9.16.2005

55. Intro to Tarot

This is translated from the Tarot chinese booklet belonging to my sis' friend.

"Tarot card is an ancient form of fortune reading, the history of it stretches back thousand years ago. Some say that it originated from the Gypsies, some believed it was from Egypt. Well, it doesn't matter where it came from. What matters is how the tarot cards can help us in our life. However, one should not believe that tarot card reading is the ultimate truth and the only way to solve your problems. It is just a means or tool to seek further what's going on around us and in our minds, and try to analyse the situation to find a solution.

A tarot card set usually has 72 cards that include 22 cards representing virtues and vices and death and fortune etc. The cards may be dealed in 2 ways, Major Arcana and Minor Arcana sets.

Major Arcana is the most common used set, it has 22 cards. Major Arcana describes your life, as each card represents a part of your life.
0- The Fool
1- The Magician
2- The High Priestess
3- The Empress
4- The Emperor
5- The Hierophant
6- The Lovers
7- The Chariot
8- Strength
9- The Hermit
10- Wheel of Fortune
11- Justice
12- Hanged Man
13- Death
14- Temperance
15- The Devil
16- The Tower
17- The Star
18- The Moon
19- The Sun
20- Judgement
21- The World


Minor Arcana set has 56 cards, which are generally categorised into Wands, Cups, Pentacles, Swords cards. The categories also represent the four major elements - Fire, Water, Wind, Earth. Minor Arcana focuses more on the minor details of the situation/problem.

Generally, Major Arcana has greater influence over the Minor Arcana."

1 comment:

mc said...

I want to learn this.However, colbert said,no good.

Anyway, should proceed later.

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