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Tarot Cards


Tarot Cards are known traditionally as 'the Book of Thoth'. It is a deck of playing cards used for fortunetelling.

The tarot deck consists of 80 cards, which are divided into two groups. The Minor, or Lesser, Arcana, the precursor of the modern deck, are made up of 56 cards divided into four suits. The wands suit corresponds with the modern clubs suit; cups with hearts; swords with spades; and pentacles with diamonds. Each suit has 14 cards, with numbered cards from ace to ten and four unnumbered face cards: king, queen, knight, and knave. (The four knight cards have been eliminated in the modern deck.) The Major, or Greater, Arcana consists of 22 cards, each bearing a title and a picture, such as the Hanged Man, the Wheel of Fortune, Judgment, and the Moon, rich in occult and astrological symbolism. Twenty-one of the cards are numbered. The twenty-second card, the Fool, numbered 0, is analogous to the modern joker. In fortunetelling, either the full pack or the Major Arcana alone is used. The relationship of one card to another, as laid out in a number of different configurations, is as important as the significance of each individual card.

Some historians say that this system of occultism came from Chaldea by way of Alexandria and was used worldwide by occultists to communicate. The cards are said to be symbolic representations of reality. By reading them, one's unconscious powers are supposed to be awakened. When this occurs, the inner forces of fate can be controlled. The colors, shapes, and symbolic forms on the cards are to be 'studied intuitively'. Some Tarot card guides provide meditations while concentrating on the cards.


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