What Is Tarot?

Update: Note that this page and its offspring pages are generally outdated.

Like other forms of cartomancy divination which involve playing cards, the Tarot is a pictograph system; a means of displaying information in a visual form.

The idea is that the archetype symbols on the cards relay an empathetic or spiritual message through their impression on the reader. There are many ways to use Tarot cards in practice, most notably the popularity of specific card spreads. One fun idea I like is to have a "sleepover" with your deck- keep it nearby at your bedside and when you wake up, pull a card- you may see something from your dreams.

Today, the Tarot totals 78 cards with the Major Arcana of 22 cards, and the Minor Arcana of 56 cards and 4 suits: Wands, Pentacles, Swords, Cups.

These 4 suits may be further divided into the Numbered Arcana of numbers 1-10 and the Court Arcana of 16 cards.

This site will use card graphics from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, published in 1909.

Tarot Links

Your Birth Cards

Major Arcana

Minor Arcana

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