There are now more than fifty types of Tarot decks (and counting...) with a mad rush of “Po Mo”s (post modern) designs flooding the market every day. Need a round deck? A miniature one? One for witches? One in german? There is a deck for everyone! Generally speaking though, all these decks have some things in common; 78 cards divided into Major and Minor Arcana sections. Each card has it’s own range of meanings depending upon whether it is drawn right side up or “reversed” (upside down). Woe betide the reader who can’t tell the difference!
The 56 Minor Arcana cards resemble the usual deck of 52 playing cards (with Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks and tens through twos) with the addition of four “Knights”. There are four “suits” - The “Club-like” Wands (business), the “Heart-like” Cups (love), the “Spade-like” Swords (difficulties) and the “Diamond-like” Pentacles (money).
It is said that the 22 Major Arcana cards add more intense implications to the forecast. These cards have dramatic names to go with their dramatic meanings. Monikers like “The Fool” (who are you calling Fool, fool?), The Devil (Watch where you’re pointing that pitchfork, buddy!), and Death (Yikes! Actually not a bad card...) all contribute to the mystique of the Tarot and separate the good reader from the fraud.