Posts Tagged ‘Major Arcana’

~”All meanings, we know, depend on the key of Interpretation”~

– George Elliot

Here is a list of ‘Keywords’ dedicated to the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Yes, I know there is a whole lot more to the Majors than just a few mere keywords, and yes, in time, I will make detailed posts about them all. However, keywords are an excellent place to start, because not only do they help summarize the card, but they also act like a creative springboard for us to develop our own personal meanings and interpretations. I do hope you find this list useful.

  • 0 – THE FOOL

    The Fool - Sacred Rose Tarot

The Spirit of Aethyr

    • Element: Air
    • Astrology: Uranus
    • Qabalah: Aleph (Ox)
    • Archetype: Eternal Child. Beggar. Vagabond. Free Spirit.
    • Mythic Figures: Parsifal. Dionysus. Jester. Green Man.
    • Positive Keywords: Innocence. Spontaneity. Fresh Start. Originality.
    • Negative Keywords: Foolishness. Gullibility. Frivolity. Irresponsibility.
    • Affirmation: I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer.



    The Magician - Sacred Rose Tarot

    The Magician - Sacred Rose Tarot

The Magus of Power

    • Element: Air
    • Astrology: Mercury
    • Qabalah: Beth (House)
    • Archetype: Animus. Trickster. Sorcerer. Gambler. Thief.
    • Mythic Figures: Hermes. Mercury. Merlin. Loki. Thoth.
    • Positive Keywords: Creativity. Dexterity. Skilful. Showmanship.
    • Negative Keywords: Manipulation. Superficiality. Charlatan. Cynicism.
    • Affirmation: I communicate with ease and joy.



    The High Priestess - Sacred Rose Tarot

Priestess of the Silver Star

    • Element: Water
    • Astrology: Moon
    • Qabalah: Gimel (Camel)
    • Archetype: Anima. Virgin. Priestess. Witch. Wise-Woman.
    • Mythic Figures: Artemis. Hecate. Persephone. Sophia. Isis Veiled.
    • Positive Keywords: Intuition. Inner Wisdom. Esoteric Knowledge. Insight.
    • Negative Keywords: Secretive. Deceptive. Irrational. Promiscuity.
    • Affirmation: I flow with life, peacefully and freely.



    The Empress - Sacred Rose Tarot

Daughter of the Mighty Ones

    • Element: Earth
    • Astrology: Venus
    • Qabalah: Daleth (Door)
    • Archetype: Mother Nature. Divine Mother. Creatrix. Anima. Wife. Lover.
    • Mythic Figures: Demeter. Hera. Hathor. Aphrodite. Freya. Gaia. Rhea.
    • Positive Keywords: Mother. Fertility. Abundance. Luxury.
    • Negative Keywords: Greed. Excessive Materialism. Smothering. Unproductive.
    • Affirmation: I nourish myself with love.


    The Emperor - Sacred Rose Tarot

    The Emperor - Sacred Rose Tarot

Son of the Morning. Chief among the Mighty.

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Aries
    • Qabalah: Heh (Window)
    • Archetype: Father. Creator. Patriarch. Animus. Husband.
    • Mythic Figures: Mars. Zeus. Ares. Jupiter. Jehovah
    • Positive Keywords: Order. Control. Power. Status.
    • Negative Keywords: Tyranny. Coarseness. Abuse of Power. Impatience.
    • Affirmation: I am the loving operator of my mind, body, and soul.



    The Hierophant - Sacred Rose Tarot

Magus of the Eternal

    • Element: Earth
    • Astrology: Taurus
    • Qabalah: Vau (Nail/Hook)
    • Archetype: Teacher. Priest. Mentor. Guide.
    • Mythic Figures: Pope. Jupiter. Horus. Buddha. Mohammed.
    • Positive Keywords: Tradition. Spiritual Growth. Teaching. Institution.
    • Negative Keywords: Dogmatic. Fanaticism. Propaganda. Restriction.
    • Affirmation: I move beyond old limitations and now allow myself to express freely and creativity.



    The Lovers - Sacred Rose Tarot

Children of the Voice. Oracle of the Mighty Gods.

    • Element: Air
    • Astrology: Gemini
    • Qabalah: Zain (Sword)
    • Archetype: Beloved. Paradise. Choice.
    • Mythic Figures: Adam & Eve. Isis & Osiris. Eros & Psyche. Shiva & Shakti.
    • Positive Keywords: Union. Sharing. Trust. Attraction.
    • Negative Keywords: Inconsistency. Impatience. Hedonism. Wanderlust.
    • Affirmation: I choose to handle all my experiences with love, with joy, and with ease.



