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Major Arcana Keywords

FOOL

KEYWORDS:  Beginnings, innocence, spontaneity, carefree

GENERAL MEANING:  The Fool represents new beginnings, potential and child-like innocence.  This card is all about adventure, personal development and new experiences.  The Fool does need seem to mind not knowing where he is going, he takes a leap of faith and heads down the road free of worry and living carefree.  He encourages you to leave your fear behind and follow your heart.  The Fool also encourages you to believe in yourself and try new ideas.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Naivety, foolishness, recklessness, risk-taking

REVERSED:  Unfortunately, this happy-go-lucky and childlike attitude can lead to trouble.  It can represent thinking of investing in a “get rich quick” scheme or that you have found “The One” in a new acquaintance.  He is so caught up in his daydreams that he does not see what is and the dangers that are before him.  He needs to stop and pay attention to his trusted friends or mentors to avoid looking like a fool. 

JUSTICE

KEYWORDS:  Justice, fairness, truth, cause and effect, law

GENERAL MEANING:  The Justice card represents justice, fairness, truth and the law.  The scales are balanced and the situations have been worked out as they are meant to be.  You will now be asked to account for you actions and you will be judged accordingly.  What is happening to you is the result of the decisions you have made in the past and you have what you deserve.  The Justice card is reminding you that your decisions and actions have long term consequences and your past and future circumstances will be a result of those decisions and actions.  This card asks that you search for the truth, know it and speak it.  It is a time to remain objective and base your judgement on fact not gossip   This card can also indicate that you will be faced with a decision.  Be sure to get all the facts as this is an important decision. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Unfairness, lack of accountability, dishonesty

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Justice cards indicates dishonesty to yourself or others.  You are unwilling to accept responsibility of your actions and to understand the deeper meaning of why the event occurred.  You may also be trying to blame others for your mistakes.  This card is asking you to take responsibility for your past choices and decisions.  It may also indicate that you are making a biased or unfair judgement in a situation.  You must go back over the facts and find the truth. 

MAGICIAN

KEYWORDS: Power, skill, concentration, action, resourcefulness

GENERAL MEANING:  The Magician represents a time when you have ability to harness the power of the Universe and manifest all your desires.  Those desires are represented by the four elements of the Tarot – spiritual (fire – wands), physical (earth – pentacles), emotional (water – cups or mental (air – swords).  The Magician indicates you have the energy and creative power to create a new life cycle for yourself.  This card is about using what tools, resources and skills you have available to you to manifest your goals.  By using your existing knowledge, you will be able to come up with solutions for whatever challenge you encounter.  The Magician indicates that you must be clear and committed to your goals to obtain them. It also indicates you are doing a good job at using everything available to you to reach your goals and you must keep up the good work. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Manipulation, poor planning, latent talents

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  The Magician in reverse can indicate manipulation, deceit and using one’s skills for negative reasons.  It can also be a warning to be careful that you are not used or manipulated by another.  This card can represent your lack of planning or focus and that you are not using all your skills, talents or resources you have available to you.  In order to move forward you must begin to use what is available to you. 

HANGED MAN

KEYWORDS:  Suspension, restriction, letting go, sacrifice

GENERAL MEANING:  The Hanged man indicates a time to suspend action and decisions.  It is calling for you to look at life and your circumstances from a different point of view before making a decision or taking action.  This card can sometimes represent a feeling of being stuck.  You need to look within to find why you are feeling this way and let go of those beliefs that are keeping you feeling stuck.  The Hanged Man reminds you that letting go of what is restricting you is the only way to change your situation.  The Hanged Man represents making sacrifices for the greater good.  You must be willing to lose something to gain the ultimate goal.    Take this time to pause and consider your options.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Martyrdom, indecision, delay

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Hanged Man represents a period when you are feeling like your life is passing you by while you are stuck on hold.  It suggests that you feel as though you are making great sacrifices and are getting nothing in return.  However, this period is now over and you can expect major changes to begin to occur.  The Hanged Man can indicate that you are putting off making a decision, hoping it will just go away.  But the decision will still need to be made regardless of how long you wait. 

