There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana, each showing some aspect of the human experience. They are the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the 22 paths on the Tree of Life.
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The Tarot is an ancient secret language which came about when the Powerful Magus were forbidden to speak to each other. The Magistrate was terribly afraid of them and was fearful of being overthrown. In order for the Magus to communicate they put mighty symbols on paper. Only they knew what the symbols meant. The Tarot did not start as a game. The use of them as a game came much later.
Major Arcana Tarot Cards-Arcana means secrets or mysteries
I. The Magician-A young man-wearing the robe of a magician
Above his head is the sign of the Holy Spirit which is the sign of life.
In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, and the left hand is pointing to the earth. Divinity drawn from above to that which is below.
This is a dual sign. It Represents the Powers and Gifts of the Spirit.
On the altar are the symbols of the four Tarot suits. The Magician uses them the way he chooses (The Will)
There are roses on the ground which is the symbol of man's longing to be like God. man's divine spark. The card is man's self in the image of God. Which in duality shows separation from God. In the Kabbalah it is Keter. It shows creation through thought. ie a blueprint. It is the crown of creation. We have the ability through focus to create but on a much smaller scale in the flesh.
It is also associated with the Tarot cards The Wheel of Fortune, The Sun, the 4 suits of Tens, and the 4 suits of Aces.
2. The High Priestess-She has a scroll in her hand with the word Tora written on it representing the secret, higher law. She is sitting between a black and white pillar.
They have the letters J and B written on them. Behind her is a veil. She represents the secret kingdom of God and man. The Temple. She is the light of all, the Bride of Christ. She is the Shekinah, the Supernal Mother. She will impart understanding of the divine mysteries. She is Wisdom. In the Kabbalah it is Chockmah.
It is also associated with the Tarot cards, Judgement, Justice and the Fours of ll 4 suits.