TAROT
The
MAJOR ARCANA 
 

I.  THE MAGICIAN ..........Destiny, Faith, Knowledge.

 

This is a spiritual energy, which may be misused by rash or hasty decisions. There is strong faith in  the self and a  strength is being offered for your protection. There is  knowledge  which  should used for  your  own  benefit.

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Divinatory Meaning:
Positive:

There is wisdom, intelligence and an ability  to see where others have failed to make practical use of their abilities. There is to be a change of direction for those who can see the way. It is a time of self development and recognition.

Negative:

Treachery, trickery and a misuse of knowledge for personal gain at the expense of others. Here is selfishness, deceit, self indulgence and  unnecessary risks to satisfy ego and vanity.


 

II. THE HIGH PRIESTESS..... Change, Emotion, Decision

 

She is the pivot and balance between elements, or forces and without her they become out of control. She  will communicate with the unknown her knowledge brings to you birth, power and a renewal of situations.

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Divinatory Meaning:
Positive:

There will be a change in circumstances due to an agreement or understanding, a removal of emotional obstacles.

Negative:

Emotional  energies block progress. Decisions are necessary and must be made objectively .


 

III.   THE EMPRESS ....... Initiative, New Activity, Birth.

 

This is the goddess of fertility,  she gives herself to the promise of new concepts or situations, she has control over her  emotions  and  has the  ability  to understand situations and to help others .

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Divinatory Meaning:
Positive:

Success can be  achieved if your  instincts and intuition are followed. You receive news of a  Possible  pregnancy or birth in the family, or  a new business venture to be undertaken.

Negative:

Incorrect opinions result in a waste of energy and empty achievements. Possible miscarriage,  aborted conditions, or lost children.


 

IV. THE EMPEROR ......... Will, Wisdom, Self Control

This  is  the  counterpart  to  the Empress  and  represents physical  energy, a father figure, paternal affects and attachments. An older, wiser man will assist you.

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Divinatory Meaning:
Positive:

Lessons can be learned and wisdom gained. Self control  and discipline brings a realization of authoritative and protective circumstances.

Negative:

There is a lack of  self  control  and emotional outbursts lead to anger or ruin. Disagreement is caused by over-confidence and self-delusion


 

V. HIEROPHANT.. Inspiration, Morality, Knowledge

Historically  the  pope, is of  the knowledge of the seven deadly  sins  (Pride, Envy,  Sloth,  Wrath,  Lust, Avarice and Gluttony) and the seven virtues (Power, Grace, Love, Ethics, Courage, Honesty and Benevolence) He's destined to fight evil and to bring forth the good in man.

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Divinatory Meaning:
Positive:

This brings alliances, partnerships, social and spiritual betterment, and  knowledge.  Good  advice  from a friend or associate is given. It is a time to expand beyond ones own limitations an agreement or contract is to be presented

Negative:

Rules, laws,  or agreements  have  been  broken through deceit, weak  morals,  bad advice and prejudice, or snobbery. A re-appraisal of a  plan or decision is necessary.


 

VI.   THE LOVERS ...........Passion, Pleasure, Decisions.

The Lovers  represent  a new dawn and the  beginning of growth or life. It comes from  a decision and a choice has to be made. it is usually in love or between a love triangle.

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Divinatory Meaning:
Positive:

A choice or decision can be made, possibly in a new relationship. Don't  allow others to make decisions for you. Growth and achievement is the reward for making the correct choice.

Negative: The opinions of others can affect your own decisions. Short term gains can bring long term loses. Relationships end, or separations occur through lies and deceit.


 

VII. THE CHARIOT ... Triumph, Protection, Journey.

 

The card denotes a struggle, which can be overcome and which will result in a stronger personality. A conflict cannot be avoided and must be faced with courage and strength.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

A choice between eight and wrong is given and the correct direction can be achieved. There is to be a separation in relationships, or values, yet victory cannot be achieved without effort or sacrifice.

