Tarot Playing Cards

Tarot Playing CardA Tarot deck commonly consist of 78 cards. The Rider-Waite Tarot deck was first published in 1910, is probably the most popular tarot deck in use today, and has become the model for many modern tarot decks, though there are innumerable variations. The deck uses four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles), and the court cards are King, Queen, Knight, Page, along with an ace and 2-10 cards for each suit. There are also 21 special trump cards consisting of a symbolic image and title, and a "joker" card known as the "fool".

In addition to being used in card games, Tarot cards are also sometimes used in divination, but that topic is beyond the scope of this website; if you'd like to learn more, follow one of the links below).

Tarot Playing Cards

Tarot Books

Tarot Links

  • Aeclectic Tarot
    Dedicated to the diversity & beauty of Tarot. See images of Tarot cards, read reviews of Tarot decks and Tarot books, learn about Tarot, receive Tarot readings, visit Tarot links, or join our Tarot community.
  • American Tarot Association
    The American Tarot Association is a professional and social organization for Tarot enthusiasts, students, scholars, and readers.
  • Learning the Tarot
    An online course on how to read tarot cards. The lessons are geared toward beginners, but experienced tarot users will find some useful ideas and techniques as well.
  • Rider-Waite Tarot Deck History
    Learn the history of the famous Rider-Waite Tarot Deck, from US Games Systems, publisher of numerous tarot decks.
  • Tarot Card Games
    Information about games that can be played with Tarot decks.
  • The Complete Beginner's Guide To Tarot
    How to use Tarot cards to connect to your higher self and receive information and guidance from the cards.
  • Wikipedia Tarot
    An article about the history of Tarot and Tarot cards, from the free online encyclopedia.

See also: Other Specialty Decks

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Last Update: April 3rd, 2014