To pick up tarot cards meaning easily visualize the Major Arcana as the steps of the Fool’s spiritual journey.
The Major Arcana cards tell us the story of the archetypal journey of the Fool and they can be read and memorized as stages of self-realization that deal with major life experiences.
Through his travel, the Fool meets in the cards all the symbols of our collective unconscious that appear to us also in myths, dreams, and art.
The fool matures with each cycle and gains an understanding that prepares him for the next cycle.
Try this experiment to learn the tarot cards meaning: spread out the cards and organize them by number, in 3 groups of seven plus the Fool, number zero, on aside.
In the first group, it is easy to recognize the figures that characterize the first basic development within the family and a small social circle.
In the second set of cards, the Fool confronts and comes to terms with the rules of society and culture.
Finally, the third group of tarots deals with spiritual development.
If you found it difficult to memorize the meaning of the Major Arcana taken one by one, I’m sure you’ll find it a lot easier to learn their meaning by visualizing the story of the Fool’s travel.
He is the main character of this story, he is naive, carefree, innocent, and pure, the fearless archetypal child. He stands on a cliff unaware of the danger, protected only by his innocence.
The Fool learns his wordy skills. He is all outgoing energy, manipulating the world with his newly acquired abilities.
The Fool meets now a different kind of knowledge. The High priestess is the virgin daughter. She is ingoing energy, introspection, and intuition. She complements the Magician.
Is the archetypal mother: nurturing, creative, emotional.
This figure is the archetypal father, representing authority, rational mind, logic, and rules.
The Pope represents the encounter of the Fool with formal education, cultural traditions and values. He is the giver of ancient knowledge.
The Fool in his youth gets to know sexuality, friendship, romantic relationships, and choices between passion and reality.
The Fool has learned about opposing forces and now he learns how to govern them. He learns to channel energies and his self-confidence grows.
The Fool needs to find the inner strength for impulse control.
This card represents the inner quest for answers, introspection, the need to find ourselves, and inner peace.
Life can be unpredictable and our hero needs to accept fate beyond our control.
We reap what we sow. The Fool learns to accept responsibility for his actions.
The Fool learns to let go and see things differently. He also accepts sacrifice and serenity. He is getting ready for the next card.
Facing a major and painful change. It is now necessary to leave a burden behind. It is time for transformation and renewal.
Having known death, the Fool emerges from this experience with inner balance. He learns tolerance and moderation.
Time to confront the personal demons that lurk in our dark side. The Devil may control us or we can use his energy to find and break the chains that bind us.
This tarot brings a drastic change, it makes us face the bare truth. The universe strikes us with a bolt that shakes all we know and frees us from the dark and the devil’s bonds.
But there is still hope after catastrophic events and the Fool finds the faith to carry on in his journey.
Things are not what they seem. The Fool is questioning reality and illusions. Through inspiring dreams, he learns to deal with illusions.
Our hero sees the light. He is sure and confident in the sun’s invigorating clarity. He starts a brave march to success.
The Fool is now strong enough to face the call to rebirth and renewal. He goes through an inventory of his adventures and gets ready for the next level.
This card heralds the end of a cycle. The Fool has achieved awareness and thanks to lessons learned he is getting ready for the next journey.
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