How many tarot cards are in a deck?
a quick note:
I do not know anything about tarot cards,so my question is a naive one
Answer by Cora
Answer by Elizabeth
it can be more or less but some are 40 cards
Answer by Miss 6
I have 79 because my deck has a blank card in it. But the standard is 78.
Answer by philebus
The modern standard in English speaking countries, as well as France, Denmark, Switzerland, and Piedmont in Italy is 78 cards. However, the number can vary considerably and we still cannot be certain how many were in the early packs as we only have incomplete examples.
Tarot cards were created in mid 15th century Italy for playing card games – games that continue to be played throughout continental Europe today. They consist of two parts: a standard pack of Latin suited playing cards with an extra court card in each suit, and a fifth suit of picture cards. These extra cards took as their theme a triumph procession, hence their early name of trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump. And that is what they are, a suit of fixed trump cards. There is also an extra unnumbered card called The Fool.
In the earliest pack we have, there were six court cards in each suit, being a male and a female in each of three ranks. Most of these extra cards were dropped, retaining only the Queens to make 54 regular suit cards.
There are theories that the original packs may have only had 14 trumps, though the earliest existing ones have more. The established standard is 21 trumps but all of the earliest packs we have are missing both The Tower and The Devil. This may just be because, like others, these cards were lost – or it may be because they were later additions. We cannot be certain.
The Florentine Minchiate pack added some extra trump cards to make a total 97 cards in all. The game of minchiate had died out by the mid 1930s but at one time it was very popular, being played in France and by the mid 19th century as far as New Orleans!
Many packs used for game play are reduced by omitting some of the pip cards there are not used in the games of that region:
In Bologna, Italy, they use a 62 card pack.
In Sicily, there is a 64 card pack.
In Piedmont, although they have a 78 card pack, they often shorten it to 54 for the modern games of Partita.
Most countries in central and Eastern Europe use a 54 card pack. This pack is sometimes shortened further for some games – in Hungary it is sometimes reduced to just 40 cards.
Occultist packs, a relatively recent addition to tarot, can vary still more depending upon the requirements for representing a particular set of beliefs.
Is it true that Playing Cards started off as Tarot Cards?
Someone once told me that Playing Cards where originally created to be used as tarot cards, is there any truth to this or is it may be that people that did the tarot started using Playing Cards? I would like to clear up this myth.
Answer by Sadhara Satguru
From what I remember about Tarot history – no.
Early playing cards were far more decorative than they are now, which may be where this stems from. The opposite is probably true that Tarot stemmed from playing cards.
Answer by SpiderBear
i do not think it is true, as tarot cards are all different and have a signifigant meaning to each of them. playing cards do not.
Answer by Lillith
It’s hard to say, it is like which came first, the chicken of the egg.
Contrary to what the person above said about tarot and playing cards being different, if you look at the suits, they are actually the same.
Suit of Hearts, hearts makes people think of love, that would be the suit of Cups.
Suit of Diamonds, diamonds representing riches, that is the suit of Pentacles
Suit of Spades, like a dagger or such, speaks of thinking and words, that is the suit of Swords
Suit of Clubs, a wooden thick stick, the suit of Wands is shown with ‘wooden sticks’ and is the suit that represents creative energy, like a magic wand.
In a world with so much persicussion for having certain beliefs, I could see how ‘playing cards’ may have been a disguise for tarot.
The first known set of real playing cards came from the far east and where round and did not have a format like todays cards, tarot or play.
Are you afraid to have your Tarot Cards read?
Some people get excited to have there Tarot Cards read, but others are very very afraid. Why is that? What’s the big deal?
Answer by Clay
Most who are afraid link Tarot to Theistic Satanism (like hardcore Christians). I’m not afraid to have them read, because I think they are mainly bogus.
Answer by Corkey411
Well, i am afraid because i believe to know your future is the greatest burden of all. If it is something bad, your going to try to change it and your might just go to far and end up dying.
If it is good, your might take it for granted and think nothing can harm you. Tarot Cards are very strong and shouldn’t be messed with unless your know what your doing.
Yes, call me crazy, but i have to carry around a blue bead (superstition) in my pocket to protect my self because i believe in tarot cards and all that supernatural stuff. I don’t care if you think i’m crazy. I’ve heard it before.
Answer by I’m not your Granny
Some people are worried about what their future might hold. It’s like knowing your IQ. What would you do if you found out that you actually had a few less IQ points than average? You’d feel very stupid and go into a depression.
Answer by jomonjimmy
No,because it doesn’t mean anything any way,its just for funs.
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