Tarot: The Five Decks

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In the Tarot Deck, there are 78 cards.

Within those 78 cards, there are 5 decks.

There is the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. Within the Major and the Minor, there are the 5 decks; as previously mentioned. The Major Arcana are simply referred to as just that and the Minor Arcana is comprised of the other 4 decks.

1. The Major Arcana

2. Pentacles

3. Swords

4. Cups

5. Wands


The Major 22 Cards and The Minor 56 Cards

*The Minor Arcana, the Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands, are also often referred to as the Suits. The Suit of Cups, for example.*


The Court Cards

Within the Minor Arcana, (Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands), there is also what is known as the Court Cards. That means there is a King, Queen, Knight, and Page in each of the four Minor decks. *These are not in the Major Arcana!*

Although the High Priestess is pictured above, it is not a court card.

There is a Page of Cups, Page of Pentacles, Page of Wands, and Page of Swords, as well as a knight, Queen, and King for each.


The Major Arcana

  • 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 – Wheel of Fortune
  • 11 – Justice
  • 12 – The Hanged Man
  • 13 – Death
  • 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

Cups:

  • 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

Swords:

Ace of Swords – Ten of Swords, Page, Knight, Queen, and King of Swords.

Pentacles:

Ace of Pentacles – Ten of Pentacles, Page, Knight, Queen, and King of Pentacles.

Wands:

Ace of WandsTen of Wands, Page, Knight, Queen, and King of Wands.


From Within the Labyrinth,


-Lakin

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