The standard tarot deck consists of 78 cards, each with its own imagery, symbolism, and story. It is divided into two sections, the Major Arcana, and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards, representing the life lessons, karmic influences, and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul’s journey to enlightenment. The word Arcana is the plural of Arcanum which means profound secret. The alchemists of the middle ages considered the arcanum the secret of nature. Therefore the tarot cards represent a collection of the secrets that underlie and explain our universe. The Major Arcana cards are often considered the most important cards of the deck. They don’t belong to any of the four suits of the tarot: Wands, Pentacles, Cups, and Swords. If you place the Major Arcana cards in numeric order from 0 (the fool) to 21 (the world), they form a symbolic story. This story is also known as the Fool’s journey. The Fool is the main character of the Major Arcana and makes his journey through each card. Along the way, he meets new teachers and learns new life lessons. Eventually, the Fool completes his journey with the World card. The Fool’s journey depicts and explains our individual journey of self-development leading from the earliest awareness (the Fool card) to integration and fulfillment (the World card). You can look at it as a general life path, or use it to examine a certain area/period of your life.