The Tarot deck is 78 cards, divided into two parts - the Major Arcana, and the Minor Arcana. Each card isfull of symbols, but what does it mean? In this document, I review the configuration of the tarot deck, theelements, the basic numerical meanings of the Minor Arcana, and some thoughts on the Court Cards.
Minor Arcana/Pip cards:
The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards. It is divided into 4 different suits, numbering from Ace to 10, then4 court cards - similar to a standard playing card deck.
The four suits of the Tarot deck correspond to four divisions of energy and activity:
Wands/Rods -Wands/Rods correspond to the male element of fire. They represent energy, creativity, passion, andspirit. Wands are also closely associated with career and work situations.
Pentacles/Disks -Pentacles/Disks correspond to the female element of earth. They represent money, material matters, andphysical well-being.Cups -Cups correspond to the element of female water. They represent emotions, relationships, love, andintuition. The shielding nature of a cup also associates it with things hidden.
Swords correspond to the element of male air. They represent the mind and intellect, communicating, andconflict.
The ace is the earliest, most primordial form of the element, and the ten of each suit is the maximummanifestation of the quality of the element. Two through nine are valuable lessons which nurture a slowevolution or ripening, as the individual gains in control and consciousness within the activities of theelement.
* Wands build towards constructive passionate energy.
* Pentacles build towards physical security.
* Cups build through emotional fulfillment.
* Swords build through increased wisdom and knowledge.
* Ace - beginnings, the arrival of something new and untempered
* Two - choices, decisions, early combinations
* Three - planning, preparing, expansion, manifestation
* Four - stability
* Five - challenges, adapting, movement, changes
* Six - realization of patterns, cycles, peacefulness, rest
* Seven - individual efforts, developing one's own style through experimentation, spirituality
* Eight - organizing ideas and efforts, structuring, delegation
* Nine - expansion, development, giving to others
* Ten - fulfillment, maximum manifestation
Thoughts on Court Cards:
There are a few different ways to interpret the court cards if they come up in a reading. One way is tointerpret them as the physiological or zodiacal representations of people, using the same credentials aschoosing a significator (see below). Another is to interpret the court cards as representing stages inpersonal development with regards to the element.