shown: Major Arcana, Love from the Krysias
shown: Minor Arcana Ace of Cups from the Krysias
Tarot pack (deck) consists of 78 cards. There are many decks to
choose from, but whilst the pictures they show differ from deck
to deck, what they show us follows the same basic principals.
cards are called the Major Arcana. These are more
significant than the others as they represent major changes in
life or patterns of behaviour that either help or hinder us
as we travel through life.
56 cards are called the Minor Arcana which is split into 4
suits; Wands (Rods, Batons or Staves), Cups, Swords and
Pentacles (Coins or Discs). Each suit has 10 numbered cards and
4 Court cards; Page, Knight, Queen and King.
The Minor Arcana represent the actions, feelings, thoughts and
desires in our day to day lives and reflect what choices are
available to us in our quest to achieve balance .
The cards are
laid out in specific patterns which are called a spreads. The
position of the cards in each spread helps us understand
our situation and how best to proceed.