Brief Outline of the Major Arcana – The Fools Journey
The Fool – A free spirit, carefree, following his heart, he embraces whatever life gives him, he has the tools for his journey in his bag, he is pure with the open mind of innocence, confronting fears and taking risks, he is all about setting out on life’s path, all things are possible when starting anew, no preconceived ideas at this time, childlike wonder.
– beginnings – unconstrained – pure heart –
The sun is shining bright yellow, mountains in the background, the Fool is holding his head high towards the sky oblivious that he is about to walk of a cliff into the unknown, he’s holding a white rose in his left hand and a long stick with his goodie bag in his right.
Archetype : Babe in Woods
The Magician – The ‘can do’ card, the Fool is putting ideas into reality, a passion for life, purity, unleashing creativity, totally focused on his goal, make it happen through channeling individual will and power, ability to create your own reality, something great is developing, conscious awareness.
– manifestation – concentration – creativity – consciousness –
The Magician is pointing to the Heavens and the Earth, he has all four elements on the table in front of him, red and white flowers surround him, the infinity symbol above his head ., white tunic, red robe.
Archetype : Masculine – Artist
The High Priestess – Spirituality and inner knowledge, a hidden unseen world, duty bound, deep reliance on intuition, seek and provide guidance and inspiration, the ability to see beneath the surface, you know the answer to your own question, a need to look deeper into the situation at hand, the Fool’s unrealized potential, mysterious subconscious.
– intuition – enigmatic – inner knowledge – the subconscious –
The Priestess is seated with a scroll on her lap, the crescent moon is by her left foot, she is dressed in blue and white, sat between two pillars, one black and white, a veil covered in pomegranates hides the still waters behind her, she is wearing a crown depicting the pauses of the moon.
Archetype : Feminine – Inner Psychic Self
The Empress – Creative, active, bountiful and productive, the pleasures of fulfillment, motherly, abundance, fruitfulness and fertility and responsibility, she represents creativity of a natural, earthy nature, the satisfaction that is gained from bringing something into fruition, the Fool is getting in touch with his feminine side.
– abundance – fertility – motherly –
She is sitting on cushions and blankets, in her hair is a crown containing 12 stars, she is wearing a flowing gown, there is wheat in the foreground, trees in the background and a river and waterfall to the East.
Archetype : Mother Earth
The Emperor – Somber, stability, provider, patriarch, keeps emotion under wraps, leadership, problem solving by using logic, authoritative figure, the Fool’s male energy, the Fool now encounters rules, an understanding of the laws of the material world.
– authority – logical – patriarch –
Red robes, gold crown, he is sitting on a throne of white, decorated with rams’ heads, he has a globe in his left hand and a scepter in the right.
Archetype : Father Figure
The Hierophant – The Fool now ventures out of his home and is exposed to beliefs, culture and formal education, the time to conform and discover a sense of belonging, the Hierophant is teaching what he has learnt, the need for social approval, conventional wisdom.
– conformity – belief systems – traditions –
Two fingers pointing heavenwards, triple tiered crown, crossed keys at his feet, sat between two pillars, red robe, two men looking to him for direction.
Archetype : The Pope
The Lovers – The Fool now faces new challenges and choices, to love or not to love, so far he has been self centered and now he yearns for relationship/partnership, the need to make a decision about a relationship or a situation, choosing between right and wrong.
– choices – relationships – conscience –
A naked man and woman, a snake, an apple tree in fruit and a tree with Autumn leaves, blue skies, an angel from heaven, it’s sunny day.
Archetype : Romeo and Juliet
The Chariot – The Fool now has control over himself, he has discipline and will-power which allows him authority over his environment, the Fool asserts himself, victory through adversity, moving forward in the world, struggle can make you stronger, a balance between negative and positive bring success, maintain focus, learn to compromise.
-discipline – compromise – assertiveness –
Sat in a Chariot wearing a certain amount of armor, a crown on his head large yellow star in the middle, there is a township in the background, he has crescent moons on his shoulders, strange symbols on his clothing, and he isn’t holding any reins .
Archetype : Hercules
Strength – The Fool is gaining confidence and courage, and learning fortitude and compassion, he is facing his fears, love is stronger than fear or hate, calmness and inner strength, a peaceful co-existence.
– fortitude – inner strength – courage –
A beautiful, peaceful looking woman gently holding the mouth of a lion, she is covered in garlands, wearing a white robe, she has a infinity symbol above her head, the grass is green and the sky is yellow.
Archetype : Ghandi
The Hermit – Sooner or later the Fool has questions about life and death and he becomes consumed with his search for answers, he needs to find a deeper truth by looking inward, he seeks solitude, the light guides the way to wisdom.
– solitude – enlightenment – wisdom –
An old man holding a staff in one hand and a lantern in the other is walking along in the snow, the lantern is lighting the way, his head and eyes are cast downwards.
Archetype : Dalai Lama
The Wheel of Fortune – The Fool is now experiencing outside forces beyond his control, he sees himself within a grander scheme of a Universal plan, chance, turning point, unexpected things, cycles, fated major changes that happen quickly, the ups and downs of life.
