The Major Arcana, Part II
In my last article, we looked at the first eleven cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. In this article, we will discuss the final eleven cards.
XII. The Hanged Man is suspended from a living Tree of Life, bound by duty and necessity. He needs to submit to his higher power. Potential for growth is shown by the green leaves of the tree. But he has been sacrificed to the will and desires of others. Now is the time to reflect on your inner courage and have faith. There may be a duty or problem with family of friends. Illusory ideas lack substance. You must keep your feet on the ground and stay balanced. Creativity and healthy living are called for.
XIII. The Death card symbolizes the transformative powers of life and death. Everything dies and through death, the perfect application of the creative process is found. The banner in Death’s hand contains the mystical white rose, the sign of pure love. The five petals of the rose refer to the five senses of man. The rising sun denotes resurrection. The stream of water, flowing as it does in the High Priestess card, represents the subconscious. This card signifies the end of a situation and a change for the better, maybe an inheritance or money is on the way. Utilize your inner energies to gain enlightenment and knowledge. Let go of the past and release all resentments. Be open to love and growth.
XIV. Temperance refers to moderation, balance and harmony. Our higher self guides us in our experiences through love and compassion. Temperance shows us the ability to equalize and harmonize our two minds: the conscious and subconscious. We must learn to rely on our inner teacher and guide. The card suggests the use of positive energy, self-control and harmony. Trust your intuition and know that meditation increases wisdom. Keep your emotions on an even keel and have patience during tough times. The potential for travel, new skills or learning is at hand.
XV. The Devil is a mythical creature. He has been fabricated by humankind to allow excuses for the lack of personal responsibility. The Devil symbolizes the fast, but not always ethical, acquisition of physical and material possessions. The card is bound to the physical world by greed and avarice. A desire for social success at any cost leads to illusions instead of truth. There is a distortion of truth in the meaning of life under the Devil. Creative energies are wasted on primal pleasures.
XVI. The Tower card represents the body human with mental illumination from the lightning. New information will be revealed that can be life changing. Gone must be the false ideas and old habits that can lead to catastrophic events. There is the potential for negative consequences from past or present actions. There may be strife and discord in relationships. Accept change without fear and stay healthy in mind and body. New insights will bring hope and new events. Monitor your words to others that they are not mean or hurtful.
XVII. The Star card refers to meditation and setting life goals and winning. The seven small stars represent the seven chakras, the seven planets of astrology and the seven metals of alchemy. Have faith and trust in the present and set new goals for the future. There will be new opportunities for relationships and/or a career change. Don’t waste your energy on trivial, mundane pursuits. Always remember what is important – friendships, optimism and balance.
XVIII. The Moon represents the subconscious, emotions, intuition and cycles of life. The full moon can create lunacy and melancholy but the new moon is the time to begin new projects. The card stands for problems from anonymous enemies, refusal to face the truth, deceptions and illusions. One must learn to control negative thinking and impulses and put aside fears and doubts about the future. Do not be swayed by emotions or play the victim. You can be indecisive and moody.
XIX. The Sun is our source of power, life, energy, vitality and desire. The Sun card signifies new beginnings. We seek truth and happiness and have the confidence in our abilities to bring change and success in our lives. We need to be open to new ideas and find the courage to carry out plans we have set in motion. The card can mean material gain, acceptance by others, a trip in the near future, and/or good health.
XX The Judgment card is our conscience, our higher self and immortality. We must turn from provincial teachings and traditional views to embrace new ideas. Faith in a higher power is paramount. A change of residence, career or circumstances lies ahead. Spiritual attainment and trust in oneself will lead to an improvement in health. Study New Age materials to understand mystical elements of life and attain new knowledge for life improvement.
XXI. The World is the final card in the major arcana and represents completion, fulfillment, total understanding, balance and support from unseen forces. All your endeavors will lead to success and goals will be attained. A long journey will prove fruitful and new opportunities are coming your way – perhaps a new job, career change or physical move. You are supported by your inner resources. Material gain is in your near future. You have the ability to maintain balance under stress through faith and trust in your higher self. Victory is at hand!
In our next article, we will look at the court cards of each suit and their meanings in the upright position.