Holy cow, things have been moving fast here! This week has been a total blur… Between nursing myself through a wicked bad virus that gave me a terrible sore throat, congestion, a cough, and exhaustion, getting through a weekend of assisting at yoga teacher training, putting the finishing touches on my Tarot and Yoga workshop for this weekend, getting a snow day (finally!), dealing with a sick dog crisis, and teaching every evening, I woke up this morning and felt as though I had no idea where I was or what I was doing.
BUT! Here I am, ready to rock and roll with some more fun Tarot stuff for you! Today, I want to introduce you to the different types of cards that you will find in your Tarot deck. Understanding the energy of these cards and what they represent when they come up in a reading can go a long way to helping you find your voice with Tarot.
When I get a new Tarot deck, one of the things I like to do is separate the deck into the basic components: the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana, and the Court Cards. Each one of these types of Tarot cards has a unique energy based on the symbols depicted and the numbers on the cards. I’ll have some more detailed info up in the coming weeks about each of the different types of Tarot cards in the deck, but for now, let’s just take a quick look at each of the three basic components of every Tarot deck:
1. The Major Arcana. These are the first 22 cards in the deck, beginning with The Fool (0) and ending with The World (21). Each of the Major Arcana represents an archetype (either a person or a situation) that is part of our spiritual journey. When these cards come up in a reading, it’s time to pay attention – a major life lesson is presenting itself to us. The Major Arcana cards represent steps along the path from idea to manifestation.
2. The Court Cards. The Court cards are a series of cards in each suit (Pentacles, Wands/Rods, Cups, and Swords) that can sometimes represent real people in our lives, including ourselves. Some people categorize the Court Cards as part of their respective suits, but I like to think of them in their own category because they have such important aspects to them. The Court Cards include Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings.
3. The Minor Arcana (Pip Cards). These are the rest of the cards in the deck. Numbered from 1 (aces) to 10 in each of the 4 suits, these cards get specific about the lessons being learned and give us intuitive clues as to the energy of each situation. Some of these cards present us with challenges for soul growth through their images and meanings. These are specific messages for us that relate to the situation or question at hand.
Understanding each of the three components of the Tarot is a good first step towards finding your voice as a Tarot reader. (Did I say that already? Maybe I did. Stay with me, I’m going somewhere with this…)
Got any ideas for getting to know your Tarot deck? Or maybe you have a question about any of these? Leave a comment and let me know!
P.S. Stay tuned for something really cool in the next coming weeks… My very first online course offering, Finding Your Voice Through Tarot!