HIGH PRIESTESS

KEYWORDS:  Intuition, Higher posers, mystery, subconscious mind

GENERAL MEANING:  The High Priestess represents wisdom, understanding, spiritual enlightenment and divine knowledge.  She is sometimes called the guardian of the subconscious as she sits in front of the veil of consciousness.  She is highly intuitive and understands all that is around us.  She uses this knowledge to tech, not control others.  When the high Priestess appears be sure to pay attention to your intuition and dreams.  Your inner voice has very important information for you and you need to make time to be still and quiet to get the message.  You must learn to trust and use your intuition.  This card indicates a time when your life may be changing and you have many questions.  The answers are within.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Hidden agendas, need to listen to inner voice

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed High Priestess indicates you are not listening to your inner voice.  You have become out of touch with your inner self and no longer use or trust your intuition.  This card suggests it is time for you to take the time to practice meditation or some other form mindfulness to reconnect to your subconscious.  It may indicate that you are listening to others instead of what you deep down to be true.  The High Priestess can indicate that there is those around you with hidden agendas or who are spreading gossip.  Face them and find out the truth or what secrets other are keeping from you.

DEATH

KEYWORDS:  Endings, beginnings, change, transformation, transition

GENERAL MEANING:  The Death card represents endings, beginnings, change and transformation.  It suggests the ending of one phase and the beginning of another.  You need to let go of the past and embrace the future.  This card indicates a time of great transformation and transition.  The Death card suggests a sudden unexpected change you cannot run or hide from.  The old must go to make way for the new.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Resistance to change, unable to move on

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Death card indicates that you are on the verge of a major transformation in your life but for some reason it has not taken place.  You are resisting the change by holding on to the past or are resisting any element of the change that is coming into your life.  The reversed Death card is suggesting that you look at why you are resisting the change and what is stopping you from moving forward on your journey.

EMPRESS

KEYWORDS:  Fertility, femininity, beauty, nature, abundance

GENERAL MEANING:  The Empress represents a time to create and get in touch with your feminine side.  Experience pleasure and beauty in everything with all your senses.  It is also the card that represents pregnancy or birth.  Look to the other cards to see if is an actual birth or the birth of a new project, idea or way of thinking.  The Empress suggests it is time to start growing these ideas and projects.  She also suggests you spend time in nature connecting with Mother Earth and its energy.  This card is about deep nurturing, caring, supporting and growing those around you.  It is about creating abundance in your life with wise decisions and feeling the joy and love that it brings.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Creative block, dependence on others

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Empress suggests a loss of personal power.  You have allowed the concerns and problems of others to take over your life and you have not attended to your personal needs.  This card suggests it is time to take care of you.  The Empress also indicates that you may be having a hard time making decisions about your relationship with another or you are unable to work well with others.  It is time to look within to discover the reason why this is so.  This card may also represent that you are feeling that something is missing from your life and you are not feeling fulfilled.  Again, it is time to look within for the answers. 

TEMPERANCE

KEYWORDS:  Balance, moderation, patience, purpose, meaning

GENERAL MEANING:  The Temperance card represents, balance, moderation and patience.  It indicates that you have learned to bring balance and moderation into your life on all levels allowing you to eliminate stress and anxiety.  It suggests that you are at peace with taking your time to accomplish things and that you are aware of your life’s purpose and meaning.  The Temperance card also indicates that you have found a balance between your inner and outer worlds.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Imbalance, excess lack of long-term vision

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Temperance card represents imbalance.  Something has caused your life to become out of balance and it is causing you great stress and anxiety.  You have become impatient and are refusing to use moderation.  It suggests that you have lost your long-term vision and are feeling unfulfilled.  Return to the Death card to understand what it is you need of let go of to make the changes needed to move forward. 

EMPEROR

KEYWORDS: Authority, father figure, structure, solid foundation

GENERAL MEANING:  The Emperor is the father figure of the cards.  He gives advice, guidance and wisdom to all who ask.  He has gained his knowledge through life experiences and he share it with those around him.  He represents security, comfort and a solid foundation.  The Emperor also represents organization, well made plans and stability.  It suggests you have a strong desire to manifest your ideas and dreams.  The Emperor is a strong leader who is in control at all times.  He will listen to the advice of others but will always have the final say.  He is not afraid of conflict or protecting those he cares about.  This card tells of success and recognition.  It an represent your desire to be recognized as a leader with great authority.  The Emperor can represent the force the rules your actions – willpower and self-control.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Domination, excessive control, rigidity, inflexibility

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Emperor can indicate that you are someone in your life is misusing their authority or power.  You are feeling powerless and frustrated.  Look into your need to control things and use logic to solve your problems.  The reversed Emperor can also suggest you have a lack of self-control or respect of authority.  It is time to get yourself back under control. 

