What is the name of my tarot card deck?
Hey! My grandmother just got this tarot card deck without an instruction book, and though I’ve searched the Internets, I can’t for the life of me find the name of the deck let alone instructions and card meanings.
The deck is 36-cards total consisting of 4 suits: spade, heart, acorn looking thingy, and circle looking thingy. The numbers go from 6-10, and then there’s a 0, U, A, and K card with pictures. All the cards have mirror images of what’s on the card. For example, the acorn thingy K card has a picture of a king and acorn thingy on both sides (so if you flipped it upside down it would look identical). Same thing with the 7, 10, A etcetc.
If anyone knows what the name of the deck is or has any information about the card meanings or anything like that at all, please let me know!
Answer by Razordance
It doesn’t sound like any deck I’ve ever heard of. I’m not sure how it would even be usable if the cards are the same on both sides. A tarot deck would normally have 22 major arcana as well as 1 through 10 plus Page, Knight, Queen and King of each suit, which are normally Rods (or Staves), Swords, Cups and Pentacles (or Coins). Maybe some kind of odd oracle deck?
Answer by Phil
Sounds to me like you have a Central European playing card deck. These are usually 32 or 36 cards, with four suits: Hearts, Bells, Leaves and Acorns. Both types of decks feature an Under, an Over, a King and an Ace for each suit, as well as the numbers 7 through 10 (6 through 10 in a 36 card deck)
These cards originated from countries such as Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia and Germany, just to name a few.
These are not tarot cards, per se. Though any cards can be used for anything, these cards are specifically designed for a few card games, such as Ulti and Preferansz.
Hope that helps!
What is in a typical tarot deck?
I know that tarot decks differ depending on geography, system of belief, etc. but i was wondering, what is in the most common kind of deck? how many cards are there? are there suits? just tell me what you know, if you know a cool way with a spread to go with it put that in too! basically anything and everything you know about tarot cards is welcome 🙂
also, this is because I’m thinking of designing my own deck, so if you know a particularly easy (in terms of a small amount of cards) deck, let me know.
Answer by surojabu
Although there are many, many decks (too many to list), the Rider Waite deck is the most common deck used. It is by far the most popular deck around. It is the one most people imagine when they think of a tarot reading. It is the medieval looking deck and has the following cards:
Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgement, World
Suit Names: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles
Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, Page
There are 78 cards total in the deck; 22 major cards and 56 minor cards.
Here is a site that has several decks available to view and learn about.
Of course, you should also look into all of the Oracle Card decks available as well. Such as: Healing with Angels, Goddess Guidance, Gypsy Oracle Cards, Wisdom of Fairies, just to name a few.
Answer by Agena
She’s right and I can’t add to that. Rider’s a good deck and get Waite’s book to go with it. Avoid the Crowley deck, the symbolism is off and it has “bad” vibes.
Answer by philebus
About all that can said of a ‘typical tarot’ is that it has five suits, one numbered 1-21, and four each with ten cards numbered 1-10 and with four court cards. There is then an extra card, often numbered 0 in occult packs, called The Fool. And that’s where typical ends. We could still talk of what is typical per region – there, even the number of cards will vary, as well as the themes. To see that, we should look at a little history…
Playing cards arrive in Europe during the mid 14th century via the Islamic world. These earliest packs had, like our own, 52 cards split into four suits. These suits were cups, coins, scimitars (a type of curved sword), and polo sticks. Each suit had three court cards, being a King and two subordinates – though these were not illustrated as, by most interpretations, living things could not be depicted in art.
Europeans did not know of Polo at that time, so this suit became batons and the court cards were illustrated with a King, a Rider, and a Footman. These cards are called the Latin pattern and are still used to play games in countries such as Italy, Spain, and even parts of South America. French suits are seen in France during the 15th century and become dominant in most, though not all, countries because their pip cards were much easier (therefore cheaper) to reproduce.
Tarot cards were created in Italy in the mid 15th century for the Milanese court by adding a fifth suit of picture cards. These cards took as their theme a triumph procession, hence their early name of trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump! There was also an extra card called The Fool – it was not actually part of the trump sequence and was used as a type of wild card. The earliest pack we have had 6 court cards in each regular suit, being a male and a female in each of the three ranks. Most of the extra cards were dropped, retaining the Queen and giving us a pack of 78 cards.
