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How Many Tarot Cards are in a Tarot Card Deck?

how many tarot cards in a deck
how many tarot cards in a deck?
  • Sarah Abramson
  • By Sarah Abramson
  • Published: 08/17/20 9:55 PM EDT
  • Updated: 08/17/20 9:57 PM EDT
How many Tarot Cards are in a tarot deck?

How many cards are there in a tarot deck?

Tarot cards have been used to divine the future since their invention in the mid 15th century. The tarot has inspired many artists over the centuries, and today thousands of beautifully illustrated decks exist. The most popular and likely the one you are familiar with is the Rider Waite set illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith in 1910.

These types of divination cards have a specific structure; each deck has 78 cards broken into two parts, the major and minor arcana. The major arcana consists of 21 numbered cards plus one face card, The Fool. The minor arcana is made of 56 cards divided into four suits, Wands, Pentacles, Cups and Swords.

THE MAJOR ARCANA

 

THE FOOL

Upright- Innocence, new beginnings.

Reversed – Reckless or inconsiderate.

 

THE MAGICIAN

Upright- Desire, creation.

Reversed- Trickery, illusion.

 

THE HIGH PRIESTESS

Upright- Intuitive, inner voice.

Reversed- Lost inner voice, out of balance.

 

THE EMPRESS

Upright- Nature, motherhood.

Reversed- Codependent, smothering.

 

THE EMPEROR

Upright- Authority, control.

Reversed- Tyrannous, cold.

 

THE HIEROPHANT

Upright- Traditional, ethical.

Reversed- New ideas, rebellion.

 

THE LOVERS

Upright- Duality, union.

Reversed- out of balance, disharmony.

 

THE CHARIOT

Upright- Willpower, direction.

Reversed- Aggression, no direction.

 

STRENGTH

Upright- Brave, inner strength.

Reversed- Self-doubt, insecure.

 

THE HERMIT

Upright- Inner guidance, searching for the truth.

Reversed- Loneliness, isolation.

 

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Upright- Cycles, destiny.

Reversed- No control, ill-fortune.

 

JUSTICE

Upright- Cause and effect, truth.

Reversed- Unfairness, dishonesty.

 

THE HANGED MAN

Upright- Sacrifice martyrdom.

Reversed- Stalling, fear of sacrifice.

 

DEATH

Upright- New beginning, completed cycle.

Reversed- Fear of change, stagnation.

 

TEMPERANCE

Upright- The middle path, patience.

Reversed- Excess, lack of balance.

 

THE DEVIL

Upright- Addiction, materialistic.

Reversed- Freedom, release.

 

THE TOWER

Upright- Upheaval, broken pride.

Reversed- Avoided disaster, fear of suffering.

 

THE STAR

Upright- Hope, faith.

Reversed- Discouraged, insecure.

 

THE MOON

Upright- Illusion, unconscious.

Reversed- Confusion, fear.

 

THE SUN

Upright- Joy, success.

Reversed- Depressed, sadness.

 

JUDGEMENT

Upright- Reckoning, awakening.

Reversed- Self-loathing, doubt.

 

THE WORLD

Upright- Fulfilment, harmony.

Reversed- incomplete, without closure.

 

MINOR ARCANA

 

WANDS

 

 

QUEEN OF WANDS

Upright- Courage, determination.

Reversed- Selfishness, jealousy.

 

KING OF WANDS

Upright- Leading, looking at the big picture.

Reversed- Impulsive, overbearing.

 

KNIGHT OF WANDS

Upright- Adventure, fearless.

Reversed- Angry, reckless.

 

PAGE OF WANDS

Upright- Exploration, excitement.

Reversed- Procrastination, conflict.

 

TEN OF WANDS

Upright- Accomplished, responsible.

Reversed- Overstressed, burnt out.

 

NINE OF WANDS

Upright- Strength, resilience.

Reversed- Fatigue, seconding guessing.

 

EIGHT OF WANDS

Upright- Rapid action, quick thinking.

Reversed- Panic, waiting.

 

SEVEN OF WANDS

Upright- Defense, staying in control.

Reversed- Overwhelmed, confidence gone.

 

SIX OF WANDS

Upright- Victory, success.

Reversed- Punishment, lack of recognition.

 

FIVE OF WANDS

Upright- Rivalry, conflict.

Reversed- Avoiding conflict, respecting differences.

 

FOUR OF WANDS

Upright- Community, home.

Reversed- Transience, conflict at home.

 

THREE OF WANDS

Upright- Expansion, looking forward.

Reversed- Delays, frustration.

 

TWO OF WANDS

Upright- Planning, decision making.

Reversed- Fear of change, playing it safe.

 

ACE OF WANDS

Upright- Creation, willpower.

Reversed- lack of energy/passion.

