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Tarot Reference Guide

There are 78 Tarot cards in a complete tarot deck. The first 22 cards are called the Major Arcana Tarot cards. The remaining 56 cards are called the Minor Arcana cards. These Minor Arcana Tarot cards are divided into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each of the four suits contains 14 cards, 10 of which are numbered cards and the other four are a Page, Knight, Queen and King. 

Major Arcana:

The Major Arcana Tarot cards purpose are to reveal messages about the overall picture of your life and its long-term direction.

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The Fool – innocence, new beginnings, spontaneity

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The Magician – manifestation, creatrix energy, willpower

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The High Priestess – secrets, intuition, subconscious, mystery

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The Empress – fertility, femininity, nature, beauty, love

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The Emperor – authority, masculinity, structure, control, foundations

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The Hierophant – tradition, morality, conformity, religious beliefs

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The Lovers – union, duality, partnerships, love

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The Chariot – direction, self-control, choice, victory, determination

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Strength – inner-strength, bravery, control, patience

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The Hermit – seclusion, introspection, search for truth

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Wheel of Fortune – change, fate, cycles of life, destiny

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Justice – cause and effect, truth, law, fairness

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The Hanged Man – martyrdom, sacrifice, letting go

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Death – endings, change, transformation, transition

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Temperance – patience, middle-of-the-road, moderation, balance

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The Devil – addictions, struggle, materialism, inner-demons

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The Tower – sudden change, disaster, total collapse

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The Star – hope, faith, renewal, peace

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The Moon – intuition, illusions, inner-guidance, anxiety

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The Sun – celebration, positivity, playfulness, vitality

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Judgement – reflection, awakening, absolution

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The World – completion, harmony, accomplishment, travel

Minor Arcana:

Suits:

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Cups:

The Cups cards represent your relationships, intuition and emotions. These cards can guide you in love while helping you understand and process your lowest and highest feelings.

  • Emotional
  • Ruled by Water
  • Themes of: Love, feelings, relationships, healing, connections, matters of the heart, leading with heart over head

Pentacles:

The Pentacles cards are associated with your domestic life, finances and work life. These cards can answer questions about your personal goals and your family, money and health.

  • Physical
  • Ruled by Earth
  • Themes of: Groundedness, material realm, finances, health, work/career, property, family, inheritance

Swords:

The Swords cards are all about your challenges. These cards can tell you when conflict and heartache are wondering and help you to harness the strength of your own being.

  • Mental
  • Ruled by Air
  • Themes of: Thoughts, intellect, attitude, beliefs, knowledge, action, change, conflict, challenge, leading with head over heart

Wands:

The Wands cards are about invention, action, and initiative. These cards help to guide how you move through your life, while advising when to continue moving and when to hold back.

  • Spiritual
  • Ruled by Fire
  • Themes of: Spirituality, creativity, inspiration, passion, sexuality, expansion

 

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