All About Tarot

The tarot is a great way to read into the future, see what’s coming up or get an answer to a problem or situation. It is also great just for general guidance. It’s an artform that has been around for a very long time, 500 or more years. It was quite popular during the renaissance but was kept strictly for the rich and aristocratic. However nowadays, thankfully, the tarot is essentially available to everyone! But what is in a Tarot deck?

A tarot deck consists of 78 cards, 22 in the Major Arcana and 56 in the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana cards represent or cover the bigger things in life whereas the Minor Arcana represent more day to day stuff. The Minor Arcana is separated into 4 suits most often Swords (Fire), Cups (Water), Pentacles (Earth) and Wands (Air) however they will differ from deck to deck depending on the author/illustrator. Each part of the Minor Arcana, like a deck of playing cards, is made up of 10 numbered cards and four court cards.

I’ve come a long way with my Tarot reading skills and now have a tarot stall at Firefly where I give readings. I most often use the Celtic Dragon Tarot by Lisa Hunt and DJ Conway but I also have the Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft and Barbara Moore. The Death card in the dragon deck (see above) is perhaps the most evocative and powerful representation I’ve seen and really speaks true to the meaning of the card.


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