This article was written by @linxcxx for The Art Club.

Hello Everyone! This is @linxcxx, combining my favourite pastimes of spirituality and art. In this very article, there are first 11 major arcana tarot cards with corresponding paintings that I believe reflect the message of the cards. I hope you enjoy it!

I. 'The Fool' Tarot Card ----- 'Impression, Sunrise' by Jean Monet

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Representing the opportunity of new beginnings, one could reflect the meaning of 'The Fool' Tarot Card in Monet's 'Impression Sunrise'- its depiction of the new cycle at the start of another day. Indeed, not only does the entire painting lay out an undertaking of something new, it is in itself considered the start of the 'impressionism' movement. The painting breathes into me a sense of nostalgia, inherent in the concept of a new journey, encompassing the leaving of what is familiar and embracing the courage to venture into the unknown. 'The Fool' Tarot Card similarly represents a chance of new adventure by youth directed by the folly of their innocence. In a way, the painting invokes a sense of enormous freedom; freedom from the shackles of the familiar, known, mundane. This interplay of shadow, light, the dancing colours comes to me as symbolic of a transition- the transition of "The Fool' Tarot Card.

II. 'The Magician' Tarot Card ----- 'Liberty Leading the People' by Eugène Delacroix

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'The Magician' Tarot Card symbolising this open medium between the higher beings and humanity can be envisioned in Delacroix's embodiment of Liberty as an allegorical goddess-figure and a woman of people. Indeed, 'The Magician' serves to represent the vast potential hidden within our souls, one that could be held to come into fruition in painting commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. Indeed, they have all taken action, similarly to what 'The Magician' urges us to do- see to the fulfilment of our dreams and visions.

III. 'The High Priestess' Tarot Card ---- 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer'

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The element of femininity and mystery of 'The High Priestess' Tarot Card is pervasive in Vermeer's 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring'. Indeed, her figure entraps us in the sense of ambiguity- her facial expression, the depth of her gaze, the presentation of one side of her face, and similarly to the message of the Tarot Card, calls for our heightened understanding and intuition. The painting could be said to almost call for unveiling, discovery, journey into oneself.

IV. 'The Empress' Tarot Card -----
'The Birth of Venus' by Sandro Botticelli

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When one thinks of the 'divine feminine' of 'The Empress' Tarot Card, there is one indisputable painting that sprouts to mind- 'The Birth of Venus' by Botticelli. Indeed, the notions of abundance, fertility, and otherworldliness brought about by the work are the same qualities represented by 'The Empress' Card. This expression of deep-rooted femininity unites both.

V. ‘The Emperor’ Tarot Card ------'Oath of the Horatii' by Jacques-Louis David

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Symbolising masculine authority, this painting aligns with the message of 'The Emperor' Tarot Card. The paternal, protective quality of the Card is inherent in the symbolic theme of the 'Oath of the Horatii', depicting the determined resolve of the three males from the Horatius family to lay out their lives in the name of loyalty and duty to their country.

VI. 'The Hierophant' Tarot Card ---- 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo Da Vinci

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'The Hierophant' Tarot Card, representing an established set of spiritual beliefs, encourages one to learn fundamental principles from a trusted source. This meaning can undoubtedly correlate with Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' in its depiction of a figure of authority leading the others. Furthermore, the alliance and union, brought about by 'The Hierophant' is a theme invoked by work as well although, in its reversed meaning.

VI. 'The Lovers' Tarot Card ----------- 'The Kiss' by Gustav Klimt

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The loving, harmonious note of 'The Lovers' Tarot Card is undoubtedly transcribed in the intimate embrace of Klimt's 'The Kiss' lovers. Indeed, the entwining of the two signifies the closeness and proximity of a relationship of 'The Lovers' Card. The common theme to both is this concept of a blessing of a union of two opposing forces of femininity and masculinity. The balance inherent in the Tarot Card is reflected in the Klimt's male figure and female figure being respectively adorned with a crown of vines and a crown of flowers.

VII. 'The Chariot' Tarot Card ------- 'The Night Watch' by Rembrandt van Rijn

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Perhaps the most famous painting by Rembrandt, its depiction of a militia guardsmen rising to their duty signifies 'The Chariot' Card's willpower, determination and strength. Indeed, the Captain's Frans hand, a central figure, seeming almost to reach out of the painting, gestures to call the company into action, corresponding to 'The Chariot' Card's message of courage, bravery and encouragement.

VIII. 'Strength' Tarot Card ---- 'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog' by Caspar Friedrich

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In contrast to 'The Chariot' Card calling out to the outer strength, the inner strength of the 'Strength' Card could be discerned in the solitary male figure standing against nature in Friedrich's 'Wanderer above the Sea of Fog'. Indeed, this quiet resolve of the man embodies the strong will and inner calm of the 'Strength' Card which seeks to pass on that any obstacles can be overcome with a right state of mind.

IX. 'The Hermit' Tarot Card ----- 'Nighthawks' by Edward Hopper

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The soul-searching quality of 'The Hermit' Tarot Card is inherent in Hopper's 'Nighthawks'. The lack of narrative, advanced by four lone figures wrapped by a blanket of a night, pervasive in the painting symbolises the solitary self-discovery and introspection promoted by 'The Hermit'.

X. 'Wheel of Fortune' Tarot Card ---- 'Wheel of Fortune' by Edward Burne Jones

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This powerful composition of Burne-Jones' 'Wheel of Fortune' represents the relentless motion of a wheel, guarded by a goddess, against whom the mortals do not measure. As such, it is a parallel to the unending wheel of karma of the 'Wheel of Fortune' Tarot Card. This presence of a higher being on the painting symbolises the importance of external forces- there are factors irrespective of you that influence your situation. Burne-Jones' work lets us embrace the good and bad moments in the cycle of life that remains free of our desires.

XI. 'Justice' Tarot Card -------------- 'The Son of Man' by Rene Magritte

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Perhaps, one can view 'The Son of Man' as a form of justice. Indeed, one could discern the apparent simplicity and complexity of the painting as related to the process of justice- something insignificant, such as Magritte's apple, might unknowingly obstruct the view of truth, a concept of the 'Justice' Tarot Card.

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