Definition of Major Arcana
The major arcana makes up one of the two main segments of a deck of tarot cards. These cards are also known as trump cards. There are 78 tarot cards in a deck, and 22 of these are the major arcana. They represent archetypal images and energies, and tell the story of the Fool, as he starts at number 0 and travels through all of life’s experiences, ending with the World card at number 21.
The imagery on the trump cards is taken from a myriad of traditions and cultures, and not all of these pictures are pretty or peaceful. Some of them are disturbing — but then some facts of life are disturbing, too, and the major arcana cards reflect life and the situations faced. The trump cards in a tarot reading signify an area of importance, and ask that particular attention be paid to this issue.
TERM OF THE DAY
This is the last of the single digit numbers and the end of the primary numerological cycle. Not surprisingly, then, 9 is the number that brings things to a close. Every ending launches a new beginning; therefore, 9 is both the end and the starting point, the place that initiates something fresh like the phoenix rising out of the ashes.Read the full Number 9 definition