This is where I will discuss and use The Tarot DNA System, the design, nuances and attributes or correspondences of the cards, to compare and contrast different decks, and, or the same card, from different decks, for the unique Tarot DNA they illustrate.


*This is the first strand of the Tarot DNA double - helix.  A pair of parallel helices intertwined about a common axis, especially that seen in the structure of the human DNA molecule.   If you are not sure what this refers to please read the home page for an explanation.


*The second strand of the Tarot DNA double - helix will be discussed on the Hermetic Kabbalah page, for those who are interested in Taking Tarot Deeper, with Tarot DNA.   If you are not sure what this refers to please read the home page for an explanation.


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This is the where we explore the D (DESIGN) of the card, the colours first, and then the symbolism. 

This is something every tarot reader can do,  even if this is your first tarot deck, it will help enormously. 

You do not need to be a design guru as there are colour wheels and charts on this page for you to use.  


This way of looking at the individual cards is a great way to really see the images in a new deck and to pick up details that you may not have seen before, I know, I am guilty of looking at times and not seeing. Maybe you have done that too?  Over the years I have experienced with tarot cards certain images, or colours seem to take on a significance in particular reading. that may not have occurred before, that is not uncommon, it is what you need to see and interpret for the reading at that time and place for that client.


I will explain some colour theory with the wheels and chart to help with this as well. As tarot cards are printed, the colours we see have been created by the printing process, the colours are not exactly same as those in a colour wheel for an artist who paints, which is the three Primary colours of  Red, Yellow and Blue. The other colour system is Red, Green and Blue, and is the Colour Model that uses bands of light for television, computer monitors, document scanners and digital cameras. 


However, the system we need to know for our tarot cards and is one most of us are familiar with if you have a colour printer at home. The colours or more accurately the pigments of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are the ink cartridge colours; the reason that the pigment Black has the letter K its last letter in the name, is because it is the only letter not taken by any other colour, and the colour Blue has the letter B already.  So these same colours are used in the printing CMYK pigment chart, and the process is called 'Four-Colour Process Printing', it is commonly called Full Colour Printing.  The chart below can then be used for every single tarot card printed in any deck as they go through the same process even a black and white deck like the Spirit Keepers Tarot by Benebell Wen.



It is a way to connect with the cards and see how all the elements can give you a deeper, layer upon layer meaning of the cards. I will be putting up a  basic table template for the design aspect covering colour and symbols.  For an example to show this method, I will use the High Priestess image from the Tarot Illuminati by Erik C Dunne, who kindly gave me permission to use both his decks to illustrate items on this website and my Facebook page. Thank You, Erik, with Appreciation and Gratitude.


Then I will travel The Fool's Journey, with each major arcana from several decks to compare and contrast the Tarot DNA of each major. I will use the original RWS deck in all of them and pick other decks to show both similarities and differences.

A basic colour wheel 


A basic colour chart with attributes


This is a very basic template; an example of what can be done within this system.


The basic version still has the search facility, but as the table becomes the expanded version set to cover the Major Arcana, the Court Cards, and the Minor Arcana, this feature will become invaluable as a learning tool for comparison and contrasting decks, cards and symbols. The expanded version will be for certain levels of membership for the sheer time it takes to do this expanded version;  every category template will have each specific sub-colour underneath the main colour group, and therefore split into colour categories. however, this basic version will be a great starting point.



The number of symbols recorded for each card can be either as few or as many as you like. For beginners pick 1-3 to get to know and understand them. For intermediate and advanced, readers may wish to only more symbols, but add the extra categories, that will be added after the basic website is set up, and will cover; Egyptian Mythology, Greek Mythology, and Jungian Archetypes. There will also be an added pages for Tarot History, Decks, and Books with links where possible.


Then add as you wish or choose a symbol that is hard for you to interpret and use the table to help you overcome difficulties with specific symbols. Add this as part of your journal.


The tarot card column can follow in categories, for the Major arcana, the Minor Arcana and the Court cards.


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