|| Minor Arcana of the Tarot
The Minor Arcana
This includes the four suits - Wands, Pentacles, Swords and Cups. The cards in the Minor Arcana represent typical day-to-day situations and issues, everyday events, happenings and struggles. We have a certain amount of control and influence over these issues. In a spread, the appearance (or lack ) of certain suit cards can describe the kind of energy that is dominant in the reading. Wands cards relate to energy, enthusiasm, action, achievements and challenges. They correspond to the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius and the element of fire. Pentacles relate to the material, physical, practical, business world. They correspond to the signs of Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo and the element of earth. Swords cards relate to thoughts, ideas, difficulties, communication and anxieties. They correspond to the signs of Libra, Aquarius and Gemini and the element of air. The suit of Cups relates to love, emotions, relationships, harmony and feelings. They correspond to the signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces and the element of water.
The Suit of Wands
Ace of Wands - raring to go. Self discipline brings success. Has the energy and desire to put plans into action. Depicts ideas being formed and planning for future action. Clear skies for following through goals. You will have plenty of strength and physical energy. Travel and movement indicated. A fresh start or a new way of life. Can indicate the beginning of a relationship or the deepening of an existing one. New career or course of study.
Two of Wands - opportunity. It is about decisions. The weighing up of alternatives in order to choose the best course of action. Decision prior to the action. Staying or leaving - relocation? A period of waiting.
Three of Wands - development of plans. Putting plans into action and looking out for new opportunities. Travel is likely. Teamwork. Co-operation. Birth of an enterprise.
Four of Wands - putting down roots. The act of making your plans a reality. Suggests romance and compatibility. You maybe moving house or changing jobs. A time to reap rewards.
Five of Wands - an exciting challenge. There is outer struggle and conflict, people are not working together. Inner struggle from too many demands on your time and energy. Things are not going to run smoothly for a while and there will be delays. Frictions & frustrations. One step forward - two steps back.
Six of Wands - victory. You will rise above your problems and victory is yours. You have put in the work and now will reap the rewards. Promotion, bonus, reward. You may be congratulated by others for your achievements. Can indicate success in exams. Being confident about life.
Seven of Wands - holding firm. The message here is "don't give up". Continue on even if life seems hard at the moment because you will succeed. Stay on top of the situation - hold your own.
Eight of Wands - full speed ahead. All systems go. Anxieties will reduce and there is much free flowing energy around you. Things are going to speed up and you will be enthusiastic having lots of energy. Full steam ahead. A good time to pursue romantic interests. Likely travel or news from overseas. Don't rush into new business ventures just now.
Nine of Wands - be prepared. Time of reassessment, and like a tree to prune back the dead branches, those things that you no longer need in your life. A feeling of caution in regard to relationships. A need to release past hurts from previous relationships. Weigh up your commitment to your present relationship. Keep an eye out for things going on behind your back. Courage & determination to succeed.
Ten of Wands - the weight of ambition. Over burdened. The burdens of success. Responsibilities and life's pressures are weighing heavily on you. You feel like you are running around and getting nowhere. It is time to lighten your load, either by delegating some of this load or by cutting back on some of your commitments. Be careful of over concern for others at this time. Being used by others.
The Court Cards
King of Wands. (Aries) - leadership. Self discipline and perseverance bring success. By pacing yourself you will be assured of enough time and energy to pursue your goals. A true businessman who either owns his own business, which he is passionate about or works in a position of authority for somebody else.
Characteristics - Sound advice. Someone who has the ability to make their ideas work, self disciplined, strong willed, enthusiastic, energetic, confident, honest, warm, humorous, generous, positive and always willing to take on new challenges. Suited to a career in sales or any goal oriented position. More than likely runs his own business.
Queen of Wands (Leo) - career woman. Inner strength and using intuition brings success. Believing in what you are doing, and doing what you believe in, can help you realise your goals.
Characteristics - A woman who is strong, enthusiastic, outgoing and independent. She is intuitive and has inner strength. Acts upon her feelings and uses her inner strength to reach her goals. She is confident, with great sales ability and a good organiser. Prefers action rather than reflection. Honest, loves sport and exercise and needs plenty of freedom to be her own person. Suited to a career in sales or any goal oriented position. If she is not already running her own business she would be an asset to any business.
