Philosophy cards are the improvised version of taro cards. Tarot cards are a way of discovering life path with the help of self-discovery and by looking into the reality of nature. On the other hand, the philosophy cards are based upon existentialism and they allow us to create our own meaning. If you look at the traditional tarot cards, then you will know that each card has a different interpretation depending upon its placement in the layout. Also, the placement of the card and its interaction with the other cards gives interpretations. Each tarot card deck, consists of 78 cards in total. 22 of them are major arcana cards, 40 of them are minor arcana cards and then there are 16 other cards which are called court cards.

Existential Tarot

The difference between the philosophical cards and the tarot cards is that the tarot cards interpret the symbolism and relation of a single card with other cards however, the philosophical cards focus upon on the interpretation of the freedom, nature and existentialism. Responsibility with respect to human freedom is also focused upon in the philosophical cards.

Usually people believe that since they don’t have any prior knowledge of philosophy, they won’t be able to get the interpretations of the card, but this is not true. The philosophical cards are very helpful in helping your learn philosophy. The deck of cards, come with a guide which tells you all about the individual cards. With the help of these cards, the individuals are able to get an insight of themselves and are also able to learn different interpretations of a single card.

All the cards are a tremendous projection of art, all the cards included in the deck are hand drawn by the visual artist Tom McCloskey, he draws the original art on the Stonehenge paper with coffee and other materials and then later on they are printed in the form of cards.

If you compare the traditional tarot cards with the philosophy cards then you will see a huge difference because all the 22 major arcana cards are replaced by philosophical cards known as “world”. The representation of the existential relationship is shown in these cards.

The rest of the four suits are also representatives of our daily life experiences. The four suits consist of Will, Emotion, Reason and Action. If you look at the back of the cards, then you will notice the abstraction of Greek symbols relating to philosophy. People usually run away from philosophy and some of them even find philosophy very boring, reading about different philosophers and what they have to say can be very frustrating for people as they may not get the message or they may completely oppose the philosopher. However, the philosophy cards are a very fun way of learning philosophy and exploring the existential relationship. The human freedom can be understood with the help of philosophy cards.

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