Minor Arcana

Image of 4 of Wands Tarot Card in womans hand

Date: 28.01.23 Author: Rose Smith

4 of Wands – Hello Happiness & Joy

The Four of Wands Tarot Card is a Minor Arcana card in the tarot deck. A minor card represents normal everyday life and when reversed, can symbolize those normal human challenges that we all must face at some point.

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Woman holding a card with 3 swords piercing a heart

Date: 11.01.23 Author: Rose Smith

3 Swords – Short Term Pain but Long Term Gain?

The 3 of Swords is a minor arcana card in the tarot deck. When the three of swords appears in your tarot reading, you are being called to feel all your emotions so that you can move on fresh and clean.

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Image of Reaching out for success and attainment.

Date: 05.09.17 Author: Rose Smith

7 of Cups – Reaching out for Success

The 7 of Cups is reminding you to get out of your cruising zone… and start change. You have reached a time in your life where you need to make changes to find happiness and fulfillment. Remember to stay grounded in your decisions to avoid illusion.

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Woman weeping holding a purple blanket representing 9 of swords tarot card

Date: 01.03.23 Author: Rose Smith

9 of Swords – An End to Suffering

You may have invested a lot of time and sacrifice in to a certain situation, however despite your efforts, accept that it’s not working the way you want. You may have to cut your losses and move on. To begin the healing process, talk to someone to help relieve the burden.

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A happy woman celebrates her success

Date: 14.03.23 Author: Rose Smith

10 of Pentacles – Whoo Hoo Party!

Feeling drawn to this card? Well lucky you as very soon you start reaping the rewards for all your hard work. Your relationships and career are looking more solid and promising. There are more rewards to come!

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image of a bat and crown representing the Ace of Wands

Date: 24.03.23 Author: Rose Smith

Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands tarot card is a timely reminder to listen to your instincts and if it feels right, you should act now. You can develop and grow your ideas as you go along. If you feel drawn to this card, an exciting opportunity might be heading your way.

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A woman works hard to find a path through financial difficulties.

Date: 03.01.23 Author: Rose Smith

4 of Pentacles – There’s a Way Through for You!

Feeling drawn to the Four of Pentacles? If you have been worrying about your finances, now is the time to relax a little. You will be rewarded for your hard work. Remember to take time out to appreciate your relationships too.

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Page of Swords Tarot Card

Date: 05.12.16 Author: Rose Smith

Page of Swords – News of New Ideas

If you feel drawn to the Page of Swords tarot card, it suggests that you are a great communicator. You are a quick thinker with lots of ideas and plans running around in your mind. People are attracted to you because they like your honesty.

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Female knight holding pentacles sitting on a lion

Date: 08.03.23 Author: Rose Smith

Knight of Pentacles – Being Honourable & Reliable

Knight of Pentacles suggests there’s a need for a tad of caution with money or possessions. Be structured, organised & watch for overspending temptations. Being loyal, protective & realistic is the best course of action now. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Image of Woman with a bat with pyramid behind her

Date: 28.02.23 Author: Rose Smith

Unleash Your Creative Potential with Page of Wands

The Page of Wands Tarot has been drawn this week and shows you have lots of ideas to achieve your goals. Don’t spend a lot of money or jump in boots and all just yet. Allow your creativity to emerge and write it down. All will come clear in time.

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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.

Numbered Cards

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.