How many and what are the names of the cards in a Tarot deck…?
I’ve always wondered how many and what the names are of the cards in a Tarot deck. Does it matter what kind of deck you have or what?
Answer by Mossflower Wood
Here’s all the cards:
Answer by philebus
There are many packs and patterns with numerous variations on the trumps. Here are the standard cards starting with the trump sequence that took as its theme a traditional Christian triumph procession – hence they were called trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump. It was the invention of tarot that marked the introduction of trumps into card games!
There are 78 cards in this pack:
Matto, or The Fool – An un-numbered card, not traditionally a trump at all, functioning in the earliest games as an excuse. It is still used this way in Italy, Sicily, France, Denmark and Switzerland. Other countries now employ it as the highest ranking trump.
1. Il Bagatto – Not really a magician at all, that was a change made by occultists. This is the lowest trump and ranks among the three honour cards, with a higher point value and scoring an extra bonus if it is used to win the last trick of a hand.
2. Not a priestess but the Popess. It seems like a strange figure to us now, perhaps even heretical but in fact this was a common figure in Christian art during the 15th century and later, representing diverse subjects such as faith, church law, doctrine, the new covenant, etc. Some later packs, where these allegories were less established, were cautious and replaced the figure with alternatives such as Juno.
3. The Empress.
4. The Emperor.
5. The Pope. Again, not a card that ever actually worried the church (which never objected to tarot) but again, some card makers replaced it with alternatives such as Jupiter, or even Bacchus!
The Tarocco Bolognese replaced trumps 2-5 with four equally ranking trumps called The Four Moors. (this was a political move rather than a religious one)
The Besancon tarot replaced the Female Pope and the Pope with Juno and Jupiter – the Swiss 1JJ, still in use for games such as Troccas and Troggu, uses these figures. Another pack, used in Belgium replaced these two with The Spanish Captain and Bacchus.
6. Love or The Lovers
7. The Chariot
8. Justice (occultists often swap this card’s order with Strength)
9. Originally Father Time, featuring Old Man Time with his hour glass. Later card makers mistook this for a lamp and he became a hermit.
10. The Wheel of Fortune
12. When French card makers added titles to the trumps, they didn’t quite know what to make of this one and called it simply The Hanged Man. However, there was no mystery about the card in Italy, where they called it The Traitor – because that’s what happened to traitors there, they were hung by one ankle and left to die slowly.
14. Temperance. There is an interesting note to this card, usually shown with wings. In the early Italian cards, she is shown seated with the corners of the chairs back showing above her shoulders. Later card makers began to show the corners as being curved until the French card makers saw them and interpreted them as the tops of wings, electing to show the wings more explicitly.
15. The Devil
16. The Tower. Early Italian cards do not really match the more familiar designs of the Marseilles pattern, instead they were often known as the Devil’s House, showing a burning building.
17. The Star
18. The Moon
19. The Sun
20. The Judgement, also known in Italy as the Angel and is ranked above the World as the highest trump.
21. The World.
There are then the four suits from a regular pack of playing cards, each with 10 pip cards and four court cards, being the King, Queen, Cavalier, and Valet. It is worth noting that it is the Queen that is the addition here as Latin suited cards had (and still have) all male courts. The Latin suit signs are swords, cups, coins, and batons. When playing cards originally came to us via the Islamic world, batons were actually Polo sticks – but the game was not familiar in Europe at that time. While it is common for modern occultists to name coins as pentacles, this was actually due to a mistake in translation from a French source that interpreted them as talismans.
There are three packs using the Italian suits and trumps that deviate from the 78 card norm.
The Tarocco Bolognese, mentioned above for The Four Moors, has a reduced number of pip cards so that there are just 62 in total. These cards are not generally used outside of Bologna and are for a family of very old games, chief among them Ottocento – which can easily give Bridge a run for it’s money!
The next is the Tarocco Siciliano, obviously used in Sicily for a wonderful game. Again, it has a reduced number of pip cards to make a pack of 64. There are still 21 trumps (plus a Fool) but they are numbered up to 20, having a special unnumbered trump called The Beggar. The trump order is a little different from the standard and the highest trump is Giove. Another unnusual trump is number 14, which features a ship, only found elsewhere in the Minchiate.
The Minchiate was a Florentine invention, adding an extra
Answer by Sadhara Satguru
Which deck you choose is a personal thing, but make sure that you like them as for them to work well with you, you will have to build a relationship with all 78 of them!
Answer by Lillith
With so many decks out there, the names or titles of individual cards can vary, usually when there are changes it is to fit in with the theme of the deck.
There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck; divided into 2 Arcanas;
The Major Arcana with 22 cards numbered 0-21 in roman numerals-
0 – Fool
II – High Priestess
III – Empress
IV – Emperor
V – Hierophant
VI – Lovers
VII – Chariot
VIII – Strength
IX – Hermit
X – Wheel of Fortune
XI – Justice
XII – Hanged Man
XIII – Death
XIV – Temperance
XV – Devil
XVI – Tower
XVII – Star
XVIII – Moon
XIX – Sun
XXI – World
The Minor Arcana has 56 cards.
The Minor Arcana is further divided into 4 suits;
The suits are sometimes changes as well such as
The suits are of 14 cards each, cards are numbered 1-10 and have 4 Court cards- Page, Knight, Queen, King.
Some decks add in a few extra cards to the Major Arcana and are still called Tarot, but typically, any deck of cards that is not 78 cards and formatted with the Aracnum and Suits is not a Tarot deck and is called and Oracle deck.
I was playing poker with tarot cards and I got a royal flush then all of my friends died. What should i do?
I am to pretty for jail.
Answer by No Chance Without Jesus
go all in
Answer by gutbucket
Become a troll on Y!A.
Answer by GmK – Respawned
Take the pot and find another game.
Answer by YDKKDY
Pat yourself on the back! you just got a multi-kill feed!
Is it OK that I keep my tarot cards in a Coach pouch?
I lost the original pouch that they came in so I started keeping them in a Coach pouch that came with the vallet that I bought a few month ago. I didn’t think it was a big deal because it was brand new and its 100% cotton, but it does say Coach on it with big bright red letters….
I’m wondering if that will put my cards out of sink
Answer by Paul KH
You can keep your tarot cards in anything you like as long as you treat them with respect. I personally keep mine in little velvet pouches.
Have a great day,
Answer by Miss 6
No they will be fine in there. No need to worry. I keep mine wrapped up in silk in my pillow case. You can always put them in order when your done if you’re worried that they may be out of sync but I highly doubt it.
Answer by ♥♥SPICILICIOUS BABE♥♥
yes thats ok… i have mine in a cotton socks… and i put bracelets around it to take out the negative energy…
Answer by Cheshire Kitty
Yes, that’s perfectly fine.
I have around 15 decks from my original 50+ collection; they are in all kinds of bags; one deck is even in a Crown Royal bag.
- i wanna be the engine gmk