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Understanding a Tarot Deck

The first step in understanding a tarot deck is to familiarize oneself with the anatomy of the deck itself.

Each full deck is comprised of 78 cards and can be three main categories:

The Major Arcana accounts for the first 22 cards of the Tarot deck. Also referred to as Trumps, Triumphs, Majors, or Keys. Although much emphasis is placed on the Majors, the minor cards also play a vital support role to the Tarot and understanding a tarot deck is dependent upon familarizing oneself with all the cards (not just one section).

The Minor Arcana accounts for 56 minor cards that follow the first 22 Major Arcana cards. These 56 minor Arcana cards are also called pips, suit cards, or minors.

Note: Arcanum is singular, Arcana is plural and the term means "secret."

Where the Major Arcana cards are thought of as the "power" cards or big players in a reading, the Minor Arcana serve in supportive roles and augment the reading with further insight and detail of circumstances.

Court cards within the Minor Arcana are (referred to as "face cards" in a regular playing deck) the court players within the suit: Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages.

We delve a little deeper in understanding a tarot card deck by further breaking down the Minor Arcana into four suits. The four suits are:

For information on the Tarot card suits, including their association with the seasons, zodiac, playing cards and elements, please follow this link to the Tarot Card Suits and Associations page.

Each of the four suits in the Minor Arcana is structured much like a regular playing card deck with 14 cards in each suit. Cards in each suit flow in order as follows:

There are seeminlgy infinite perspectives when it comes to reading Tarot cards of the Minor Arcana. This is partly due to the multitude of symbolism on the cards as well as individual viewer interpretation. Tarot Teachings is devoted to providing you with the most diverse information to assist you on your Tarot path.

Tarot Teachings recommends The Psychic Mystic website. Here you will find valuable information on reading Tarot cards, including concise interprations of both the Major and Minor Arcanas. The Pyschic Mystic aslo provides timeless tips on ways to enhance your psychic abilities. Thank you Richi at Pyschic Mystic for this outstanding resource.

This concludes the basic building blocks that create the structure of the tarot deck. Understanding a tarot deck comes fully comes when we make a commitment to the esoteric knowledge contains.



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