The Difference Between Tarot Cards and Regular Playing Cards
If you aren't familiar with the Tarot, you may be surprised to find that a standard Tarot deck is so similar to a deck of regular playing cards that you could simply remove 25 of the Tarot cards and you will essentially have a deck of playing cards, including the Joker. Let me explain:
A standard deck of Tarot cards consists of 78 unique cards. These are divided up into 22 Major Arcana cards, sometimes referred to as "Trumps" and 56 Minor Arcana cards, which bear the closest resemblance to a standard deck of playing cards. The Minor Arcana is, in turn, divided up into the Number cards or "Pips" and the Court Cards.
Tarot Card with Equivalent Playing Card
The Fool = Joker
The other 21 Major Arcana cards don't have any Playing card counterparts.
Pentacles/Coins/Disks = Diamonds
Swords = Spades
Cups = Hearts
Wands = Clubs
Ace to 10 are the same in Tarot and Playing cards, just translate the suit as shown above.
In Tarot the Court cards are usually:
King, Queen, Knight, Page
In Playing cards we have:
King, Queen, Jack
There is some debate over whether the Jack in Playing cards corresponds more closely to the Knight or Page in Tarot.
To change a Tarot deck into a deck of Playing cards, you would remove all Major Arcana cards, keeping only The Fool if you require a Joker. You would also remove all four Knights or all four Pages (depending on whether you feel Jacks are better represented by Knights or Pages.)
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