78 Cards in Tarot:
There are now thousands of types of tarot decks to choose from, Hello Kitty to zombies. A traditional deck has 22 Major Arcana (or trumps) which are the archetypal images. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards, sixteen Court or Personality cards; the Kings, Queens, Princes and Pages, just like modern playing cards. There are four elements or suits: Fire, Earth, Air and Water, with 10 cards in each. There are no inherently negative cards.
Major Areana Cards:
The Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul’s journey to enlightenment. The Major Arcana card meanings are deep and complex –in beautiful ways! Theses Tarot cards truly represent the structure of human consciousness and hold the keys to life lessons passed down through the ages.
Minor Areana Cards:
The Minor Arcana comprise four suits with 14 cards each. Although there are variations, the Minor Arcana commonly employ the Italo-Spanish suits: Wands (alternatively, batons, clubs, or staves), cups, swords, and pentacles (alternatively, coins, disks, or rings). Minor Arcana cards in contemporary tarot decks are usually illustrated—a convention popularized by the Rider-Waite tarot deck ca. 1910. Non-illustrated cards bear symmetrical arrangements of pips.
People / Court Cards:
The court card meanings in the Tarot can be vast, profound, and potentially slippery. I’ve gone round and round about how to present these tarot card meanings to my readers in a simple yet meaningful way.
These cards can point to real people in our lives, identifiable by their personality and appearance (as translated in a specific court card). Or, they can direct our attention to our own internal behavioral tendencies and personality traits.
Positive Cards & Effects:
The Most Positive Tarot Cards
Thinking positive will bring us positive things. That’s why I decided to focus today on the cards we really love to see pop up in a reading. Yes, let’s take a moment to go through some of Tarot’s most positive cards.
Of course, a card can always be positive in a reading, even the Tower! But what makes these cards stand out is that they are always favourable if you need a quick yes/no or bad/good answer. Or a simple evaluation of a situation.They can even stay positive when reversed for some of them. They balance the rest of your spread thanks to the strong positive essence that they hold and shine good light over even the most difficult spreads.
Negative cards & Effects:
It is mention that there are “bad” cards in the Tarot like “Death”, “The Tower” and “The Devil” that can scare people. When doing a reading I will often explain that these cards are not to be taken literally or be seen as “bad” cards. For example leaving a job is like a death, but then alongside that getting a new job is like a birth. In that sense, death does not need to be unwelcome. Nor does it literally mean there will be a death.