Part II of the major arcana cards will cover the next seven in the tarot deck. Once again we will explore the spiritual aspects as well as the meanings of each card. Without further delay let us begin.
The Strength card, numbered eight, depicts a young woman along side a lion. This card represents the strength found in love, patience, and gentleness. These inner qualities are stronger than power, force and hate the physical qualities of man. Spiritually this card reminds us to have faith in the Creator to carry us through the tough times, for spiritual strength is a gift from the Creator. Reversed: Hang on and don’t give up, which can lead you to take the wrong path and delay your good fortune.
The Hermit card, numbered nine, depicts an elderly gentleman carrying a torch or lantern to light his way. It represents having a voice to ask, seek the answers, knock on the doors of opportunity and you will have what you need. Spiritually it symbolizes the need to have faith in the Creator and it will light the way for you. Reversed: It is the card that tells you to stop resisting, open yourself to good advice and don’t let pride keep your common sense at bay.
The Wheel of Fortune card, numbered ten, depicts a wheel with a human at the base, an angel at the top and in each of the four corners a symbol of the suits of the tarot. It represents a reminder to us that when everything seems bad, that there is only one way to go, up! Spiritually it is card of perpetual change. when life is good and can go bad and when life is bad it can only improve. Be strong this too shall pass. Reversed: When everything seems to crumble around you keeping your thoughts positive is the only way to go.
The Justice card, numbered eleven, depicts a young woman blindfolded, carrying the sword of justice in both hands. It represents having all the facts of a situation and coming to a fair and equitable decision. Spiritually it is a card of balance of mind and spirit. Keep listening to that inner voice to maintain the equilibrium in your life, it will never lead you astray. Reversed: It is the feelings of inadequacy and loss. The feeling of futility in one’s life.
The Hanged Man card, numbered twelve, depicts a man bound and hanging upside down from a cross. It is the card of breaking the restrictions of a limited consciousness to gain higher wisdom. Spiritually it is the card of the materialistic person, who needs to surrender to it and seek higher ground. The need for man to escape the restraints of the physical world and look to the Creator with trust and courage. Reversed: It is the card of preoccupation with material things. The lack of a spiritual life to balance oneself.
The Death card, numbered thirteen, depicted often as a skeletal figure dressed in black. This card does not mean physical death but rather a transition that is coming. Transition is change, an end to the situation that is currently being experienced. This is a needed change so embrace it! Spiritually it represents the need to let the ego die so that the soul can excel to a higher spiritual plane of understanding. Reversed: Though you are experiencing a state of uncertainty, new ideas and inspirations are coming. A new way of life and possibly a birth.
The Temperance card, numbered fourteen, depicts a maiden with two chalices of water, one pouring into the other. It symbolizes the need to stay balanced and do things in moderation not excess. Spiritually it is a card of awakening to the beauty of life and everything in it. Balancing spirit with physical. Reversed: Stop and smell the flowers. Reconsider how your life is and develop a well thought-out plan before moving ahead. Otherwise your energies will be scattered and wasted.
These major arcana cards are intensely beautiful in meaning and accurately describe the situations that are occurring in your life in accordance with the other cards surrounding them in a reading. We will continue to explore the remaining major arcana cards in Part III. Until then…