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Tarot (タロット Tarotto?) refers to a group of playing cards which were used in Europe from the mid-15th century onwards, for both games and divinatory purposes. Different variations have been created by certain people, including Aleister Crowley.

In Toaru Majutsu no Index, Tarot cards are used as the basis for certain forms of Magic, in particular that of Golden-style Magic.

PrinciplesEdit

A deck of Tarot cards consists of 78 cards divided into two categories, the Major Arcana of 22 trump cards and the Minor Arcana of 56 suit cards. Each of the 78 cards carries a certain set of potential meanings, symbolism and interpretations (and in some cases, misinterpretations), some of which differ between versions.

The meanings represented by the cards change depending on several factors, such as the type of spread being used, the positions of the cards in the spread, their positions in relation to another, and the orientation of the cards, either upright or reversed.

Using these factors, Tarot cards can be used for Magic in many different ways. For example, using a certain card after another can strengthen the useful symbols of the first card, or the troublesome ones, and a reversed card, though perhaps yielding troublesome symbols, could be used to take advantage of the affinities between the four elements.[1]

Major ArcanaEdit

The Major Arcana (大アルカナ?) is the first category of cards in a Tarot Deck, consisting of 22 trump cards numbered from 0 to 21. Each of the 22 Major Arcana is associated with one of the pathways connecting a sephira on the Tree of Sephirot.

In the standard Golden-style Tarot, the Major Arcana tells the story of the Son of God, from birth to execution and resurrection, in order to draw on a portion of his power. Connected to the 22 paths on the Sephirot tree, they are meant to acquire a technique of entering the realm of god with a human body, miracles which can be explained by Christianity.[2]

In the Thoth Tarot used by Aleister Crowley, the meaning behind the Major Arcana is different although based on the same tree. It instead starts at the birth of Christianity and follows it through to its destruction at Armageddon, and to the new Aeon arriving afterwards. In this version, the Hanged Man's meaning is different and Judgement is replaced with The Aeon. Instead of arriving at the realm of god, it is aimed at destroying the 'closed ceiling' of god's territory and bringing humanity to the next stage above it.[2]

Of the Major Arcana, only The Hanged Man (吊られた男(ハングドマン) Tsuraretaotoko (Hangudoman)?) has been seen used in Toaru Majutsu no Index as of yet, used by Leivinia Birdway. A combination of the Major Arcana from the Fool through to the World is apparently capable of greatly increasing the user's parameters temporarily, enabling them to execute supersonic movements.[3]

# Name Meanings Usage in Toaru Majutsu no Index
0 The Fool N/A
I The Magician N/A
II The High Priestess N/A
III The Empress N/A
IV The Emperor N/A
V The Hierophant N/A
VI The Lovers N/A
VII The Chariot N/A
VIII Justice N/A
IX The Hermit N/A
X Wheel of Fortune N/A
XI Strength N/A
XII The Hanged Man Sacrifice, Surrender, Suspense, Reversing Leivinia Birdway makes use of an intentionally misinterpretation of Aleister Crowley's version of the card, which symbolizes the death of the Son of God who represents an age. By misinterpreting it as a symbol of execution, she can make it compatible with things that pierce the body, such as bullets, allowing her to divert piercing damage dealt to her to the card instead.[4]
XIII Death N/A
XIV Temperance N/A
XV The Devil N/A
XVI The Tower N/A
XVII The Star N/A
XVIII The Moon N/A
XIX The Sun N/A
XX Judgement/The Aeon N/A
XX The World N/A

Minor ArcanaEdit

The Minor Arcana (小アルカナ?) is the second category of cards found in a Tarot deck, comprised of 56 cards divided in four suits; Cups, Swords, Wand and Coins. Each suit is comprised of 4 court cards; a King, a Queen, a Knight, and a Page, as well as number cards from Ace (1) to 10. The suits also have a specific element and colour associated with them. Rather than connecting directly to a sephira like the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana are used to produce symbolic weapons of their element.[5]

Suit Element Colour Meanings
Wands Fire Red Will, Intellect
Cups Water Blue Emotions, Spiritual
Swords Air Yellow Change, Flow
Coins Earth Green Material aspects

Golden-style organizations make use of the Minor Arcana cards which have been optimized to be used as symbolic weapons that activating a spell associated with their element. Though they share the same attribute, these symbolic weapons are not all equal. The ones with greater numbers aren't necessarily stronger than the ones with lesser numbers - the number changes the power that manifests, meaning each card activates a different spell.[5]

These cards are generally instead to be used in large-scale ceremonies rather than in battle. However by activating the cards reactively in order within an area, as though one were randomly flipping them up on a table, a "table" dyed in the attributes of a suit can be prepared for such a ceremony. With a chain of multiple cards complete, a Golden-style ceremony can be carried out to draw in Telesma and summon the power of an Archangel.[5]

