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The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana is the story of the soul moving through the four elements.

You may find the Major Arcana to be very familiar to Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey”, in that it describes a timeless story of personal and spiritual growth. The movement from the beginning of a journey, escalating through a variety of life experiences and archetypes, and returning to the same place that you began, yet with a higher understanding than ever before. The Major Arcana is 'the fifth element', the soul itself, bringing together the four within it. 

The Major Arcana tells the journey of "The Child" (traditionally "The Fool"); from humble beginnings to greater understanding, describing the evolution of their consciousness. In essence, each of us is "The Child", as we are all children of God. Each card through the Major Arcana sequence depicts an archetype of us as we move through life. 

The Tarot speaks to this part of you – your soul, describing nothing less than who and what you really are.

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The Major Arcana begins with The Child, who represents infinite possibilities, the state of pre-story. From the infinite potentials of life experience, when an impulse carries The Child into the first action, they transition into the energy of the Wizard (Formerly The Magician), which then continues to develop through the Priestess, the Emperor, the Empress, and so on. Along the way we discover the various polarities of energy, such as masculine and feminine, youthful and mature, internal and external motion, internal and external stillness, death and rebirth, temptation and repulsions, and expansion and contraction. These opposing forces continue to engage with each other all the way up until reaching the final gateway called The Aeon, followed closely by the completion of the cycle with what is normally called “The World” or “The Universe”, which in Patch Tarot have been fused together into what is called “The Crown”.

Once you are familiar with the Royal Arcana, you may even observe the pattern of the elements in the beginning stages of the 4 elements, which build off of each other in a similar fashion. The Magician embodies the energy of the Princes, and the Priestess connects with the Princesses, the Empress takes on the role of the Queen, and the Emperor holds the space of the King. The Hierophant after that takes another step farther, and bridges all four together in one, and embodies the birth of the fifth element which could also be known as Christ Consciousness. Finally, the Lovers after that depicts all of these elements together in one image.

Regarding Changes in Patch Tarot
 
The Fool to the Child

In Patch Tarot, the card known as "The Fool" has been transformed into "The Child." Further, the numbering has also been altered, with The Child taking on not just 0, but 0 and 1 together. When layered on top of each other, this makes the symbol for Phi. Allow me a moment to explain these decisions.

This was a divinely inspired event which came to the author after a tremendous amount of time spent studying Qabalah, Tree of Life, Astrology, and the Elements, and activated in a visionary Ayahuasca ceremony at Rythmia.

On the Tree of Life, the Hebrew Letter associated with The Fool is "Aleph", whose number is 1 - and represents the same formless potential that the Fool embodies. However, in the Tarot the Fool was originally unnumbered, and then numbered 0 beginning with the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. 

Thus - the Tree of Life and the Tarot were actually out of sync. The Fool would have been 0 and 1, the Magician was 1 and 2, and so on for the entire Major Arcana. With this decision, we have brought the Fool into alignment with his Hebrew association, and hence have aligned the rest of the cards as well. Studying the Hebrew letters, you will also find that the Magician/Wizard as 2 fits very well, because 2 is the number of formation - when things begin to actually have substance. The 1 (including all of the aces) actually represents formless potential, very fitting for The Child. 

The decision to change "The Fool" to "The Child" then reflects to us that we are ALL the Children of God. The name "The Fool" was relative to an older world, in which the King's Fool was the "different one" in society, "the outcast", one who was on his own journey of discovery. However this paradigm is shifting, as we move into a new reality where all of us recognize each other as Children of God. 

Finally, the 0 and 1 together making the Phi ratio suits The Child very well, because they represent both the masculine and the feminine powers combined (even before they come into form). The Child is the supreme beauty of the Creator (as indicated by Phi), and the infinite possibilities of what can happen when those two powers come to be. The heart of the Child is one of the highest reflections of spirit incarnated in body - the archetype of the Divine Child. This is what we are here to strive for. 

