Are you interested in the tarot but not sure where to start? We understand! Tarot can be an intimidating place for newcomers, and we've all been there at some point. With a little practice, the tarot can be a powerful tool that anyone can use — it's intuitive, flexible, and can be easily incorporated into your everyday practices. Here’s a quick primer to get you up to speed on the basics.
The 78-card tarot deck is divided into two parts: the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana cards are the heart of the deck; they convey the “big secrets” or larger themes in a reading. The progression of the cards from 0 to 21 traces a transformational journey from the innocence of the beginner (The Fool) to wholeness, completion, and understanding that comes at the end of the journey (The World). When a Major Arcana card appears in your reading, take note. They may signal profound opportunities, challenges, or turning points in the path ahead.
The Minor Arcana’s 56 cards speak to the subtler aspects of the themes presented by the Major Arcana. The cards are divided into four suits associated with the qualities of the four elements: Swords correspond to the Air element; Wands with the Fire element; Pentacles with Earth; and Cups with Water. Each suit is presided over by a family of four court cards (represented by the Daughter, Son, Mother and Father in The Wild Unknown Tarot). If a court card appears on your reading, it often refers to a specific person or figure in your life.
Using the Cards
After breaking in your deck and spending some time getting to know the cards, you can begin simply by pulling a card a day as a prompt for reflection, or dive right into readings and spreads. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different decks to find the one that speaks to you.
Ready for more insight? The Wild Unknown Tarot Keepsake Box Set comes with a 200+ page guidebook with everything you need to know to start working with the tarot in earnest.
Best of luck on your journey. May you always be on the inner quest.