Update : August 6, 2019
- A Tarot Deck consists of 78 cards.
- Of them 22 cards belong to the Major Arcana and 56 cards belong to the Minor Arcana.
- The two Arcanas supposedly indicate
long term versus short term events
whether an even is in control versus uncontrollable
- The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards.
- They include Fool, Lovers, High Priest, High Priestess, Emperor, Empress, Hermit, Sun, Moon, Stars, Tower, Chariot, Tower, Strength, Judgement …
- The Minor Arcana consists of 4 suits.
- Each suit has 14 cards : One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Page, Jack (Knight), Queen, King.
- There is a total of 56 cards in the Minor Arcana.
- The Taro Decks come in different styles.
- The suits may be named differently in the decks, but the underlying concepts hold.
For fun or profit
- One may study Tarot cards for fun (e.g. don’t be scared if the reading says that “your house is going to be damaged”; or be happy if the reading says that “a new family member is on the way”.
- Some may study and practice Tarot cards for profit (e.g. professional reader/advisor).
- There are websites and publications for Tarot.
- I used to have a Tarot deck and a book.
The book covers a brief history, the meaning of each card, and several spreads for Tarot readings.
- Beginners usually use the “Straight up” option (where a card may be “good” or “bad”).
- With experience, one might try “Allow Reversals” (where every card has two meanings : one for upright and another for reversed).
- One might also try “Consider Significators”.
- After shuffling the deck, one lays our a selected number of cards in a pattern.
- The Three Card Spread is used to interpret the Past, Present and Future.
- The Celtic Cross places 7 cards in the form of a cross. The cards represent problem, influence (positive and negative) and likely outcome (and suggestion).