Negative:

Falseness and incorrect direction leads to an empty victory or false achievement. Avoid any argument or conflict as losses occur. Direct energies into what you know and that which you are capable of achieving.


 

VIII. STRENGTH ............Justice, Test, Struggles.

 

There  is the coming together of two forces in which only one will win, it indicates a struggle in life, but if combined with each other - it is unstoppable.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

A Sacrifice is not as severe as is feared and with willpower and strength all will be attained. A test of strength between the spiritual and physical self. Right will conquer wrong.

Negative:

Failure of a spiritual test. A physical force  is used to accomplish needs. Self-delusion brings destruction, bad temper and illness.


 

IX. THE HERMIT ................Wisdom, Prudence, Truth.

 

There is a need for self - denial and solitude in reflection of circumstances and past events. Spiritual growth  will occur and allow wisdom to develop for the future life.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Knowledge of the  inner  self and past events holds a key to overcoming current problems. The search for truth and spiritual growth bring its own rewards.

Negative:

There is a fear of truth and a failure to face the reality of present situations. False humility self-deception and self-delusion brings about loneliness and isolation.


 

X. THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE .....Luck, Fortune, Gain.

 

A change of  fortune brings  a new  phase of life - either good or bad. Perseverance brings about accomplishment. Effort and energy expended proves to be worthwhile.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Good fortune and improved conditions come to those who follow the path of destiny, good conduct brings its own reward.

Negative:

Losses can be experienced by self-delusion and incorrect actions. A lesson must be learned as the wrong path of life is to be taken. Greed and avarice can bring about a loss.


 

XI. JUSTICE........Fortune, Ordeals, Conflict

 

There is a need for balanced thought  and an impartiality indecision making. Tests,  must be undertaken, before the individual  can move on.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

The weighing of possibilities, as a decision must be made. Tests and ordeals will be overcome and legal conflict or some litigation which can be resolved.

Negative:

Biased and one-sided opinions  to lead to some bitterness,  conflict  and  possibly  ruin.  There are rash actions which may later be regretted.


 

XII THE HANGED MAN...Self Sacrifice, Control, Ordeal

voluntary sacrifice must occur if greater   achievements are  to  be  made.  An  individual   retains  control  over   a  situation and will only allow it to  continue if  they  are to benefit from it. 

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Have faith in yourself through trial and error old ideals or beliefs will be put to the test.  Self sacrifice brings its own reward. An  emotional  fulfilment  comes through  personal sacrifice. A period of waiting must be undertaken.

Negative:

Selfish, emotional desires bring ruination, and a Lack of self-esteem  and insecurity  restrict  an ability  to  assess  situations correctly.  selfish indecision brings about failure,  as there is no  desire to change the situation.


 

XIII.  DEATH ..................Death, Change, New beginning

 

There is a passing of time,  old situations must come to an end to allow the new to begin.  understanding this helps  lessens the  pain which change  may bring.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

A time when old conditions must be put to rest to allow the new begin. Transition  occurs to change  the  life  of the  enquirer. A new  cycle of events is to begin for the better.

Negative:

Change  is  required though it is not  accepted.  Failure to accept change will create a state of limbo. It is necessary to let go of the past  and 
the effects it has had.


 

XIV. TEMPERANCE ...Economy, Moderation, Harmony.

 

There's a need for a flowing relationship and suggestions for potential harmony  and  co-operation,  which  result in good relationships or a happy  marriage.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

With patience, thought and the right actions at the right time success is  assured. a situation  requires careful  thought  and  consideration before action is taken.  Observe  cooperate and moderate your opinions to ensure success.

Negative:

Forcing issues and allowing your  emotions to influence judgement will lead to frustration. others are blamed for your own errors.


 

XV. THE DEVIL ..............Bondage, Selfishness, Strength.

There is bondage to a situation or a desire which you like or feel  is ideal.  it is of your  own creation, which can  be broken, but it requires confrontation  with  your own personality to do it.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

You can attempt something which you are not  prepared.  The  breaking of  bonds  bring  order from  chaos. There is a material indulgence, or the desire for carnal indulgence which could  cause you harm.