DEVIL

KEYWORDS:  Bondage, addiction, sexuality, materialism

GENERAL MEANING:  The Devil card represents the negative inner forces that make you feel as though you are trapped by external forces.  The Devil represents fear, addiction and negative feelings.  He is the master of deception and convinces you that you cannot escape him or your vices.  The Devil card shows you that you are not trapped or unable to escape, it is all an illusion.  It reminds you that you have the power within to break free from this illusion and your addictions.  The Devil can also indicate that you have become obsessed on a certain idea or situation.  This obsession is consuming your time and energy at the expense of other area in your life. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Detachment, breaking free, power reclaimed

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Devil indicates that you have reclaimed your power and you are willing able to break free from your addictions, obsessive and negative behaviors.  You have accepted that you are not imprisoned by anything except your fears. 

HIEROPHANT

KEYWORDS:  Religion, group identification, conformity, tradition, beliefs

GENERAL MEANING:  The Hierophant represents traditional and conventional means of doing things.  It suggests you need to follow the rules and systems that are in place instead of making your own way.  You will need to follow traditions or established social structures.  The Hierophant represents situations, people of institutions that have rules and boundaries that cannot be changed or bent to conform to your expectations.  This card may appear when you are looking to join a new group or looking for a new place of learning.  The Hierophant can represent a wise mentor or teacher who is willing to share his knowledge and wisdom with you.  He teaches you that you can learn by doing. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Restriction, challenging the status quo

REVERSED MEANING:  The recovered Hierophant indicates you are feeling restricted or constrained by the rules and boundaries around you.  You want to go against the status quo and do things your way.  You are challenging anything that feels inflexible or rigid.  You no longer want to follow tradition or boundaries set by others.

TOWER

KEYWORDS:  Disaster, upheaval, sudden change, revelation

GENERAL MEANING:  The Tower indicates a time of great, sudden change.  Change that goes to the foundation of your existence.  It is an experience that brings major upheaval, chaos and affects you profoundly.  It represents a necessary experience that forces you out of your comfort zone to grow.  It is about truth, honesty, inspiration and reality. The Tower’s destruction has brought you to rock bottom and you can revert back to the self-defeating, restrictive Devil or reach for the transformational and inspirational Star. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Avoidance of disaster, fear of change

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Tower indicates that you are trying to avoid the destruction.  You are aware that the change and transformation must happen but are afraid to move forward.  You must accept changes sometimes require discomfort, but in the end, the pain is worth the reward.

LOVERS

KEYWORDS:  Love, union, relationships, values alignment, choices

GENERAL MEANING:  The Lovers represents perfect communication and harmony.  It is about finding your perfect other half which you create a very strong bond with.  It can also indicate a very strong sexual connection.  The Lovers can indicate you are establishing a belief system within yourself and becoming clear about your values. This card can indicate that you have a choice to be made.  It is a very important choice being the Lovers is a Major Arcana card.  You will need to be sure to choose the right path as it will greatly affect your life. Examine all your options remembering that the easy path may not be the right path to your best life.  The Lovers can indicate that you will be asked to make a choice that will force you to challenge your morals.  This choice is very much right or wrong and you need to consider all the consequences before you decide.  You must be completely honest with yourself as to why you would choose one way or the other.

REVERSED KEYWORDS: Disharmony, imbalance, misalignment of values

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Lovers indicates that you are trying to avoid the consequences of a decision you have made. You have made decisions that do not align with you values and now you have disharmony within yourself.  This card is encouraging you to make things right and vow to make better choices in the future.  The Lovers may indicate an imbalance in your relationships.  It is suggesting that you open your heart and communicate with others to bring the relationship back into balance.

