The divinatory meanings of the cards commonly used today are derived mostly from cartomancer Jean-Baptiste Alliette (also known as Etteilla) and Mlle Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1776-1843). The belief in the divinatory meaning of the cards is closely associated with a belief in their occult, divine, and mystical properties: a belief constructed in the 18th century by prominent Protestant clerics and freemasons.
Tarot decks can have the entire seventy-eight cards consisting of fourteen cards per suit plus the twenty-two trumps or consist of only the twenty-two trump cards. Traditionally the trumps and suits were part of a trump style game with many historical and national variations. It was Ellic Howe, writing under the name Ély Star who came up with the terms ‘major arcana’ and ‘minor arcana’. In modern times suit cards are Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands. Trumps are cards like the Fool, The Magician, et al.
A psychic in the Celtic tradition, she learned palmistry and tarot from family members and further developed her practice during her years of study in the spiritual communities of California and New Orleans. In addition to the fascinating local culture, she enjoys life among the ghosts and spirits who also call New Orleans home. PROFILE