    The Chariot - Sacred Rose Tarot

Child of the Powers of the Waters. Lord of the Triumph of Light.

    • Element: Water
    • Astrology: Cancer
    • Qabalah: Cheth (Fence)
    • Archetype: Warrior. Hero. Animus.
    • Mythic Figures: Apollo. Oedipus. Sinn. Tamuz.
    • Positive Keywords: Determination. Success. Inner Peace. Self-Discipline.
    • Negative Keywords: Inconsiderate. Clinginess. Insecurity. Moodiness.
    • Affirmation: I forgive the past. I forgive myself. It is safe for me to move on.



    Strength - Sacred Rose Tarot

Daughter of the Flaming Sword. Leader of the Lion.

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Leo
    • Qabalah: Teth (Serpent)
    • Archetype: Enchantress. Witch. Passion. Anima.
    • Mythic Figures: Sekhmet. Bastet. Europa. Beauty and the Beast. Hercules.
    • Positive Keywords: Self-Confidence. Patience. Inner Strength. Courage.
    • Negative Keywords: Depotism. Vanity. Arrogance. Insolence.
    • Affirmation: I am supported by life. I express love to all.



    The Hermit - Sacred Rose Tarot

Prophet of the Eternal. Magus of the Voice of Power.

    • Element: Earth
    • Astrology: Virgo
    • Qabalah: Yod (Open Hand)
    • Archetype: Wise Old Man. Mentor. Guide. Hermit. Crone.
    • Mythic Figures: Saturn. Chronos. Father Time. Hestia. Hecate.
    • Positive Keywords: Self-Discovery. Self-Sufficient. Prudence. Atonement.
    • Negative Keywords: Exile. Lonliness. Fear of Intimacy. Skepticism.
    • Affirmation: I love and approve of myself, and I alone create sweetness and joy in my life.



    Wheel of Fortune - Sacred Rose Tarot

Lord of the Forces of Life

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Jupiter
    • Qabalah: Kaph (Closed Fist)
    • Archetype: Karma. Faith. Destiny. Change.
    • Mythic Figures: Fortuna. Kismet. The Fates (Moirae). The Sphinx.
    • Positive Keywords: Good Luck. Change for the Better. Opportunity. Joy.
    • Negative Keywords: Disappointment. Vicious Cycle. Stagnation. Cockiness.
    • Affirmation: I move into my greater good. My good is everywhere, and I am secure and safe.



    Justice - Sacred Rose Tarot

Daughter of the Lords of Truth. Ruler of the Balance.

    • Element: Air
    • Astrology: Libra
    • Qabalah: Lamed (Ox Goad)
    • Archetype: Karma. Avenger. Mediator.
    • Mythic Figures: Athena. Themis. Metis. Ma’at. Nemesis. Dike.
    • Positive Keywords: Fairness. Clarity. Impartiality. Law & Order.
    • Negative Keywords: Fickle. Bias. Indecision. Red Tape.
    • Affirmation: Divine right action is always taking place in my life. Only good comes from each experience.



    The Hanged Man - Sacred Rose Tarot

Spirit of the Mighty Waters.

    • Element: Water
    • Astrology: Neptune
    • Qabalah: Mem (Water)
    • Archetype: Sacrifice. Victim. Martyr.
    • Mythic Figures: Odin. Osiris. Adonis. Prometheus. Christ. Judas.
    • Positive Keywords: New Perspective. Selflessness. Flexibility. Serenity.
    • Negative Keywords: Guilty Conscience. Denial. Martyrdom. Punishment.
    • Affirmation: I now discover how wonderful I am. I choose to love and enjoy myself.



    Death - Sacred Rose Tarot

Child of the Great Transformers. Lord of the Gates of Death.

    • Element: Water
    • Astrology: Scorpio
    • Qabalah: Nun (Fish)
    • Archetype: Death. Rebirth. Transformation. Metamorphosis.
    • Mythic Figures: Hades. Pluto. Kali. Hecate.
    • Positive Keywords: Transformation. Renewal. Cleansing. Liberation.
    • Negative Keywords: Obstinacy. Decay. Obsession. Paranoia.
    • Affirmation: I easily and comfortably release that which I no longer need in life.



    Temperance - Sacred Rose Tarot

Daughter of the Reconcilers. Bringer Forth of Life.

