The Major Arcana, Part 1

The Divinatory meaning for each card in this series of posts is  derived from A.E. Waite: The Key To The Tarot. They are presented first. The term Querent is the person asking for the insight of the Tarot

The factors we must keep in mind for each card dealt.
The type of spread that is used to conduct the reading.
The position of the card in the current reading.
Your intuitive feelings as they relate to the overall reading.

The Fool0. THE FOOL
Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewilderment.
Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity.






Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety; sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies; self-confidence, will; the Querent, if male.

Reversed: Physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet.



Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science.

Reversed: Passion, moral or physical ardor, conceit, surface knowledge.



The Empress3. THE EMPRESS
Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance.

Reversed: Light, truth, the unraveling of involved matters, public rejoicings; according to another reading, vacillation.



The Emperor4. THE EMPEROR
Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will.

Reversed: Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.




The Hierophant5. THE HIEROPHANT
Marriage, alliance, captivity, servitude; by another account, mercy and goodness; inspiration; the man to whom the Querent has recourse.

Reversed: Society, good understanding, concord, over kindness, weakness.




The Lovers6. THE LOVERS
Attraction, love, beauty, trials overcome.

Reversed: Failure, foolish designs. Another account speaks of marriage frustrated and contrarieties of all kinds.




The Chariot7. THE CHARIOT
Succor, providence also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble.

Reversed: Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.






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