Minor Arcana

The 56 Tarot cards of the Minor Arcana are comparable to those in a deck of standard playing cards. There are four suits – wands, cups, swords and coins / pentacles, and the cards range in value from an ace to a king in each suit. One difference is the court cards of the tarot consist of a page, as well as a knight, queen and king. Each card has its own individual meaning, but this can be changed when it is considered in combination with the other cards present in the reading.

Suit Life Experience Zodiac Sign Element Gender
Wands Career Leo, Aries, Sagittarius Fire Masculine
Cups Emotions Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio Water Feminine
Swords Intellectual activity Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Air Masculine
Coins Marital Aspects Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo Earth Feminine

Combinations of Minor Arcana Cards

Card Multiple Meaning
King 4
3
2
Important Meetings
High status
Business Opportunities
Queen 4
3
2
Arguments
Influential Women
Slander and Maliciousness
Knight 4
3
2
Swiftness, a dominant clique
Unexpected meetings
Friends from the past
Page 4
3
2
New plans or ideas
Groups of young people
Fun and Enjoyment
10 4
3
Responsibility and anxiety
Commercial transactions
9 4
3
Extra responsibilities
Correspondence
8 4
3
Lots of news simultaneously
Extensive traveling
7 4
3
Disappointments
Contacts and alliances
6 4
3
Pleasure and contentment
Achievements and success
5 4
3
Order and consistency
Disputes and quarrels
4 4
3
Peace and quiet
Much effort
3 4
3
Decision and resolution
Deceit
2 4
3
Conversations and conferences
Reorganization
1 4
3
2
Powerful forces at work
Success and wealth
New workplace or home

Polarity of Suits

Cups are opposed to Wands
Coins are opposed to Swords

When a card is enclosed by those of an opposing suit its effect is lessened, when it is surrounded by cards of the same suit, the effect is strengthened. When it is flanked by cards that are neither the same suit, nor an opposing suit its meaning is generally supported, but not as greatly as it would be should the cards have been of the same suit.

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For full information on the Minor Arcana cards check out this complete guide for beginners.

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