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The classic 78 card Tarot Deck:The classic tarot deck has 78 cards. There are many variations to decks in both number, card and suit names, and design.These facts will help you to understand your deck more clearly and as you become more experienced you may want to experiment with other types of deck.There are 2 main parts to a deck:The Major Arcana which consists of 22 cardsThe Minor Arcana which consists of 56 cardsThe word Arcana is taken from Latin and means secret. An individual card can be referred to as an Arcanum.

The Minor Arcana:The 56 Minor Arcana cards are divided into four suits, much like traditional playing cards. These are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles.Some of the suits may have other names:Wands are also known as Rods or BatonsPentacles are also known as Coins or DiscsEach suit has numbered cards 1-10, and 4 court cards: Page, Knight, Queen and KingAstrological elements and signs associated with each suit are:Wands Fire Aries, Leo, SagittariusCups Water Cancer, Scorpio and PiscesSwords Air Gemini, Libra, AquariusPentacles Earth Virgo, Capricorn and TaurusWands are associated with career, work, and creativityCups are associated with emotions and affairs of the heartSwords are associated with our thoughts and intellectPentacles are associated with money and material mattersWe will cover the Minor Arcana cards in lessons 4-9.

Homework:Spend the next week studying this information on the Major and Minor Arcana using your cards. It will certainly give you a broad base of understanding, as a foundation to build more detailed knowledge of the Tarot deck in the coming weeks.Which court card is your astrological card?Queen adult woman of any ageKing men aged 35 or overKnight men aged under 35Page a male or female child or adolescent

The Fool

Element:Air.Planet:Uranus.Positive associations with this tarot card:new beginnings, optimism, spontaneity, fearlessness, excitement, visionary, joy, inventiveness.Negative associations with this tarot card:navet, thoughtlessness, immaturity, lack of responsibility, impulsiveness, lawlessness.Expect the unexpected when The Fool turns up in a reading, influences that could have a dramatic affect on the decisions and choices you make.When The Fool appears it is a time for new beginnings, a journey perhaps into the unknown that will be exciting and fun. Any trials along the way will make you a more experienced and perhaps wiser person.If The Fool falls in the first position of a reading exercise caution - it could indicate fool hardiness or perhaps the question you are asking is the wrong one or you are asking it for the wrong reasons.The Fool can also represent a person in a reading, if so be prepared to meet a real maverick, an eccentric with lust for life.The Fool represents the untapped potential in all of us.'Fools rush in where angels fear to tread'however sometimes it can be wise to'Look before you leap'.

The Magician

Planet:Mercury.Positive associations with this tarot card:action, power, originality, confidence, individuality, willpower, new beginnings, potential.Negative associations with this tarot card:trickery, deception, lack of self-confidence, indecision, abuse of power.The Magician is an excellent omen symbolizing new opportunities, the importance of new enterprise and that you will have the willpower and initiative to succeed in whatever you do.The mercurial nature of The Magician means that you will be able to think on your feet and bluff your way through any difficulties.Negatively this card represents trickery or deception and is a warning to be careful of whom you place your trust in.Another negative aspect of The Magician is that it may suggest that you are lacking in self-confidence and being indecisive.

The high priestesss

Positive associations with this tarot card:intuitiveness, understanding, wisdom, mystery, psychic ability, the divine feminine.Negative associations with this tarot card:lack of intuitiveness, emotional insecurity, secretiveness, hidden obstacles or opponents.The High Priestess is the guardian of secrets so when she appears in a reading it can mean a secret is to be revealed or there is a secret you wish to be revealed.Symbolizing our intuitiveness and the realms of our unconscious, the High Priestess is our guide to our inner self and potential.When the High Priestess appears it suggests you should trust your instincts, let your intuition be your guide. she may even represent a person who will provide wise counsel and advice.In a man's reading the High Priestess can represent the most important woman in his life.Negatively the High Priestess can represent emotional insecurity and the danger of being tempted to use emotional blackmail.Another negative aspect is that a secret is being kept from you, perhaps unknown obstacles or opponents.In a man's reading the negative aspect of this card could represent a woman who is a bad influence on him.

