Tarot decks used for occult purposes usually
have 78 cards: the Major Arcana of twenty-two plus the Minor Arcana, four suits of fourteen cards each. In the last few years, though, some otherwise traditional decks have been printed with 79
cards. The new inclusion is to the Major Arcana: number XXIII, the Happy Squirrel
. [more inside]
posted by daisyk
on Aug 27, 2012 -
Playing cards and tarot cards.
An amazing resource about cards with hundreds of scanned decks
, and an illustrated timeline
of cards through the ages. Cards started in China, but the link to the West was the gorgeous decks of the Marmeluks [Coral cache]
,which used 52 cards (though the suites were polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups), from there, they spread to Europe and evolved into the tarot and playing cards
. Through their history, cards remained art there are many beautiful decks
in the past, and 20th century artists like Dali and Hockney created their own decks [coral cache]
posted by blahblahblah
on Aug 24, 2006 -
You've seen Pomo tarot
, you've let the wisdom of spock guide you using the Star Trek Tarot
, and in an act of desperation, you even tried getting down with the Vampire
deck. Still haven't found the deck that's right for you?
Maybe it's time you tried the 80s tarot deck
. (And before you ruin the surprise, try to guess which Major Arcana they pegged Morrisey for...)
posted by Pinwheel
on Jun 4, 2003 -
"Dear policeman, I am God"
found inscribed on a Tarot card. This latest clue in the Maryland sniper case will no doubt be tested and thoroughly investigated, although it was reported that it could be the work of prankster. If you have read the interesting post below by stevis ("I am who I am") of a Florida man who was legally denied the right to call himself "God", doesn't it make you wonder if the human desire to personify or impersonate God is a manifestation of the desperation for control over others, but not for the better? God, after all, wants you to surrender your life to the almighty. Or (mental illnesses aside) is it much more complex than that?
posted by taratan
on Oct 9, 2002 -
Like tarot or astrology
in that it's a tool for introspection, only without the occult trappings. Kinda fun to play with, though. Or maybe not. (Warning: annoying The Weakest Link
posted by alumshubby
on Mar 5, 2002 -