What is major and Minor Arcana? The terms “Major” and “Minor Arcana” are used in the occult, and divinatory applications of the deck as in practising Esoteric Tarot and originate with Jean-Baptiste Pitois (1811–1877), writing under the name Paul Christian.
What is Minor Arcana used for? Used in a tarot card reading in conjunction with the Major Arcana, the cards of the Minor Arcana suggest subtleties and details and signify day-to-day insights.
Why is the Major Arcana important? Although all the cards carry a special meaning, the Major Arcana, in particular, represents universal human experiences, like challenging authority, falling in love, and even unexpected bad news.
How many minor Arcanas are there? The 56 cards of the minor arcana are divided into four suits of 14 cards each. The suits, which are comparable to those of modern playing cards, are as follows: wands, batons, or rods (clubs); cups (hearts); swords (spades); and coins, pentacles, or disks (diamonds).