THE STRUCTURE OF THE TAROT DECK
After having considered the History of the Tarot, what can we say about the structure of the Tarot decks? Based on the history, we have already some important indications :
As a conclusion, the trumps are ordered, their number serves only to facilitate game playing; the court cards have a hierarchy and the pip cards are numbered.
In the next section, we will have a close look at the structure of the Tarot cards. First, we will have a look at the Trump cards. We will see how the original structure, maybe developed in Ferrara, looked like. We will see the cosmetic difference in structure of the extended Visconti Sforza deck, and finally, we will see how this structure changed to what we know nowadays as the Tarot of Marseille. For the suit cards, we will have three subchapters. The first is about the structure of the suit symbols, the second is about the court cards, and the last is about the numbered pip cards.