Negative: 

You have the knowledge of what is  right  and wrong, good and evil, yet you persist on a path of evil. You fool only  yourself  and harm  only  those  who  truly care  for  you.  re-think  your foolish desires to set yourself free from  the limitations you have imposed upon yourself.


 

XVI.  THE TOWER ...........Ruin, Deception, Destruction.

an existing order will break down and the destruction of things as they are currently known occurs, which can be difficult and painful. You will need to great strength  of character to deal with these problems.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Old values are of little  use now and attention must be given to present circumstances to save them from destruction. unseen forces at work, which are beyond the control of the enquirer.

Negative:

clinging to old values, past  ways and a failure to heed warnings, will bring about  a downfall and destruction.


 

XVII.  THE STAR ..............Hope, A Wish, Attainment.

A wish can be made which will be granted, The Star is one of hope, faith, protection and blessing and promises.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

indicates Good Health Benevolence And a wish made will be granted. Hopes, desires, goals  and ambitions  will be  achieved.  Unexpected gifts will  be given. a period of spiritual protection.

Negative:

Feelings of hopelessness, self pity, fear,  anxiety and depressions  are  brought on through self doubt or pity. Stress and nervous disorders may occur.


 

XVIII. THE MOON ..........Danger, Enemies, False Friends

This is  a period of confusion or uncertainty  and change is required  which may be painful and difficult. There can be emotional entanglement and self delusion.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Old ways  and values are outgrown and must be  cleared  away  to  allow  new growth.  self-pity  and remorse needs to be put aside as hidden and powerful forces can be used for your own gain

Negative:

retaining old values will  restrict the use of an opportunity.  You must re-think  your  opinions  and stop deceiving yourself.


 

XIX.  THE SUN ................Marriage, Happiness, Life.

There is fulfilment through self sacrifice and a love of others. it's a time of clarity, optimism, and renewed trust. Plans for the future and ambition are  achieved through growth, expansion of the self.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

All difficulties can  be overcome  and harmony  gained.  It is a  period of success,  happiness,  joy and  a time when ones wishes can be fulfilled

Negative:

The  Sun  is never  negative,  but its energies may not be  unused.  a period  lacking  achievement due to  failure to use opportunities. the power to correct the balance remains.


 

XX.  JUDGEMENT ...............Transmutation, Change.

Rewards of past efforts,  a realization of consequences of actions.  Facing up to ones responsibilities,  making good mistakes

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Decisions which involve both the physical and spiritual self. a bringing together  of opposing conditions to allow  a new beginning or second chance. help is given if required or the reaping of past rewards either good or bad.

Negative:

an Inability to face up  to  actions  of the past will cause delay or postponement of any future projects. Lessons not  learned and faced must be relearned now, possibly in a harsh way.


 

XXI. THE WORLD ..........Success, Harmony, Attainment.

This is a time of achievement, triumph and success. All the elements in the world are available for the  achievement of  your  goals.  the  knowledge  learned  and  experience gained will bring about confidence and attainment.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

Success and attainment through hard work or lessons learned. The rewards  are there for the taking and situations are completed

Negative:

Lessons poorly studied create  uncertainty and  imperfect,  or poorly laid foundations, which will never stand the tests of time.


 

XXII. THE FOOL ...............Folly, Inspiration, Gullibility

There's the beginning of a journey  life or adventure  and a move into  the  unknown.  The  naive  and  innocent  will learn through the journey of life.  Success and gains  will be achieved through perseverance.

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Divinatory Meaning:

Positive:

There is an Innocent,  spiritual awakening and realization of personal needs. A lesson task or   responsibility exists which must be undertaken, although others may see it as being foolhardy 

Negative: 

this is A person  who does not  understand  the  consequences of their actions, or are blind to its effects. a person  with  a loose  and  foolish attitude or tongue, one of a gullible  nature, who believes too easily and with out question.  One with Apathy, foolish action or insanity.

 


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