The popular Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck consists of 78 illustrated cards.
Tarot reader interprets the meaning of the cards' images, symbols and signs, in the context of the querent's question or issue. Interpretation maybe based on insights and information a reader and querent might gather from Colours, Astrology, Numerology, Egyptology, Kabbalah, Judaism, Hinduism, Catholicism and Protestantism; references to Chakra energies and healing; myths and fables; allegories and analogies; and, so much more!
The Major Arcana numbered 0 to 22, represent Key Archetypes, influences and themes.
The 22 Trump or Key cards teach us about ourselves and others, show our potential, help us to solve personal problems and to make well-considered choices and decisions.
The 56 Minor Arcana signify daily occurrences and relationships and importantly, how we deal with these matters.
The Minor Arcana are organised into the four elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements symbolise and represent our use of our minds and thoughts, values and motivations, feelings and emotions and our material needs and endeavours to satisfy them.
The Ace from each Minor Arcana Suit shows the primary Element of that Suit.
The Court Cards of the Minor Arcana are also elemental in nature and can demonstrate personality types, traits, qualities and attributes, and the effect of more mundane energies and influences.
The Court Cards are the Families of each Suit of the Minor Arcana.