Tarot Reading: Tarot Card Meanings of the Major Arcana

In a tarot reading, it is essential to know the meanings of the Major Arcana tarot cards, which are the first twenty-two cards of the tarot deck. The Major Arcana are significant to Tarot reading because they concern critical challenges either on the spiritual or personal level.

The Meaning Behind The Major Arcana Tarot Cards


The Fool Tarot Card:

  • Taking a risk
  • New opportunities
  • Following your heart
  • New Beginnings

Reversed Fool Tarot Card

  • Risky Behavior
  • Lack of Commitment
  • Fear preventing you from moving forward
  • Poor decisions

The Magician Tarot Card

  • Adaptability
  • Manifesting your desires
  • Utilizing your skills
  • Focusing yourself

Reversed Magician Tarot Card

  • Not using your skills appropriately
  • Manipulation
  • Scattered energy
  • Selfish behavior

The High Priestess Tarot Card

  • Listen to your intuition
  • Psychic ability
  • Subconscious influences
  • Trusting your gut

Reversed High Priestess Tarot Card

  • More needs to be revealed
  • Not listening to your inner voice
  • Internal Conflict
  • Anxiety

The Empress Tarot Card

  • Abundance, wealth, and prosperity
  • Creativity and productivity
  • Completion of projects
  • Fertility, childbirth, pregnancy

Reversed Empress Tarot Card

  • Creative blocks
  • Not expressing yourself
  • Enmeshment
  • Financial issues

The Emperor Tarot Card

  • Male authority figure
  • Logic and rational thinking
  • Organization
  • Status and society

Reversed Emperor Tarot Card

  • Excessive Force
  • Inflexible behavior
  • Impatient
  • Disorganization

The Hierophant Tarot Card

  • Traditional Values
  • Wise Teacher
  • Conventional thinking and morals
  • Religious institutions, influences, or spirituality

Reversed Hierophant Tarot Card

  • Rigidity
  • Need to think outside the box
  • Fanaticism
  • Feeling constricted by traditional thinking or values

The Lovers Tarot Card

  • Need to make an important choice
  • New path
  • New relationship
  • New partnerships

Reversed Lovers Tarot Card

  • reluctance to make an important decision
  • Issues with a relationship
  • Separation, divorce, infidelity
  • Obstacles, division, poor communication

The Chariot Tarot Card

  • Focus and willpower
  • Triumph and victory
  • The power of your thoughts and intentions
  • Stamina

Reversed Chariot Tarot Card

  • Lack of focus
  • Being ruled by emotions
  • Lack of balance and inner harmony
  • Conflicting feelings

The Strength Tarot Card

  • Diplomacy and neutrality
  • Courage in the face of adversity
  • Confronting your fears
  • Inner strength

Reversed Strength Tarot Card

  • Feeling out of control or ruled by fear
  • Self-indulgence
  • Domineering behavior
  • Dependency

The Hermit Tarot Card

  • Being guided by one’s intuition
  • Self-knowledge
  • Search for meaning and purpose within one’s life
  • The guidance offered by someone more experienced

Reversed Hermit Tarot Card

  • Reluctance to listen to one’s own voice
  • Isolation or feelings of being alone
  • Unwilling to see the truth, denial
  • Not listening to good advice

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

  • Good luck
  • Rapid cycles
  • Karma and fate
  • Need for adaptation

Reversed Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

  • What goes up, must come down
  • Outcomes not in your favor
  • Stagnation
  • Need for patience

The Justice Tarot Card

  • Integrity, fairness, and diplomacy
  • Getting what one deserves
  • Compromises
  • Fair and just outcomes

Reversed Justice Tarot Card

  • Not getting what you deserve
  • Need to examine your behaviors
  • Poor decision making
  • Inequality or unfairness

The Hanged Man Tarot Card

  • Trust and Faith
  • Enlightenment
  • Selflessness, self-sacrifice
  • Letting go of control

Reversed Hanged Man Tarot Card

  • Unwillingness to let go
  • Lack of trust
  • Slowed progress
  • Arrogance, lack of humility, materialism

The Death Tarot Card

  • New Beginnings
  • Transformation
  • Change
  • Need to move forward from one’s past

Reversed Death Tarot Card

  • Reluctance to make necessary changes
  • Over attachment to one’s past
  • Stagnation or holding on to old ideas
  • Fear and uncertainty of what’s to come

The Temperance Tarot Card

  • Balance and inner harmony
  • Patience
  • Moderation and compromise
  • Self-control

Reversed Temperance Tarot Card

  • Lack of patience, moderation, and self-control
  • Unwillingness to compromise
  • Intolerant and insensitive
  • Anxious, worried or fearful

The Devil Tarot Card

  • Temptation
  • Co-dependent relationship or behavior
  • Materialism and selfishness
  • Overindulgence

Reversed Devil Tarot Card

  • Letting go of fear or temptations
  • Need to look at your behaviors
  • Freedom from bondage
  • Being rigid or too controlling

The Tower Tarot Card

  • Sudden change or upheaval
  • Breakdown of current structures or ideas
  • Exposure of truth
  • New outlook and perceptions

Reversed Tower Tarot Card

  • Unwillingness to let go of old ideas
  • Illusion or refusal to accept the truth
  • False lifestyle
  • Feeling stuck or unable to move forward

The Star Tarot Card

  • Healing and rejuvenation
  • Inspiration
  • Faith
  • Guidance

Reversed Star Tarot Card

  • Lack of confidence
  • Loss of hope
  • Confusion or uncertainty
  • Narrow-mindedness

The Moon Tarot Card

  • Illusion
  • Unconscious influences
  • Intuition
  • Reflection

Reversed Moon Tarot Card

  • Deception
  • The need to get honest with one’s self
  • Reluctance to take valuable advice
  • Not listening to your intuition or inner voice

The Sun Tarot Card

  • Abundance in all things
  • Completion of projects
  • Success and prosperity
  • Joy and happiness

Reversed Sun Tarot Card

  • Delayed Progress
  • Pessimism or lack of gratitude
  • Depression or loneliness
  • Issues in relationships

The Judgment Tarot Card

  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Enlightenment
  • Setting things right
  • New clarity or perspectives

Reversed Judgment Tarot Card

  • Lack of responsibility
  • Being overly critical of self and others
  • Procrastination, stagnation, delays
  • Focusing too much on the past

The World Tarot Card

  • Fulfillment and self-growth
  • Completion
  • Attainment
  • Freedom and prosperity

Reversed World Tarot Card

    • Plans have yet to be fully realized
    • Refusal to learn from past mistakes or experiences
    • Unfinished business
    • Delays or minor setbacks