In my last blog post — Tarot Basics: Numbers — we looked at what each of the numbers mean in the Tarot. Now, I want to talk about the suits of the cards — Pentacles, Swords, Cups and Wands. Each of these suits carries a lot of information on their own and is very rarely harnessed in the beginning. Each have an element that it is associated with, and that element can be interpreted to give information. In addition to that, they also work with particular astrological signs that can be interpreted as well.
Element: Air – Keyword: Communication- Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini – Season: Winter
Element: Earth- Keyword: Material/Spiritual- Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn – Season: Fall
Element: Fire- Keyword: Action/Physical- Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius – Season: Summer
Element: Water – Keyword: Emotions- Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio – Season: Spring
With just these simple understandings, you can already begin to interpret the Minor Arcana cards!
Don’t believe me? By looking at all that we have learned so far lets look at a card:
If we look at the “2 of Cups” what can you tell about the card already?
1: Cups represent water that talks about emotions
2: The number 2 talks about balance
So string it together and see what happens: the “2 of Cups” talks about balancing the emotions! Now here is where the word association comes in… see what other words that you can think of that talk about emotions and balance and string them together with the original interpretation that I gave here…see easier than you thought right!
With all of that, you already have a base understanding on how to read all of the Minor Arcana cards of the Tarot. This means that you can take all of the Minor cards and do a reading with them using all of the information that we just went through.
As I said before as well if you want to at some point look further into the cards then you can get the definitions of each and go even deeper into the reading. This is a good start off point and is so fun and easy it will really allow you to experience the Tarot more fluidly.
Now I said that I was going to go over reverse meanings as well so here it goes. If a card comes up reversed, it has the same meaning as it does upright only it is manifesting slower than normal. So you give the same meaning and tell the person that you are reading that it is manifesting slower. Also it is good to know that the Minor Arcana represent all of the day-to-day things in our lives. You can also look at the full reading once it is done and see what suits have more than others. If you have more Cups than other suits, then the person is working on emotional situations. If it is more Wands then it is more physical. Swords, they are focusing more on mental energy and communication. Pentacles focus more on material things or spirituality.