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The Minor Arcana of the Tarot deck consist of 56 cards, which are closely related to the deck of 52 playing cards used in most modern card games. It is comprised of four suits, most commonly named Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins (also called Pentacles or Disks), although there is a wide variety of different names and suit symbols used in different decks. This article is about the structure, card imagery, and history of tarot decks, which today are often used for spiritual, esoteric, psychological, occult and/or divinatory purposes. ... Some typical Anglo-American playing cards from the Bicycle brand Set of 52 playing cards A playing card is a typically hand-sized piece of heavy paper or thin plastic. ...

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Symbolism

Often, the suits are associated with one of the four classical elements, with a common set of associations being the following: Wands with fire, Cups with water, Swords with air, and Coins with earth. In other sets of associations, Fire is occasionally exchanged with air for the Swords suit. Other associations are also possible: Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Many ancient philosophies used a set of archetypal classical elements to explain patterns in nature. ...

Tarot suit Playing-card suit Element Gender Faculty
Wands or Staves Clubs Fire Active masculine Creativity and Energy
Pentacles, Coins or Discs Diamonds Earth Passive feminine Material body or possessions
Cups or Chalices Hearts Water Active feminine Emotions and Love
Swords Spades Air Passive masculine Reason and Will

Each suit has 14 cards, being Ace (One), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Page, Knight, Queen, King. These last four are called the court cards, and often have different names in different decks. One common variation, introduced by the Victorian-era Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (for the Order's tarot deck) and later followed by occultist Aleister Crowley, is to replace the Page and Knight with a Princess and Prince (for more, see Thoth Tarot). There are Italian playing card decks which have a page, maid, knight, mounted lady, king and queen. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... // A staff is a large, thick stick or stick-shaped object used to help with walking or as a status symbol or a weapon. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A pentacle or pantacle is an amulet, generally made of parchment, paper or metal (although it can be of other materials), on which the symbol of a spirit being evoked is drawn. ... This article is about monetary coins. ... A disk or disc is anything that resembles a flattened cylinder in shape. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan (Air / Wind) Agni / Tejas (Fire) Akasha (Aether) Prithvi / Bhumi (Earth) Ap / Jala (Water) Earth is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. ... Cups may refer to: the Common Unix Printing System cup as a drinking vessel, a unit of volume, etc. ... Chalice For other uses, see Chalice A chalice (from Latin calix, cup) is a goblet intended to hold drink. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) | Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism The Panchamahabhuta or The Panchatattva (The Five Great Elements) Vayu/Pavan (Air/Wind) Agni/Tejas (Fire) Akasha (Aether) Prithvi/Bhumi (Earth) Ap/Jala (Water) Water is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. ... The word swords can refer to: Swords, Dublin swords (blades) Swords, a suit in the Tarot SWORDS, a ground-based military robot This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Chinese Wood (木) | Fire (火) Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水) Hinduism and Buddhism Vayu / Pavan — Air / Wind Agni / Tejas — Fire Akasha — Aether Prithvi / Bhumi — Earth Ap / Jala — Water Air is one of the classical elements. ... The word ace comes from the Old French word as (from Latin as) meaning a unit, from the name of a small Roman coin. ... Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; the surname is pronounced // i. ... The Thoth Tarot is a Tarot deck painted by Lady Frieda Harris according to instructions from Aleister Crowley. ...


Modern decks often have the numbered minor arcana cards (Ace to 10 of each suit) named and numbered, although many resemble early decks in that there are no titles or numbers on those cards. The numbered minor arcana cards usually have the appropriate number of symbols for the suit depicted, and the court cards usually have the corresponding person depicted holding the symbol of their suit.


Modern decks, especially if based on the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck (circa 1910), will often have a symbolic scene depicted on the numbered Minors, although this was generally not the case before the Rider-Waite-Smith deck was published. Before this, with only the exception of a handful of decks, the numbered cards of the Minors showed merely a geometric arrangement of the appropriate number of suit symbols. Look up Circa on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The Latin word circa, literally meaning about, is often used to describe various dates (often birth and death dates) that are uncertain. ... The most popular Tarot deck today is probably what is confusingly known as the Rider-Waite-Smith, Rider-Waite, Waite-Smith, Waite-Colman Smith or simply the Rider deck. ...


Cards by Suits

Wands

Coins

Cups

Swords

See also

The Major Arcana (Trumps Major, Major Trumps) of the Tarot deck consists of 22 cards. ...

External links

  • Iconography of Tarot cards / many examples
  • Information on the Tarot, its history and use from ancient divination

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Minor Arcana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (371 words)
The Minor Arcana of the Tarot deck consist of 56 cards, which are closely related to the deck of 52 playing cards used in most modern card games.
Modern decks often have the numbered minor arcana cards (Ace to 10 of each suit) named and numbered, although many resemble early decks in that there are no titles or numbers on those cards.
The numbered minor arcana cards usually have the appropriate number of symbols for the suit depicted, and the court cards usually have the corresponding person depicted holding the symbol of their suit.
Intuitive Tarot - The Minor Arcana (211 words)
The Minor Arcana is the term used to describe the last 56 cards of the tarot that follow the major arcana.
The minor arcana mirrors the setup of a traditional set of playing cards in that there are four suits and 14 cards to each suit.
The four major suits of the minor arcana are: swords, wands, cups and coins or pentacles.
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