Major Arcana

The Major Arcana of a Tarot deck, the cards I am working on right now, have 22 cards in them, but the highest numbered card is 21. How? The first card isn't numbered 1, but 0. 0 is The Fool, the main character in the journey that the Major Arcana represent.

Some of the "characters", or cards, in the Major Arcana have roles that stand on their own, and some are more akin to relationships based on the person taking the journey. I spent a long time trying to decide on the Fool - possibly one of the most important cards, as they dictated the entire journey and the rest of the deck - before deciding between two characters for the Fool, Arthur and Merlin. My decision?


This Tarot deck is actually two decks - some cards have only one version, roles which stay the same regardless of whether Arthur or Merlin is the Fool, and some change, based on who it is.

An example is the next two cards after the Fool, 1 The Magician and 2 The High Priestess. The Magician is Merlin, regardless of whether Merlin or Arthur is the Fool. But then there are two High Priestess Cards - if Merlin is the Fool, then Nimueh is the High Priestess, but if Arthur is the fool, then Morgause is the High Priestess.

For now the only "Fools", characters that the decks surround, are Arthur and Merlin. Later on I may do other characters for the Major Arcana. If I ever get around to doing the Minor Arcana, though, I'm only doing one!