Tarot 101….. Minor Arcana

So we have talked about the major arcana and their meanings what about the minor arcana, and how do they work in tarot…well the minor arcana are your suits depending on the deck some decks rename them but they have the same or similar meanings..there are 56 cards in this set of the deck.

The 56 Minor Arcana cards reflect the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis. Even though the Minor Arcana cards are called ‘minor’, it doesn’t mean that these Tarot cards won’t have a significant impact in your life. These Tarot cards relate to what’s happening in your daily life, and can offer insight into how your present situation is affecting you and what steps you need to take to manifest your goals. The Minor Arcana cards typically have a temporary influence – that is, they represent an energy that is moving through your life right now and that can be easily changed, depending on the actions you take.

There are four different Tarot Suits within the Minor Arcana:

  • The Suit of Cups represents your feelings, emotions, intuition and creativity. The Cups cards often appear in Tarot readings about relationships and your emotional connection with yourself and others.
  • The Suit of Pentacles represents your finances, work and material possessions. The Pentacles cards often appear in Tarot readings about career and financial wealth.
  • The Suit of Swords represents your thoughts, words and actions. The Swords cards often appear in Tarot readings about communicating your ideas, making decisions, and asserting your power.
  • The Suit of Wands represents your energy, motivation and passion. The Wands cards often appear in Tarot readings about life purpose, spirituality and new ideas.

Each Suit contains 10 numbered cards and 4 Court Cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King). The Tarot Court Cards each represent different personality characteristics we may choose to express at any given time.

In a Tarot reading, a Minor Arcana card will show you what’s happening in your daily life and how it is affecting you. These practical cards represent the interactions, experiences, thoughts and emotions you encounter as you go about your life. While a Major Arcana card will show you the key life lesson you’re learning, a Minor Arcana card will show you the key situation you’re dealing with currently. This situation is temporary and has the potential to change based on the actions you choose. When your Tarot reading has mostly Minor Arcana Tarot cards, it is a sign that you are dealing with day-to-day issues which will not necessarily have a lasting influence on your life. These issues are passing through, presenting you with an opportunity to learn from these experiences. Look to any Major Arcana cards in the Tarot reading to identify and understand these lessons and how they may impact your life in the long-term.

Reference material from: https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/minor-arcana/suit-of-cups/

Each minor arcana also represents elements and feelings for example:

Cups suit: Element Water and associated with feelings of love, feelings, relationships and all connections.

Cups Tarot cards indicate that you are thinking with your heart rather than your head, and thus reflect your spontaneous responses and your habitual reactions to situations. Cups are also linked to creativity, romanticism, fantasy and imagination. The negative aspects of the Suit of Cups include being overly emotional or completely disengaged and dispassionate, having unrealistic expectations and fantasising about what could be. There may be repressed emotions, an inability to truly express oneself and a lack of creativity. Cups Tarot cards often represent the astrological signs of Water – Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. When you see a Cups Court Card in a Tarot reading, it often relates to a person with a Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio star sign. Generally, Cups people are emotional, artistic, humane and creative. They are connected with their emotional selves and will draw energy from what they feel within. (https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/minor-arcana/suit-of-cups/)

Swords Suit: Element Air and deals with mental consciousness that is centered around mind and wisdom.

Swords are often double-edged and in this way the Suit of Swords symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil. As such, the Swords must be balanced by spirit (Wands) and feeling (Cups) to have the most positive effect. Suit of Swords Tarot card meanings are associated with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict. Action can be constructive and/or destructive. The negative aspects of the Suit of Swords include anger, guilt, harsh judgement, a lack of compassion and verbal and mental abuse. Swords Tarot cards often represent the astrological signs of Air – Aquarius, Libra and Gemini. When you see a Swords Court Card in a Tarot reading, it often relates to a person with a Aquarius, Libra and Gemini star sign. Generally, Swords people are intelligent, thoughtful, rational, logical and excellent communicators. They are rational beings and like to experience the world by understanding and analysing what is occurring around them. On the flipside, Swords people can be ruthless, domineering, confrontational and rigid.(https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/minor-arcana/suit-of-swords/)

Pentacles Suit: Element Earth and deals with the physical or external conflicts we face like health, finances, work etc.

The Suit of Pentacles Tarot card meanings cover material aspects of life including work, business, trade, property, money and other material possessions. The positive aspects of the Suit of Pentacles include manifestation, realisation, proof and prosperity. The negative aspects of the Suit of Pentacles include being possessive, greedy and overly materialistic, over-indulging and not exercising, not effectively managing one’s finances, and being overly focused on career to the detriment of other life priorities. Often what is required to counteract these negative aspects is a return to nature to ground oneself and rediscover what is truly important. Pentacles Tarot cards often represent the astrological signs of Earth –Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. When you see a Pentacles Court Card in a Tarot reading, it often relates to a person with a Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn star sign. Generally, Pentacles people are practical, career-minded, down-to-earth and generous. They are tactile beings and like to experience the physical, tangible world. They are connected through the senses and seek pleasurable and sometimes indulgent experiences. (https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/minor-arcana/suit-of-pentacles/)

last but not least

Wands Suit: Element Fire and deals with energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, intuition, strength etc.

The meanings of the Wands Tarot cards deal with the spiritual level of consciousness and mirror what is important to you at the core of your being. They address what makes you tick – your personality, ego, enthusiasm, self-concept, and personal energy, both internal and external. The negative aspects of the Suit of Wands include illusion, egotistical behaviour, impulsiveness, a lack of direction or purpose, or feeling meaningless. Wands Tarot cards often represent the astrological signs of Fire – Leo, Sagittarius and Aries. When you see a Wands Court Card in a Tarot reading, it often relates to a person with a Leo, Sagittarius or Aries star sign. Generally, Wands people are energetic, charismatic, warm, spiritual.(https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/minor-arcana/suit-of-wands/)

So now that we understand these cards dive deeper into ourselves and give truth to thing swe maybe avoiding we then have to take our own advice sometimes and look into ourselves and seek what needs fixed or released.

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