The Tarot – Major Arcana – The Empress

The Tarot – Major Arcana – The Empress

Number: III

Element: Earth

Astrology: Venus– The planet of feminine fertility, love, and sexuality

Keywords:  Fertility,  creativity, maternity, sexuality, sensuality, beauty, elegance, harvest, receptivity, motherhood, maternal, feminine, protection, prosperity, productivity, abundance, pleasure, feminine, intelligence,  love,  growth

The Empress is the divine feminine intelligence expressing itself creatively.  She is the embodiment of maternal creative essence.   The Empress is the warm, soft, and sensual unfolding of nature.  She harmonizes with the natural rhythms of life, and her energy often relates to animals, trees, and plants.  She represents mother nature, motherhood, and abundance.   When she appears in your tarot card reading  you know that your creativity is heightened, and a gateway is opening from which new life shall be born.  Her maternal love and gentle support, nourishes and cultivates everything around her.  As Venus she is the love and source of all life, as she  maternally transforms, supports and creates.

 Her answer to the question you seek is to find that quiet place within where you can tune in to the subtle harmonizing vibrations in order to gain insight and awareness  into your situation.  Her influence can be seen all around you in the wonder and beauty of nature, as the seasons which unfold  continuously, leaving you in awe and inspire you with delight and wonder.  She creates and then nurtures her creations.  She is a powerful symbol of protection, nurturing, and nourishment.

Wrap her blanket of safety around you, engage her protective shield, and allow yourself to open up to her creativity as she creates a safe space for you to feel nurtured and cared for. 

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The Major Arcana – The Empress

The Tarot – Major Arcana – The High Priestess

The Tarot – Major Arcana – The High Priestess

Number: II

Element: Water

Astrology: Moon – The planet of Intuition, Subconscious, Premonition and perception 

Keywords: Clairvoyance, premonition, intuition, mysticism, secrets, perception, feminine, divine, moon magic

In it is strength.  He shall establish.

According to Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews, Boaz (Hebrew בֹּעַז bōʿaz “In him/it [is] strength”) stood on the left when entering Solomon’s Temple, while Jachin (Tiberian Hebrew יָכִין yāḵîn “He/it will establish”) stood on the right, and were made by Hiram.  These are the same pillars which are depicted in the high priestess card, and are often inscribed with a B and a J initial, with pomegranates and palms on the cloth behind the high priestess.

The pillars had a size nearly six feet thick and 27 feet tall. The eight-foot high brass chapiters or capitals on top of the columns bore decorations of brass lilies. The original measurement as taken from The Torah was in cubits, which records that the pillars 18 cubits high and 12 cubits around, and hollow, four fingers thick. Nets of checkerwork covered the bowl of each chapiter, decorated with rows of 200 pomegranates, wreathed with seven chains for each chapiter, and topped with lilies.
The pillars did not survive the destruction of the First Temple; Jeremiah reports: “The Chaldeans broke up the bronze columns of the House of the Lord”. II Kings has a similar account. The pillars were carried away in pieces for ease of transportation. When the Second Temple was built, they were not returned and we have no record of new pillars being constructed to replace them.

The High Priestess represents wisdom, intuition, knowledge and understanding. She is the guardian of the subconscious mind. She sits in front of the mysterious veil of awareness, which is all that separates us from our intuitive selves. The High Priestess has the magical gift of how to access these realms. She represents spiritual enlightenment and inner illumination, divine knowledge, intuitive powers and wisdom. She has a divine, mystical, intuitive understanding of the Universe and is able to harness the intuitive power of the moon. She appears in a Tarot reading when you need to go within and trust your inner voice.

The High Priestess Tarot card represents a link to the subconscious mind, which cannot be accessed through the everyday world but through intuition, dreams and symbols. When this Tarot card appears in a Tarot reading, pay attention to your dreams and intuition. Look within to gain insight and wisdom. Your intuitive senses are providing you with useful and helpful information and will assist you in becoming more in touch with your subconscious mind.

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The Major Arcana – The High Priestess

The Tarot – Major Arcana – The Magician 

The Tarot – Major Arcana – The Magician 

Number: I

Element: Air or Earth

Astrology: Mercury – The planet of thought and communication 

Keywords: Power, skill, concentration, action, resourcefulness, manifestation, creating, alchemy, visualisation, magic, willpower 

As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…

This is a quote by Hermes Trismegistus, author of Hermetic Corpus.  It captures the essence of The Magician nicely:  “As Within”, what we think within ourselves, “So Without” will be expressed or reflected on in the world we live. 

“As above”, represents universal powers,  “So below”, allows that mystical energy to manifest here on Earth.  You have the power within you to harness and manifest abundance.  If we think abundance then abundance will follow. The Magician reminds us that we have the power within us to tap into universal powers and manifest our desires.

The Magician comes into your life to remind you that you have all elements at your fingertips to manifest your desires.  You are able to harness your powers of creation in order to utilise powerful energy which will allow you to reach your goals.  This is a card of power and creation.  By tapping into spiritual and physical forces, you have all elements necessary in order to work your magic and transform these forces into something you can utilise.  It helps you tap into the energy of abundance and manifestation, and reminds you that many universal forces are able to be harnessed in order to achieve the desired outcome.  

