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Tarot Cards: Minor Arcana

Minor Arcana consists of 56 divinatory cards comprising four suits of 14 cards each. The names of the four suits of cards have Latin origin. There are Cups, Swords, Wands or Batons, and Coins or Pentacles or Disks. All the four suits are associated with the four elements of nature, fire, earth, water and air.  Wands are associated with fire, Cups with water, Swords with air and Coins with earth. Some tarot readers deviate from this practice and make different alignments. For example, they associate fire with Swords in place of air.

Each suit of cards has Ace (One), Two to Ten, Page, Knight, Queen and King. The last four cards are associated with King’s court; therefore, they are called Court Cards. Some tarot readers make changes in this arrangement as well. For example, they include princess and prince and remove page and knight.

Minor Arcana play a supportive role in interpretation of the Major Arcana.

While the Major Arcana make the general or universal statements, the Minor Arcana illustrate them with practical examples from day- to- day life. Therefore, the Minor Arcana depict the emotions, feelings, concerns, activities and responses that illustrate and confirm the broader and representative elements in Major Arcana. Here are some details of the four suits:

Suit of Cups

The suit of Cups is associated with water. Water tends to flow and fill up the gaps in spaces.  Cups represent the spiritual side of human personality. They symbolize inner urges, feelings and aspirations. Cups correspond with the yin energy which represents feminine side. Cups or water signify emotions, feeling, compassion, fear, bravery, laughter, happiness, sadness and so on.

Ace of Cups
Ace of Cups

Two of Cups
Two of Cups

Three of Cups
Three of Cups

Four of Cups
Four of Cups

Ace of Cups
Five of Cups

Six of Cups
Six of Cups

Seven of Cups
Seven of Cups

Eight of Cups
Eight of Cups

Nine of Cups
Nine of Cups

Ten of Cups
Ten of Cups

Page of Cups
Page of Cups

Knight of Cups
Knight of Cups

Queen of Cups
Queen of Cups

King of Cups
King of Cups

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Suit of Swords

Swords are associated with the air element. They symbolize bravery, intelligence and passion. They are used to protect justice, truth and honor. The suit is also associated with state power that quells disharmony and rebellion.

Ace of Swords
Ace of Swords

Two of Swords
Two of Swords

Three of Swords
Three of Swords

Four of Swords
Four of Swords

Five of Swords
Five of Swords

Six of Swords
Six of Swords

Seven of Swords
Seven of Swords

Eight of Swords
Eight of Swords

Nine of Swords
Nine of Swords

Ten of Swords
Ten of Swords

Page of Swords
Page of Swords

Knight of Swords
Knight of Swords

Queen of Swords
Queen of Swords

King of Swords
King of Swords

   

Suit of Wands

The suit of Wands represents the creative urges that express themselves through action and movement. Wands are associated with the element of fire. Wands symbolize zeal, adventure, risks, entrepreneurship, initiative and confidence. Wands signify masculinity, dynamism, aggressiveness, drive and force.

Ace of Wands
Ace of Wands

Two of Wands
Two of Wands

Three of Wands
Three of Wands

Four of Wands
Four of Wands

Five of Wands
Five of Wands

Six of Wands
Six of Wands

Seven of Wands
Seven of Wands

Eight of Wands
Eight of Wands

Nine of Wands
Nine of Wands

Ten of Wands
Ten of Wands

Page of Wands
Page of Wands

Knight of Wands
Knight of Wands

Queen of Wands
Queen of Wands

King of Wands
King of Wands

   

Suit of Pentacles

The suit of Pentacles represents human concerns for security and material prosperity. They are associated with the element of Earth.  Pentacles celebrate the beauty and grandeur of nature and its various creations like plants, animals, birds which contribute to our well-being, prosperity and harmony Pentacles or discs or earth represent manifestation, physical expression, creation and so on.

These suits match with the four elemental tools.  Minor arcana cards bear numbers starting from ace through 10. Besides them, there are four cards: page, knight, queen and king.

Ace of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles

Three of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles

Nine of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles

Ten of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles

Queen of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles

King of Pentacles
King of Pentacles

   

 

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