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A favorite of fortune-tellers and casual mystics alike, tarot cards have been used since the Middle Ages as a tool for divination, self-discovery, and introspection. A classic Rider-Waite inspired deck has 78 cards and comes with a booklet explaining the deeper meaning of each one. The more you work with your deck, the more familiar you'll become with its symbolism, but here's a brief introduction to what each card represents.
There are two main types of cards in a classic deck: The Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. Major Arcana cards are also known as Trump cards. Beginning with "The Fool" at zero, and ending on "The World" at 21, the Major Arcana represent the Fool's Journey as he learns lessons along his path. When pulled during a tarot reading, they represent an overarching theme and nudge us to think about the bigger picture, explains astrologist and tarotist Bess Matassa. Here's a brief rundown of each:
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