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Get to Know Yourself with the Major Arcana

By November 2, 2011 May 4th, 2018

blog-20111102-get-to-know-yourself-with-the-major-arcanaThe Major Arcana cards are very powerful cards that often represent certain archetypes that come and go throughout the journey of our lives.

You can use this fun, yet enlightening exercise to explore not only the Major Arcana but also yourself on a deeper level. This exercise can be part of your Tarot study, or it may be useful when you are going through a transformational period in your life.

For each Major Arcana card, explore the question(s) below and take note of your responses in your Tarot journal or notebook. If you’re really brave, use the comments section below to share your responses with the Biddy Tarot community.

The Fool

  • What new beginnings are you experiencing?
  • Are you taking any risks and simply following your gut instinct?

The Magician

  • What tools and resources are available to you?
  • What are your talents and how can you maximize these talents?

High Priestess

  • What secret are you hiding, even from yourself?


  • What makes you feel beautiful and connected to the world?
  • What are you doing to nurture yourself and others?


  • What structures are in your life that give you a feeling of certainty?
  • In what areas do you dominate?


  • Who is your role model and why?
  • What rules do you live and die by?


  • What are your values and ethics?
  • Think about a time when you had to make a choice based on your ethics. What was the outcome?


  • What drives you? What motivates you?
  • What are you so fiercely determined to achieve right now?


  • In what areas of your life do you seek justice, truth and fairness? What cause are you fighting for?


  • How do you make time for yourself  and what do you do with this time?
  • How do you connect with your inner truth?

Wheel of Fortune

  • Do you believe in fate and destiny, or free will?


  • What gives you strength?
  • What raw emotions do you need to keep in check?

Hanged Man

  • What is currently stalled or ‘on hold’ in your life?
  • Where do you need to compromise?


  • What major change is sweeping through your life?
  • What is moving into the past, and what new opportunities are opening up?


  • What aspect of your life seems effortless and ‘in flow’?


  • What are your addictions, dependencies and attachments? How can you free yourself from these?


  • Think back to a time when you went through a very challenging situation. How did this alter your perspective? What personal growth emerged afterwards?


  • What gives you renewed hope and faith in life?
  • How are you creating an optimistic outlook?


  • What are your deepest fears and anxieties that you keep to yourself?


  • What do you feel really good about right now?
  • What does success look like for you?


  • What can you learn from your past mistakes?
  • How do you ultimately judge yourself?


  • What is coming to completion? How can you celebrate your achievements?

(This exercise was inspired by Arnell Ando’s journal exercise.)


ABOUT Brigit

Brigit Esselmont is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling books the Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings and the Biddy Tarot Planner, and the brand new book and Tarot deck, Everyday Tarot. A professional Tarot reader for more than 20 years, Brigit founded Biddy Tarot in 1999, where each year more than 4.5 million people (like you!) are inspired to live more mindful and enlightened lives, using the Tarot as a guide.

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