Major Arcana

The Major Arcana – represents 22 archetypal aspects or stages of our journey through the wheel of life. It is helpful to imagine these 22 cards in a circle versus a line, as we step out of the linear world of cause and effect and into the circular world of unlimited possibilities.

In Pythagorean terms, a circle can be seen as a singular unit called a monad. A monad is the creator of many and the sum of all. It is both the beginning point and the container.

The first card in the Major Arcana is typically called the “Fool.”

In the Tree Spirit Tarot deck, the Fool “0” is the Wonderer, who is wondering.

Cards “1-22” represent the path one takes in finding their unique place in the world as they face the challenges and opportunities of life. Eventually a desire to return home becomes the ultimate goal.

Major Arcana – Trees on our Journey

  1. Wonderer – Birch – New Beginnings
  2. Magi – Almond – Soul’s Purpose
  3. Mystic – Gingko Biloba – Life Force
  4. Earth Mother – Fig – Co-creation
  5. Earth Father – Oak – Procreation
  6. Teachers – Redwood – Lessons
  7. Lovers – Pomegranate – Passion
  8. Chariot – Ash – Freedom
  9. Strength – Mangrove – Support
  10. Hermit – Banyan – Reflection
  11. Wheel of Fortune – Ceiba – Change
  12. Justice – Bristlecone Pine – Maturity
  13. Hanged One – Yew – Perception
  14. Death – Hickory – Shedding
  15. Temperance – Laurel – Moderation
  16. Devil – Apple – Shadow
  17. Tower – Eucalyptus – Obstacle
  18. Star – Hawthorn – Hope
  19. Moon – Willow – Intuition
  20. Sun – Orange – Joy
  21. Judgment – Olive – Honor
  22. The World – Baobab – The Return