The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the major arcana are usually the cards that most people learn first and almost all readers consider them to be the most important and with good reason. When they appear it usually means that life is currently, has been, or shortly will be, more profound or deep and meaningful than usual.

Please note that on our website we have Strength as 8 and Justice as 11. Some older decks and some foreign decks have them the other way around but almost all decks from the Rider-Waite onward (which was responsible for the switch) have them as we do because the correspondences arrived at by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn did not make sense astrologically with Justice as 8 and Strength as 11. The Rider-Waite deck switched the order.

Nearly all modern decks and certainly those in the Western world have them as we do as does the American Tarot Association and other respected interpretive websites. Either way round is perfectly valid so if your deck has a different order – don’t panic!