The Major Arcana are the first 22 Tarot cards corresponding to archetypal symbols of the man and his life. They have a double meaning, divinatory and another evolutionary because they show human beings in their spiritual evolution.
Some tarotists only employ Major Arcana in their readings because they believe that the information that this cards provide to them is enough to give guidance to the consultant.
In certain general spreads is also common to use only the Major Arcana.
Some general aspects that can help us in the interpretation of the Major Arcana are detailed below.
Which are the Major Arcana?
Below They are listed the Major arcana, if you want more information about your interpretation click on the name of the Arcanum to go to the corresponding article.
Major Arcanum I - The Magician
Major Arcanum II - The High Priestess
Major Arcanum III - The Empress
Major Arcanum IV - The Emperor
Major Arcanum V - The Hierophant
Major Arcanum VI - The Lovers
Major Arcanum VII - The Chariot
Major Arcanum VIII - Strenght
Major Arcanum IX - The Hermit
Major Arcanum X - Wheel of Fortune
Major Arcanum XI - Justice
Major Arcanum XII - The Hanged Man
Major Arcanum XIII - Death
Major Arcanum XIV - Temperance
Major Arcanum XV - The Devil
Major Arcanum XVI - The Tower
Major Arcanum XVII - The Star
Major Arcanum XVIII - The Moon
Major Arcanum XIX - The Sun
Major Arcanum XX - Judgement
Major Arcanum XXI - The World
Active, Passive and neutral Cards
Each one of the Major Arcana can be identified with one of these qualities.
The Chariot is an active card
The Hermit is a passive card
The Star is a neutral card
The colors and their meanings in the Tarot
The colors we see in each card also carry a symbolism and some sensations . If a card has a black background, like The Tower in the Rider Waite Tarot, produces a negative feeling that if the background is blue like in Judgement , or yellow and green as The Empress. The characters wear clothes, shoes, tools, etc. that they also attract us or dislike for their color.
The first sensation we receive about the card is, consciously or unconsciously, through the colors we perceive.
The main color of the card transmits sensations and helps us to his interpretation