Tarot 100: Tarot for Absolute Beginners- What are Tarot Cards?

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What are tarot cards?

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Great question! Tarot cards are used for divination (aka fortune telling or gaining insight into the future). They come in a deck of 78 cards, each of them containing unique meanings. A tarot card reading usually consists of a fortune teller of some sort, shuffling the deck of cards, cutting or splitting the deck, and laying the cards in a certain order know as a “tarot spread” to tell the answers to any questions you may have.


Once the cards are laid out the interpreter will explain what each card means in the spot that they landed! Tarot cards are separated into two main categories; the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.

The major arcana consists of 22 tarot cards that represent strong, important, experiences or energies in our life, as opposed to the 56 Minor Arcana cards that represent less intense energies but gives details about your situation.

The Major Arcana

The 22 cards that make up the major arcana, each mean something different. Here is a list of each of the cards in the major arcana, I will dedicate a post to each card, their meaning, and their symbolism.

        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. The Wheel of Fortune     11. Justice

12. The Hanged Man      13. Death     14. Temperance     15. The Devil

16. The Tower     17. Star     18. The Moon     19. The sun

20. Judgement          21. The World

The Minor Arcana

The minor arcana is very similar to a deck of regular playing cards! There are four different suits each containing 14 cards. Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (like hearts, spades, clubs, and diamonds).

Wands      Cups      Swords      Pentacles

Each of these suits represents a different aspect of your life (emotions, money, arguments, and imagination)! The suits each start with ‘court cards’ which consists of a page, a knight, a queen, and a king (similar to the Ace, King, Queen, and Jack). For example, The Knight of Cups, The Queen of Wands, and The King of Swords etc. After the court cards, the cards continue to “Ace of ____” and end with “Ten of _____”. For example, Ace of Pentacles, Four of Cups, Six of Wands, Ten of Swords. Each and every card in the tarot have different meanings.

Tarot Spreads

Each tarot card has a meaning, and depending on where the tarot card lands in the “spread” will determine what it means to you.


For example, this Full Moon Tarot Spread shows that the ace of pentacles in the third card place. The guide on the left tells you that this card is the answer to that question! What should I be manifesting in? The answer to that question is clear when the ace of pentacles appear, pentacles usually dictate our financial and wealth situations and this card is to be a premonition of great wealth and this is what you should be manifesting in during this full moon! There are many different spreads that you can choose from to answer any questions you may have. Check out some of the spreads on this website with the search bar!

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