 

 

CUPS

 

QUEEN OF CUPS

Upright- Compassion, calm.

Reversed- Insecure, dependent.

 

KING OF CUPS

Upright- Compassion, control.

Reversed- moodiness, bad advice.

 

KNIGHT OF CUPS

Upright- Idealistic, romantic.

Reversed- Moodiness, disappointment.

 

PAGE OF CUPS

Upright- Happy, dreamer.

Reversed- Emotional, insecure.

 

TEN OF CUPS

Upright- Inner happiness, fulfilment.

Reversed- Shattered dreams, broken family.

 

NINE OF CUPS

Upright- Satisfaction, stability.

Reversed- Smug, lack of inner joy.

 

EIGHT OF CUPS

Upright- Walking away, disillusion.

Reversed- Avoidance, fear of loss.

 

SEVEN OF CUPS

Upright- Searching for purpose, daydreaming.

Reversed- Lack of purpose, confusion.

 

SIX OF CUPS

Upright-Happy memories, healing.

Reversed- Independence, leaving the nest.

 

FIVE OF CUPS

Upright- Grief, self-pity.

Reversed- Peace, acceptance.

 

FOUR OF CUPS

Upright- Contemplation, disconnection.

Reversed- Acceptance, choosing joy.

 

THREE OF CUPS

Upright- Friendship, community.

Reversed- Isolation, gossip.

 

TWO OF CUPS

Upright- Unity, coming together.

Reversed- Tension, imbalance.

 

ACE OF CUPS

Upright- Spirituality, intuition.

Reversed- blocked creatively, loss.

 

SWORDS

QUEEN OF SWORDS

Upright- Complex, clear mind.

Reversed- Cold, cruel.

 

KING OF SWORDS

Upright- Heart-based decisions, truth.

Reversed- Cruel, weak.

 

KNIGHT OF SWORDS

Upright- Impulsive, action.

Reversed- Unpredictable, no direction.

 

PAGE OF SWORDS

Upright- Curious, restless.

Reversed- Manipulative, no action.

 

TEN OF SWORDS

Upright- Failure, defeat.

Reversed- Upwards, accepting.

 

NINE OF SWORDS

Upright- Trauma, anxiety.

Reversed- Hope, reaching out.

 

EIGHT OF SWORDS

Upright- Victim, imprisonment.

Reversed- Freedom, self-acceptance.

 

SEVEN OF SWORDS

Upright- Deception, trickery.

Reversed- Coming clean, reevaluating.

 

SIX OF SWORDS

Upright- Transitions, moving on.

Reversed- Resistance, emotional baggage.

 

FIVE OF SWORDS

Upright- Sneakiness, going to any length to win.

Reversed- Resentment, desire to reconcile.

 

FOUR OF SWORDS

Upright- Rest, rejuvenation.

Reversed- Stress, burn out.

 

THREE OF SWORDS

Upright-Heart break, grief.

Reversed- Forgiveness, recovery.

 

TWO OF SWORDS

Upright- Hard choices, unable to choose.

Reversed- Confusion, lesser of two evils.

 

ACE OF SWORDS

Upright- Clarity, sharp mind.

Reversed- brutality, chaos.

 

PENTACLES

 

QUEEN OF PENTACLES

Upright- Financial security, practical.

Reversed- Self centered, smothering.

 

KING OF PENTACLES

Upright- Abundance, prosperity.

Reversed- Sensual, greedy.

 

KNIGHT OF PENTACLES

Upright- Efficient, hardworking.

Reversed- Lazy, obsessed.

 

PAGE OF PENTACLES

Upright- Diligent, ambitious.

Reversed- Greedy, noncommital.

 

TEN OF PENTACLES

Upright- Legacy, culmination.

Reversed- Lack of stability/resources.

 

NINE OF PENTACLES

Upright- Rewarded, luxury.

Reversed- Livng beyond means, reckless.

 

EIGHT OF PENTACLES

Upright- Passion, high standards.

Reversed- Not motivated or inspired.

 

 

SEVEN OF PENTACLES

Upright- Deception, trickery.

Reversed- Coming clean, reevaluating.

 

SIX OF PENTACLES

Upright- Sharing, generous.

Reversed- Cheap, dominate.

 

FIVE OF PENTACLES

Upright- Poverty, insecurity.

Reversed- Charity, improvement.

 

FOUR OF PENTACLES

Upright- Frugal, secure.

Reversed- Greedy, cheap.

 

THREE OF PENTACLES

Upright- Team work, collaboration.

Reversed- Disorganized, conflict with the group.

 

TWO OF PENTACLES

Upright- Prioritizing, adaptable.

Reversed- Overwhelmed, unorganized.

 

ACE OF PENTACLES

Upright- Opportunity, abundance.

Reversed-Lost chance/investment.

 

 

 

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