Major Arcana Only Readings


Internationally renowned Tarot author, teacher and artist, Rachel Pollack, presents a fascinating and lively session on doing readings with cards from the Major Arcana only.

The traditional Tarot consists of two parts, the twenty-two  very evocative “trump” cards, known as the Major Arcana (“arcana” means “secrets”), and the four suits, similar to playing cards, known as the Minor Arcana.  In modern Tarot readings we usually use decks that have action scenes on all the cards, to make it easier to read the Minor Arcana.  But older decks only have scenes on the trumps.  And some very striking modern decks do not even have suits, but consist only of beautifully painted, highly symbolic Major Arcanas.  Is it possible to read with just the Major cards?  Will the reading just focus on big issues, or will it illuminate all the subtleties of a “normal” reading?

In this session Rachel briefly discusses the structure and imagery of the Major Arcana, using examples from some ancient and rare decks. She then shares various spreads she and others have developed for deep readings using only these powerful 22 images.

This video clip contains almost ten minutes of the presentation which lasted a little over an hour.

Rachel PollackAbout the presenter

Rachel Pollack is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the tarot. She has published numerous books on the tarot, including Seventy-eight Degrees of Wisdom, which is considered a modern classic. She also designed and drew the Shining Woman Tarot, described by Caitlin Matthews as “the crowning jewel of geocentric shamanism.” She is a member of the American Tarot Association, the International Tarot Society, and the Tarot Guild of Australia, and has been conferred the title of Tarot Grand Master by the Tarot Certification Board, an independent body located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rachel Pollack is also a poet, fiction writer, and a comic book artist. As a fiction writer, she has been bestowed many honors and awards, among them the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction (for Unquenchable Fire) and the World Fantasy Award (for Godmother Night). She is a recommended member of PEN International, and has written for numerous publications. Pollack holds an honors degree in English from New York University, a master’s degree in English from Claremont Graduate School, and has taught English at New York State University.

Click here to visit Rachel’s website with a link to  her blog.


You can download a video recording of the class to your computer or device as an MP4 file. It can be viewed on PCs using Windows Media Player and on Macs using the free VLC multimedia player for Mac operating systems which can be downloaded here.

Total file size: 372 MB

Cost: $19 USD

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Major Arcana Only Readings

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