A Guide to Tarot Cards


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= A Brief Guide to the Tarot Cards =


Tarot = 78 cards with Major and Minor Arcana, with universal meanings

Oracle = any number of cards with individual meanings

Querant = the person for whom the reading is being undertaken

Court Card = Page, Knight, Queen, King

Significator = Card representing the Querant

Archetype = Symbolic figures that re universally recognised and understood across societies, cultures, religions, mythologies and folk cultures.

Dignity = Way the cards face, Dignified facing Reader, Undignified facing away from reader.

Minor Arcana 56 cards

These represent the more tangible, mundane aspects and occurrences of the querant’s life, coupled with their responses to them, e. g.incidents, events, experiences, people in the querant’s life and the environment.

4 Suits of Minor Arcana (similar to ordinary playing cards with the addition of an extra court card).

  • Wands (Rods, Batons)
  • Cups
  • Swords
  • Pentacles (Coins, Discs)

    Suit Life Experience Zodiac Sign Element Gender

    Wands Career Leo, Aries, Sagittarius Fire Masculine

    Cups Emotions Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio Water Feminine

    Swords Intellect Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Air Masculine

    Pentacles Material Aspects Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo Earth Feminine

    Court Cards (Arcana) often represent people, either the Querant or people with whom they interact, however Pages and Knights may represent the bringing of change and the consequence of chance respectively.

    Major Arcana = 22 cards

    These depict the fundamental principles and experiences of human life i. e. spirituality, theories about life and death, ethic dilemmas and judgements, personal morality, interactions with others and the environment. It could also be said to represent the inner journey of the self; where spiritual progress and development can be followed and mapped. The Major Arcana are considered the most important cards in the deck, representing the fundamental precepts and motivations in a querant’s life. The imagery on tradition cards depicts archetypes.

    Some things to take into account when undertaking a reading.

  • Imagery
  • Colour
  • Numbers
  • Pairs, Triples etc
  • Position of cards
  • Relation of cards to each other
  • Relate to question
  • Use of intuition
  • Relay information positively
  • If unsure of meaning, say so

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