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In total there are 78 Tarot Cards in a traditional deck; 22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana, and 16 Court Cards plus 1 optional Wild Card if included in the particular deck you are using.
1. The Major Arcana
The Major Arcana is traditionally made up of 22 cards, each with its own set symbolism and meaning. These cards represent archetypes, situations, and life stages that carry consequences and deep insights into the consciousness of our paths. They reflect major decisions that must be taken in our lives, as well as moments of self-discovery importance.
2. The Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards divided into 4 suits (Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands). Similar to a regular deck of cards, the Minor Arcana is broken into King, Queen, Knight, and Page followed by Ace – 10 in each suite. Each suit reflects an aspect of our daily lives such as money/job-related themes with Pentacles or emotion/ intuition with Cups.
The Cups suit is associated with water and deals with emotions. The Ace of Cups represents new beginnings, while the Two of Cups reflects love and happiness. The Three of Cups signals a celebration of relationships with friends and family.
The tarot cards of the wand symbolize leadership and power. They can indicate that something is coming your way, or they can show you that you are strong and have the ability to overcome a challenge.
3. Court Cards
The court cards consist of a card per rank per suite for a total of 16 cards representing specific characters within the tarot system but can also act as indicators for people in your life as well as aspects within yourself. King (authority), Queen (maternal energy), Knight (action figure), and Page (student/ young person).
4. The Wild Card
Some decks come with an extra card titled the “Wild Card” which can represent guidance from the divine or a universal energy beyond our understanding like fate or karma playing a role in your destiny. Ultimately it conveys special messages that emphasize any other readings you have done before it in regard to fulfilling whatever purpose you were seeking when reaching out to the cards.