Why are Strength and Justice numbered different in different decks?

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Insightful Question:

Why are Strength and Justice numbered different in different decks?

Insightful Answer:

Why is Strength switched with Justice? This happened when A.E. Waite developed his own deck. He was certainly one to turn the heads in the tarot community and created alot of controversy and this particular switch was one of them. The reason I am sure were of personal views. Waite was a member of the Golden Dawn which was a secret order dealing with spirituality issues and ancient rituals. What led him to make changes in these cards was influenced by what he had learned within this group. The Order of the Golden Dawn also switched these two cards as well. This group had incredible knowledge of ancient writings, numerology, kabbalah, astrology, and rituals. This group may have held some secrets within the area of spirituality yet to be discovered by “us” the simple laymen. A.E. Waite may have made alot of waves but his deck has become one of the more popular decks and has been the forerunner of many decks out there today.

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