Using Deck Structure and Statistics in a Tarot Reading

IMG_4090Here’s a tip from the Tarot Toolkit course files: it can be helpful to keep track of how large a piece of the deck each sub-group represents!

At 22 cards, the Major Arcana makes up 28% of the overall deck.
56 Minors = 72% of the deck.
4 Aces = 5% of the deck.
36 Numbered Cards (cards 2-10 of each Suit) = 46% of the deck.
16 Court Cards = 21% of the deck.
Also, each Suit is comprised of 14 cards, so each Suit would account for 18% of the deck.

The point is that if you end up with way more or way less of a sub-group represented in a reading, as compared with the amounts that basic statistics tell you should be appearing, then this can be a flag for you that something unusual is up in the life of the querent with respect to the things that the sub-group in question symbolizes. Four cards in a five-card reading are Aces? That’s worth examining! No Numbered Cards at all show up in a 12-card spread? Also worth a bit of analysis! Some deviation from the pure statistical expectations is normal…but serious skewing can provide some very helpful avenues of investigation…

2 comments

    • Well, I would never recommend getting too crazed with the percentages, and I don’t keep my abacus at hand when performing readings or anything…;) I do think it can be really helpful, though, to just have some overall familiarity with the sizes of each sub-category of cards, and then you’ll know that if, say, seven cards out of a ten-card reading are drawn from the Courts, then something unusual is happening…

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