Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretations -
The Minor Arcana
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 colours 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 lifes 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 whats 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:
This of course is a broad overview of each suit - just as every world has an infinite array of characteristics, colours, qualities, and aspects - so too does each suit, and these are played out by each of the fourteen individual cards in each realm.
Dont 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 read through the individual card meanings by scrolling though the suit of each of the above.
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The Minor Arcana, is sometimes considered to be less spiritually important than the “Majors Cards” in the Tarot deck, but are actually a long way from being minor in any way. They are the representatives for the every day events in our lives, including the ones that are of major importance to us (they can include love, the birth of a child, employment change, and thousands of different events in daily life. Just like playing cards are, they are broken into four suits, which are called different things in different decks.
One Tarot's Minor Arcana is comprised of four suits: , , and . Each suit is made up of 14 cards, beginning with the Ace, progressing through through to the number 10, and concluding with four Court cards: Page, Knight, Queen and King. When learning Tarot a beginner need not to pay a great deal of attention to this, but often different decks have different associations; (for example, the Art Nouveau Tarot from which I was personally taught the Tarot has Wands associated with air and Swords with fire.) This can effect the meanings, so this thought should be taken into account depending the deck you use.
This of course is a broad overview of each suit just as all people have an infinite array of qualities and characteristics, so too does each suit, and these are played out by each of the fourteen individual cards and representations in each realm.