Tarot was originally a card game named Triumph. In the 1700s, when they started to become a divination tool, more formalized structure of the cards was introduced. The deck was divided into two major groups, the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.
Arcana. Sounds mysterious, eh? Well, guess what? Arcana does indeed mean mysteries. So Major Mysteries and Minor Mysteries.
The Major Arcana contains 22 cards. They are ‘big picture’ or ‘soul work’ cards. They are:
The Minor Arcana are practical living cards. The day in day out stuff that you need to work on.
They are divided into four suits:
- Coins (often referred to as Pentacles)
Each suit contains cards numbered from 1 (Ace) to 10. They also contain court cards:
In a reading, the number of Major Arcana versus Minor Arcana cards that appear help guide you as to whether you have some really deep stuff going on or day to day adjustments.
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