How Many Tarot Cards Are There?
Here is the basic structure of the Tarot deck
A Tarot card deck consists of 78 cards. 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana cards are divided into 4 suits, plus 16 court cards.
The Major Arcana
Major Arcana cards like The Fool, The Moon, and The Hanged Man are numbered 0-21. The FOOL is numbered zero and The World is numbered 21. These cards represent big milestones and karmic influences out of our control. They reveal messages about the big picture of your life and its long-term direction. Each card has its own energy and represents a lesson, strength, and weakness.
The Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana contains four court cards for each suit Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The remainder of the cards are numbered Ace through 10.
Minor Arcana cards tell us about our day-to-day trials and tribulations that tend to have a more temporary influence on our life. The court cards can also represent the people in our lives, while the numbered cards (Ace-10) usually dictate a level of progression or intensity within the theme of each suit.
All 56 cards are divided into 4 suits: CUPS, PENTACLES, SWORDS, and WANDS. Each suit encompasses it’s own range of distinct energies that are represented as follows;
- Cups: Cups generally reflect the energy of our relationships with others, as well as our own emotions regarding a situation.
- Pentacles: Pentacles generally reflect on material and physical matters: money, property, security, stability, career, finances, and material possessions.
- Swords: Swords reflect your thought energy and can indicate any type of conflict within your life. They reflect on where your head is at.
- Wands: Wands represent our ambitions and goals, such as a job opportunity, taking on a new challenge or making a new start.