In the Tarot de Marseille deck, there are 22 Cards designated as Major Arcana. Know the meaning of each of these Cards and the message they want to convey to you depending on their position or when combined with other Marseille Tarot Cards.
The traditional deck of the Marseille Tarot is made up of 78 Cards, with two different decks combined into one. The 22 Major Arcana (Triumphs or Major Mysteries) and the 56 Minor Arcana are grouped into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.
The Tarot is used more as a tool for self-discovery and self-knowledge than for divination itself. In this sense, more than guessing the future, it serves to read and interpret all the elements of our life: it describes the current moment, clarifies the motives, desires, and intentions, and points out the path and the energies present in our life.
Symbiology of the Marseilles Tarot Cards
The Symbology of the Tarot Cards is lost at the origin of time. Throughout the centuries, the Tarot was used by magicians, occultists, and fortune-tellers for divinatory practices, associating it with the esotericism of Isis and Hermes, the occultism of the first Christians, Masonic symbolism, and Kabbalistic numerology. Each Arcanum of the deck contains symbols of the various cultures and sources of wisdom, which guide the reading and clarify the meaning of the Cards.
Interpretation of the Tarot Cards of Marseille
The possible readings for each Tarot Card are of virtually infinite variety. There is no single interpretation for each Card, for each arrangement of the Cards, or each reading method. The Tarot is based on intuition. Each person who reads the message of a Letter or a set of Letters intuitively reveals the meaning of the Letter’s message and how it is linked to their reality and life circumstances.
The Major Arcana in the Tarot of Marseille
The word “arcana” originates in Latin. It means “secret,” In the Tarot, the Major Arcana are considered universal, symbolic, and figurative figures: they are considered symbolic of great themes, moments, or people. They are considered archetypes. They represent the most varied feelings, moral positions, and human behaviors.
When the Major Arcana appears in a reading, they indicate a significant event or decision, whether practical, spiritual, or emotional. They also establish correspondence with the signs and planets of Astrology. Each Card is associated with a number, which reinforces its symbolism and meaning and a particular path of the Tree of Life of the Jewish Kabbalah.
The Cards of the Major Arcana in the Tarot of Marseille
The Card The Fool represents the birth, the initial moment, the starting point from which the person is guided and related by pure instinct. With The World, the last Letter, the person reaches his full self-realization, the highest level of spiritual evolution. Letters I through X represent earthly lessons, while Letters XI through XXII represents spiritual lessons.
- Card 0 - The Fool
- Letter I - The Magician
- Letter II - The Priestess
- Letter III - The Empress
- Letter IV - The Emperor
- Letter V - The Pope
- Letter VI - Lovers
- Letter VII - The Chariot
- Letter VIII - Justice
- Letter IX - The Hermit
- Letter X - The Wheel of Fortune
- Letter XI - The Force
- Letter XII - The Hanged Man
- Letter XIII - Death
- Letter XIV - Temperance
- Letter XV - The Devil
- Letter XVI - The Tower
- Letter XVII - The Star
- Letter XVIII - The Moon
- Letter XIX - The Sun
- Letter XX - The Trial
- Letter XXI - The World
Now that you know the Major Arcana of the Marseille Tarot, discover the Minor Arcana that are part of this divination deck.