The Minor Arcana Tarot Cards – upright and reversed

The Minor Arcana Tarot Cards


The Minor Arcana tarot cards are often short periods and illustrate emotions, thoughts, actions and material subjects. Some of the Minor tarot cards show good times and other the less pleasant period of times in life that pass by. Mostly the minor arcana cards visualize important subjects to work on in you life. Especially when they show up more often in your readings. Minor cards are seen as “small lessons”. The Minor Arcana tarot cards exist out of 4 suits; wands, cups, pentacles and swords.

The Minor Arcana cards and the four suits in tarot


The suit of wands

Suit of wands tarot cards

The suit of wands are related to the element fire and are about primal energy, inspiration, action, movement, the potential of something and creative processes. The wands addresses what makes us tick. A lot of wands in a reading indicates a lot of masculine energy and an action orientated reading.


Ace of Wands                6 of Wands
2 of Wands                    7 of Wands
3 of Wands                    8 of wands
4 of Wands                    9 of Wands
5 of Wands                   10 of Wands

Page of Wands              Queen of Wands
Knight of Wands            King of Wands

The suit of cups

Suit of Cups Tarot different decks

The suit of chalices or cups are related to the element water and are about emotions, feelings, expression of feelings, relationships and connections. A lot of cups in a reading indicates a very emotional reading.

Ace of Cups                  6 of Cups
2 of Cups                      7 of Cups
3 of Cups                      8 of Cups
4 of Cups                      9 of Cups
5 of Cups                     10 of Cups

Page of Cups                Queen of Cups
Knight of Cups               King of Cups

The suit of pentacles

Suit of pentacles tarot cards decks

The suit of pentacles, disks or coins are related to the element earth and are about materialistic, financial matter, physical matters and trading. It is also about the realisation of things. When the suit of pentacles dominates the reading there happens a lot in the area of work, career and money issues for the querent.

Ace of Pentacles                6 of Pentacles
2 of Pentacles                    7 of Pentacles
3 of Pentacles                    8 of Pentacles
4 of Pentacles                    9 of Pentacles
5 of Pentacles                    10 of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles               Queen of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles              King of Pentacles

The suit of swords

Suit of swords tarot

The suit of swords are related to the element air and is about thoughts, communication, rationalizing, clarity, analysis and conflict. When there are a lot of swords cards in a reading it is mostly about communication and thinking. Swords often indicate conflicts.

Ace of Swords                    6 of Swords
2 of Swords                        7 of Swords
3 of Swords                        8 of Swords
4 of Swords                        9 of Swords
5 of Swords                       10 of Swords

Page of Swords                 Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords               King of Swords

The Court Cards


The Court cards are part of the Minor Arcana cards and can stand for people involved in the situation and can reflect the querent as well. As people, court cards can tell about the age of a person, the type of a person and there approach in a situation. Court cards can also represent upcoming messages, events or atmospheres. The court cards consist out of pages, knights, queens and kings in combination with the 4 suits.

The pages are starting their adventure and do not have experience yet. That is why the page can stand for a message for a new opportunity or a start of something new. Pages are like students. As a person the page symbolizes a child or someone who is practicing something new to him or her. Like a child, pages can have the habit to run away from their responsibilities. Pages in the past position can stand for your childhood.

The knights are like teenagers and they are doing the things they do in extremes. They are not a child and either mature. The knights are more experienced than pages and action orientated then pages. Knights can be very demonstrative in what there standig for and what they do. Knights in a reading can stand for people and atmospheres.

The queens are representing feminine energy and are about mastering and controlling emotional issues. The queen can be standing in a reading for the querent or another a man woman. Queens are reflecting issues like image, reliability, intuition, knowledge and support. They have a deep understanding of themself and the people around them. The energy of the queen cards are more inwards (knowledge, intuition) while the king cards are more outwards (planning and structure) because of their feminine energy.

The kings are representing adult mascular energy. It does not always stand for a male person but it reflects male energy. For example when a single mother fulfills tasks that is normally done by the husband this can be symbolized with a court card of a king. King cards can stand for father figures, leaders and managers. Kings are have life experience and are taking care of others and are responsable figures. The ideas that are nurtured by the queens are coming to full development by a king.



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