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Oct 23, 2010

The Minor Arcana's Structure Compared to Playing Cards

The Minor Arcana is similarly structured like playing cards.  Both sets have an Ace, King, Queen, and Jack/ Knight. One obvious difference is that the child of the King and Queen is called a "Knight" in Tarot, yet in a deck of playing cards he is referred to as the "Jack."  Another small dissimilarity is that Tarot has an extra player called a "Page."   A page refers to a young man in medieval times who was an apprentice to a knight.   However, both groups are deemed  to be "face cards" or "court cards." Also, they exclude the Aces from this term.  The court cards of the Tarot usually represent specific people in the life of the querent ( the person whose life is examined through the reading).  On many occasions they symbolize the stages of an event.  The Page shows the start of the new happening.  The Knight indicates the action of an occurance.  The Queen reveals the stability or persistence of an affair.  The King shows the completion of an event.  It is important to be certain that the card refers to either a person or event.


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