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Major Arcana Meanings (Tarot de Marseille)

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Mat” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Fool” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Self (Unrealized)
Mythological: Dionysos, Bacchus
Element: Air
Hebrew Letter: א Aleph (Ox, Bull)
Tree of Life Path: Chesed to Geburah

Innocence, foolishness, eccentricity, adventure, journey, purity of action, potential, passion, spontaneity, choices, a free spirit, fearlessness, innocence, new beginnings, possibilities, trust in life, spontaneity, a leap of faith, seeking freedom.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Bateleur” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Magician” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Trickster, The Persona
Mythological: Hermes, Mercury
Planet: Mercury
Hebrew Letter: ר Resh (Head, Face)
Tree of Life Path: Tiphareth – Yesod

Manifestation, focused will, creative visualization, artistic creativity, skill, self-confidence, ability, willingness, creativity, action, power, will-power, directed will, mastery, craft, manifestation, skill, magic, trickery, cunning.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Papesse” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The High Priestess” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Anima
Mythological: Demeter
Planet: Moon
Hebrew Letter: ת Taw (Mark, Signature)
Tree of Life Path: Yesod – Malkuth

Intuition, spiritual knowledge, divination, esoteric wisdom, purity, secrets, subconscious, mystery, intuition, spiritual insight, inner-knowing, self trust, spiritual insight, prophecy, emotional stability, serenity, strength, understanding, truth, feminine forces.

[dt_fancy_title title=”L’Impératrice” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Empress” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Mother, The Anima
Mythological: Aphrodite, Hera, Juno
Planet: Venus
Hebrew Letter: פ Peh (Mouth)
Tree of Life Path: Geburah – Hod

Fertility, creativity, maternity, kindness, femininity, beauty, nurturing, abundance, fertility, mothering, your mother, love, beauty, a businesswoman, mother earth, pregnancy, creativity, solving problems creatively, fulfilling your potential, a successful business or opportunity.

[dt_fancy_title title=”L’Empereur” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Emperor” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Father, The Animus
Mythological: Zeus, Jupiter.
Astrology: Aries
Hebrew Letter: ה Heh (Window)
Tree of Life Path: Kether – Chokmah

Authority, stability, paternity, structure, advice, confident, capability, accomplishments. order, structure, leadership, your father, the establishment, asserting yourself, ambition, law and order, taking a stand, firmness.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Pape” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Heirophant” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Wise Old Man, The Animus
Mythological: Apollo
Astrology: Taurus
Hebrew Letter: ו Vau (Nail)
Tree of Life Path: Kether – Binah

Spiritual, tradition, conforming. group identity, large institutions, education, teaching, learning, tradition, orthodoxy, the status quo, religion, a guru or teacher, spiritual guidance, occult or mystical groups, divine laws, seeking counsel and advice.

[dt_fancy_title title=”L’Amoureux” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Lovers” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Anima and The Animus
Mythological: Eros, Apollo, Artemis
Astrology: Gemini
Hebrew Letter: ז Zain (Sword)
Tree of Life Path: Chokmah – Geburah

Love, harmony, union, new romance, happiness, positivity, trust, choices, partnerships, affection, being at a crossroads, togetherness, going into business with another, being duty bound, a love affair, falling in love, commitment, an engagement, choosing between two lovers, harmony.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Chariot” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Chariot” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Warrior
Mythological: Mars, Hercules
Astrology: Sagittarius
Hebrew Letter: ס Samekh (Prop)
Tree of Life Path: Tiphareth – Hod

Decisions, choices, taking control, perseverance, drive, will power, direction, ambition, confidence, victory, success, a journey, transportation, success with little or no support, overcoming obstacles, triumph in the face of adversity, coming to the aid of another, mastering a skill, driving force, impetus, energy.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Justice” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”Justice” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: Justice
Mythological: Athene, Minerva
Astrology: Libra
Hebrew Letter: ל Lamed (Ox Goad)
Tree of Life Path: Hod – Yesod

Justice, balance, justice, truth, security, virtue, harmony, balance and equilibrium, truth, fairness, responsibility, accountability, integrity, dignity, agreements, legal affairs, a court case or tribunal, seeking fairness through clarity.

[dt_fancy_title title=”L’Hermite” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Hermit” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Wise Old Man
Mythological: Cronos/Saturn
Astrology: Virgo
Hebrew Letter: י Yod (Open Hand)
Tree of Life Path: Tiphareth – Netzach

Introspection, solitude, retreat, inner reflection, inner strength, wisdom, patience, withdrawal, contemplation, wanting or finding solitude, private self-reflection, seeking enlightenment & spiritual experiences, meditation, being discreet, privacy, home study, withdrawing from society, patience.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Rove De Fortune” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Wheel of Fortune” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: Fate and Destiny
Mythological: Tyche, Fortuna; Rhea
Planet: Jupiter
Hebrew Letter: ג Gimel (Camel)
Tree of Life Path: Binah – Geburah

Change, fortune, progress, unexpected news, luck, chance, opportunity, changes, a turning point, movement, winning, the cycle of life, ups and downs, fate, destiny, a chance meeting that can change your life, what goes around comes around, winning at a game of chance.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Force” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”Strength” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Anima and The Animus
Mythological: Artemis, Diana.
Astrology: Leo
Hebrew Letter: ס Teth (Serpent)
Tree of Life Path: Chokmah – Tiphareth

