“All of the words and artwork are positive and beautiful, while still retaining the magical effectiveness of traditional Tarot. Rich with symbolism and imagery – including angels, archangels, unicorns, fairies,dragons and mermaids – the Angel Tarot Cards will provide you with inspiring guidance on your life journey!”
– Doreen Virtue
Major & Minor Arcana
Tarot was originally two sets of cards, the Major & Minor Arcana.
The two sets were later combined into the now-traditional 78 cards.
The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards describing major life events and turning points in our lives. These cards also represent the different stages from childhood to old age. Each is numbered, as is traditional in Tarot, and features an Archangel who is associated with the cards message. The element of Spirit is represented by Archangels in the Major Arcana.
The Minor Arcana represents more ordinary day-to-day life events and is divided into four suits or elements: Fire, Water, Air & Earth. The elements are represented in the Angel Tarot Deck as; Fire- Dragons, Water- Mermaids/Mermen, Air- Unicorns, Earth- Fairies. The Minor Arcana cards are numbered I (Ace) through 10, plus the court cards — a Page (card 11), a Knight (card 12), a Queen (card 13), and a King (card 14) for each suit.
The Suit of Fire (Red) represents our ideas and inspirations. It’s where we feel passion, display amazing creativity, and set our dreams into motion. The fire element reflects our career, art, adventure, risk-taking, and self-development. Fire can also represent any of your passions. Dragons are the symbol for the Suit of Fire, because of their fiery nature and their iconic place in our imaginations.
In a traditional Tarot deck Fire is represented as the Wand set and in the Angel Tarot deck, the element of Fire is represented by Dragons, the cards are labeled as “Six of Fire”, “Seven of Fire” and so forth. Picture the “fire” breathing image of a Dragon as well as the Chinese Astrology depiction of the Dragon behavior. Fire is action oriented.
The Suit of Water (Turquoise) represents the depth of our emotions. It’s where we fall in love, nurture our children, and open our hearts to deep feelings. The water cards represent love, romance, relationships, family, dreams, and desires. The suit of water also represents the depths of our intuitive and psychic gifts. The beautiful and watery realm of Mermaids and Mermen represent the Suit of Water, because of these creatures’ ability to plunge deep into the hidden worlds of the emotions and the unconscious.
Water is represented by using Mermaids as the star of this part within the set. In a traditional Tarot it would be known as “Cups”, here its been changed to “Water”: “Seven of Water”, “Eight of Water” etc. The visions of the Mermaids in blue sparkling water associate with emotions, feeling and needs. The Mermaids dive into the depths of water or in this case assists us with getting to the core of an issue internally in order to manifest our desires.
The Suit of Air (Blue) represents our intellect. It’s where we make decisions, analyze situations, and give voice to our thoughts. The suit of air represents justice, truth, ideals, the legal system, communication and other intellectual areas. As fear and worry generally live in the mind, the suit of air can also involve struggles and concerns in our lives. To represent the Suit of Air, Unicorns were chosen because of their tranquil essence and symbolize peaceful thoughts.
As for the Sword set in a traditional Tarot which would be the element of ‘Air’, in Angel Tarot it is represented by Unicorns. “Five of Air”, “Six of Air” etc. Imagine a Unicorns horn as a symbol of the Sword. Unicorns are airy and whimsical just like the element of Air which also represents thought and mental processes.
Material world, objects, issues
The Suit of Earth (Green) represents the material world, in which we deal with making a living, caring for our bodies, and looking after mother earth. Aspects of our lives represented by this suit include money, work, home, security, health, resources, education, society, and the environment. For the Earth Suit, the realm of Fairies were chosen because of their magical manifesting abilities and their close connection to our planet, Earth.
The Pentacles reside in the Earth element in a traditional Tarot, but in the Angel Tarot deck the images are of Fairies in garden like atmospheres, “Three of Earth”, “Four of Earth”. etc. Fairies are outside in nature and assist us with concrete needs such as finances, home and sometimes obtaining love.
“5th Element ~ Quinta Essentia”
The Major Arcana (Purple) represents the different stages from childhood to old age. Each is numbered, as is traditional in Tarot, and features an Archangel who is associated with the cards message. The element of Spirit is represented by Archangels in the Major Arcana.
Major Arcana ~ Archangel
Justice – Archangel Raguel
The Sun – Archangel Uriel
The Hermit – Archangel Raziel
The Wheel – Archangel Michael
The Chariot – Archangel Metatron
Life Experience – Archangel Chamuel
Strength – Archangel Azrael
The Dreamer – Archangel Metatron
Unity – Archangel Sandalphon
Renewal – Archangel Jeremial
Awakening – Archangel Gabriel
The Lovers – Archangel Raphael
The World – Archangel Michael
The Star – Archangel Jophiel
Balance – Archangel Zadkiel
Ego – Archangel Jophiel
The High Priestess – Archangel Haniel
The Magician – Archangel Raziel
The Empress – Archangel Gabriel
The Emperor – Archangel Michael
Release – Archangel Azrael
Astrological List of the Major Arcana
Major Arcana ~ Sun Sign/Planet
The Dreamer – Uranus
The Magician – Mercury
The High Priestess – Moon
The Empress – Venus
The Emperor – Aries
Unity – Taurus
Lovers – Gemini
Chariot – Cancer
Justice – Libra
Hermit – Virgo
The Wheel – Jupiter
Strength – Leo
Awakening – Neptune
Release – Scorpio
Balance – Sagittarius
Ego – Capricorn
Life Experience – Mars
[tarot & astrology + element information]
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