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Tarot Cards

Update : August 6, 2019

Deck

  • 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.

Options

  • 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”.

Spreads

  • 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).

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