By: VICTORIA WILSON on MAY 18, 2017
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
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.
Nine of Swords = thinking + fulfillment = Too much thinking yields anxiety. The Nine of Swords shows a distraught woman who can’t sleep at night.
Two of Cups = combine + emotions = Mutually shared feelings. The Two of Cups is about like-minded people coming together in mutual admiration.
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.