The Major Trumps

  • I The Magician
    I The Magician

    A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and shining eyes. Above his head is the...

  • II The High Priestess
    II The High Priestess

    She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scro...

  • III The Empress
    III The Empress

    A stately figure, seated, having rich vestments and royal aspect, as of a daughter of heaven and earth. Her diadem is of twelve stars, gathered in a c...

  • IV The Emperor
    IV The Emperor

    He has a form of the Crux ansata for his scepter and a globe in his left hand. He is a crowned monarch--commanding, stately, seated on a throne, the a...

  • V The Hierophant
    V The Hierophant

    He wears the triple crown and is seated between two pillars, but they are not those of the Temple which is guarded by the High Priestess. In his left ...

  • VI The Lovers
    VI The Lovers

    The sun shines in the zenith, and beneath is a great winged figure with arms extended, pouring down influences. In the foreground are two human figure...

  • VII The Chariot
    VII The Chariot

    An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the firs...

  • VIII Strength, or Fortitude
    VIII Strength, or Fortitude

    A woman, over whose head there broods the same symbol of life which we have seen in the card of the Magician, is closing the jaws of a lion. The only ...

  • IX The Hermit
    IX The Hermit

    The variation from the conventional models in this card is only that the lamp is not enveloped partially in the mantle of its bearer, who blends the i...

  • X Wheel of Fortune
    X Wheel of Fortune

    In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Éliphas Lévi, who has furnished several variants. It is legitimate--as I have intimated--to...

  • XI Justice
    XI Justice

    As this card follows the traditional symbolism and carries above all its obvious meanings, there is little to say regarding it outside the few conside...

  • XII The Hanged Man
    XII The Hanged Man

    The gallows from which he is suspended forms a Tau cross, while the figure--from the position of the legs--forms a fylfot cross. There is a nimbus abo...

  • XIII Death
    XIII Death

    The veil or mask of life is perpetuated in change, transformation and passage from lower to higher, and this is more fitly represented in the rectifie...

  • XIV Temperance
    XIV Temperance

    A winged angel, with the sign of the sun upon his forehead and on his breast the square and triangle of the septenary. I speak of him in the masculine...

  • XV The Devil
    XV The Devil

    The design is an accommodation, mean or harmony, between several motives mentioned in the first part. The Horned Goat of Mendes, with wings like those...

  • XVI The Tower
    XVI The Tower

    Occult explanations attached to this card are meager and mostly disconcerting. It is idle to indicate that it depicts min in all its aspects, because ...

  • XVII The Star
    XVII The Star

    A great, radiant star of eight rays, surrounded by seven lesser stars--also of eight rays. The female figure in the foreground is entirely naked. Her ...

  • XVIII The Moon
    XVIII The Moon

    The distinction between this card and some of the conventional types is that the moon is increasing on what is called the side of mercy, to the right ...

  • XIX The Sun
    XIX The Sun

    The naked child mounted on a white horse and displaying a red standard has been mentioned already as the better symbolism connected with this card. It...

  • XX The Last Judgement
    XX The Last Judgement

    I have said that this symbol is essentially invariable in all Tarot sets, or at least the variations do not alter its character. The great angel is he...

  • XXI The World
    XXI The World

    As this final message of the Major Trumps is unchanged--and indeed unchangeable--in respect of its design, it has been partly described already regard...

  • Zero - The Fool
    Zero - The Fool

    With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice a...