Taro Cards - The Major Arcanas

  Major Arcana

  * The names of cards differ slightly in the various card decks
    The Chariot, Force, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune 
	Justice,  The Hanged Man,  Death

Card Number: 7
Key Number: 18
Rulership: Cancer
Hebrew Letter: Cheth
Translation: Fenced
Numerical Value: 12

The Chariot

The Child of the Powers of the Waters
The Lord of the Triumph of Light

positive interpretations of this tarot card: triumph, movement, change, self-belief, assertiveness, good news

negative interpretations of this tarot card: rage, tyranny, overinflated ego, selfishness, arrogance, delays, frustration

The chariot of the sun brings triumph over difficulties and an ability to overcome health problems. Generally, it is concerned with good fortune in many forms. The advantage of this card, well placed in the throw, is that the client can turn disadvantages into benefits without very much strain.

Force ( Fortitude or La Force )

The Daughter of the Flaming Sword

positive interpretations of this tarot card: strength, willpower, compassion, patience, courage, triumph, fortitude

negative interpretations of this tarot card: cowardice, fear, inertia, defeat, loss of opportunity

Endurance is shown by the strength card, the tough one of the Tarot, which expects its subjects to have a hard core of steel as a backbone. If that is not enough, they must have strong shoulders to bear their own burdens and those of others. How they conquer disadvantages need not be controlled by ethics, but they must have a built-in will to win despite the hardships. For all the grim aspects, this is regarded as a fortunate card because it concerns success brought about by dogged determination. It should not be confused with martyrdom.
Card Number: 8
Key Number: 19
Rulership: Leo
Hebrew Letter: Teth
Translation: Serpent
Numerical Value: 12

Card Number: 9
Key Number: 20
Rulership: Virgo
Hebrew Letter: Yod
Translation: The Human Hand Closed to Grasp or Hold
Numerical Value: 12

The Hermit

The Prophet of the Eternal; the Magnus of the voice of Power

positive interpretations of this tarot card: introspection, solitude, guidance, advice, patience

negative interpretations of this tarot card: obstinacy, suspiciousness, fear, impatience, folly, arrogance

The hermit is one of the most difficult cards in the pack. It indicates that the subject is motivated by good intentions that are misunderstood. Wisdom is gained only through prudence, by holding the tongue when one would prefer to speak out bluntly. It is a drastic card where love is concerned, bringing grief and disappointment. In every phase of life if wisdom is to be achieved, it must be earned in the hardest manner. Old age, when a more generally peaceful life is expected, will be easier than youth.

The Wheel of Fortune (La Roue de Fortune)

The Lord of the Forces of Life

positive interpretations of this tarot card: destiny, movement, vision, good luck, new cycle, synchronicity

negative interpretations of this tarot card: obstacles, temporary bad luck, unpleasant surprises

All the ups and downs of Me are within the wheel of fortune. The subject will feel that life is like a seesaw. Every mood will have a high and low; there is no chance to live on a placid plateau of emotion. It is the sum total of personal experience. The subject will lead a varied life with alternate "feasts and famines." Occultism sees the Wheel of Fortune card as concerned with the law of cause and effect, which we call karma.
Card Number: 10
Key Number: 21
Rulership: Jupiter
Hebrew Letter: Kaph
Translation: Hand
Numerical Value: 9

Card Number: 11
Key Number: 22
Rulership: Libra
Hebrew Letter: Lamed
Translation: Ox, Goad to Teach or Instruct
Numerical Value: 12


The Daughter of the Lords of Truth
The Ruler of the Balance

positive interpretations of this tarot card: justice, truth, integrity, balance, arbitration, responsibility, fairness

negative interpretations of this tarot card: prejudice, injustice, bad judgement, bias, bad advice

Justice itself is not always kind or completely imnate. If justice could always be tempered with mercy then it might tell a different story. It is the card that indicates that the subject can win only against desperate odds: no success will be easily achieved. He may spend long periods of life with his back against the wall, always forced into positions of adversity, not entirely through his own making but mostly because of others.

The Hanged Man (Le Pendu)

The Spirit of the Mighty Waters

positive interpretations of this tarot card: transition, flexibility, rebirth, deliverance, release

negative interpretations of this tarot card: materialism, inflated ego, lack of willpower, easily influenced, martyrdom

The card that seems to have a fascination for everyone looking through a Tarot deck for the first time is the hanged man. There is something macabre about him represented with geometric precision. The stillness of death seems to exude from the pasteboard. To a person who does not understand the laws of karma, the hanged man is an unfortunate card. Invariably, this type of person will make the wrong decisions all through his life. To the person whose awareness of spiritual values is more highly evolved, the hanged man becomes a fortunate card. His attributes are those of wisdom applied to the present life.
Card Number: 12
Key Number: 23
Rulership: Water
Hebrew Letter: Mem
Translation: Water
Numerical Value: 3

Card Number: 13
Key Number: 24
Rulership: Scorpio
Hebrew Letter: Nun
Translation: Fish
Numerical Value: 12

Death (La Mort)

The Child of the Great Transformers
The Lord of the Gate of Death

positive interpretations of this tarot card: endings, transformation, clearance, sweeping change

negative interpretations of this tarot card: stagnation, loss of opportunity, loss of friendship, fear of change

The death card indicates loss. Persons under its dominance not only are afraid of death, they are also fearful of living. So they pave their way to their own ultimate physical destruction. Losses occur because they never take any chances when opportunities arise to better themselves. It is the card associated with peace after pain, reward after struggle. Some people in the physical sense may have to have a dangerous surgical operation in order to live. Others go through equally serious emotional crises to find tranquility.

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