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The Minor Arcana

There are 56 cards in the minor arcana divided into four suits: cups, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. They are numbered similiarly to everyday playing cards (Ace - Ten) plus four court cards (King, Queen, Knight and Page). Each minor arcana suit correlates to an elemental force and has a distinct quality and approach to life. Our experiences are a blend of these four approaches. Your tarot readings will show you how the different suit energies are impacting your life at any given moment. Each card has a role to play in showing how its energy is expressed in the world. Click an individual card name for its' meaning/interpretation and to view individual scans.

SymbolSuitElementCharacteristics
Tarot Suit: Wands WandsFireCreativity, action and movement. They are associated with such qualities as enthusiasm, adventure, risk-taking and confidence. This suit corresponds to the yang, or masculine principle, in Chinese philosophy. A wand is used to transform, like in a magic act. This energy flows outward and generates passionate involvement.
Ace of Wands - 2 of Wands - 3 of Wands - 4 of Wands - 5 of Wands - 6 of Wands
7 of Wands - 8 of Wands - 9 of Wands - 10 of Wands
Page of Wands - Knight of Wands - Queen of Wands - King of Wands
Tarot Suit: Cups CupsWaterEmotional and spiritual experience. They describe inner states, feelings and relationship patterns. The energy of this suit flows inward. Cups correspond to the yin, or feminine principle, in Chinese philosophy. A cup offers nourishment and refreshment. The energy flows in to fill up spaces, to sustain and to reflect changing moods.
Ace of Cups - 2 of Cups - 3 of Cups - 4 of Cups - 5 of Cups - 6 of Cups
7 of Cups - 8 of Cups - 9 of Cups - 10 of Cups
Page of Cups - Knight of Cups - Queen of Cups - King of Cups
Tarot Suit: Swords SwordsAirIntellect, thought and reason. They are concerned with justice, truth and ethical principles. This suit is also associated with states that lead to disharmony and unhappiness. A sword is sharp and sometimes lethal. Our intellect is a valuable asset, but as an agent of ego, it can lead us astray if it is not infused with the wisdom of our Inner Guide.
Ace of Swords - 2 of Swords - 3 of Swords - 4 of Swords - 5 of Swords - 6 of Swords
7 of Swords - 8 of Swords - 9 of Swords - 10 of Swords
Page of Swords - Knight of Swords - Queen of Swords - King of Swords
Tarot Suit: Pentacles PentaclesEarthPracticality, security and material concerns. Celebration of the beauty of nature, our interactions with plants and animals and our physical experiences in the body. Represent prosperity and wealth of all kinds. Sometimes this suit is called the Coins, an obvious symbol of the exchange of goods and services in the physical world.
Ace of Pentacles - 2 of Pentacles - 3 of Pentacles - 4 of Pentacles - 5 of Pentacles - 6 of Pentacles
7 of Pentacles - 8 of Pentacles - 9 of Pentacles - 10 of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles - Knight of Pentacles - Queen of Pentacles - King of Pentacles




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