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The Minor Arcana is the name of the 56 cards of the Tarot deck that correspond to the cards of a modern regular playing deck. Each has four suits of 14 cards: numbers Ace to 10 and the Page, Knight, Queen, and King. The suits of the Minor Arcana are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles.

Wands

The Wands correspond to creativity, action and movement. The phallic symbolism of the wand demonstrates also their correspondence to the yang or masculine principle. They are also associated with the element of fire. Qualities expressed by the cards include

  • enthusiasm
  • adventure
  • risk-taking
  • confidence

Cups

The Cups correspond to emotions and spiritual experiences. They describe inner states, feelings and relationship patterns. The receptive nature of the Cup demonstrates the correspondence to the yin, or feminine principle. They are associated with the element of water. Qualities expressed by the cards include:

  • feeling
  • emotions
  • relationships
  • moods

Swords

The Swords correspond with the intellect, thought and reason and describe situations involving justice, truth and ethical principles. Swords are associated with the element of air.

Pentacles

The Pentacles, also known as the Coins, correspond with practicality, security and materialism. They are associated with the element of earth and represent prosperity and wealth.


Court Cards

The court cards depict personalities that reflect the qualities of their suit and rank.

  • King: maturity, masculinity, authority, control and mastery in some area associated with his suit.
  • Queen: maturity, femininity, feelings, relationships and self-expression.
  • Knight: immaturity, teenagers, swinging wildly from one extreme to another in an attempt to relate successfully to the world; prone to excess, but also eager and sincere.
  • Page: playful, a child, pleasure, spontaneity, adventure and possibility.

Gallery

Wands

Cups

Swords

Pentacles



Major Arcana
0
The Fool
I
The Magician
II
The High Priestess
III
The Empress
IV
The Emperor
V
The Hierophant
VI
The Lovers
VII
The Chariot
VIII
Strength
IX
The Hermit
X
Wheel of Fortune
XI
Justice
XII
The Hanged Man
XIII
Death
XIV
Temperance
XV
The Devil
XVI
The Tower
XVII
The Star
XVIII
The Moon
XIX
The Sun
XX
Judgement
XXI
The World
Minor Arcana
Suit of Wands
Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Page Knight Queen King
Suit of Cups
Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Page Knight Queen King
Suit of Swords
Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Page Knight Queen King
Suit of Pentacles
Ace Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Page Knight Queen King
Tarot

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