Structure of the Tarot - Major & Minor Arcana
A Tarot deck is made up of 78 cards. These cards are seperated in two groups: there are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The word "arcana" is the plural of "arcanum" which means "deep, secret wisdom". Many Tarot decks feature extra cards and even extra suits, and the way I see it, this is yet another indication that Tarot has undergone - and is still undergoing - changes through its use by various readers, teachers and deck creators. I use the standard deck of Rider-Waite (78 cards, as described in this article) or decks of similar tradition. 

The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards. These all have Roman numerals (0 through XXI) and each has a name. They are also called "Trumps" and they are the most important cards in a Tarot deck. You can use them on their own, without using the Minor Arcana, but it doesn't work vice versa. The Major Arcana cards are illustrated with archetypical images like Mother, Father,  Devil, Death etc and their heavy symbolism connects them to universal energies and notions such as creativity, sacrifice, redemption etc. The sequence of Major Arcana cards, this royal path to wisdom,  is a symbolic journey of man's soul towards his divine consciousness. Thus its use for divination must be done in the most respectful way. 
 
The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards. There are four suits with an Ace through ten of each, plus four court cards per suit. The Minor Arcana cards are connected to more mundane issues of everyday life (for example: work, relations, family, disputes etc). 

When Major Arcana dominates in a spread, it is certain that the person is faced with major influences and energies in his life and extra caution is needed in order to go through this period of profound change successfully. A moajority of Trumps could also indicate that the issues troubling the person are of a more philosophical nature, concerning his worldviews and they are affecting the deepest aspects of his personality. 
    
 

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