Introduction to Tarot for Absolute Beginners

What are tarot cards?

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Great question! Tarot cards come in a deck of 78. They are used for divination (aka fortune telling or gaining insight into the future). A tarot card reading consists of a fortune teller of some sort shuffling the deck of cards, splitting the deck, and laying the cards in a certain order know as a “tarot spread”.

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Once the cards are laid out you will be told what each card means, and what it means where it landed in the spread. The 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 life, as opposed to the 56 Minor Arcana that represent less intense energies.

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.

Wands      Cups      Swords      Pentacles

Each of these suits represents a different aspect of your life (emotions, money, arguments, imagination) there will be posts for each suit going in-depth of their meanings soon! The suits each start with ‘court cards’ which consists of a page, a knight, a queen, and a king. For example, The Knight of Cups, The Queen of Wands, and The King of Swords. After the court cards, the cards start with “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.

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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! 🙂

I think this is enough of an introduction. Thank you and stay tuned for the meanings of each and every tarot card!!

Thank you for running into my blog! Have an amazing day!

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