Welcome to the majors! There are 22 Major Arcana , which are also referred to as trump cards.
A standard deck has 78 cards, which are divided into suits (pentacles, cups, swords, and staffs). You can learn more about those here. I recommend learning about the trump cards first, before moving on to the rest of the deck.
Tarot cards can be used in a variety of ways, such as a method of self-discovery, a divination tool, or even a catalyst for spiritual growth. Essentially, the tarot is what you make of it.
What Do They Mean?
It helps to think of these trump cards as archetypes or avatars. They represent aspects of human psychology. For example, The Empress, is the embodiment of femininity. She represents creation and vitality. The Lovers represent soulmates, and true love.
The Major Arcana cards deal with personal growth and major life events. Whenever these appear in a reading, pay attention. The universe is trying to send you a message.
A Word About Destiny
Is your live preordained? And you’re at the mercy of fate? Absolutely not. I like to think of these cards as Marley’s Ghost from Scrooge. They are a wake-up call, a chance to change our behavior and future.
And if everything is coming up roses, then congratulations. The cards confirm that you are on the right path.
Major Arcana Card Meanings
Below are links to detailed descriptions of each card. Looking for the Minor Arcana instead?