Knight of Wands (Sagittarius) - a change is in the air. Change, movement, a need for challenge, a love of travel, learning and teaching. If the Temperance card falls in the same spread can suggest study or a teaching career. Can indicate a move to a new home and in a career question travel related to a new job. Travel is also very strongly indicated if the Ace, 3, or 8 of Wands appears in the same reading. If the question is about relationships can indicate a relationship formed while travelling.
Characteristics -Describes a man or a woman of a fiery nature. Enthusiastic, positive and eager for action. Prefers honesty and tactfulness, so communication would be straight forward. If the inquirer is an older person they may be feeling young.
Page of Wands - good news or new opportunities. The act of starting a new project. You could be trying to master something new, maybe a new job or a new approach to a situation. If the reading is for an older person then they may be feeling young again. Could also indicate the birth of a child; good news on the way. A restless young person around you or entering your life. The beginning of or a new stage of a relationship. This relationship could well be filled with outdoor activities.
The Suit of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles - firm financial foundations. The start of a new project. A gift or financial opportunity. The wise use of time, money and effort can bring rewards. Careerwise, this can suggest either a new career or a new stage in your career. With the wise handling of money, you should be able to cover your expenses. Possibly the beginning of a relationship with someone in your work environment. Pursuing this relationship holds potential for material success and could lead to career opportunities or a business partnership. Doorways opening up for you. Stability. Emotional security.
Two of Pentacles - ups and downs of fortune. Decisions between two alternatives. We may be juggling finances, time, energy, resources. Borrow from Peter to pay back Paul. Be prepared to take risks and act when opportunities are presented. Having several jobs.
Three of Pentacles - beneficial use of talents. Recognition of talents and early success. You are being admired for your work but there is still more work to be done. Success comes through hard work, concentration and effort. This card also indicates success in exams, business and personal affairs. A good time for home renovations. A job well done. Development of plans.
Four of Pentacles - holding tight. Holding onto money and material things. Financial discipline. Indicates a time to save money and pay off debts. Money matters dominate your entire thinking. Hanging on to what you have. Keeping a good eye on money coming in and going out. Suggests a good time to invest money. You must however, be careful not to become too miserly and remember to be a little generous to yourself and those around you.
Five of Pentacles - poverty. Financial difficulties and struggle accompanied by loss of faith in oneself. Can indicate unemployment or uninteresting work. A need to look inwards. Family and friends are likely to be helpful at this time and offer emotional support. On a positive note there will be strengthening of character and relationships through riding out tough times and being able to adapt to changing conditions. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Six of Pentacles - generosity and charity. Indicates a stable financial situation. You may give or receive generously. Any purchases or business transactions made now are likely to be sound. In a relationship question this card can show one person has more control than the other within this relationship.
Seven of Pentacles - perseverance. Growth comes through hard work. Slow & steady growth. Business opportunities may arise, take your time and think them through before committing yourself either way. A time to think about where to invest what you have already earned. Plan your financial future. A card of steady progress.
Eight of Pentacles - the work card. Studying, developing new skills or learning a trade. Commitment to goals. You may find a hobby developing into a career. Perseverance and hard work is required. Can suggest studying to broaden your expertise in whatever field you are already in. Improve your career prospects.
Nine of Pentacles - self-reliance. Contentment, happiness, safety and security. Everything is going great and according to plans. Enjoying the good things in life. You are now reaping the rewards of hard work. The home and work fronts are going well. Can represent a retired person. Possibly indicate pregnancy if it appears with the Empress in the same spread.
Ten of Pentacles - material abundance. A period of security, contentment and wealth. Family and family gatherings - passing on family traditions. Can suggest receiving an inheritance. Suggests the need to make provisions for the family ie making a will, or investments, or business which will benefit the family. Good energies in relation to moving house or putting extensions onto a present house. If you are involved in a legal case than the 10 of Pentacles with 6 of Pentacles in the same spread can suggest a payout in your favour. If the 10 of Pentacles appears with 2 other 10's then the signing of contracts is likely. Creating a lasting foundation.
The Court Cards
King of Pentacles. (Capricorn) - sound financial advice. Slow, steady and practical steps bring success. Successful in a business sense. Possible owns his own business and has worked his way up from the ground level or has done the same working for someone else.
Characteristics -Grounded, practical, cautious and hard-working. Reliable and conservative. Fulfils his commitments and takes his responsibilities seriously. Exceptionally wise with money. Has a stubborn streak and can be territorial. Loves home and the comforts thereof, food, music, animals, nature and material things. Can easily slip into a rut and become too conventional. When out of sorts food will usually calm him. Although sometimes unadventurous he is a stable and reliable partner. Prosperous and highly successful in a worldly sense. In regard to health this card can indicate tension stored in the neck and shoulders.
