The Tarot Cards
All the 78 cards of the Tarot Deck
The 78 cards of the Tarot deck. The Major and Minor Arcana, the cards through history, compared to playing cards, and more.
The Tarot card deck consists of 78 cards, each with its own divination meaning: 22 in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana. The cards date back to the Renaissance, also the use of them for divination. They do, of course, share their origin with playing cards.
Click the links below to read more about the Tarot cards.
The Major Arcana cards are the trumps, which are unsuited. Each card represents a major force to be taken quite seriously when appearing in divination. Read more about the Major Arcana and the meanings of the cards in it, by clicking the header.
The 22 Major Arcana Cards
Here are each of the 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot deck. Click the image to read about the card and its meaning in readings.
The 56 Tarot cards of the Minor Arcana are divided into four suits: Wands, Pentacles (also called Coins), Cups, and Swords. Each suit has its general meaning, and each card of it brings its very own message in a divination. Read more about the Minor Arcana and the meanings of the cards in it (click the header).
The 56 Minor Arcana Cards
Here are the four suits of the Minor Arcana, with 14 cards in each. Click an image to get directly to the webpage with that suit and its Tarot cards.
The most popular Tarot card deck is that of Rider-Waite, which has wonderfully suggestive images, rich with meaning, on all the 78 cards. These cards were originally published in 1909. It's my favorite deck, too - until I find the time to make my own version. Click the header to read more about them.
Playing cards are originally of Chinese invention, documented already in the 9th century, but the actual Tarot cards appeared in Europe around 1440, also at first for card games. The European use of the Tarot card decks for divination, cartomancy
, where all the cards were given their divinatory meanings, commenced already in the 16th century and grew during the following centuries. That's just about its only use today, and it has become widely spread.
See the most famous variations of the Tarot card deck from the 15th century until today, by clicking the header.
The Tarot card deck has many similarities to regular playing cards. That's no surprise, since they have the same origin. But there are also significant differences, not only in the number of cards each deck contains. Read more about it (click the header).
Many of the different versions of the Tarot card deck are so old, they are no longer copyrighted, but in what is called the public domain. That means they are free to use. Read more about it (click the header).
This book focuses on the Tarot card images and their allegorical symbols. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. The book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
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The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching
and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.
How predictions are done in classical astrology with the full horoscope chart. Many examples.
Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient cosmology they reveal.
Other Books of Mine
Your Health in Your Horoscope
What the horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi, prana, spirit, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
I'm a Swedish author. In addition to fiction, I've written books about the Tarot, Taoism, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching ancient mythology. Click the image to get to my personal website.