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The LoversWhen someone mentions the Tarot, people generally think "black magic," "evil," "gypsies," and of course "Miss Cleo." The truth is that they probably just started out as playing cards with symbolic images painted on their faces. The symbols used are found in literature dating back earlier than the first known Tarot deck. The symbols are not satanic even though on one of the cards there is an image of the devil, but these are symbols and should be read as just that. In fact, all the devil symbolizes is temptation, challenges, etc. These are the same thoughts that arise when we hear the devil mentioned in the Bible or any other holy book. As for the remaining cards, they each signify different aspects of life situations and environments and those in turn are simplified into a single image.


The Chariot Today Tarot decks are made up of 78 cards, which are divided into two groups. Twenty-two cards make up the Major Arcana.

0-The Fool
I-The Magician
II-The High Priestess
III-The Empress
IV-The Emperor
V-The Hierophant
VI-The Lovers
VII-The Chariot
VIII-Justice
IX-The Hermit
X-The Wheel of Fortune
XI-Strength
XII-The Hanged Man
XIII-Death
XIV-Temperance
XV-The Devil
XVI-The Tower
XVII-The Star
XVIII-The Moon
XIX-The Sun
XX-Judgment
XXI-The World


JusticeThe Major Arcana represent the major lessons learned on the road of life, starting with the ignorant Fool and ending with the enlightened World. These cards symbolize the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human life. They explore the crevices deep within ones personality…the strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and fears.

 


The Hermit56 cards of the Minor Arcana (Represent external day-to-day matters.)
Suit of Cups- Concerned with love, family, and emotions, these cards speak of relationships with others and of the unconscious. They are ruled by the element Water. Interpretations of these cards should start with love, faith, and feeling.
Suit of Coins/Pentacles- Represent money matters and deal with work, career, and everything material. They are centered on economic relationships. Ruled by the element Earth, their interpretations should start with possessions, money, and business.

 

The Wheel of Fortune Suit of Swords- Related to intellectual growth, social interactions, and unrest, they can represent breakthroughs in communications or breakdowns. They are ruled by the element Air, making their interpretation focus on thoughts, cares, and science/magic.
Suit of Wands- Dealing with physical energy, growth, and creativity, they also relate to work and career. Ruled by the element Fire, their interpretations should start with action, work, and nature.

 

StrengthSome believe that Tarot cards are supposed to just be a guiding tool for any questions a person may have. It is said that when the person being read asks a question the cards drawn are presented to give insight into options that they may have not already considered. On the other hand, some believe that guiding spirits who have knowledge of the person's path in life chooses the cards. These spirits help the person realize what they should do.

 

 

 
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