Looking at the deck we can attribute generally these kinds of meanings to the major arcana cards, but I would always say that each card should reveal itself to you, this is only a broad guideline.
To start with the Fool .. we are created, then first we experience the material, then when we have learned all we can from the Conscious and external (material) experiences, we then continue forward on our evolution to explore the Subconscious, internal (spiritual) aspects.
As we set off we pass through various stages of the journey. First our creation, then we encounter people who influence who we are. Having formed who we are, we set out to test this and live our lives on the physical/material plane. As young adults we explore relationships and sexuality, as we grow we develop our conscious self power, and take control of our selves and power through our experiences, using all the tools acquired
0 – The Fool – represents you at the moment of creation, a baby, innocent, without cares or worries. Filled with joy and wonder at what is before you.
1 – The Magician – The conscious self, here you become aware of all that is external to you in your environment and you aquire the skills to create or manifest whatever it is you want.
2 – The High Priestess – The Subconscious self, you are born with your subconscious self it is there for you to rely upon if you choose.
3 – The Empress – Mother energy, the Empress teaches you how to develop your physical senses, she nurtures you, gives you all that you need, this is your first external experience of love.
4 – The Emperor – Father energy, the Emperor teaches you structure, structure, rules. Your first external encounter with authority.
5 – The Heirophant – the Teacher, he represents education and society. He influences your vision of how society performs and embeds your belief system and morals. The Heirophant often represents conformity.
6 – The Lovers – the Lovers represent Love and Sexuality. You have reached a point in your evolution (puberty +) where you learn about the different forms of Love relationships and sexuality. The lesson being to find balance and harmony in all your relationships, including with yourself.
7 – The Chariot – The Fool is a young adult, this Ego is developed, he now wants to take control of his own journey. He feels self satisfied at all he has achieved in his external world. He is unstoppable for he knows where he wants to go and no one can tell him otherwise. He powers forward eager to reach his goals.
8 – Strength Card – As the Fool matures he realises that dominant strength cannot bring him all he desires, he learns that true strength comes from a place of gentleness.
9 – The Hermit – the mature Fool reaches a point where he has tried all that the external world can bring and is still not satisfied. He wonders where fulfilment lies, so he starts to look inwards for truths, he questions “what is it all about, what is the true meaning of life?”
10 – The Wheel of Fortune – He has reached a turning point, it is now that he asks himself, “ Have I learned all I can from my material existence? Do I still have things that I wish to repeat?” At this point the Wheel offers him the choice, to remain in his current, familiar place or move forward to fulfil his destiny? If he chooses to remain he will repeat the lessons of the material world as often as he likes, until he revisits the Wheel and chooses to move forward, or he can move forward, where the universe works with him bringing synchronicity to guide him forward.
11 – Justice – A point of karmic revelation. The scales demonstrate that he reaches the point of understanding Cause and Effect. He sees that he can clear his pathway for his future by taking responsibility for his past choices.
12 – The Hanged Man – the Fool hanging upside down has learned that if he surrenders, lets go, of his personal control he is free to see his world from a different perspective. From this new perspective he sees that he no longer wishes to fight the process, his life was turned upside down but by surrendering he finds peace and serenity. He is suspended in time for this process, he now chooses to go with the flow.
He is ready to let go of the trappings of the physical/material world, which no longer serves him, the first cleanse begins.
13 – Death – Death is a period of transitioning to the new fulfilling way of life. Where it is learned that the external world no longer fulfils, joy can only be found within. The Fool is ready to let go of all that he has outgrown. Old habits, material items, ambition, control all no longer serve him, he simply allows them to fall by the wayside as he continues on his journey.
14 – Temperance – Having let go of all that no longer serves him, he is no longer troubled by the responsibility and worry of all those things, he is free of the burdens. The Fool now feels emotionally balanced and harmonious. He has transitioned, he has connected to his Higher Self.
15 – The Devil – In this place of equilibrium the Fool is now ready to deal with his inner ‘demons’, his Core Issues. He can see in his ignorance the chains upon him, believing he had it all he now sees that all he controlled was himself, he realises that all his beliefs, paradigms and relationships that he had built his life upon were false, illusions that had enslaved and limited him and his relationships. As he digs deeper he finds hopelessness and despair.
16 – The Tower – the Tower represents the Ego fortress that he has built to protect his inner core, but really it is a prison. A momentous event will force down the Tower to free the Fool from the bondage of despair (Devil) and reveal the inner beauty once the Tower has fallen. As parts of the Tower falls the Light can begin to penetrate the top of the Tower.
The darkness of his external ways is cleared allowing the Light to flow in. The Fool steps forward out of the darkness, here the Universe steps forward to help him on his journey.
17 – The Star – The Soul is no longer hidden by any disguise, the sky offers hope and inspiration. The Fool is free of the devil’s influence and has found Trust. His faith in himself and the future is restored. His heart is open his love pours out freely. He is en-Light-end.
18 – The Moon – The Moon shines down revealing any shadows that are ready to be healed. The final process of deep healing and refinement is underway. Once all aspects of darkness are healed he is ready to Live in the Light. The Fool is forced to confront his deepest emotional darkness, to strip away the illusions of his false beliefs and memories of the past so that he is only left with his truths.
19 – The Sun – After defeating that dark night of the soul he awakens to the Truths that are within him. The Fool is no longer ‘lost’ or in darkness. He moves forward on his journey with all the knowledge from his experiences, no longer burdened by the fears and ego of the material existence. The Suns shines down bringing clarity, dispelling any confusion and doubt. The Fool now both feels and understands the goodness of the world, he knows his connection to the Universe. He is reborn, experienced and knowledgable ready to realise his greatness, able to fully manifest all his needs. He is comfortable in knowing that the Universe has all that he needs, in abundance. (The baby on the horse represents the fool reborn).
20 – Judgement – The Fool is reborn His ego is shed. Joy not fear is the key. He is absolved of all past errors because he knows they were due to the ignorance of his true nature. It is time to make a self review, since he now sees his true self he is in a position to make a wise decision as to what he values and what to discard.
The Fool is the embodiment of his soul essence. He is ready to fulfil his life’s purpose.
21 – The World – the Fool returns to the World fulfilled and enlightened, he is completely protected from the beasts of the material world. His experiences are now meaningful. He fulfils his life’s purpose now that he can share his unique gifts and talents. He has the abundance of the Universe fully supporting him because he acts from inner certainty.
The Fool has completed his journey back to awareness, fully enlightened as to the secrets of the universe and existence.