When you want to know how to tarot card reading, there are a few things you need to know about the cards first. After all, they form the core of the reading. Therefore, you need to become familiar with a deck of these cards when you are learning how to read them. Unlike common playing cards, there are 78 cards in a deck and each of them is classified into a specific category. Here is a short guide to them.
- The Major Arcana
Out of the 78 tarot cards, only 22 cards are considered to be a part of the major arcana. Each of these cards is bears a number in Roman numerical from 0 to XXII. They also have a unique name. Cards of the Major Arcana indicate the cosmic forces that can affect a person. They are considered to be representative of the archetypal aspects of a person. Much of the reading revolves around these cards.
- The Minor Arcana
The rest 56 cards are grouped under the Minor Arcana. They are further subdivided into four suits. Minor arcana govern the relatively ordinary aspects of a person’s life.
- The Suits
The four suits in tarot cards are Pentacles, Cups, Swords and Rods. Each of these suits is associated with an element and they are Earth, Water, Air and Fire respectively. There are ten cards in every suit that are numbered from 1 to 10 and four other non-numbered cards.
- The Court
Each suit contains four non-numbered cards. They are a king, a queen, a knight and a knave. All 16 of these tarot cards are considered together as the Court. These cards can represent a particular person in your life or one of your aspects.
Knowing these details can help you learn how to read tarot cards for yourself. As such, find out as much as you can about them.