Queen of Pentacles. (Taurus) practical manager. Practical application of thoughts and desires brings success and material security. Trust your abilities.
Characteristics - Good business sense. Will work hard, loves plants and animals, is steady, patient and generous. Enjoys preparing and eating good food, loves touching and being touched. She always likes to keep some money aside for peace of mind. Can be frugal. Reliable, down to earth person. Practical and supportive. A lover of nature. A career best suited to this person would be - working with plants or animals, floristry. chef, green keeper, business (either working for or running her own), environmentalist, geology, archaeology, or any career to do with the outdoors.
Knight of Pentacles (Virgo) - slow, steady progress. Consolidating your plans and making moves to cement goals and prepared to put in the hard work to achieve goals. Travel on land.
Characteristics - Serious, planning, persistent, reliable. Quite often a person who works with his hands a Tradesman etc. He likes to plan and stick to his plans, working tirelessly toward his goal. Money and material things come first with him. Responsible, hardworking, independent. He would prefer to have his own business as he detests being told what to do by other people. Always prepared to put in hard work necessary to achieve a goal. Loves home life, stability and predictability and will endure a very difficult situation rather than change. He is sometimes seen by other people as a plodder. A good provider, hides his emotions but has a soft centre. Conservative in tastes and careful with his reputation. If he is hindered in his progress towards his goal he will temporarily be upset but will get back on his horse and keep going to achieve the goal.
Page of Pentacles - studiousness. News about money, new job or course of study. Thinking about and planning things around money and possessions. If starting a new project than serious commitment and careful planning is required to succeed. Steadily work towards goal. Acquiring new skills when starting a new job or project. A young person who is practical, serious and steady, enjoys nature, the outdoors and animals. Often they are old before they are young. Suggests giving extra time to taking care of your body. Any new projects should be nurtured with care and gentleness. A desire for learning and study indicated. Shows a strong commitment to a relationship. Could also indicate a relationship that would be beneficial materially to both parties.
The Suit of Swords
Ace of Swords, the Power of Intellect - Clear thinking brings success. The firm grasp of an idea or thought. Depicts plans put into place for future action. Clarity of thought, practical planning and clear focus on the desired goal. Spiritually it means that you can see through material things to the spiritual causes of events and the consequences of thoughts in the material world. A clear plan in knowing what you want from a relationship. Most likely you and your partner will share common interests and goals and you will be on the same wave length.
Two of Swords, stalemate, deadlock - A tense situation. The need to choose between two alternatives. Being blindfolded to the truth will only create stagnation. Can't see forward or backward. Resolution of emotional conflicts will help you in making a clear decision. If you have been hurt in a relationship, be kind to yourself and allow yourself time for healing and learning from the experience. Not the best time to rush into another relationship. Try to combine thoughts and emotions in decisions. Face your fears so that you can understand what circumstances are trying to teach you.
Three of Swords, heartache - Heartache, grief, strong disappointment and a broken heart. Can indicate pain and suffering within a relationship. Accept and don't fight what life is handing you at this time, remember that this will pass and needs to be experienced honestly and not suppressed. Something to mourn or cry about. Unsettling news.
Four of Swords, respite - A need for rest, recreation, recuperation and recovery from emotional or physical problems. Take time out in order to reflect, meditate and refresh yourself. You may feel a need to spend time alone. Put some thought into improving your lifestyle in regard to health. Recharge your batteries, take a break.
Five of Swords, empty victory - Tension, conflicts and arguments. Conflict could be on an inner level or with people around you. This card indicates that someone comes out on top, but only through brute force or manipulation. A satisfactory conclusion to the matter will only come when all parties are able to have their say and each one really listens to the other. A need for clear communication. This card can also represent the defeat and destruction of a negative behaviour pattern in the inquirers life. Could suggest that you have simply taken on too much and are not coping well with the added responsibility. Acting in a negative and destructive manner.
Six of Swords, leaving your troubles behind - A difficult cycle coming to an end. Moving from rough into smooth waters. You will be taking some of your old beliefs and thoughts with you, to let go of them at this time would be too much, there will be a slow letting go of the past. You have learnt from life's trials and have peace of mind. Can indicate overseas travel. Light at the end of the tunnel. Brighter days ahead.
