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THE MAJOR ARCANA (Latin for 'Greater Secrets') are sometimes called Trumps. There are 22, usually numbered using Roman Numerals. The first card, The Fool, is generally shown as 0, and then come cards I to XXI.
Each card depicts an archetype – a concept to which we can all relate. If someone refers to a mother or father figure, there are universal ideas associated – we can imagine what is meant. The same is true of ‘lovers’, ‘justice’, feeling ‘sunny’ or ‘on top of the world’, or being ‘a bit of a hermit’. We can recognise these feelings and situations when we see the cards.
Some people view the Major Arcana as The Fool’s Journey. The Fool, usually card
card 0, is an innocent setting out to live his life, naturally unaware and open to experiences. He wanders along various paths, meeting with people and situations that influence him (the other cards), and tries to find his own way within all this. You do not have to consider the cards in this way, of course, but it can be helpful.
GETTING TO KNOW THE MAJOR ARCANA:
The best way to get to know the cards - unsurprisingly - is to lay them out in front of you.* You will need a clean, clear space - and probably some decent time to yourself.
* The Tarot Addicts 'Viewing the Major Arcana' pages also show the cards.