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Sagittarius
    • Qabalah: Samekh (Prop)
    • Archetype: Alchemist. Healer. Guardian Angel.
    • Mythic Figures: Hestia. Panthea. Asclepius. Chiron. Vishnu. Apollo.
    • Positive Keywords: Tolerance. Moderation. Blending. Adaptation.
    • Negative Keywords: Volatile. Excessiveness. Outlandishness. Haste.
    • Affirmation: I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.



    The Devil - The Sacred Rose Tarot

Lord of the Gates of Matter. Child of the Forces of Time.

    • Element: Earth
    • Astrology: Capricorn
    • Qabalah: Ayin (Eye)
    • Archetype: Shadow. Adversary. Sabatouer.
    • Mythic Figures: Pan. Set. Typhon. Satan. Horned God.
    • Positive Keywords: Power. Sexuality. Ambition. Enlightenment.
    • Negative Keywords: Bondage. Negativity. Co-dependency. Fears.
    • Affirmation: I am flexible and flowing. I feel safe to be me.



    The Tower - Sacred Rose Tarot

Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty.

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Mars
    • Qabalah: Peh (Mouth)
    • Archetype: Destroyer. Avenger. Ordeal.
    • Mythic Figures: Shiva. Mars. Thor. Kali. Pele.
    • Positive Keywords: Awakening. Revelation. Purification. Breaking Free.
    • Negative Keywords: Catastrophe. Chaos. Destruction. Anger.
    • Affirmation: I experience life as a joyous dance. I am free to be the best I can be.



    The Star - Sacred Rose Tarot

Daughter of the Firmament. Dweller Between the Waters.

    • Element: Air
    • Astrology: Aquarius
    • Qabalah: Tzaddi (Fish-Hook)
    • Archetype: Soul. Visionary. Anima.
    • Mythic Figures: Venus. Eos. Urania. Ishtar. Eve. Psyche.
    • Positive Keywords: Hope. Inspiration. Tranquility. Idealism.
    • Negative Keywords: False Hopes. Detachment. Self-Serving. Skittishness.
    • Affirmation: I live up to my highest standards with love and with joy.



    The Moon - Sacred Rose Tarot

Ruler of Flux and Reflux

    • Element: Water
    • Astrology: Pisces
    • Qabalah: Qoph (Back of Head)
    • Archetype: Sub-lunar world. Instincts. Dark Night of the Soul.
    • Mythic Figures: Artemis. Selene. Hecate. Medusa. Circe. Posedion.
    • Positive Keywords: Imagination. Dreams. Fantasy. Mystery.
    • Negative Keywords: Illusion. Escapism. Betrayal. Danger.
    • Affirmation: My understanding is clear, and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe.



    The Sun - Sacred Rose Tarot

Lord of the Fire of the World

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Sun
    • Qabalah: Resh (Face/Head)
    • Archetype: Hero. Divine Child. Champion.
    • Mythic Figures: Apollo. Ra. Agni. Surya. Helios.
    • Positive Keywords: Vitality. Success. Prosperity. Honors.
    • Negative Keywords: Arrogance. Ostentatious. Narcissism. Egotistical.
    • Affirmation: I joyfully accept life and live each moment to the fullest.



    Judgement - Sacred Rose Tarot

Spirit of Primal Fire

    • Element: Fire
    • Astrology: Pluto
    • Qabalah: Shin (Tooth)
    • Archetype: Liberator. Rebirth. Judges.
    • Mythic Figures: Kali. Phoenix. Archangel Michael. Horus.
    • Positive Keywords: Turning Point. Reformation. Rite of Passage. Rebirth.
    • Negative Keywords: Judgmental. Regret. Disillusionment. ‘Bad Karma’.
    • Affirmation: I lovingly and joyously accept myself wholly. There is no guilt and no punishment. I am free to be me.



    The World - Sacred Rose Tarot

Great One of the Night Time

    • Element: Earth
    • Astrology: Saturn
    • Qabalah: Tau (Cross/Stability)
    • Archetype: The Self. Higher Self. Wholeness. Goal. Anima Mundi.
    • Mythic Figures: Gaia. Anima Mundi. World Soul. Christ Risen.
    • Positive Keywords: Fulfillment. Attainment, Ecstasy. Triumph.
    • Negative Keywords: Limitations. Burdens. Obstacles. Frustrations.
    • Affirmation: I am open and receptive to all the love in the universe. And thank you life.

All card images are from the Sacred Rose Tarot by Johanna Gargiulo-Sherman.

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