The Major Arcana stands for the most fundamental energies of life. They are symbol for our inner forces and motives.
One could say that the Major Arcana is a psychological and spiritual study of an individual in his relations with the spiritual and physical world.
The 22 cards are numbered from 0 to 21. They all have a specific name as you can see below. Every card represents a certain principle or force. They help the individual in his quest for further wisdom. With this wisdom he can control his passions and transform them in higher values.
Rider-Waite Major Arcana Meanings
0. The Fool – I start a new journey knowing that I am protected
1. The Magician – I master the Elements
2. The High Priestess – The knowledge is deep in myself
3. The Empress – I am creative and love my true nature
4. The Emperor – I rule with wisdom.
5. The Hierophant – I look for higher values.
6. The Lovers – My relations are harmonious and made with free will.
7. The Chariot – Here I am.
8. Strength – I accept all my instincts and bring them in harmony.
9. The Hermit – It’s time for an introspective retreat.
10. Wheel of Fortune – I can’t escape the fate that I made myself
11. Justice – I can see dualities and harmonize them
12. The Hanged Man – I must take a new direction and accept the ups and downs
13. Death – I must stop this because something new is waiting and accept the ups and downs
14. Temperance – I found harmony after my transformation
15. The Devil – I have a confrontation with my shadow
16. The Tower – My old structures are destroyed
17. The Star – I am regenerating knowing that I am a part of the Cosmos are destroyed
18. The Moon – I am overwhelmed with my inner emotions
19. The Sun – The world is beautiful
21. The World – I belong here
20. Judgement – In understand that I am part of a bigger whole and am grateful for it