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Minor Arcana Tarot
Card Meanings

Minor arcana tarot card meanings

Introduction to the Minor
Arcana Tarot Card Meaning

A technical definition for the Minor Arcana (as described in my Tarot meanings dictionary pages) is:

The 56 minor cards that follow the first 22 Major Arcana cards. These 56 minor Arcana cards are also called pips, suit cards, minors, and other terms. Arcanum is singular, Arcana is plural and the term means "secret." Where the Major Arcana cards are thought of as the "power" cards or big players in a reading, the Minor Arcana serve in supportive roles and augment the reading with further insight and detail of circumstances.

Viewed more eclectically, if the Major Arcana could be described as the primary colors brightly painted on the canvas of our lives, then the Minor Arcana are the various hues and shades that offer enhancement and diversity of our life?s design.

The Minor Arcana brings us clarity and definition. These cards are the supportive role-players to the prime archetypes of the Major Arcana. The stage, setting, and supportive actors in our readings; these cards flesh out the big story of what?s going on in our interpretive experiences.

Each suit tells a story within the elemental/psychological realm of that suit. For instance, the Minor Arcana suit of cups tell the story of its element, water which deals with the realm of emotions. Succinctly, the worlds of emphasis are played out thusly in each suit:

Wands Pentacles Swords Cups
Fire Earth Air Water
Spirit Physical Thought Emotion

Click here for a helpful pop-up reference chart showing more associations for each Tarot card suit.

This of course is a broad overview of each suit - just as every world has an infinite array of characteristics, colors, qualities, and aspects - so too does each suit, and these are played out by each of the fourteen individual cards in each realm.

Don?t get the idea that just because these are the Minors they play second fiddle in any reading. On the contrary, the Minor Arcana Tarot card meanings have the ability to drastically transform all readings (and offer personal transformation as you work with the Tarot on a developmental level), and can leave a mark of grand design if soulfully interpreted in a reading.

For your enhancement, I offer some insights into these Minor card meanings. Simply click on the links below for each card meaning:

Wands Pentacles Swords Cups
Tarot card suit of wands by Morgan-Greer Tarot pentacles by Morgan-Greer Tarot card suit of swords by Morgan-Greer Tarot card suit of cups by Morgan-Greer
Ace of Wands Ace of Pentacles Ace of Swords Ace of Cups
2 of Wands 2 of Pentacles 2 of Swords 2 of Cups
3 of Wands 3 of Pentacles 3 of Swords 3 of Cups
4 of Wands 4 of Pentacles 4 of Swords 4 of Cups
5 of Wands 5 of Pentacles 5 of Swords 5 of Cups
6 of Wands 6 of Pentacles 6 of Swords 6 of Cups
7 of Wands 7 of Pentacles 7 of Swords 7 of Cups
8 of Wands 8 of Pentacles 8 of Swords 8 of Cups
9 of Wands 9 of Pentacles 9 of Swords 9 of Cups
10 of Wands 10 of Pentacles 10 of Swords 10 of Cups

Other links of assistance and interest on this website:

Number Meanings (to assist in Minor Arcana Tarot card meanings)

List of Major Arcana Cards

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