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Date: 08.03.23 Author: Rose Smith
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Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meanings
The cards of the Minor Arcana make up one of the two main groups of a tarot deck, the other being the Major Arcana. Together these groups make up the 78 cards of the Tarot. Also the Major Arcana cards consist of 22 cards symbolising archetypal and major life event symbols and themes. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards relating to normal day-to-day life. They often show what’s happening in your daily life and normal routine. The Minor Arcana are for present situations and do not really represent long-term events. This group is divided into the four card suits – Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles just like a standard deck of playing cards.
Also, each suit contains ten numbered cards and four court cards which are the Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The psychic skill of the tarot reader is also a major factor in interpreting the spiritual messages that come through. Some readers will read reversed cards (upside down) in the tarot spread whilst other readers focus on upright ones.
In spite of the differences between tarot readers, for thousands of years tarot readings have symbolised different human experiences whilst giving guidance to the seeker.
Symbolism of the Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meanings
The Four Suits of the Minor Arcana
Whilst different tarot readers may list these groups in different order, if we use astrology as a guideline (there are many correlations between Tarot and Astrology), we will come up with the list below. All four different Suits are as equally valid and necessary as each other:
Suit of Wands – Fire
The Suit of Wands is associated with the element of Fire and represents ambition, creativity, and passion. This group indicates the ability to manifest ideas and projects into action. Wands cards indicate the fire of Spirit and the Wholly Spirit working it’s way through our lives in creative manifestation. The Ace of Wands is an example of a new creative project soon beginning.
Suit of Pentacles – Earth
The Suit of Pentacles relates to the element of Earth and indicates material possessions including housing, work, finances, and practicality. Pentacle cards are all about the fruits of your labour and financial gain. They are closed related to the physical world. Some readers believe Pentacles may suggest the physical body as they relate to the physical realm. The Ace of Pentacles is an example of a new physical beginning.
Suit of Swords – Air
The Suit of Swords is associated with the element of Air and represents the intellect, mental clarity, and decision-making. In some decks, this group is known as ‘Knives’. It speaks to the power of the mind and the ability to cut through illusions and confusion. Just like King Arthur wielding his sword Excalibur, logical analysis give us the ability to dissect, reflect and analyse. In contrast, Swords cards often are regarded by some readers as the least favourable group. However, it really depends on the subject matter. As in all things, balance is key. The Six of Swords is an example.
Suit of Cups – Water
Finally, the Suit of Cups is associated with the element of Water and points to emotions, feelings, and intuition. Cups cards represent the capacity for compassion, understanding and other feelings. They are particularly useful in providing messages in matters of the heart such as relationships. In the tradition of alchemy, emotions need containers to hold them so they can be transformed into something more valuable. Many people in western societies have been socialised or ‘programmed’ not to show their true feelings. When women show their feelings, they are sometimes accused of being ‘overly emotional’ or ‘hysterical’ even in appropriate emotional circumstances. Blocking one’s true feelings is unhealthy and often results in emotional displays which can easily get out of control. In the long term, this causes physical problems including illness. The Queen of Cups is an example of well balanced emotion.
The Court Cards
These are Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages (sometimes called Knaves). In tarot decks they are divided into the four suits: Wands, Pentacles, Swords and Cups.
Each category represents a different aspect of human nature and personality, and every card offers its unique interpretation. These cards are connected to Royalty because when tarot reading became more widespread in 15th century Italy, the social structure was heavily based on a hierarchical system. There was always a King or Queen at the top of society. At that time, people had a great fascination with the aristocracy and the royal court so Tarot designers incorporated this fascination into the cards. Tarot card reading actually derives from the practice of drawing lots using the principle of randomisation which had been around for thousands of years. But in medieval Italy, tarot was developed into a card game with widespread use and was known as “tarocchi”.
Additionally, these cards indicate different personality types and characters, and the qualities typically associated with royalty. Qualities including power, authority, and influence can be useful in illustrating these archetypes.
Furthermore, in modern Tarot interpretations, the Court Cards can also suggest different aspects of ourselves or people in our lives. The association with royalty may be interpreted more broadly as representing individuals who hold authority, power, or influence in different domains of life. These energies are also within every person either incorporated into the main personality or hidden deep within the subconscious.
In the four groups of the Minor Arcana, the cards are ordered 1-10. 1 is the beginning of a new cycle and 10 is the end of the cycle. It’s worth noting that the 10 holds the promise of a new beginning as it contains the numbers 0 and 1. In Numerology, the 0 symbolises a time of waiting where one needs to be patient and the 1 indicates a new cycle is about to commence.
Overall, the symbolism of the Minor Arcana and the Major Arcana provide insight into human characteristics and emotions. Guidance and options are offered various situations. Above all, good Tarot Readers can provide in-depth advice and alternatives for any life issue and accurate predictions for the future. Tarot readings also present a way that budding tarot readers can learn more about spirituality and life’s journey.