STAR

KEYWORDS:  Hope, spirituality, renewal, inspiration, serenity

GENERAL MEANING:  The Star is telling you that the Universe will always be there for you and that you must have faith and trust that it will. This card indicates that you have courage, fulfilment, inspiration and love in your life.  You have come to a place that you deeply understand yourself and those around you.   The Star reminds you that you have made it through the challenges of the Tower and you are ready for healing and transformation.  You have learned to connect with your inner self and let go of the past.  This card suggests you making changes on both the inside and outside to find your true self.  The Star encourages you to look at all you have gone through and know that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.  It encourages you to have faith and believe in yourself. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Lack of faith, despair, discouragement

REVERED MEANING:  The reversed Star indicates that you have become discouraged and have fallen into despair.  You are focused on the negatives in your life and have lost hope for any positive possibilities.  The reversed Star also that you have become uninspired and have lost your enthusiasm and the joy you felt at one time.  You are overwhelmed by your daily tasks and feel trapped in your life.  This card is a reminder that the negatives in you lives are what brings growth and change.  You must keep faith and believe that the Universe will do what is best for all.  This is a test of faith and you will come out of it a stronger person. 

CHARIOT

KEYWORDS:  Control, will power, victory, assertion, determination

GENERAL MEANING:  The Chariot represents conquest, victory and overcoming challenges through your confidence and control.  You must stay focused, determined and self-disciplined to overcome the challenges you meet.  You must be in complete control to beat the competition and accomplish your goal.  This card is telling you to use your willpower and self-discipline to give you the strength you need to succeed.  It is telling you to be bold and assertive.  You need to know and ask for your wants and needs.  The Chariot asks that you learn to harness the energy of your aggression for the greater good and not to allow it to become destructive.  Master your emotions and be in control of yourself.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Lack of control and direction, aggression

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Chariot suggest you are feeling that you have lost control of your life.  You feel as though you have no say the direction you are going.  This reversed card is telling you to exam the situation and take control of what you can and let what you cannot control go.  Get some direction and build on that.  The reversed Chariot can also represent your loss of self-control.  You have been channeling your aggression in the wrong direction and it is now out of control. Refocus on your goals and put the energy of your aggression back into fueling your determination and willpower. 

MOON

KEYWORDS:  Illusion, fear, anxiety, insecurity, subconscious

GENERAL MEANING:  The Moon is a psychological card of projecting fear into your present and your future, based on past experiences.  These are the images, thoughts and feelings that you have buried deep within your subconscious.  The Moon card indicates this is the time to do the deep inner work to release these negative thoughts and experiences.  This deep inner work will bring your fears, anxieties, secret motives and even hidden truths to the surface so you can release them.  The Moon card also represents illusion and deception.  It warns that things are not what they may seem to be.  This could be that something or someone around you is not what it looks to be or that you are resisting seeing something for what it is. Either way, you must open your eyes and see what the truth is.  The Moon card represents the subconscious and is a reminder that you must trust your intuition to show you the way, even if the path is dark. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Release of fear, unhappiness, confusion

REVERSED MEANING:  The Moon reversed indicates that you have been experiencing a time of self-deception, illusion, fear and anxiety.  This has been difficult, but you are now beginning to feel that things are getting better and you are becoming less fearful and anxious.  You are working on freeing yourself from your limiting beliefs.  The reversed Moon card may also indicate that you have unhappy with your current life situation.  You have become confused as to your purpose and direction. The card suggests that you must look within for happiness and direction.  You must have faith in yourself and use your intuition to guide you.

STRENGTH

KEYWORDS:  Strength, courage, patience, control, compassion

GENERAL MEANING:  The Strength card represents inner strength and determination.  It is the knowing that you can overcome your struggles by using your inner confidence and strength.  It is using compassion to gently control your surroundings.  This card also represents using your inner wisdom to control the beasts that live inside you.  It is reminding you that by showing love, peace and warmth you can gain the control you desire.  The Strength card asks you to find the confidence within yourself to be strong and determined.  It gives you the confidence to fight self-doubt. It also asks you to be aware when you are pushing yourself too hard and not taking care of yourself. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Weakness, self-doubt, lack of self-discipline

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Strength card represents weakness.  You are feeling as though you cannot face or defeat your challenges and you are beginning to feel self-doubt.  Your inner strength and courage are lacking and you are feeling vulnerable.  The reversed Strength card is reminding you that you need to reconnect with your inner strength and draw on your willpower and self-control to overcome any obstacles that you are facing.  Exam the root of your self-doubt and work on eliminating it. 

SUN

KEYWORDS:  Fun, warmth, success, positivity, vitality

GENERAL MEANING:  The Sun represents success, abundance, energy and fun.  Life is good and you feel it.  You have an enormous amount of energy and are shinning with confidence.  You see the bright side of everything and you have a clear path set out in front of you.  You are enjoying all your life has to offer and you are excited for each day. You feel as though there is nothing you can’t accomplish now.

