Tarot Cards - Learn What the Fool"s Journey Means
The word "Arcana" means secret.
The Major Arcana number 22, and depict characters (such as the Empress and High Priestess), social principles (such as Justice), and objects (such as the Moon and the Chariot).
Some represent a specific quality, but all represent a state or a quality that must be experienced or in some cases overcome by everyone in their life's journey -- the Fools Journey.
Each card of the Major Arcana therefore symbolises an aspect of our being.
Throughout our lives, we are continually influenced and driven by the underlying forces that the Tarot depicts.
The first card is the Fool, and represents our first awareness.
The final card is the World, which represents fulfilment.
In between, the other cards correspond to a point on the path to our final destination.
The Fool card shows a medieval jester, with the ability to make people laugh with his childish and simple antics.
The character is unpredictable and full of surprises, full of playful innocence and without worries, concerns or apprehension about the future.
Starting with the Fool, we begin the "Fools Journey.
" At the start, life is fundamentally good.
We have no baggage and with childlike innocence we can enjoy life in all it's unpredictability.
In a tarot reading, the Fool signals a new start or change of direction.
The Fool also reminds us to trust our instincts, not to allow irrational fears to affect us, to believe in ourselves, and follow our hearts.
All the other cards follow in the Fool's journey.
The Magician is next, and reminds us that we have an opportunity to use the inherent creativity in our nature to achieve our wishes and dreams.
But we must act immediately, before the opportunity passes.
And the moment does pass, as the journey moves on through the cards.
As the journey progresses, it takes in some difficult themes.
The Hanged Man is one such event and can indicate a difficult phase.
It gives an indication of how to get through it.
Sometimes the only way to regain control over some aspect of your life is to simply let it go.
This card acts as a reminder that the best answer to a problem is not always the most obvious.
Sometimes, the desire for action can be against your best interests, and you may need to look before you leap.
And so through to Death, showing that some things must end to allow the new to enter.
Then Temperance, indicating a need for moderation and self-control.
The Devil follows, warning that suffering depression, obsession or harmful addiction, will lead to making the wrong choices.
Finally, we will come to positive uplifting cards.
The Star, a card of inspiration and hope.
The Moon, again a card of hope and encouragement.
And the Sun, showing that you have all the energy and determination you need to overcome obstacles.
It shows that you are on the right path to success and happiness.
Finally we come to end of the Fool's journey in the form of the World card.
This is associated with success, completion and happiness.
Like the Sun, the World is a very positive card, and tells you that your hopes and dreams are achievable.
The Tarot shows a journey through its cards and the themes and principles they represent.
This journey applies to our life as a whole, but it also applies to aspects of our life, and so to smaller journeys too.
Each challenge is a journey, as is each new experience or project we start.
The Fool's Journey teaches us an important lesson.
We can achieve all we wish for, but the journey to achievement will be full of tests and challenges, and we will need to work hard, but ultimately the prize is there for all of us.