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 Fool

The Tarot – Major Arcana – The Fool

Number: 0

Element: Air

Astrology: Uranus – The eclectic plant of originality and eccentricity 

Keywords: Potential, openness, freedom, fresh start, journey,  curiosity,  possibility,  inspiration, joy, confidence,  vision, faith, adventure, hope and courage.

  Stay hungry.  Stay foolish. 

This quote is the farewell message placed on the back cover of the 1974 edition of The Whole Earth Catalogue . Steve Jobs was a fan of the magazine. In his words:

On the back of the cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’

This quote encapsulates the energy of  The Fool so well. The quote is an encouragement to keep in a state of learning and an open state of mind, perhaps like seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

The tarot card The Fool is a deeply creative card,   and it represents the start of a new beginning or rebirthing.   This card contains within itself all the elements of the other cards.  It is the original creative seed, which expresses great potential, creativity, freedom, fresh vision, and possibility.  It indicates that your creative, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, or physical energy is transforming towards new horizons.   Aces in your reading lend greater weight to this new beginning.   Life is made up of cycles, and as spring bursts forth after winter, so does The Fool  burst forth on his journey.    The energy of this card is enthusiastic, naïve, curious and irrepressible.  It speaks of both the ending of one cycle, and the beginning of another cycle simultaneously.  It is the seed which contains all elements, gently unfolding within itself.  The Fool urges you take a leap of faith into the unknown, in order to create positive change.  With  faith, courage, and an irrepressible spirit you are able to manifest new realities into being.   When The Fool appears in your Tarot  reading, you can be assured that something new and wonderful is on the horizon.  Embrace this new beginning and trust in your intuition to guide you towards beginning a new cycle in life.

The Fool

The Major Arcana – The Fool

 

 

 

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