– movement – change – fate –
A moving wheel with a sphinx sitting on top, in the four corners are winged creatures… An angel, a bird, a bull and a lion and they are all sitting on clouds.
Archetype : The Gambler
Justice – The Fool now reflects and takes responsibility for past actions, karma, consequences, a fair decision, search for balance and truth, equal measures.
– karma – consequences – balance –
Sat on a throne, wearing red garb, crown on head, sword in right hand, balancing scales in left, sat between two posts with purple cloth hanging between them.
Archetype : Mediator
The Hanged Man – The Fool faces overwhelming challenges and he learns the need for sacrifice, surrender , sacrifice for the greater good, set aside our needs for others and do it willingly and without a struggle, surrendering to a higher wisdom and finding enlightenment.
– challenges – sacrifice – surrendering –
A man hanging upside down from a branch, tied with rope to one ankle, other leg is crossed behind, arms behind his back, glowing light from his head, blue tunic, red pants, he is not struggling.
Archetype : Odin
Death – Off with the old and on with the new, the Fool now starts to eliminate old habits and ideas which involves endings and new beginnings, rebirth, shedding old skin, tomorrow is another day, one door closes another opens, the promise of new beginnings.
– endings – beginnings – rebirth –
An armored skeleton riding a white horse while carrying a flag, people are on the ground…one appears dead, others are kneeling and the religious man is beseeching, the sun is rising in the east an between two towers, there still waters and a ship a sailing.
Archetypes : The Phoenix
Temperance – It is now time for the Fool to develop true equilibrium and bearing and know that moderation is the key to contentment, harmony and blending, open flow of emotions, balance and patience, tolerate differences, inner peace and self restraint.
– Equilibrium – harmony – inner peace –
An angel with red wings an d white dress is standing with one foot in water and one on land, she is pouring water from one cup to another, the sun has risen and the landscape is lush and green.
Archetype : Mother Theresa
The Devil – The Fool now has to face his inner demons….maybe materialism, excesses, gluttony, ignorance, addiction, impulsiveness, temptation and obsession, use of a scapegoat and putting blame on others, bondage to fear, being a weakling.
– materialism – bondage – temptation –
The Devil has a goats head, bats wings, hairy legs and clawed foot, a male and female are chained loosely and they both have horns and tails.
Archetype : Freddie Mercury
The Tower – The Fool needs a good shakeup after his bondage with the Devil bringing about an immediate change, it’s like a bolt from the blue, you are facing the unexpected, the element of surprise, transformed, surprise, blind sided.
– transformation – the unexpected – disruption –
A lightening bolt from the blue striking the Tower and blowing it’s roof off and throwing two people out of the building……..a bit of a shock really! , the Tower is perched high on top of a rock and the building is on fire.
Archetype : Lightning Bolt from Thor
The Star – The Fool now experiences the calm after the storm, he finds his inner serenity and radiance, intelligence with intuition, total mental stability, discovering the meaning of life, epiphany, generosity, inspiration.
– serenity – inspiration – mental stability –
Eight Stars in a blue sky, a bird in a tree, a naked woman kneeing by still waters that is surrounded by abundant green grass, she is holding to vesicles containing water, she is pouring one into the water and one into the ground.
Archetype : Fairy Godmother
The Moon – The Fool now finds inspiration in the Moon and he discovers that everything may not be as it seems, hidden secrets, rely on your inner light and female intuition, the great mystery of our existence, the secrets of life, could indicate the female cycle, the subconscious.
– inspiration – intuition – hidden secrets –
Two towers, a crescent moon and female face within a full moon, a dog and a wolf howling to the moon, a path leading between the towers and off into the great unknown, water and a crab of some kind in the foreground.
Archetype : Morgaine from The Mists of Avalon
The Sun – The Fool now has a sense of completion, choices have been made and remade and he has experienced success and fulfillment and now he is at his strongest, he is revitalized and ready to shine, pure joy and health, optimism, achievements, abundance.
– revitalized – fulfillment – enlightened –
The sun contains a face, a naked child rides bareback on a white horse, kid carrying a red flag in left hand, a stone built wall with sunflowers growing behind it.
Archetype : Your Inner child
Judgement – The Fool is now judged for his life choices and decisions he has made through his journey, he forgives himself and others, he may regret past mistakes but now he feels cleansed and refreshed and ready for a new start, it’s a time for self evaluation and absolution.
– evaluation – absolution – judgement –
An Angel in the sky with pink wings, blowing a trumpet that bares an equal cross flag, naked people are rising out of their coffins and handing their hands heavenwards, the coffins are floating in water.
Archetype : Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court
The World – The Fool has now reached a successful conclusion to his journey, his soul has evolved into wholeness and achievement, this cycle is over but the Fool will never stop growing and learning , he will continue to ever greater levels of understanding, triumph, at the top of your game, the lesson has been learnt.
-triumph – comprehension – conclusion –
A green wreath with red cloth shaped to infinity symbols at the top and bottom, in four corner are angel, bird, bull and lion, they are floating in clouds, there is a woman wrapped in purple cloth in the middle of the wreath.
Archetype : Bill Gates
- The High Priestess: Journey through the Major Arcana Part 2/22 (spiketarot.com)