Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The Minor Arcana consists of four suits – Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands.

Each suit corresponds with a different element and is representative of different aspects of day-to-day life.

The Suit of Cups relates to the element of Water and is representative of emotions, relationships, feelings and creativity.

The Suit of Pentacles relates to the element of Earth and is representative of money, financial resources, material possessions, career and the physical realm.

The Suit of Swords relates to the element of Air and is representative of power, rationality, the intellect, and thoughts.

The Suit of Wands relates to the element of Fire and is representative of inspiration, spirituality, ideas and energy flow.

Each suit in the Minor Arcana consists of fourteen Tarot cards, including ten numbered cards (Ace through to Ten) and four Court Cards (the Page, Knight, Queen and King). The numbered Tarot cards reflect everyday life situations while the Tarot Court Cards reflect personality-types or actual people.

While the Major Arcana Tarot card meanings reveal events that will naturally occur due to laws of the Universe, the Minor Arcana Tarot card meanings reveal events that naturally occur due to laws of human nature.

Therefore, the Minor Arcana highlight the more practical aspects of life and can refer to current issues that have a temporary or minor influence.

Minor Arcana Cards in a Tarot Reading

If a Tarot reading is predominantly made up of the Minor Arcana Tarot cards, you are dealing with day-to-day issues which will not necessarily having 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 to identify and understand these lessons and how they may impact your life in the long-term).

Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

To discover the Tarot card meanings for each of the Minor Arcana Tarot cards, click on the Suit below:

Representative of the element of water.

The Suit of Cups Tarot card meanings deal with the emotional level of consciousness and are associated with love, feelings, relationships and connections. Cups are about displays of emotion, expression of feelings and the role of emotions in relation to others. The 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.

Suit of Pentacles

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Representative of the element of Earth

The Suit of Pentacles (also known as Coins or Disks) 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.

Pentacles deal with the physical or external level of consciousness and thus mirror the outer situations of your health, finances, work, and creativity.

Representative of the element of Air

The Suit of Swords Tarot card meanings are associated with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict. Action can be both constructive and/or destructive, sometimes resulting in violence. This suit can also mean hatred, battle, and enemies, and of all the suits, this one is considered to be the most powerful and dangerous.

The Suit of Swords deals with the mental level of consciousness that is centred around the mind and the intellect

Representative of the element of Fire

The Suit of Wands Tarot card meanings are associated with primal energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition, creativity, ambition and expansion, original thought and the seeds through which life springs forth. Wands deal with the spiritual level of consciousness and mirror what is important to you at the core of your being. They address what makes us tick – our personalities, egos, enthusiasms, self-concepts, and personal energy, both internal and external.

Wands are also indicative of all things that you do during the day to keep you busy, be it working at the office, home or the great outdoors.

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