. Want to see if she will make a move. Ill let you know!

  47. N October 12, 2017 at 12:28 am

    so I asked if my ex will try and get in touch with me and i got
    3 of cups
    7 of swords

    does this mean he’ll try and manipulate me and lie if we meet at a social occasion when he’s back in town? He’s in a different country

  48. Inger Bråthen October 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Not for a while, I don’t think.

  49. N October 19, 2017 at 4:17 am

    sorry , 3 of cups was reversed.

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