A standard tarot deck contains 78 cards, which are divided into two sections: Major Arcana - "the great secret", containing cards about big life lessons and destiny; and Minor Arcana - "the small secret", containing cards about everyday feelings, thoughts, actions and behaviours.
There are 22 Major Arcana cards (numbered from 0 to 21) and 56 Minor Arcana cards, which are divided into suits like regular playing cards - which is not a surprise, given that both tarot and playing cards share the same origins.
For more details, check out:
Cheat sheet 1 - how to read Minor Arcana pip (number) cards?
|9 Coins or Pentacles, a Minor Arcana pip card from Paulina Tarot.|
Cheat sheet 2 - how to read Minor Arcana court ("royal family") cards?
|Queen of Wands, a Minor Arcana court card, Witches Tarot.|
Cheat Sheet 3 - How to read Major Arcana cards?
|Tower, a Major Arcana card, Marseilles Tarot.|