Seven of Swords, stealth - New ideas, plans, and goals are in the air. If you are not getting the rewards out of life that you think you should, become more adaptable and be open to new ways of achieving your goals. Don't give up. Doing the unexpected. This card carries a warning that there could is a hint of dishonesty or deception around you at this time. A presence of hidden agendas.
Eight of Swords, restriction - Feelings of restriction, confusion and anxiety. A lack of confidence, communication and faith in yourself. Fear of making a decision in case of hurting another. Although you are blindfolded, tied up and surrounded by swords, your feet are free to walk out of this situation whenever you like. Number eight represents strength and courage, so you will have inner reserves to carry you through. Examine your inner beliefs as it is these that are binding you. For the way out follow your intuition.
Nine of Swords, nightmares - The worry card. Can indicate anxiety, sadness and sleeplessness. You may be experiencing strong dreams or nightmares, listen to them as your subconscious is trying to tell you something. It would be wise to ground yourself by getting close to nature, spend some time in the countryside or near the sea. Look at the surrounding cards to see what the worry is about. Worries are always worse in the night.
Ten of Swords, irrevocable ending - The end of a situation. Something in your life is over and acceptance of this will allow new things to replace what has gone. Change is difficult, but we do cope, and come through the experience more positive and capable. The sun is rising on the horizon with the hope of new and better things to come. Stabbed in the back, feeling like a doormat, at your lowest ebb.
The Court Cards
King of Swords (Libra) - authority and command. Clear thought and practical effort brings success. Committed to clearness of thought, honesty and a need to put knowledge into practice. Success indicated through having a clear, workable plan. Someone is giving you clear sound advice. If the Justice Card appears with the King of Swords in the layout can suggest legal procedures are taking place.
Characteristics - Mature man with a disciplined mind, good clear practical ideas. A good organiser, likely to be involved in management. Loves logic which leaves little room for emotions and dreams. His advice is worth seeking and he is attracted to law as a career. Careers - business, politics, law, architecture, engineering, medicine, teaching, communications, business consultancy and writing (non-fiction).
Queen of Swords (Aquarius) - intelligent and solitary. A time to reflect upon current situation and your past actions. Thinking clearly brings success. Looking closely at what is approaching may prevent you repeating difficult patterns. A time of withdrawal and thinking about yourself and your direction. Will observe a potential partner before committing herself.
Characteristics - Subtle sense of humour, rational, clear thinking, patient, quick minded, excellent organiser and a shrewd judge of human nature. Can tend towards being a perfectionist. Gives good advice based upon her own experiences. Loves to talk. Would suit careers in - administration, clerical & office work, business management, politics, medicine, law, science, publishing, editorial, proofreading.
Knight of Swords (Gemini) - rapid comings and goings. A combination of thought and action in order to bring about the desired result. In answer to a question suggests that sudden action is called for. This card usually represents a quick minded young person who is unpredictable and impatient. Can be a person who comes into your life and leaves it again within a short time. Travel by air.
Characteristics - Hasty in thought, word and deed. Quick minded, restless and impatient. Initiates action with no thought as to how it will finish. Prefers action to planning or reflection. Doesn't like repetition and desires movement and change. Quick thought without much discipline.
Page of Swords - quick thinking. Could be news about whatever your question relates to. Represents a young person with an active mind, easily given to inspiration, but not very practical with their ideas. Feeling of being up in the clouds, you need to come back to reality before deciding if your ideas are workable. Dreaming about what you want in a relationship, but doing nothing about making the dream a reality. Approaching life through thought, without regard to what you feel. Disruptive situation due to gossip.
The Suit of Cups
Ace of Cups - stirrings of the heart. Feelings of emotional fulfilment and contentment. Open to new opportunities which could include a new relationship, a deeper commitment to an existing relationship, birth of child or new level of fulfilment. Positive for relationships. Either the start of a relationship or the deepening of an existing one. Can denote a relationship with someone is helping you to connect to your spiritual purpose. A celebration or happy event.
Two of Cups - mutuality. A card of harmony, stability, sharing and co-operation. Describes a good friendship, partnership or romantic relationship where there is equality and trust. Can suggest marriage or deepening of a current relationship. In relation to a business partnership indicates there would be equal benefits for both sides. If there has been a rift between two people than this card can suggest that problems will be healed and peace restored. Making up. Emotional balance.
