Tarot Supplement – What’s in the cards

Today’s Tarot Supplement title is courtesy of Deb who suggested it in this post. Read about the launch of Tarot Tuesdays here.

As you will find out on the upcoming Tarot Tuesday, I did not study anything about tarot cards prior to choosing some and reading them. I simply dove in and dabbled around the internet to make sense of the cards.

This is not necessarily a bad method of exploration. What ended up happening was a more targeted avenue toward specific questions I came upon as I studied my cards. This in turn directed my path toward a whole pile of online sources which I was able to accept or reject. Let it be known that in the month I’ve studied tarots, I’ve condensed my go-to list of tarot sources significantly. I know what I like and what speaks to me, so that’s what I stick with now.

One thing I discovered right from the get-go was how little I knew about the actual deck of cards. So today’s tarot supplement is a general description of the cards.

Note: there is an interesting history about tarot cards, their origins, and how they became known in the contemporary world as Rider-Waite cards.

The full deck of tarot cards

There are 78 cards in a tarot deck. They are divided into two parts: Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.

Major Arcana

The Major Arcana cards consist of 22 cards numbered from 0 to 21 (or 0 to XXI). These are the destiny cards, the trumps.

When a Major Arcana card comes up for you, it usually points at something significant in your life, something you can’t overlook.

The Major Arcana cards have some cool names. The Fool, the Empress, the Chariot, the High Priestess, Judgement, Death…you can google the complete list if you wish.

Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana cards consist of four suits which are numbered the same as a traditional playing card deck – from Ace to King:

  • Wands (clubs ♣ )
  • Pentacles (diamonds ♦ )
  • Cups (hearts ♥ )
  • Swords (spades ♠ )

These cards represent the daily life events, although it’s important to remember they depict an idea, not an actual event.

There are many sub-lessons about each of these cards in the Major and Minor Arcana but you don’t have to memorize them. This isn’t math class with its pesky multiplication table, or French class with its annoying verb conjugation. 😀

I’ll give you a glimpse of my first day choosing a series of tarot cards.

Day 1 – my first three tarot cards

When I picked my first three cards on the first day of my journey (which was on April 17, several weeks ago), I discovered I picked two Major Arcana cards and one Minor Arcana card.

The Chariot and the Empress are both Major Arcana cards, and the Five of Swords in reverse position is a Minor Arcana card.

I won’t dive into all the details and meaning today, but if you’re interested in my interpretations, tune in on Tarot Tuesdays and we’ll discuss these, and other things, then.

As you noticed, the Minor Arcana card appeared upside down. There is a whole thing on this topic which I will elaborate on another time.

But for today, we have an introduction. If you have a set of tarot cards, and some time on your hands, take them out and place them on the table in front of you. Then, sort them according to the Major and Minor Arcanas. Have a good look at them – this will serve you when we begin to play and actually read them.

Thank you for stopping by today! See you in the comments.

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20 thoughts on “Tarot Supplement – What’s in the cards

  1. I was going to write a flippant interpretation of the cards you posted – but thought you might clock me on the head with something if I do. That lady in the middle does look like she’s holding a microphone though. And the guy on the right with the gravity boots is obviously pulling magnetic swords off the metal ceiling after his drunk friends thought it would be funny to throw them up there… 🙂

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    1. Jonathan, am I going to have to come over there and clock you on the head with one of your gardening tools? Or one of your books from your leaning tower????? 😂

      If you don’t want to play you don’t have to. 🤪

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      1. I’ll be the heretic asking awkward questions, that you will end up asking to sit outside in the corridor, while saying “I’ll deal with you later” lol

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      1. My car is a 20 year old Saturn station wagon that I bought off my dad when he was no longer allowed to drive. It’s in good enough condition (and well looked after) for the few shopping trips etc I do during lockdowns. But as soon as normal life returns I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m going to need spiffier wheels.

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      2. Me too….my Honda Civic is 15 years old and still in good condition, with not many miles added now that I’m retired. I had intended to trade it a few years ago but the mechanic said it was in great shape and to keep it until I had major problems. I want to research hybrids….but haven’t done so yet…no place to go in the pandemic anyway.

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