The 56 cards in the Minor Arcana reveals details to the day-to-day struggles that a person is experiencing. Though ‘minor’ and do not reflect the large themes from the major arcana, these details are vital in revealing the problems that we are facing and allowing us to confront them so that we can move on in life and grow from our past experiences. The minor arcana is composed of 4 Suits each with 10 numbered cards and 4 Court cards mainly the Page, the Knight, the Queen, and the King. These Suits have their corresponding elements and meanings in numerology; and they are also associated with the Seven Chakras.
What is the difference between the Minor and the Major Arcana?
The minor arcana tells more about a person’s day-to-day experiences compared to the major arcana which reflects the overarching themes in a person’s life. The minor arcana can reveal single events, persons, or problems that though are fleeting, can greatly tell about how someone can overcome the day-to-day problems that they are facing depending on the choices that they’ll make. The 56 minor arcana cards can disclose different images with various meanings and different details; and it is with the larger themes from the 22 major arcana cards with which you can connect the story and strengthen the revelations disclosed from the minor arcana cards.
The 4 Suits of the Minor Arcana cards represent the different categories in a person’s life – mainly our emotions, our finances, our thoughts, and our motivations. The minor arcana is divided into 4 suits which can give a comprehensive reading into someone’s being and insight into a person’s psyche.
- The Suit of Cups often tells about a person’s connection to themselves as well as the relationship that they have with others. Associated with the element of water, which is constantly moving, the Suit of Cups reveals feelings and emotions which though are fleeting, can give an insight to who the person is and how they respond to the different relationships that they have in their life. Aside from feelings and emotions, the Suit of Cups can also strengthen a person’s intuition as well as its creativity.
- The Suit of Pentacles reflects the physical manifestation of a person’s material possessions like their finances as well as their homestead. The Suit of Pentacles also reveal details about someone’s health especially about the physical condition of their body. Just like the element of earth which shows the balance and the chaos of the physical world, the Suit of Pentacles also reflects the physical or the material manifestations of a person’s life.
- The Suit of Swordsechoes the thoughts, the words, and the actions of a person. Just like the element of air which is formless, remains unseen and always in motion, the Suit of Swords deals with the matter of the mind. Just like a sword with two sides, a mind is a powerful tool which can be used for destruction or creativity, revealing the nature of a person.
- The Suit of Wands manifests the energies present in person, driving them to live their life. It represents the passions that they have and the motivations that they live for. Just like the element of fire, the Suit of Wands represents the spirit which ignites our potential and gives fire to complete one’s purpose in life.
What is the order of the Minor Arcana?
The 4 Elements play an important part in a Tarot reading. Following the process of creation, fire comes first followed by water and air respectively, and with the earth as the last element. This means that in the order of the Suits, the Wands would be first, followed by the Cups, the Swords, and then the Pentacles. The relevance of this order would depend on the tarot reader and how they interpret the revelations of the cards based on their placements as well as their order of appearance. The order does not connote a hierarchy among the Suits but reflects the interactions of the images and the symbolism behind the cards.
How do you read the Minor Arcana?
As there are 56 minor arcana cards as opposed to the 22 major arcana cards, there’s a high probability that the person will get more minor arcana cards which can help weigh the day-to-day struggles that you are facing and provide choices which you can take to help solve your problems. Though the minor arcana does not reveal the overarching themes in your life, the insights that you get from the 4 Suits of the Tarot would reveal more about the person and help guide to make the right choices as they journey towards living their life.
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