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
Represent new beginnings. Tied to the Magician.
Represent partnerships, or a decision that needs to be made. Tied to the High Priestess.
Represent creation, growth, and development. Tied to the Empress.
Represent foundation and stability. Tied to the Emperor.
Represent conflict, change, and instability. Tied to the Hierophant.
Represent harmony, balance, and growth. Tied to the Lovers.
Represent attainment, understanding, and trusting yourself. Tied to the Chariot.
Represent mastery/power, fast movement, and action. Tied to Strength.
Represent fruition, fulfillment, and achieving one’s goals. Tied to the Hermit.
Represent the completion of a cycle and beginning a new chapter. Tied to the Wheel of Fortune.
The Minor Arcana: The Court Cards
Represent new opportunity.
Represent someone who is action-oriented; a journey that has already begun.
Represent someone who leads from a place of inner power. The embodiment of feminine energy.
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