What Are Tarot Cards?
Tarot cards help us see things that we are overlooking or can't seem to understand.
Just like a playing card deck, these cards have four suits (Swords, Pentacles, Cups, and Wands) as well as a court card system. However, in the tarot deck, the "Jack" card is gendered, which gives each suit a family of four as opposed to three (King, Queen, Page, and Knight).
There are two important sections in the tarot deck: the Major and Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana are cards that discuss "major" (or more significant) life moments—such as revelations, spiritual moments, life lessons, or extreme tribulation.
The Minor Arcana cards represent more in-the-moment feelings or emotions—such as anger, passion, jealousy, or happiness.
How Many Cards in a Tarot Deck?
There are 78 cards in the tarot deck.
5 Fast Ways to Learn Tarot
Intense self-study is one way to learn. But there are a number of methods you can use to learn the fastest way possible.
1) Read intensely. Study as much as you can.
2) Journal what you see and feel. When first meeting a tarot card, try to write out the imagery you're seeing and how the card makes you feel. It will help you gather associations for readings later on.
3) Take a tarot course. I offer a really great online tarot course that starts wherever your skills are at.
4) Get a reading from a professional. Seeing how professionals read is a helpful way to recognize different meanings in cards and attempt to create your own method.
5) Read for everyone. This is obviously when you're comfortable. Family, friends, strangers at the park... Everyone is fair game and you learn from every read!