Inner strength, courage, inner strength, discipline, energy, freshness, determined, heroism, vitality, self-assurance, self-control, self-belief, patience, confidence, enjoying power, sexuality, eroticism, heroic acts, strength through personal power & not violence, vitality, virility, potency.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Pendu” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Hanged Man” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Shadow
Mythological: Prometheus, Odin.
Element: Water
Hebrew Letter: מ Mem (Water)
Tree of Life Path: Netzach to Hod

Sacrifice, martyrdom, reversals, abandoning, rebirth, self sacrifice, letting go, sacrifice for gain, surrender, breaking patterns, a crisis, delays, seeing from another direction, a fresh perspective, suspension of activity, giving something up, experiencing a metamorphosis, spiritual advancement, a detachment from the material.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Mort” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”Death” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Shadow, Death and Rebirth
Mythological: Hades, Pluto, Saturn.
Astrology: Scorpio
Hebrew Letter: נ Nun (Fish)
Tree of Life Path: Netzach – Yesod

Rapid transformation, change, end of something, completion, new beginnings. Endings, mortality, profound change, letting go of emotional attachments, severing ties, the end of an era or cycle, transformation, renewal, rebirth.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Temperance” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”Temperance” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Anima and The Animus
Mythological: Iris
Astrology: Cancer
Hebrew Letter: ח Chet (Fence)
Tree of Life Path: Chesed – Tiphareth

Balance, modulation, patience, fusion, influence, healing, harmony, synthesis, moderation, blending, synergy, alchemy, being temperate, blending opposites, angel communication, connecting with your guides, merging, looking for divine intervention.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Diable” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Devil” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Shadow, The Trickster.
Mythological: Pan, Saturn, Baphomet.
Astrology: Capricorn
Hebrew Letter: ע Ayin (Eye)
Tree of Life Path: Binah – Tiphareth

Addiction, entrapment, materialism, abuse, ill-tempered bondage, temptation, enslavement, materialism, fear & doubt, lies, violence, unhealthy relationships, sexual deviancy/gratification, feeling trapped & without options.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Maison Diev” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Tower” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: Death and Rebirth, The Shadow.
Mythological: Mars
Planet: Mars
Hebrew Letter: ר Dalet (Door)
Tree of Life Path: Kether – Tiphareth

Sudden and unexpected change, destruction of the old system, sudden change, unexpected events. upheaval, ruin, catastrophe, release, revelation, breaking down of old forms, renovation, an accident or damage to the home, bankruptcy, redundancy or loss of work, being overthrown or ousted.

[dt_fancy_title title=”L’Étoile” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Star” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Anima and The Animus
Mythological: Venus, Aphrodite, Isis, Ishtar
Astrology: Aquarius
Hebrew Letter: צ Tzaddi (Fish Hook)
Tree of Life Path: Geburah – Tiphareth

Hope, guiding star, optimism, spirituality, insight, positivity, inspiration, faith, happiness, opportunities, optimism, renewal, spirituality, cosmic blessings, help in all forms, the heavens, wishing on a star, good health & healing, an inspirational person, a period of tranquility.

[dt_fancy_title title=”La Lune” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Moon” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Shadow
Mythological: Hecate; Artemis, Diana, Luna
Astrology: Pisces
Hebrew Letter: ק Qof (Back of Head)
Tree of Life Path: Binah – Chesed

Delusions, disturbed mind, deception, deep emotions, dreams/nightmares, illusion, hidden things, insecurity, mystery, falsehoods, visions, mental confusion, a dark night of the soul, a difficult period, lacking clarity, deception, secrets, increased psychic ability and experiences, lunacy.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Soleil” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The Sun” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Self, The Sun.
Mythological: Apollo; Helios, Sol.
Planet: Sun
Hebrew Letter: כ Koph (Clasping Hand)
Tree of Life Path: Chesed – Netzach

Life, happiness, success, joy, love, fulfillment, satisfaction, content. energy, vitality, joy, enlightenment, warmth, manifestation, happiness, marriage, good times, success, clear thinking, optimism, blessings, good fortune.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Jugement” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”Judgement” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Self, Evaluation and Reward.
Mythological: Hermes
Element: Fire
Hebrew Letter: ש Shin (Fang, Tooth)
Tree of Life Path: Chokmah – Binah

Call to action, breakthrough, faith, wake up call, awakening, redemption, rebirth, an awakening, a calling – spiritual or career, renewal, spirit led, reincarnation, a realization, a change that has already occurred, end of an era, a rite of passage, a period of transition, decision making.

[dt_fancy_title title=”Le Monde” title_size=”h1″ title_color=”title” separator_color=”accent”][dt_fancy_title title=”The World” title_size=”big” title_color=”title”]

Archetype: The Self, The Anima and The Animus
Mythological: Hera
Planet: Saturn
Hebrew Letter: ב Beth (House)
Tree of Life Path: Chokmah – Chesed

Completion, fulfillment, perfection, achievement, recognition, triumph, possibilities, outcomes, realizations, wholeness, success, totality, moving – particularly abroad, success and successful conclusions, the journey’s end, goal achievement.

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