A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards: 22 trumps, or major arcana, and 56 suit cards, or minor arcana. The former represent archetypes encountered on the journey of life; the latter are analagous to our modern-day deck of cards, with an additional court (face) card. The Tarot is believed to have originated in mid-fifteenth-century Italy and was probably used to play a trick-taking game similar to bridge. Later, the cards became associated with the esoteric arts. Occultists such as Arthur Edward Waite developed their own decks with additional symbolism and correspondences (e.g. the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet). The Rider-Waite Tarot, with artwork by Pamela Colman Smith, is probably the most well-known and widely-used Tarot deck of the twentieth century.

 Visconti Tarot

The oldest Tarot cards in existence

 Modern Tarot

My collection of decks