The 22 Major Arcana are the heart of the deck, each symbolizing a
universal aspect of human experience - an archetype. Their subtle
but effective symbolism draws out deep and complex reactions, as
one would expect from the grand nature of the cards. Some people
interpret the Major Arcana as the steps on a journey through life,
holding the experiences and trials of an entire lifetime.
|The Magician||The High Priestess||The Empress||The Emperor||The Hierophant|
|The Lovers||The Chariot||Strength||The Hermit||Wheel of Fortune|
|Justice||The Hanged Man||Death||Temperance||The Devil|
|The Tower||The Star||The Moon||The Sun||Judgement|
Wands are the suit of Fire, representing energy, creativity, growth, glory, enterprise, inspiration and spirit. Wands build constructive energy for both practical and spiritual purposes. Their fiery energy adds passion to a given situation, resulting in new creations, ideas, and acceleration of events. They also results in competition, despite being a suit unrelated to the emotional extremes of hatred and love. Wands also represent transformation, a function of birth and death.
|Ace of Wands||Six of Wands||Page of Wands|
|Two of Wands||Seven of Wands||Knight of Wands|
|Three of Wands||Eight of Wands||Queen of Wands|
|Four of Wands||Nine of Wands||King of Wands|
|Five of Wands||Ten of Wands|
Cups are the suit of Water, representing emotion, relationships, intuition, pleasure and love. Cups build energy through both emotional and spiritual fulfillment, as opposed to material gain. The element of Water adds peace and balance, flowing from the higher planes to the lower. It can be rough or calm, a shallow puddle or a bottomless ocean, depending on its environment. The variety of human emotions mimics this mutability, changing their state in reaction to circumstances. Hence the Cups suits is tied to the emotions.
|Ace of Cups||Six of Cups||Page of Cups|
|Two of Cups||Seven of Cups||Knight of Cups|
|Three of Cups||Eight of Cups||Queen of Cups|
|Four of Cups||Nine of Cups||King of Cups|
|Five of Cups||Ten of Cups|
Swords are the suit of Air, representing the mind, the applications of logic and thought, authority and aggression. The energy of the Swords builds to increased wisdom and knowledge. The Swords are the most removed from the practicality of the Earth, since one can have thoughts with no basis in reality. Air is the most difficult element to quantify and describe, even though we are immersed in it and use it every day. It is still somewhat of a mystery, and while it bears the great challenges, it offers greater lessons.
|Ace of Swords||Six of Swords||Page of Swords|
|Two of Swords||Seven of Swords||Knight of Swords|
|Three of Swords||Eight of Swords||Queen of Swords|
|Four of Swords||Nine of Swords||King of Swords|
|Five of Swords||Ten of Swords|
Pentacles are the suit of Earth, representing money, trade, material matters, security, fortune, physical well-being and caution. Pentacles build towards physical security, focusing on the material. Pentacles express themselves through the five senses; sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. They are a suit of tangible results, actions and reactions. Their functioning is rather uncomplicated; slow, steady, and not greatly influenced by emotions.
|Ace of Pentacles||Six of Pentacles||Page of Pentacles|
|Two of Pentacles||Seven of Pentacles||Knight of Pentacles|
|Three of Pentacles||Eight of Pentacles||Queen of Pentacles|
|Four of Pentacles||Nine of Pentacles||King of Pentacles|
|Five of Pentacles||Ten of Pentacles|
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