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What Are the Names of Tarot Cards?

Katherine Heiden

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A common question is, “What are the names of Tarot cards?" Even though it seems to be a straight-forward thing to ask, the answer can be a little more complex. The questions itself is better slit into two different inquiries: 1) What are the names of Tarot cards in the Minor Arcana?, and 2) What are the names of Tarot cards in the Major Arcana? Together, these two sets contain all 78 cards of the commonly used tarot deck, as we are about to examine.

What are the names of Tarot cards in the Minor Arcana? This is the portion of the deck which is most closely related to regular playing cards. There are 4 suits, Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles, and each suit contains 14 cards. What are the names of tarot cards in each suit? They are numbered, starting at one: Ace(one), Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten. After the tenth one, names are assigned to the last four: Page, Knight, Queen, and King. In Tarot, each suit holds special meanings which are applied to interpretation. In time, and with practice, a reader learns these individual meanings and is able to apply them to any spread, extracting answers from their placement within that layout.

What are the names of Tarot cards in the Major Arcana? There are 22 cards in this part of the deck, all different. The Major Arcana does not have suits, although different meanings may be indicated by whether the card is dealt upright, or upside down. When counted, the Fool is card 0, and the counts goes up from there, from 0-21. The Fool, The Magician, the High Priestess, The Empress, and The Emperor are the first 5 cards. After these, the next five are The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, and The Hermit. The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, and Temperance are cards 9-15 (Remember, The Fool was card 0, not 1!). Following those, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, and The Sun are listed. And finally, the last two are Judgment (which can also be Rejuvenation), and The World. It will be important that any potential Tarot reader understand these, as their meanings are crucial to understanding the divination of such a reading.

Katherine Heiden is a professional tarot card reader and clairvoyant. Her new guide Learn Tarot Cards is a great resource for beginners and experts alike, and includes many bonus guides showing you how to take your hobby of doing tarot card readings and turn it into a career.


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