Tarot {6} ~ Minor & Major Arcana Cards

The standard tarot deck such as the rider-waite consists of 78 cards. These cards are divided into 2 basic subsets, the Minor Arcana, which consists of four suits that loosely correspond to the four suits of modern-day playing cards called Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. Each suit is consists of 10 number cards (Ace through Ten) and four royalty cards (Page, Knight, Queen, & King), instead of the 3 normally found in playing cards, for a combined total of 56 cards.

The cards of the Minor Arcana generally concern themselves with the day-to-day business of life and represent the souls, endeavors, decisions, and events that fill our everyday experiences. These are the small details that add color and texture to the big picture of our lives.

The Major Arcana is a smaller subset, consisting of 22 picture cards. The 22 cards stand alone, if you lay them out in order from 0 to 22, they could be said to tell the story of the Fool’s journey through life. Each card of the Major Arcana represents an important archetype and can also represent individuals and guides that play significant roles in our lives.

The Major Arcana represents the collective consciousness aspects, while the Minor Arcana represents what makes each of us individually unqiue.

12 thoughts on “Tarot {6} ~ Minor & Major Arcana Cards”

      1. Thank you. You’re English, aren’t you? I’d recommend you start with the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc – it works best with our language. I won’t preach often, but the Runes are kinda my spirit baby. If I can help in any way let me know.

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      2. New England. I’m of English stock, the technical ethnic term is Yankee. Not that anybody uses it anymore. Don’t know if you’ve been to America, but the TV scrambled everyone’s brains a tad. Not many folks know what they are here.

        Yes I do! I’ll hit you back with some links a little later on in the day.

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      3. Okay, I made this basic chart awhile ago.


        R.I. Page’s “Runes” is a good book. There’s a book also called “Rune Primer” by Sveyn Plowright. Both are great for beginners. For Runes in context it helps to know their story about Odin and the Windswept Tree. You can read the Elder and Younger Edda, but Kevin Crossley Holland wrote a beautiful book of “Norse Myths.” For Runes as extensions of Religion, basically anybody from a Germanic Neopagan religion can point you to a book, Stephen McNallen is a decent beginning source, but for a feminine touch there’s also Freya Aswynn. Both have political leanings in their own way, but it’s inevitable.

        Anyway, those are a few things that stick in my head. If I can do anything else I’d be glad to. I think it’s great folks are wanting to learn.

        Oh! One more thing. If may sound silly, but I think anyone looking to learn Runes should consider pentadic numerals. It’s a way to incorporate math into writing with Runes without learning on Arabic or Roman numerals. Immersion in a system is good for the mind.

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