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 Introduction

 

 

Before you begin your journey into the mystical and enchanting world of the tarot, it is of course necessary to acquaint yourself with the tarot cards themselves.  There is a total of 78 cards in a tarot deck and these cards are divided into two groups.  The first group consists of 22 cards, known as the major arcana, or trump cards.  The second group is known as the minor arcana and consists of 56 cards.  The two groups are listed below for your convenience, with links that will lead on to more in depth explanations, images and descriptions of each and every card found in a tarot deck.

 

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THE 78 CARD LISTING

 

 

The Major Arcana Cards
 

There is a total of 22 (0-21) Major Arcana Cards, also known as the Trumps. These cards are believed to be the most powerful cards of the Tarot. They signify powerful spiritual and life changes and the more that appear in a Tarot reading, the more likely that there are forces at work beyond your control and that you should seek for the lessons within.

 

0 The Fool

1 The Magician

2 The High Priestess

3 The Empress

4 The Emperor

5 The Hierophant

 

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

 

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

 

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

 

 

 

The Minor Arcana Cards

The Minor Arcana, of which there are 56 cards, are divided into four suits: Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands. The Minor Arcana are the ancestors of the modern playing cards. These cards represent the mundane in our lives, the daily events and situations that are represented by the ancient elements of Water, Fire, Air, and Earth.

 

Cups

(14 Cards)

Pentacles

(14 Cards)

Ace of Cups

Two of Cups

Three of Cups

Four of Cups

Five of Cups

Six of Cups

Seven of Cups

Eight of Cups

Nine of Cups

Ten of Cups

Page of Cups

Knight of Cups

Queen of Cups

King of Cups

Ace  of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles

Three of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles

Nine of Pentacles

Ten of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles

Queen of Pentacles

King of Pentacles

Swords

(14 Cards)

Wands

(14 Cards)

Ace of Swords

Two of Swords

Three of Swords

Four of Swords

Five of Swords

Six of Swords

Seven of Swords

Eight of Swords

Nine  of Swords

Ten of Swords

Page of Swords

Knight of Swords

Queen of Swords

King of Swords

Ace of Wands

Two of Wands

Three of Wands

Four of Wands

Five of Wands

Six of Wands

Seven of Wands

Eight of Wands

Nine of Wands

Ten of Wands

Page of Wands

Knight of Wands

Queen of Wands

King of Wands

 

 

 

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