With the use of the cards, the number cards indicate the type of phenomenon which is to occur, while the court cards indicate who or what the phenomenon is to occur to, and store the Telesma which has been gathered.[5]

Out of the suit cards, only the wind-aligned Sword cards have appeared in Toaru Majutsu no Index as of yet, used by Mark Space.[5] Aside from the cards themselves, Leivinia Birdway makes use of the aspects of the four suits with her symbolic weapon, a wooden wand capable of changing forms from a wand to a cup, sword and disc to use elemental magic corresponding to the respective suits.[6][7]

Suit of SwordsEdit

The Suit of Swords represents yellow, the wind, flow and change. It is symbolized by a yellow dagger (黄色の短剣 Kiiro no Tanken?).[8]

Name Meaning Usage in Toaru Majutsu no Index
Ace of Swords By making the card stab a distant object, Mark Space can instantly travel to it.[5]
Two of Swords Silence, interruption [5] Mark Space uses the card to split mind and body apart, causing his target to lose consciousness.[5]
Three of Swords The trigger of mayhem, sorrow that invites bad luck [5] Mark Space uses this card to make air become a giant sword which he uses to attack.[5]
Four of Swords Flight, banishment [5] Mark Space uses the card to allow him and everything he holds to disappear into thin air, in order to escape violence. The card floats in the air in the meantime and he reappears after evading the attack.[5]
Five of Swords Mark Space's Five of Swords produces a slicing wind attack.[5]
Six of Swords The chance to answer a difficult question [5] N/A
Seven of Swords N/A
Eight of Swords Hindrance, a wall, a weight [5]

Mark Space's Eight of Swords creates a wall of wind to protect against an attack. By quickly spinning it before the effect wears off, reversing the card's meaning, the power being scattered outward is transformed into an attacking sword.[5]

Nine of Swords N/A. During the battle on the Blue Research, the card fell from Mark's hand before its effects could be seen.[5]
Ten of Swords
  • Upright: Great tragedy, greatest among the Minor Arcana.[5]
  • Reversed: A strong heart fighting against unreasonable atrocities.[5]
The effects of Mark Space's card were not shown when he used it at the end of a chain combo to defeat Wyss Winered, utilizing the Telesma called in and stored in the court cards, though it might have been the key to activate the complete ceremony.[5]
Page of Swords

One of the suit's court cards, used to call in and store the Telesma summoned during ceremonies. While the number cards indicate the type of phenomenon to occur, the court cards determine who the phenomenon occurs to. When Mark Space made use of a full chain combo with the Sword number cards, dying the "table" yellow, the court cards contained Telesma equivalent to a portion of the corresponding Archangel's power, which was used to first defeat Wyss Winered, causing large damage to the Blue Research, then to save the ship by causing bubbles to explosively increase the volume of the water below it, forcibly lifting it to avoid a down wave.[5]

Knight of Swords

One of the suit's court cards, used to call in and store the Telesma summoned during ceremonies. While the number cards indicate the type of phenomenon to occur, the court cards determine who the phenomenon occurs to. When Mark Space made use of a full chain combo with the Sword number cards, dying the "table" yellow, the court cards contained Telesma equivalent to a portion of the corresponding Archangel's power, which was used to first defeat Wyss Winered, causing large damage to the Blue Research, then to save the ship by causing bubbles to explosively increase the volume of the water below it, forcibly lifting it to avoid a down wave.[5]

Queen of Swords

One of the suit's court cards, used to call in and store the Telesma summoned during ceremonies. While the number cards indicate the type of phenomenon to occur, the court cards determine who the phenomenon occurs to. When Mark Space made use of a full chain combo with the Sword number cards, dying the "table" yellow, the court cards contained Telesma equivalent to a portion of the corresponding Archangel's power, which was used to first defeat Wyss Winered, causing large damage to the Blue Research, then to save the ship by causing bubbles to explosively increase the volume of the water below it, forcibly lifting it to avoid a down wave.[5]

King of Swords

One of the suit's court cards, used to call in and store the Telesma summoned during ceremonies. While the number cards indicate the type of phenomenon to occur, the court cards determine who the phenomenon occurs to. When Mark Space made use of a full chain combo with the Sword number cards, dying the "table" yellow, the court cards contained Telesma equivalent to a portion of the corresponding Archangel's power, which was used to first defeat Wyss Winered, causing large damage to the Blue Research, then to save the ship by causing bubbles to explosively increase the volume of the water below it, forcibly lifting it to avoid a down wave.[5]

Other MentionsEdit

  • Aleister Crowley's AI, Reading Thoth 78's name is derived from the Thoth Tarot deck variation created by him, named after the Egyptian deity Thoth. 78 is the number of all the cards of the Tarot.

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