The Major Arcana

Written by Jacob. Published on January 21st, 2012 at 02:01.

The Major Arcana Rider Waite Tarot

The Trumps Major. The Higher Arcana. The Major cards reflect significant signposts in one human life, or rather one rotation of the great cycle we all experience. Each card is a stepping stone that carries a different vibration and weight. They communicate to each other in a way that creates a story uniting them as a single set within the whole Tarot deck.

The Major Arcana is built of 22 cards which makes up about 28% of the deck.

I do believe there is a lot of hype about these cards in particular. Their messages are clear, powerful, and enticing. But this is why they are the Major Arcana! There are some decks out there that consist only of these cards, and do not include the minor cards. Originally the Major Arcana were the only cards with illustrations (the minor cards were simplistic or visually concise).

You must learn the underlying story of The Fool, if you want a strong grasp on the Major Arcana. The Fool takes a life long journey through all the other cards. Each card builds on the last and the cycle, in the end, returns itself to the starting point.