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|Front and back of the Blank Tarot Card from Persona 2: Innocent Sin|
Tarot Cards are the individual cards of the Tarot Deck, a type of playing card deck occasionally used for divination and standard games. A standard Tarot deck will consist of seventy-eight cards: twenty-two which are uniquely numbered and illustrated with Roman numerals, called the Major Arcana, plus fifty-six cards separated in four suits (Coins, Cups, Wands, and Swords) and numbered from One to Ten, with the additional cards of Page, Knight, Queen and King for each suit, called the Minor Arcana.
The Tarot is a powerful thematic element of the Persona series, as it is used to help define a person in various ways, revealing what it is what they truly are under the everyday masks that culminate in the formation of a Persona. The Tarot cards and the concept of Persona are important elements in Jungian imagery and psychotherapy, which are the basis for the series.
Tarot cards were used as obtainable items required for Persona summoning in Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, and were used as plot devices in Persona 3 and Persona 4. In the last two, only the Major Arcana of the Tarot were used, although the Minor Arcana were used in Persona 3 and Persona 4 Golden for Shuffle Time and as Incense (stat-boosting items) in Persona 3.
The Major Arcana are as follows:
- Arcana 0: The Fool
- Arcana 1: The Magician
- Arcana 2: The High Priestess
- Arcana 3: The Empress
- Arcana 4: The Emperor
- Arcana 5: The Hierophant
- Arcana 6: The Lovers
- Arcana 7: The Chariot
- Arcana 8: Justice
- Arcana 9: The Hermit
- Arcana 10: Fortune
- Arcana 11: Strength
- Arcana 12: The Hanged Man
- Arcana 13: Death
- Arcana 14: Temperance
- Arcana 15: The Devil
- Arcana 16: The Tower
- Arcana 17: The Star
- Arcana 18: The Moon
- Arcana 19: The Sun
- Arcana 20: Judgement
- Arcana 21: The World
The order of the eighth and eleventh arcanas are interchangeable due to the influence of decks in Tarot, as they reversed the original order of the two so their divination method would fit better with several astrology compendiums.
The Minor Arcana are as follows:
In the Persona 2 duology, the player could obtain Blank Cards, which are used in the Velvet Room by asking the Demon Painter to transform them into Tarot Cards of any Arcana, except Fool and the four Minor Arcana.
|0. Fool Arcana - I. Magician Arcana - II. Priestess Arcana - III. Empress Arcana - IV. Emperor Arcana - V. Hierophant Arcana - VI. Lovers Arcana - VII. Chariot Arcana - VIII. Strength Arcana/Justice Arcana - IX. Hermit Arcana - X. Fortune Arcana - XI. Justice Arcana/Strength Arcana - XI(T). Hunger Arcana - XII. Hanged Man Arcana - XIII. Death Arcana - XIV. Temperance Arcana - XV. Devil Arcana - XVI. Tower Arcana - XVII. Star Arcana - XVIII. Moon Arcana - XIX. Sun Arcana - XX. Judgement Arcana - XX(T). Aeon Arcana - XXI. World Arcana - XXI(T). Universe Arcana|
|Suit of Coins - Suit of Cups - Suit of Swords - Suit of Wands|
|I. Arcana Magician - II. Arcana Priestess - III. Arcana Empress - IV. Arcana Emperor - V. Arcana Hierophant - VI. Arcana Lovers - VII. Arcana Chariot - VIII. Arcana Justice - IX. Arcana Hermit - X. Arcana Fortune - XI. Arcana Strength - XII. Arcana Hanged Man - XIII. Death|