The Magician

Major Arcana – The Magician

The Fools Journey through the Major Arcana

If you place the Major Arcana in numeric order from 0 (The Fool) to 21 (The World), they form a story often called “The Fool’s Journey”.

The Fool’s Journey is a powerful metaphor. When you divide the Major Arcana into three groups of 7, it is also a way of memorizing the order of the Major Arcana.

Though there are 22 cards, and you can’t divide that into 3, remember that the Fool’s number is 0 and he is the hero of this story, and though his journey that we see the landscape of the Major Arcana unfold.

The first group of cards in the Major Arcana is made up of the forces that prepare him for the journey.

The Magician and the High Priestess are his spiritual parents, while the Empress and the Emperor are his physical ones.

When it’s time for our hero (Fool) to leave his home, he receives his education from The Hierophant.

The Lovers represent his passion, which is that which drives him on this adventure.

The Chariot is the moment he actually sets off on his quest.

But our hero has obstacles in the way of finding his true love.

The Fool’s story continues in the next group of 7.

Strength represents his first successes, his mastery so far on his journey, but The Hermit tells him that danger lay ahead.

The Wheel of Fortune shows that things have been set in motion. The experience he gains overcoming this hurdle leads him to an important insight, which becomes plain in the Justice card.

The Hanged Man represents him succumbing to his challenges, leading to a defeat – Death. It is a moment that transforms him, allowing him to tap into hidden reservoirs of courage and strength as he gains insight and understanding into his predicament. This process is shown through the card Temperance.

The Fool’s story reaches its conclusion in the final group of 7.

The Devil is the part where things can’t get any worse, and our hero is lead astray. The Tower is when everything comes crashing down for him, and like the phoenix he must arise from the ashes.

Once the dust settles from that upheaval, the Star shows him the first glimmer of hope. The Moon then lights his path to victory. The Sun is his astounding moment of glory, while Judgment is his triumphant victory over all that has been wrong in the past. The final card, The World represents order restored, and the circle is now complete.

The Tarot cards – The Major Arcana

The Tarot’s Major Arcana: 

The Transformation Cards

Finding Major Arcana cards appear in a Tarot reading signify major changes and life events.  They are the the backbone of the Tarot deck. These 21 cards are the cards that reveal major changes to your future.  They help you understand the big events that are impacting your present circumstances, and they give you insight into your past. A few of these cards in one tarot reading and you can be assured that life is about to change in a big way.

The Major Arcana is divided into three groups: 

The Tarot Major Arcana Cards 1 through 7 reveal a path of personal empowerment. 

The Tarot Major Arcana Cards 8 through 14 reveal transformations on the horizon.

The Tarot Major Arcana Cards 15 through to 21 reveal a higher path which will guide you towards working on your spiritual side. 

The Tarots Major Arcana cards carry powerful energy that help you transverse major life events and cycles.  The Major Arcana cycle that begins with controlling yourself, and moves on to adjusting to change, climaxes in influencing the course of other peoples’ lives as well as your own.

The Tarot Cards Major Arcana

Tarot of dreams by Ciro Marchetti 

The Tarot Court Cards

The Tarot Court Cards:

Pages = Touch = Fertility and growth = Pentacles = Earth

Knights = Sight = Passion and energy = Wands = Fire

Queens = Taste = Receptive and Flowing = Cups = Water

Kings = Smell = Clear and conscious = Swords = Air


The Tarot Court cards represent people in our lives and events, and even inner aspects of ourselves.   They are often seen as the most challenging subset of cards to interpret as there are many variations and subjective nuances possible.  Don’t let this put you off though.  We will take it one step at a time.

In relation to people:

  • Pages: Children or Teenagers, male or female
  • Knights: Young men from 18-28
  • Queens: Women, from 18 plus
  • Kings: Mature men, 28 plus

In relation to events:

  • Pages: Bring messages containing new information
  • Knights: Represent types of active energy, and events

Tarot cards Suit of Pentacles 

Pentacles = Green = Earth

Other Names: Disks, Coins, Stones, Diamonds, Skulls

Element: Earth

Birth = Earth = Pentacles = Pages

Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Moon Phase: Waning Cresent

Direction: North
Season: Winter 

Attributes: Passive, female, materiality, commerce

In regards to self: Body, Stability, Core, Balanced, Diligent 
Qabbalistic World: Assiah, the material world

Earth is seen as the material, the physical & the sensual. A Passive element, Earth allows for growth and development of foundations for future progress.  It promotes prosperity, and represents savings, growth, and stability.

Pentacles, represent all things material and physical, what you experience using your senses. They deal with your money, business, career, material possessions, your job, career, and your home. Working hard and building stable foundations are attributes of this suit. Pentacle people don’t mind working hard.  They are stable and dependable, often found as tradesmen, farming, business and real estate careers.

Keywords: money, power, sexual, strong, dependable, reliable, practical, capable, skilled, traditional, consistent, straightforward, grounded, sensible, growth, wealth, duty, down-to-earth, materialistic, wise, frugal, domesticity, home ownership, career minded

Suit of Pentacles – Element of Earth

Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti