In the First Age, the Sidereal Tarot was used as a tool for fortunetelling by Sidereal Exalted and mortal seer alike. After the Usurpation, the representative images and solar iconography of the Sidereal Tarot ran afoul of the Immaculate Philosophy, leading to the development of the lesser Dragon Tarot.
The Sidereal Tarot is split into two parts, the major and minor arcana. The minor arcana number 70 cards, divided into 5 suits of 14 cards each. The major arcana number 25 cards, divided into five houses.
The Minor Arcana of the Sidereal Tarot are divided into five suits: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Wood. Each is numbered from 1 to 10, followed by the Soldier, the Vizier, the Queen, and the King. The 1 is commonly referred to as the "Ace." The Royalty cards are each represented by a depiction of the associated Caste of Exalt; the number cards are each represented by colored circles with a notch representing the element's geographic direction. Thus, the Three of Air has three blue circles with a northward-pointing notch.
The Royalty of each suit represented the castes of the Exalted, the four levels of Royalty representing the Dragon-Blooded, the Sidereals, the Lunars, and the Solars, respectively; each Royalty card represents a single Caste of Exalts. The elemental associations are as follows:
|Queen||No Moon||Half Moon||Full Moon||Waning Moon||Waxing Moon|
The Major Arcana of the Sidereal Tarot correspond to the 25 constellations, divided into five Houses:
|House of Journeys||House of Leisure||House of War||House of Secrets||House of Endings|
|The Captain||The Ewer||The Banner||The Guardians||The Corpse|
|The Gull||The Lovers||The Gauntlet||The Key||The Crow|
|The Mast||The Musician||The Quiver||The Mask||The Haywain|
|The Messenger||The Peacock||The Shield||The Sorcerer||The Rising Smoke|
|The Ship's Wheel||The Pillar||The Spear||The Treasure Trove||The Sword|
After the Usurpation, the Sidereal Tarot was no longer considered appropriate by the Immaculate Order. As a result, it was modified to eliminate the Major Arcana, and to alter the nature of the Royalty cards. In this new version of the Tarot, the King was dropped, and the remaining Royalty were changed to the Peasant, the Soldier, and the Monk, represented by a farming tool, a weapon, and the Immaculate mon, respectively. In newer sets, the Ace of each suit is typically represented by a stylized representation of an Elemental Dragon, leading to the Ace card being sometimes referred to as the "Dragon" and the set as a whole being called the "Dragon Tarot."
|Peasant||Windmill||Spade||Torch||Pump||Stalk of Wheat|
|Monk||Air mon||Earth mon||Fire mon||Water mon||Wood mon|
|Aces||Air Ace||Earth Ace||Fire Ace||Water Ace||Wood Ace|