Three of Cups - celebration. Resolution of problems, have faith, everything is going to turn out well in the end. A card of social gatherings ie weddings, parties, reunions, family get togethers etc. Celebrations, having fun. This card brings strong healings energies for body, mind and spirit. An invitation. Friendship.
Four of Cups - discontent. Apathy, boredom. Indicates a need to connect with the spiritual or inner self. Feelings of disatisfaction and sometimes depression especially in regard to relationships. A need to stay connected with friends and interests. Don't let despondency blind you to opportunities being presented. Use this time wisely to think things through. Reluctance to accept help & support.
Five of Cups - loss and disappointment. Feelings of sadness, loss and disappointment. You may be feeling separated from life at the moment. Don't fight it, go with it and experience it, for in so doing you are opening the way for new opportunities to come to you. By facing your fears you can turn them from monsters into soft fluffy kittens. Release old hurts in order to move on. There will be help from a friend or spiritual guide. All is not lost.
Six of Cups - the good old days. Feelings of safety and security in the home. A strong card for nostalgia, either thinking about things from the past or visiting places from your past, maybe even old talents resurfacing which can be put to good use. You may run into an old friend. Although we can glimpse the past, it is wise to put the past behind us and move forward with hope. Recollection of fond memories. Emotional reunion.
Seven of Cups - daydreams. Too many choices and difficulty in making decisions. Lack of focus, confusion. To make realistic choices the suggestion is to go within to find what it is that you really want. The realisation that to love other people, you must first learn to love yourself. Daydreaming is fine in it's place but we can't escape from reality forever. Wishful thinking. Commit to one thing at a time.
Eight of Cups - a change of heart. Searching for deeper meaning in life. A realisation that there is more to life than what you are presently experiencing. Retreat from being emotionally drained. A need to let something or someone go. A time to move on. Look within. There will be much courage and strength available to you. A need to let go of something no longer working.
Nine of Cups - the wish card. Your wish will come true. Foretells happiness, contentment and peace. You are feeling happy and fulfilled in all areas of your life. Very pleased with yourself. Favourable for business. Possibly a marriage to someone older. You are using what you have learnt in life wisely. Experience life as a celebration.
Ten of Cups - harmony in personal relationships. The card of home and family, harmony, peace and happiness. Domestic harmony. Contentment within a family or work situation or both of these. Working together, sharing, equality, giving and receiving. Although committed to each other in a relationship there is still freedom for separate interests and friends outside of this relationship. Indication of marriage especially if backed up by The Lovers. A birth in the family is possible. Counting your blessings.
The Court Cards
King of Cups (Cancer) - wise counsel. Emotional and creative discipline. A mature, strong, calm, creative approach combined with practical efforts brings success and rewards. A time to trust your instincts - don't give up.
Characteristics - Strong, sensitive, patient, creative and deep. Emotionally controlled and spiritually aware. Knows his strengths and weaknesses and he treasures being close to his partner emotionally. Bases decisions on gut feelings or intuition and often works on hunches. Considers the needs of others as well as his own needs. Career and interests - Working in and around water, writing, painting, music, acting, counselling, psychology, architecture and study of religion or philosophy.
Queen of Cups (Scorpio) - deep feeling. Creative discipline brings success. Suggests listening to your heart and to your intuition before deciding upon a course of action.
Characteristics - Emotional, imaginative, strong psychic abilities. A charming woman and a good friend. She is mature with an intuitive and creative nature. Usually quite, supportive of people around her. Values emotional fulfilment above material success, and devotes great time and effort to her relationships, family and children. People often confide in her. Suitable career based in any of the following - counselling, psychology, social work, child care, writing, healing and any creative work.
Knight of Cups (Pisces) -new relationships. An offer from someone. An invitation or opportunity may soon arise. A marriage proposal. A time to decide whether it is wise to act or to wait. Follow your heart in order to find fulfilment. Travel to or by water.
Characteristics - Soft-hearted, gentle, sincere, tender and caring. Enthusiastic while being soft and sensitive underneath.
Page of Cups - birth of new emotions. Thinking about feelings. Birth of new ideas, feelings and attitudes. Love of a young person. Renewed trust. The offer of a new relationship or business partnership. An opportunity for emotional fulfilment in regard to career suggesting working doing something that you love. Creative work. Psychic or spiritual development is likely to occur. Offer of a new relationship or the deepening of an existing one. Positive indication of a reunion with a friend or partner.