 

The Emperor & Empress

In Patch Tarot, the positions of The Emperor and The Empress have been reversed from the traditional flow, where now The Emperor comes after The Empress. This was done very purposefully, and with great love and respect for the Tarot system. The intention was to align The Empress with the Hebrew letter Heh on the Tree of Life – the symbol of the Divine Feminine in the Tetragrammaton – the holy name of God. In doing this, it also allows these initial four characters (Cards I through IV) to follow the same pattern as the Royal Arcana – Masculine, Feminine, Masculine, Feminine.

Doing this describes that it is through the feminine that the new consciousness – The Hierophant – is born. Thus, the switch is not only about the natural flow of energy between the Masculine and Feminine, but a reflection of our evolving consciousness wherein we learn to honour and respect the majesty of the Divine Feminine.

To learn more about the reasons for changing the positions of these cards, we encourage you to read The Book of Patch, which explores these ideas in much greater detail.


 

The Major Arcana Card Library

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The Child

The Child represents infinite possibility, the seed of creation. It is the beginning of a journey, your very own personal adventure!

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The Wizard

The Wizard is the first step in a journey and the beginning of a new cycle. All of the elements are accounted for and represented, creating purposefully.

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The Priestess

The Priestess represents the hidden, subconscious aspects of life; the other side of the coin from The Magician, The Sacred Feminine!

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The Emperor

The Emperor is a natural leader, focused predominantly on structure, law, order, and discipline, and maintains a structured and logical approach to life.

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The Empress

The Empress represents the love, compassion, possibility, nurturance and creativity of the Divine Mother. She is Mother Earth incarnate!

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The Hierophant

A great spiritual leader, one which embodies the essence of the wisdom and knowledge of the divine, free from dogma.

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The Lovers

The Lovers depicts all of the previous characters in a single image - the Hierophant, the Emperor, the Empress, the Priestess, and the Magician.

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The Chariot

The Chariot is now the full embodiment of all of the alchemized ingredients of the past, moving forward with tremendous motion.

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Passion

Passion depicts a young woman riding on a Lion, wrapping her arms around him in a loving embrace, as he gazes into the eyes of the observer of the card.

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The Hermit

The Hermit has entered into a deep meditation, secluded and far from civilization, of which can no longer affect him by how far out he has gone.

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Wheel of Flow

Wheel of Flow embodies the spirit of karma, cycles, destiny, and destination. A great celestial wheel embracing and creating, surrendering and accepting.

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Balance

Balance embodies the Alpha and the Omega; her arms extended outward as she supports two spheres bursting with light, justice, adjustment, and equilibrium!

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Hanged Man

The Hanged Man surrenders willingly all that he is as sacrifice in order to take passage into a new life filled with even deeper wisdom and awareness.

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Death

Death beckons new souls through his sphere of creation, the center of purification and renewal, supports their transition back to the earthly planes below.

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Resurrection

By Resurrection, the Soul actively recreates its body of light after his passage through Death. Creating a new self from the ingredients of his past!

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The Devil

The Devil speaks to our temptations, and the raw infinite potential of creating any experience we want without reservation or judgement.

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The Tower

The Tower represents the old way of being falling away and the removal of obstacles that blocked us on the path to truly understand who we are.

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The Star

The Star depicts the spirit of Aquarius and represents the guiding light, the renewal of inspiration that moves through us and lifts us up high!

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The Moon

The Moon illuminates a narrow pathway and represents the choices we make in our life and how our actions will be weighed at the gates of Anubis.

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The Sun

With the Sun we experience complete inner illumination, as consciousness transforms into pure light, uncovering the true self!.

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The Aeon

Upon realizing we are pure light, we remember all of the mistakes of the past, forgiving ourselves and affirming the lessons we gained along the way.

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The Crown

Upon emerging on the other side of the portal, we experience a new transcended state of consciousness, detached from the body and existing as a free spirit!

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