The Major Arcana.
To understand the meaning of individual tarot cards, it’s important to know that there are 22 major arcana cards in an average tarot deck. They represent archetypal images and energies and tell the story of the Fool, as he starts at number 0 and travels through all of life’s experiences, ending with the World card at number 21.
The major arcana cards are the anchor of the tarot and deal with the major twists and turns within your life. The meaning of these tarot cards have an impact on the overall interpretation of your reading. Whenever a major arcana card reveals itself in your reading, pay special attention to it.
The Minor Arcana.
The 56 minor arcana cards are meant to complement the major arcana. The minor arcana is divided into 4 suits (similar to playing cards). These suits are wands, pentacles, swords, and cups.
The minor arcana cards help you focus on the current challenges and opportunities you face on a daily basis. They can help you better understand when opportunity knocks or guide you away from your less charitable impulses.
Another purpose and meaning of these tarot cards is also to provide greater understanding of the major arcana cards in your reading. They give you additional details or perspective that you need.