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Temporary depression, lack of success

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Sun represents a feeling of depression and lack of success.  You have had some setbacks and now you are feeling as though you will not make your goals.  You are allowing your challenges to get the best of you and this is keeping you from moving forward.  You may also be feeling as though you can no longer see a clear path and are now resisting moving forward at all.  The Sun card reminds you that your challenges are like clouds, they are temporary, and they will soon be moving out of your way.  You must keep your faith and put your mind to overcoming them and you will soon be on the right path again. 

HERMIT

KEYWORDS:  Soul-searching, introspection, being alone, inner guidance

GENERAL MEANING:  The Hermit represents a time of looking within. It suggests you are feeling drawn to spend time in meditation or alone with your thoughts.  You are wanting a deeper understanding of your own inner wisdom and what your life is about.  This card indicates a period of soul-searching and introspection.  It represents a desire to start down a new path of self-awareness and discovery.  The Hermit represents learning to honor your inner wisdom and all you need to know is within yourself. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Isolation, loneliness, withdrawal

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Hermit can mean one of two things.  It can be telling you that you are spending too much time in isolation and cutting yourself off from others. While spending time alone can be very beneficial, do not forget the value of staying connected with others.  Do not become so absorbed in yourself that you ignore the needs of your family and friends.  One the other hand, the reversed Hermit can represent that you are not taking enough time for personal reflection.  It is suggesting that you take the time to be quiet and mindful and reconnect with your inner self.

JUDGEMENT

KEYWORDS:  Judgement, rebirth, inner calling, absolution

GENERAL MEANING:  The Judgement card calls for a time of reflection and self-evaluation.  It is about an awakening to your inner calling and purpose.  You may have had a recent “Ahha” moment when you came to realize that your life experiences and lessons have lead you to a new calling or purpose and now you have almost attained it.  It may also indicate your willingness to finish the inner work you have started to complete your transformation and understanding.  The Judgement card is about absolution.  You are finally free of guilt, pain and sorrow about the past and you are cleansed of your sins and mistakes. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Self-doubt, refusal of self-examination

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Judgement card suggests you are caught up in self-doubt.  You need to remember the challenges you have overcome and move forward with confidence.  The reversed Judgement card reminds you to take some time for self-reflection.  Do not be overly hard or judgmental of yourself.  Get to the core of the matter of issues from your past and draw from the lessons. 

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

KEYWORDS:  Good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point

GENERAL MEANING:  The Wheel of Fortune is a reminder that life has its ups and downs.  There are times when you are feel everything is going your way and there are times when you feel the Universe is out to get you.  Without the bad the good would seem ordinary and no lessons would be learned.  Without the good the challenges and struggles would be for nothing.  The Wheel of Fortune card is asking you to learn to accept and adapt to whatever way it is turning and to use it to your advantage.  It is about keeping the faith that the Universe does have your back and will do what is for the greater good.  This is a card of good luck and good fortune.  It is also a card of karma, reminding you that what goes around comes around. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Bad Luck, negative external forces, out of control

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed Wheel of Fortune represents a time of bad luck.  This is not a time to take risks or be reckless.  Be more cautious than normal and make sure you have all the facts before you invest or take action on other opportunities.  This card is also about negative external forces being against you.  It suggests that these forces are outside of your control and there is nothing you can do to change that.  Instead look at the decisions and actions you have taken that may have brought you to this place, accept the responsibility of your situation and look for ways to make positive changes. 

WORLD

KEYWORDS:  Completion, integration, accomplishment, travel

GENERAL MEANING:  The World signifies completion, achievement, and fulfilment.  All of your efforts are finally paying off, and you have reached the end of a journey or have completed a major life cycle.  You have endured hardships and challenges along the way, but these have only make you stronger, wiser, and more experienced than when you first started on your journey.  The World card also represents new beginnings that naturally emerge from completion of a cycle.  You can now see the entire process from beginning to end and you have a deeper understanding of your role in the creation of your life. 

REVERSED KEYWORDS:  Lack of completion, lack of closure

REVERSED MEANING:  The reversed World card indicates that you are having trouble completing the journey or cycle you are on.  You have tried to skip steps or avoid challenges and now you have become stuck.  You need to return to those challenges and face them, even though they may be painful and hard, so that you can move forward to completion.  Re-energize yourself and remind yourself how great life will be when you have finally reached your goal.