Lots of things have happened between my last blog posts and this new set of blog posts.
It seems appropriate that this new year and this new set of posts, along with all the new things in my life, that we are going to be talking about the Major Arcana.
These cards are all about the big stuff. They represent not only all the huge life changing events, but also they represent the big archtypes and personality types. They are much less day to day cards than the minors. If one pops up in a reading it usually has something big to say to you.
Now before I get into too much depth with the basics of the Majors, I want to talk about some struggles I am having. I can’t quite decide how to present the individual Majors. Most blogs and books and lessons will do them in the numerical order. Which has a great bit of logic to it. After all, they are numbered for a reason. If we take them in order that they are numbered they create a path for us to learn ourselves deeply.
At the same time, they do not appear to us in that path. I men we can work with them in that path. Sure. But when we draw them in readings to learn about ourselves they are random.
As an example of this idea that the cards come to us randomly, I will share with you the two Majors that I have been working with in the last six months. The first six months of the year I was working a lot with the Hermit and working through a period of introspection. Around the middle of summer I noticed that my majors were moving into the larger numbers. More than once I noticed I was getting Wheel of Fortune. That is interesting. Then I started to get The Tower. Which now with this health issue makes sense. Some of my walls came tumbling down. I was moving from one cycle of my life to another one. But to fully appreciate where I am moving to, I needed things shaken up for me. (And trust me, they really were).
Back to how on earth are we going to address the Majors. I would like to think (thanks to being deeply Gemini) that there is a middle path. I just haven’t found it yet. So for now, we are going to study them in the order given. 0 though 21.
So, the basics. The cards are numbered 0-21. They start with the Fool and end with The World. The Majors represent both the journey spiritually that we all should be taking in this life and the basic archetypes of humanity. They travel through the life lessons that we need to learn to become fully realized people. As a Buddhist, I liken these lessons to sign posts on the path to enlightenment. A spiritual journey is rarely clearly lit and obvious. But the Tarot and especially the Major Arcana can help guide us on our way. The Majors are numbered, which would suggest a clear and “right” way to progress through them. In my experience that is very misleading. They do go along in an nice order. But we as chaotic humans do not. We travel a nice straight path and then we back track to find that lovely flower, or we stay where we are because we are stuck in the mud. Sometimes we skip ahead to the end of the book. The numbers aren’t rules so much as guidelines to keep us on the path or to help us find our way back to it when we have strayed.
As Archetypes they can help us create the allegories that help our lives make sense. I believe that humans are story tellers by nature. We create our own mythologies and our own narrative. Archetypes help with that. (And I do think that is part of why we so heavily rely on stereotypes, even if that is wrong). We have archetypes like the The Fool, the Lovers, Justice, and The Devil. We know the archetype for death will also bring us through to rebirth. We understand our world through archetypes.
I think thats a good start.
Have a blessed week