Minor Arcana Tarot Guide – Everything you need to know

Question:- What is Minor Arcana Cards?

Answer:-The Minor Arcana, though basically considered somewhat less spiritually important than the “Majors” in the Tarot deck, are actually far from minor. They are archetypes or representatives for the day to-day events in our lives; including the ones that are of major importance to us (they can include marriage, the birth of a child, job loss, and any other of a million different.  The Minor Arcana cards represent the concerns, activities and emotions that make up the dramas of our everyday lives.

Question:- How many Minor Arcana cards are there?

Answer:- There are 56 Minor Arcana Cards. The Minor Arcana are divided into 4 suits of 14 cards:

  1. Pentacles
  2. Cups
  3. Swords
  4. Wands

Pentacles – Earth

Swords – Air

Cups – Water

Wands – Fire

In this order, the suits also represent your physical world, emotions, challenges or conflicts, and actions.

In the past, the Minor Arcana suits were also used to identify social classes;

Pentacles – Merchants and business persons

Cups – Clergy and spiritual leaders

Swords – Political leaders (nobility) & military personnel

Wands – Workers and farmers

Each suit is divided into 10 “pip cards” (Ace through 10) and four court cards (Page, Knight, Queen, and King).

Question – What are swords?

Answer:-Swords are associated with the element of air.

Mostly swords are associated with the realm of ideas and ideological loyalties.

One of the most important things to remember about the suit of Swords is that Swords are not depicted solely as weapons.

Swords are used in Religion.  In fact, almost every religion believes that the sword is a tool for cutting illusion and represents courage, intelligence, and reason.

  1. The Khanda is the symbol of the Sikhs, as the Cross is to Christians or the Star of David is to Jews. The Symbol derives its name from the double-edged sword (also called a Khanda) which appears at the center of the logo. This double edged sword is a metaphor of Divine Knowledge with its sharp edges cleaving Truth from Falsehood.
  2. In Buddhism, the sword represents wisdom. The Bodhisattva Manjusri, who embodies wisdom, is often depicted wielding a sword, sometimes five- pointed. Wisdom is the sword that cuts away illusion and brings in awareness.
CARD NAME KEYWORDS
Ace of Swords The intellect, Justice, Truth, Clarity.
Two of Sword Balance, Cooperation, Indecision, A quiet time.
Three of Sword Heartache, Dealing with sorrow and pain, Betrayal, Necessary Sacrifice
Four of Swords Rest, Rejuvenation, Meditation, Reflection.
Five of Swords Conflict, War, Defeat, Irritability.
Six of Swords Transition, Finding Solutions, Moving Towards a better future, Support.
Seven of Swords Strategy, Mental Tests, Deception, Breaking agreements.
Eight of Swords Confusion, Being Stuck, Helpless thoughts, Limiting beliefs.
Nine of Swords Worry, Anxiety, Negativity, Guilt.
Ten of Swords Disappointment, Give up, Victim Mentality, Unable to Cope.

 

Page of Swords Learning Fast, Curious, Thoughtful, Writer.
Knight of Swords Charging ahead, Hasty Decisions, Impatient, Rushing.
Queen of Swords Intelligent, Truthful, Clear Communicator, Independent.
King of Swords Power and ambition,  Logical, Authoritative.

 

Question – What are Wands?

Answer:-  Wands are intimately associated with trees and the forest and the many traditions surrounding both.  While wands are clearly tools (such as a walking stick or a hoe) Wand is associated with Fire element. The association with Fire comes from some sources:

  1. The passion and life force that working with wands requires and enhances is a quality of Fire. If you think about it, you have to be pretty passionate to wander around the countryside as a pilgrim, and the passion or ” thrill of the hunt ” is a well-known experience. Likewise farming takes a real creative passion to excel at and both things are all about working with life force. All these activities also take a lot of adventure and energy.
  2. Photosynthesis. Wands are made of wood, and one of the most remarkable things about wood and all forms of plant life is their unique ability to turn sunlight (fire) into useable energy. Wood simply has a natural affinity with fire because it easily catches on fire.

