The Tarot Minor Arcana
There are fifty six minor arcana cards
in the Rider Waite deck and they are divided into four suits, cups,
wands, swords and pentacles. The four suits correspond to an
ordinary pack of playing cards where cups are hearts, wands are
clubs, swords are spades and pentacles are diamonds. The main
difference is that the tarot pack has an extra card in each suit to
represent the page.
The four suits are all associated with
different aspects of life.
The cups represent your emotions and your spiritual journey. They
are associated with the element water and may offer insights into
relationships and family situations as well as religious and spiritual
The Wands are all about
creativity and communication as well as physical activity. They represent
the qualities of adventure and enthusiasm and being a bit of a dare devil. They
are associated with the element of fire.
The Swords are the tarot cards of
the intellect and clarity of thought . They are particularly
legal questions and enquiries of a moral or ethical answer. If you have
a conflict or difference of opinion with someone the swords can help to
resolve your difficulties. They are associated with the element of
The Pentacles - This suit is
mainly concerned with material matters and questions about money. They are
associated with the earth element and as such they represent our dealings in all
things earthly. Our relationship with the planet and the animals in our
lives and our own physical needs.
It will take some time for you to explore the
individual meanings of all the cards in the minor arcana. A
good starting point is the aces.
four aces are powerful cards and all four represent new beginnings of
some kind. When you study the Rider Waite aces you can almost feel
the power reaching out to you. The imagery and the power that each
of the aces represents is always positive. If you draw one of
these cards in a reading you should be happy. Life will be looking up
for you very shortly.
Tarot Card Meanings -Click on the tarot
cards to reveal the meaning of each card.