Your Tarot Deck: The Minor Arcana

While the Major Arcana cards represent the stages in one’s life journey, the Minor Arcana cards, more often than not, refer to things pertaining to day-to-day life, for example: a specific situation or event. As previously mentioned, the Minor Arcana cards are split into four suits (Cups, Pentacles, Wands, and Swords). Each suit is comprised of ten numbered cards (Ace through Ten) and four court cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King).

Let’s discuss a little bit about the basic meanings of each suit.

Suit of Cups

The element associated with this suit is Water. As such, cups cards are tied to things like emotions, feelings, relationships, and creativity. Overall, this suit represents aspects of the emotional self.

Suit of Pentacles

The element associated with this suit is Earth. As such, pentacles cards are tied to physical/material things, for example: your physical health, finances (i.e. money), possessions, careers, and the physical world in general. Overall, this suit represents aspects of the physical self.

Suit of Wands

The element associated with this suit is Fire. As such, wands cards are tied to things like inspiration, spirituality, ideas and the flow of energy. Overall, this suit represents aspects of the spiritual self.

Suit of Swords

The element associated with this suit is Air. As such, swords cards are tied to things like power, rationality, intellect, and one’s thoughts. Overall, this suit represents aspects of the mental self.

Numerology and the Minor Arcana 

Ace (One) through Ten 

Aces
Represent new beginnings. Tied to the Magician.

Twos
Represent partnerships, or a decision that needs to be made. Tied to the High Priestess.

Threes
Represent creation, growth, and development. Tied to the Empress.

Fours
Represent foundation and stability. Tied to the Emperor.

Fives
Represent conflict, change, and instability. Tied to the Hierophant.

Sixes
Represent harmony, balance, and growth. Tied to the Lovers.

Sevens
Represent attainment, understanding, and trusting yourself. Tied to the Chariot.

Eights
Represent mastery/power, fast movement, and action. Tied to Strength.

Nines
Represent fruition, fulfillment, and achieving one’s goals. Tied to the Hermit.

Tens
Represent the completion of a cycle and beginning a new chapter. Tied to the Wheel of Fortune.

The Minor Arcana: The Court Cards

Pages
Represent new opportunity.

Knights
Represent someone who is action-oriented; a journey that has already begun.

Queens
Represent someone who leads from a place of inner power. The embodiment of feminine energy.

Kings
Represent someone who leads from a place of outer power. The embodiment of masculine energy.


Stay tuned next week for a bonus post:
The Shadow Side of the Major Arcana

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