 

CARD NAME KEYWORDS
Ace of Wands New beginning, giving birth, Believing in yourself, Playing sport.
Two of Wands Leadership, Being Headstrong, Choice, Potential.
Three of Wands Long Term plans,  Expanding, Freelancers, Launching, Foresight.
Four of Wands Celebration, Your community, Results, Rewards, Gratitude.
Five of Wands Arguments, Competition, Problem to solve, Conflict.
Six of Wands Winning, Recognition, Popularity, Admiration, Role model
Seven of Wands Defensive, Threat,  Holding your ground, Overseeing things.
Eight of Wands An adventure, Travelling, Falling in love, Progress.
Nine of Wands Finding your strength, Wounded, Guarded, Experienced
Ten of Wands Hard Work, Responsibility, Burden, Obligations
Page of Wands Enthusiastic, Adventurous, Passionate Person, New idea
Knight of Wands Risk taker, Impulsive, Act, Experimental.
Queen of Wands Entrepreneur, A loyal friend, Passionate, Confident.
King of Wands A business owner, Charismatic, Proud, Leader

 

Question- What are Cups?

Answer:-Throughout ancient history and well into the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, the cauldron and its later symbolic equivalent the cup or chalice was the primary symbol of home’s hearth. The Cauldron was associated with a water element. The suit of cups is associated with water because of a Cup’s fluidity and tendency to fill the shape it is in.

The Cups are associated with love, feelings, intuition, emotional and spiritual transformation.

CARD NAME KEYWORD
Ace of Cups New Feelings, New Love, Compassion, Joy.
Two of Cups Deep love, equality, respect, giving and receiving love.
Three of Cups:-. Celebration, Friendship, Having fun, Being Popular
Four of Cups:- Boredom, Meditation, Apathy, Day dreaming.
Five of Cups:- Dealing with grief, Disappointment, Regret, Suffering.
Six of Cups:- Innocence, Children, Nostalgia, Memories
Seven of Cups:- Daydreaming, Illusions, Wishful thinking, Fantasy.
Eight of Cups:- Spiritual Quest, Following your dream, Leaving an old way of life.
Nine of Cups:- Prosperity, Wish fulfillment, Achieving, Getting what you want.
Ten of Cups:- Perfect Love, Good fortune, Happy home, Blessings.
Page of Cups:- Sensitive, New Love, Romantic,  Artistic talents.
Knight of Cups:- A poet, Romantic, Looking for love, Idealism.
Queen of Cups:- A psychic, Sensitivity, A natural healer, Dreamer
King of Cups:- A benevolent protector,  emotionally strong, A leader, Counselor.

 

Question – What are Pentacles?

Answer:- Pentacles are associated with the Earth element and things of the earth. It is associated with the Earth element because the metal to make coins come out of the Earth and other reason is due to the fact that they can represent the seeds that a farmer uses to grow crops, which in turn get sold for coin (as well as represent an abundant crop comes harvest time).

 

CARD NAME KEYWORDS
Ace of Pentacles:- A gift, A new job, Opportunity, Payrise.
Two of Pentacles:- Adaptability, Having fun at work, Multitasking, Changes.
Three of Pentacles:- Assitance, Contribution, Being highly Skilled, Team work.
Four of Pentacles:- Stable, Cautious, A solid financial platform, Greed.
Five of Pentacles:- Financial Problems, Low self-esteem, Lack of self-worth, Feeling unloved.
Six of Pentacles:- Generosity, Financial Flow, Charity, Kindness.
Seven of Pentacles:- Routines, Assessment, Patience, Long -term plans.
Eight of Pentacles:- Craftsmanship, Apprenticeship, Attention to detail, Commitment.
Nine of Pentacles:- Earned Rewards, Luxury, An oasis, Confidence.
Ten of Pentacles:- Legacy, Ancestors, Income, Inheritance
Page of Pentacles:- Practical, A student, New investment, Re-inventing yourself.
Knight of Pentacles:- Change of work, Doing your duty, Loyal, Practical.

 

Question – What are Minor Arcana court cards?

Answer:- The Court Cards are some of the most magical and also most difficult to interpret cards in the deck. This is because they have powers often overlooked by those new to reading Tarot. They are here to teach us a great deal about ourselves by teaching us about three key elements that shape our identity :

  1. The roles we take on in the world around us.
  2. The people who influence us most.
  3. Our core attitude or way of approaching the world (skills and personal

 

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