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Bringing the Major Arcana Down to Earth

Discover Your Best Workout Through the Cards

By Barbara Moore

Most tarot readers consider the Major Arcana cards to be more spiritual than the Minor Arcana cards, which are usually read as representing everyday life events and people. The Major cards, on the other hand, are doorways to powerful archetypal energy, life lessons, important life changes, and events beyond our control. The cards are, indeed, often read as a story of a Fool going on a spiritual journey, with each card being an important lesson that the Fool must learn along the way before reaching the World card, where he has completed his education and is now no longer a Fool but a complete person. Like my colleagues, I do accept this view of the Major cards. Moreover, I think that taken altogether, the Major cards represent a kind of wholeness of divinity, each card showing a different facet of the Divine, just as different gods and goddesses present different faces of the Universal spirit. Therefore, I worry that by imbuing the Major cards with such importance, they may become too heady, too for removed from us, too unapproachable. It always makes me nervous when the Divine becomes separated from physical existence.

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