In this part I will delve more closely into the individual parts of the Tarot. These notes are based on the common Rider Waite Tarot pack with a total of 78 cards. The breakdown of the pack goes as follows:
- The Major Arcana (22 cards),
- The Court cards (16 cards), and
- The Minor Arcana (40 cards).
I will focus on the minor Arcana and what they mean to the pack as a whole. The minor Arcana are the babies of the pack, these cards represent our day to day activities. It is believed the common 52 card pack that people play poker and such were originally from the tarot pack. As with the common cards the tarot has four different suits and start from the Ace’s and goes up to the 10’s. In the next issue we will speak of the Court cards. In fact you can use the common 52 card pack to read for people once you get used to the suits but I feel you get more information from the Tarot. I am going to talk about the four different suits in the tarot now. The suits are the Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. These four suits represents different energy in their respective areas.
Wands: The Wands energy represents a fire sign, bringing strength and energy to a situation. These can be representative of activity, projects, and sports. They can have a connection in relation to career or business but can also represent struggle in difficult times. In the negative such things as laziness and lack of vigour and integrity may be present.
Cups: The Cups symbol represents a water sign, is connected with emotions and feelings, but also can show love and joy. Family, friends, and lovers can be represented in this suit. More often than not these cards symbolize positive attributes. In the negative, jealousy, hate and not being settled in the emotional plane, are common aspects.
Swords: The Swords, an air sign, represents thought, struggle, and anger. They can also represent conflict, trials and tribulations and losses. The Swords can tend to be a negative card mainly. The positive side of this is that in order to fix the problem you need to know what it is or what’s stopping you from moving forward.
Pentacles: The Pentacles is an earth energy, primarily concerned with money, resources, work, financial and physical interests. Inheritance, unexpected windfalls and legal matters concerning money can also be represented. On the opposite side, negative things such as lack of employment, misuse of money and resources, or greed could be shown.
Comparing To Poker Pack: Intuitives from the past have read from the 52 card pack, there are comparisons in the suits. When comparing a Rider Waite pack to a deck of playing cards, Wands is the Club’s, Cups are the Hearts, Swords are the Spades, and lastly the Pentacles are represented by the Diamonds. So you can see by comparing the different decks, what the energies will be in the ordinary 52 card pack. The tarot will give more information though,
Minor Arcana: As already stated, each suit in the Tarot, starts with an ace and finishes with a king. In this part we will only deal with the cards from ace to ten. This is where a little knowledge of numerology will help you. Basic numerology runs in cycles from 1 to 9, where 1 is the start and 9 is the ending. The Tarot is very similar but it goes 1 more to 10, ten being representative of the end of a cycle or the abundance of the energy and power of the suit. Listed below are some of the links between numerology and the Tarot.
- Ace- Beginnings, start a new adventure or skill.
- Partnership or possibly working with another person to obtain goal. Decision and duality.
- A time to create, can also include pregnancy. A time for growth.
- A time for consolidation, foundation and building for future.
- This number is all about change, readjusting our direction for the way forward.
- This number is all about harmony and alignment, relationships, family and friends.
- A time for reassessment and realigning of your direction. Spiritual matters and sacrifice.
- This number is all about strength and power & can represent material matters, both good & bad.
- This number as stated before is all on endings or getting close to ending to start a cycle again.
- And finally ten is about completion and looking towards rebirth.
If you use these numbers with the energy of the suits, it will give you an idea of the meaning of a particular card. For example the ace of Cups is all about new love or an emotional start. This is just a small example how you can work out the meaning of the cards with some basic knowledge. The last things I would like to speak about is the colouring of the cards. Each colour in the card represents an energy that can help identify the meaning. For example, a card that is primarily black represents negative energy or negative thought patterns. Below is a quick index of the colours with their meanings.
- Red : Physical and practical approaches to life.
- Orange : Passion and energy and enthusiasm.
- Yellow : Mental logic and thought analysis.
- Green : Balance, healing and harmony.
- Blue : Spiritual understanding combined with thought.
- Purple : Compassion and spiritual enlightenment.
- White : Purity or uncontaminated emotion or motive.
- Black : Negative energy or negative thought patterns.
- Grey : Changes.
So you see if you combine just these two aspects, the colour and the numerology of the cards, it will go a long way towards understanding the primary meaning of a card. For more information on any of the Tarot, my E book is available by clicking here or if you like to learn through my instructional Tarot Courses click here. For those that would like to experience the Tarot though personalized readings they are available through this link
Written by Steve Parker – Spiritboy.
Author, Professional Reader, Psychic and Workshop Facilitator.
Phone 0418773614 or email