How to Read the Minor Arcana

By: VICTORIA WILSON on MAY 18, 2017

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Learning how to read the Minor Arcana cards is super easy: Simply combine the elemental and numerical energies of that card to generate new keywords. You don’t have to memorize definitions.

Keywords for the four Suits:

Wands (element of Fire): Action, passion, movement

Cups (element of Water): Emotions, psychic, passive, illusion, subconscious

Swords (element of Air): Intellect, thinking, communication, conscious

Pentacles (element of Earth): Physicality, manifestation, earthly matters

Keywords for the numbers:

1 (Aces): Potentiality, opportunity

2: Balance, combine, duality, choice

3: Creativity, generation, foundation

4: Foundation, stability, complacency

5: Conflict, loss, struggle

6: Symbiosis, exchange

7: Challenge, cohesion

8: Transition, metamorphosis, movement

9: Nearing completion, fulfillment

10: Completion, saturation, fulfillment

Examples:

Seven of Cups = challenge + emotions = Emotions can cause us to see something that’s not really there. The Seven of Cups is about illusion and fantasy.

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Nine of Swords = thinking + fulfillment = Too much thinking yields anxiety. The Nine of Swords shows a distraught woman who can’t sleep at night.

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Two of Cups = combine + emotions = Mutually shared feelings. The Two of Cups is about like-minded people coming together in mutual admiration.

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Using this method will provide you with a basic understanding of each card. From there, you can build on the basics by drawing a daily Tarot card and observing what kinds of experiences you have over the course of that day.

What other combinations do you see? Comment below.

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