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Tarot cards are a form of oracle. The meaning of this oracle lies above all in self-knowledge. It is not the original aim of a reading with tarot cards to predict profane everyday events. When tarot cards are placed on a specific topic, it can have a prognostic character, but it is by no means a definitive statement about the outcome of a situation or topic. What makes tarot and the reading of the cards associated with it so valuable is the deep understanding of one's own personal purpose in life and raising awareness of it. Every reading - every oracle - wants and can lead to a better understanding of situations and oneself and, if necessary, to seeing through them.

What is the origin of tarot cards?

The origin of the tarot puzzle is still unclear. Nevertheless, the tarot can look back on a historical and temporal development. Around 1370 there were already first mentions of maps in many European cities. Later, around 1428, the first decks of cards appeared at Italian royal courts, which - like today's tarot cards - consisted of 22 trumps and 56 other cards. Around 1530, in the middle of the Renaissance, the Italian name tarocco or tarochi appears, which later becomes tarot in France and tarock in Germany. From the 16th century, the images of the Tarot de Marseille, which is now considered a classic, became established. In the Age of Enlightenment in 1781, Antoine Court de Gébelin discovered the esoteric scope of the tarot cards. In the middle of the 19th century, Paul Christian brought tarot together with astrology, giving rise to the name Arkana as a designation for the cards. Ely Star first divided into major and minor arcana. At the beginning of the 20th century, in the years 1909 and 1910, the Rider Waite tarot cards appeared - one of the most famous tarot decks of today. Even if the exact origin could not be found out until today, it is obvious that tarot has become more and more popular over time. From the 1970s, tarot gained unprecedented interest and hundreds of new variations of tarot emerged. The Crowley Tarot and the Universal Waite Tarot are probably the most well-known card decks alongside the Rider Waite Tarot.

The minor and major arcana

Basically, the minor and major arcana can be bought as tarot cards. The word arcana is the plural form of the Latin arcanum, which in turn means "mystery". All cards in a tarot deck are called arcana and it is divided into major and minor arcana.

Major Arcana Tarot Cards

The Major Arcana consist of 22 cards. They are also called trumps. Each trump shows a single motif and bears a corresponding, representative name. The Major Arcana are numbered 0 through XXI: 0 The Fool, I The Magician, II The High Priestess, III The Empress, IV The Ruler, V The Hierophant, VI The Lovers, VII The Chariot, VIII Strength, IX The Hermit, X Wheel of Fate, XI Justice, XII The Hanged Man, XIII Death, XIV Temperance, XV The Devil, XVI The Tower, XVII The Star, XVIII The Moon, XIX The Sun, XX Judgment and XXI The World. Each trump card stands alone in its importance and accordingly deals with an individual topic. Drawing a trump in a reading is often a clear indication, while the minor arcana leave a little more room for interpretation. This uniqueness of the trumps also results in the concluding quintessence, which results in a sense as the concluding remarks of every reading.

Minor arcana tarot cards

The Minor Arcana are the 56 cards made up of four suit sets (Staves, Swords, Cups or Coins) of 14 cards each. Each set corresponds to one of the four elements:
  • The staff as a tarot symbol corresponds to the fire element.
  • The sword as a tarot symbol corresponds to the element of air.
  • The cup as a tarot symbol corresponds to the element of water.
  • And the coin, which is also called a disc or pentacle in other tarot decks, symbolizes the element of earth.
Each element reflects a certain aspect in a draw. The element of fire stands for (predominantly male) energy and dynamism. The element of air goes into thinking/thoughts. The element of water is a symbol for emotions. And the element earth symbolizes steadfastness. Each individual suit set (sticks, swords, chalices or coins) is divided into number cards and the following jacks, knights, queens and kings. The pips are the 10 cards of each suit, numbered 1 through 10, with the ace always equaling 1. The aces of the minor arcana always symbolize a chance or a good opportunity for success, solid results or the clarification of a matter. On the other hand, the jacks always stand for impulses within the respective color and the associated element. Queens and kings can even indicate people in a reading, depending on the question at hand.

Tarot card meaning

If you want to buy tarot cards, you should also know the meaning, which helps, among other things, to orient yourself for the first time. While the importance of the minor arcana, as discussed above, lies in large part in their assignment to an element, each major arcana has its own meaning:
  • 0 The fool stands for new beginnings and surprises.
  • I The magician stands for willpower and activity.
  • II The High Priestess represents receptivity and embodies intuitive knowledge.
  • III The Empress stands for fertility and all living things.
  • IV The ruler stands for realization and responsibility.
  • V The hierophant stands for confidence and the search for meaning.
  • VI The lovers stand for the way of the heart and for loving decisions.
  • VII The car for a confident and happy departure.
  • VIII Kraft stands for love of life and passion.
  • IX The hermit stands for individuality, self-knowledge and loyalty to oneself.
  • X wheel of fate for the right timing.
  • XI Justice stands for wise judgment and a reasonable decision.
  • XII The hanged man stands for reversal and a topsy-turvy world.
  • XIII Death stands for farewell and the natural end of a development.
  • XIV Temperance stands for the guardian angel and the right measure.
  • XV The devil represents temptation and entanglements.
  • XVI The tower stands for upheaval or a collapse.
  • XVII The star represents a new future and happy prospects.
  • XVIII The moon represents fears and irritations.
  • XIX The sun stands for carelessness and joie de vivre.
  • XX Judgment stands for salvation and healing.
  • XXI The world stands for the achieved goal.