It was (and still is) common throughout continental Europe to play games using packs that have a reduced number of pip cards. This became the case for many of the tarot games and so in some regions they are only sold with the number of cards required to play. The most common pack in central and Eastern Europe has just 54 cards!
There were also packs with unusual arrangements of trumps. For example, the Tarocchino (or Tarocco Bolognese) used in Bologna replaces the II-V of trumps with four equally ranking cards called the Four Moors. Another excellent pack – though sadly no longer in use – was the Florentine Minchiate, which added an additional block of nineteen trumps. This sophistaced game died out early in the 20th century but at one time was highly popular, with records of it being played as far afield as New Orleans in the mid 19th century!
At the start of the 18th century, German card makers began to produce tarot cards with French suits, replacing the traditional trumps with designs of more regional relevance – such as local land marks. Also produced were packs that featured animals (and these can still be found today in Germany). As I’ve mentioned, French suits were much cheaper to produce and this pattern of tarot card quickly became dominant in Central and Eastern Europe – evantually gaining dominance in France by the early 20th century. These packs feature a wide variety of themes, from comic book characters, national costumes, historic events, and even pin-ups.
At the end of the 18th century, a Parisian occultist, Antoine Court de Gebelin, published his belief that the cards were of Ancient Egyptian origin and began the use of the cards in Divination. This also gave rise to occultists redesigning the cards to better reflect their beliefs and it is these cards that are better known in the English speaking world.
And that’s that. With all of the games and occult beliefs being catered for, there is so much variety in tarot that it is hard indeed to call any a “typical” tarot.
If you want to design your own pack, then you might like to take a look at this site first – in case you want to design them with a view to getting a pack printed:
Edited to add: I don’t know why I got the thumbs down – my reply is both factual and non-judgemental. I’ll add some references if there is any doubt.
Answer by vid
Usually, there are 78 cards. You will get 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 suit cards.
Need help finding a specific tarot card deck..?
My step-mother bought me a deck of tarot card that I wanted. This was 7 years age and i can’t find them. I tried to look everywhere but all i get are pictures without a shred of hints as to who published them. I do longer live with her and it kinda had sentimental value, but buying a new deck would be better than nothing… Please help if you can. And also, no Religious biblical talk please. here’s a link to the picture of what it looks like. My step mom looks kinda like the world card, as far as the hair and face goes. http://www.google.com/images?q=the+world+tarot&um=1&hl=en&rlz=1R2ADSA_enUS406&tbs=isch:1,simg:CAESEgnsFsR8hs65nyFsagxioZuuVw&iact=hc&vpx=338&vpy=78&dur=1547&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=42&ty=367&ei=WrxxTfPkHY_0tgPp6dXHCw&oei=WrxxTfPkHY_0tgPp6dXHCw&page=1&tbnh=118&tbnw=65&ved=1t:722,r:3,s:0&biw=1003&bih=559
I’m sorry. Um… the deck that first appears is the actual deck. there are no links that lead to the deck. I tried to find a specific link to find it. I really wish i could be more descriptive or something but that’s the best i can do. I guess i was hoping someone had that type of deck too and would be able to tell me the publisher or author.. Wishful thinking huh? lol Thank you for trying though.
Answer by man in a mouse suit
the link you gave gives a goole image page of tons of different tarot decks. give me a link to one specific deck.
Answer by Brigid
I can’t say I’m familiar with that deck, but I will do what I can to find it.
Here is an amazing site that I love for looking at different decks. They have pictures and reviews of what I believe to be every tarot deck ever made including some that were never finished or published. If you ever decide you would like to buy a new deck (even if you find this one, a lot of people like having multiple decks) I would strongly recommend checking it out here first. This is something I say to everyone. They have great way of organizing them – theme, style, etc. as well as a general browse and search.
Generally, most modern decks (the common ones, at least) are published by Llewellyn. I do not believe this is one of their decks, but I will have a look at their site as well. For every deck they offer, their website has pictures and details about it. The same goes for tarot.com.
I do sincerely hope you find this deck, especially if it is an older one that is now out of print. The hassle I went through trying to get another Moon Oracle deck has made me understand how important it is to hang onto these things. 🙂
EDIT: This deck seems quite similar to the one shown. http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/cachet/
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