Golden Dawn Major Arcana

Descriptions and divinatory meanings of the Twenty-two Major Arcana in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

0 The Fool – Golden Dawn

0 The Fool – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Fool Idea, thought, spirituality, that which endeavours to rise above the material. MacGregor Mathers Folly, Expiation, Wavering. Reversed meanings Hesitation, Instability, Trouble arising there from. Golden Dawn Title of The Fool The Spirit...

1 The Magician – Golden Dawn

1 The Magician – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Magician Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, depending on dignity. Sometimes occult wisdom. MacGregor Mathers Will, Will-Power, Dexterity. Reversed meanings Will applied to evil ends, Weakness of Will, Cunning, Knavishness. Correct...

2 The High Priestess – Golden Dawn

2 The High Priestess – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of the High Priestess Change, alternation, increase and decrease. Fluctuation. MacGregor Mathers Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education. Reversed meanings Conceit, Ignorance, Unskillfulness, Superficial Knowledge The High Priestess has mysterious,...

3 The Empress – Golden Dawn

3 The Empress – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Empress Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation. MacGregor Mathers Action, Plan, Undertaking, Movement in a matter, Initiative. Reversed meanings Inaction, Frittering away power, Want of Concentration, Vacillation.Golden...

4 The Emperor – Golden Dawn

4 The Emperor – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Emperor War, conquest, victory, strife, ambition. MacGregor Mathers Realization, Effect, Development. Reversed meanings Stoppage, Check, Immature, Unripe. Attributions of The Emperor Golden Dawn Title of The Emperor Son of the Morning, Chief...

5 The Hierophant – Golden Dawn

5 The Hierophant – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Hierophant Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching. MacGregor Mathers Mercy, Beneficence, Kindness, Goodness. Reversed meanings Over-kindness, Weakness, Foolish exercise of generosity. Attributions of The Hierophant Golden Dawn...

6 The Lovers – Golden Dawn

6 The Lovers – Golden Dawn

Divinatory meanings of The Lovers Inspiration (passive, mediumistic). Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse. MacGregor Mathers Wise Dispositions, Proof, Trials Surmounted. Reversed meanings Unwise Plans, Failure when put to the test....

7 The Chariot – Golden Dawn

7 The Chariot – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Chariot Triumph, victory, health. Success though sometimes not stable and enduring. MacGregor Mathers Triumph, Victory, Overcoming Obstacles. Reversed meanings Overthrown, Conquered by Obstacles at the last moment. Attributions of The...

8 Strength – Golden Dawn

8 Strength – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of Strength Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy. MacGregor Mathers Power, Might, Force, Strength, Fortitude. Reversed Card meanings Abuse of Power,...

9 The Hermit – Golden Dawn

9 The Hermit – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of The Hermit Wisdom sought for and obtained from above. Divine inspiration (but active as opposed to the Lovers). MacGregor Mathers Prudence, Caution, Deliberation. Reversed meanings Over-Prudence, Timorousness, Fear.Attributions of the Hermit...

10 Wheel of Fortune – Golden Dawn

10 Wheel of Fortune – Golden Dawn

Divinatory Meanings of Wheel of Fortune Change of fortune Reversed Meanings Fortune somewhat diminishedAttributions of Fortune Golden Dawn Title of Wheel of Fortune The Lord of the Forces of Life Correct design of The Wheel of Fortune A wheel of six shafts Mercury,...