Positive associations with this tarot card:fertility, birth, motherhood, harmony, nature, prosperity, joy, love, artistic ambition.Negative associations with this tarot card:domestic upheaval, emotional blackmail, over-protectiveness, poverty, infertility, unwanted pregnancy, surpressed artistic expression.The Empress symbolizes love, reassurance, prosperity and birth so when she appears in a reading in a favourable position she is a very welcome card.She can represent pregnancy or actual birth of a child however she can also represent the creation or birth of a creative project or involvement with nature.Negatively The Empress can signal that you, or a woman in your life, is being too protective for comfort and may even resort to emotional blackmail to get what she wants.She may indicate money worries and a need to handle your finances carefully.Another negative aspect of The Empress is that she can symbolize infertility or unwanted pregnancy.

Astrological Sign:Aries.Positive associations with this tarot card:achievement, authority, protection, support, trustworthy, discipline, provider, consolidation, reason, willpower.Negative associations with this tarot card:weakness, immaturity, failed ambition, status driven, tyrannical, untrustworthy.The Emperor is a sign of achievement and honour and in many cases can represent a stong male influence such as a father, husband/partner or man of significance in your life, or person of authority such as a boss.When he appears in a reading he can suggest that a man of authority or significance as outlined above will stand by you and support you, in personal as well as business matters.When The Emperor falls in position in a reading that refers to you he suggests that you will be able to influence people and have a great sense of your own authority.Negatively The Emperor can mean that either you or a man of influence in your life is using bullying tactics and being overbearing, an abuse of power.Another negative aspect of this card is failed ambitions, a craving for status and insecurity around a man of authority.

Astrological Sign:Taurus.Positive associations with this tarot card:advice, wise counsel, spiritual consolation, knowledge, identification, faith, conformity, tradition.Negative associations with this tarot card:misinformation, lack of faith, deviousness, bad advice, confusion, disorderly conduct.The Hierophant is a symbol of moral law, a wise and capable advisor, a practical instructor and spiritual guide.He also represents the more conventional, tried and tested traditional values, therefore advising on more conventional thinking rather than novel approaches.The Hierophant may actually represent a teacher, priest or advisor but is more likely to symbolise moral lessons to be learned from events.This card can be an indicator of marriage or a desire for marriage, as well as point to legal resonsibilities and official documents.Negatively The Hierophant can symbolize feeling stifled by others wanting you to conform to their expectations rather than being yourself, and not wanting to take more traditional options. however there is an upside to this negative aspect of the card that can mean making your own rules.Another negative aspect of this card is that he can represent confusion, a crisis of faith or self belief that results in disorderly conduct.

Astrological Sign:Gemini.Positive associations with this tarot card:desire, new lover, relationships, physical attraction, love, sex, commitment.Negative associations with this tarot card:lust, moral lapse, temptation, indecision, seperation, failed love affair, emotional loss.The Lovers can symbolize that a new love is going to enter your life even if you can't see where from - you're in for a surprise .This is a card that symbolizes an importance choice that could affect the rest of your life.The Lovers symbolizes a choice between duty versus your heart's desire, take a risk and it could lead to greater happiness and emotional fulfillment, stay dutiful and life will remain the same.This card means that your heart rules your head and a dramatic change of attitude will lead to happier times.Negatively the Lovers can represent an unhappy love affair or relationship yet you are unsure what decision or choice to make.Another negative aspect of this card is that it can represent intense temptation and warns of being unfaithful to your own morals.

Astrological Sign:Cancer.Positive associations with this tarot card:triumph, movement, change, self-belief, assertiveness, good news.Negative associations with this tarot card:rage, tyranny, overinflated ego, selfishness, arrogance, delays, frustration.The Chariot symbolizes conflicts ending in victory, so advises sustained efforts if in a current struggle or facing one, as you will win in the end.This card also heralds unexpected good news and represents self reliance and belief in your own abilities.Travel and change is indicated by Th