Soraya’s Book of Tarot
The Ordinary Playing Cards
The Tarot consists of seventy-eight cards, twenty-two Major cards, and fifty-six Minor cards. The major cards relate to life experiences brought about by the influence of Destiny, in other words the Cause.
The minor cards are the Effects that these major changes have on your life. The twenty-two major cards tell the story of our life cycles, birth, life, death, rebirth, and each one shows the influences that are brought into our life by their appearance.
The fifty-six minor cards are made up of four suits, each suit containing a King, a Queen, a Knight, and a Page, followed by ten cards numbered one to ten. The Four suits are commonly referred to as Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords.
When it became dangerous to be found with Tarot cards, due to threat of imprisonment and or death, the scholars of the Tarot concealed the four Knights and the twenty-two Major Arcana leaving fifty-two cards of four suits. Each of the remaining suits then contained a King, a Queen, and a Page, commonly known as the Jack, and ten cards numbered one to ten.
These suits were then identified as the ordinary playing cards which we know today, Clubs (Swords), Hearts (Cups), Diamonds (Pentacles), and Spades (Wands). This of course shows how it is possible to read ordinary playing cards but, not truly accurately because the Major cards which show the changes Caused by Destiny are missing and only the Effects can be shown, therefore only part of the story can be told…
Choosing Your Cards
Today there are more sets of Cards available than ever before and if you are familiar with Tarot, you will be guided by the style, design, the artist, or perhaps even the price. If however, you are choosing your first set of Tarot it is extremely important that you choose a set of cards that are illustrated throughout the entire deck……
I must emphasise at this point that it will not be enough for you to simply buy a pack of cards, lay them out, and then look to the book to find out your answers, not even this book. This book will help you to get started and to ensure that you know about connecting in the proper manner to a higher authority.
When you get your first pack of cards, whether they have been handed down to you, been given to you as a gift, or you have purchased them yourself, it is important to remember that they do not as yet respond to your energies or vibrations. In fact you can assume that they contain, especially if they are new, many different energies or vibrations, positive and negative.
At this stage, the cards and you are strangers to each other…