The Meanings of the Minor Arcana Tarot Cards

The 56 Minor Arcana cards reflect the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis. Even though the Minor Arcana cards are called ‘minor', it doesn't mean that these Tarot cards won't have a significant impact in your life. These Tarot cards relate to what's happening in your daily life, and can offer insight into how your present situation is affecting you and what steps you need to take to manifest your goals.

The Minor Arcana cards typically have a temporary influence – that is, they represent an energy that is moving through your life right now and that can be easily changed, depending on the actions you take.

The Minor Arcana Suits

There are four different Tarot Suits within the Minor Arcana:

  • The Suit of Cups represents your feelings, emotions, intuition and creativity. The Cups cards often appear in Tarot readings about relationships and your emotional connection with yourself and others.
  • The Suit of Pentacles represents your finances, work and material possessions. The Pentacles cards often appear in Tarot readings about career and financial wealth.
  • The Suit of Swords represents your thoughts, words and actions. The Swords cards often appear in Tarot readings about communicating your ideas, making decisions, and asserting your power.
  • The Suit of Wands represents your energy, motivation and passion. The Wands cards often appear in Tarot readings about life purpose, spirituality and new ideas.

Each Suit contains 10 numbered cards and 4 Court Cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King). The Tarot Court Cards each represent different personality characteristics we may choose to express at any given time.

What Does a Minor Arcana Card Mean in a Tarot Reading?

In a Tarot reading, a Minor Arcana card will show you what's happening in your daily life and how it is affecting you. These practical cards represent the interactions, experiences, thoughts and emotions you encounter as you go about your life. While a Major Arcana card will show you the key life lesson you're learning, a Minor Arcana card will show you the key situation you're dealing with currently. This situation is temporary and has the potential to change based on the actions you choose.

What Does it Mean When a Tarot Reading is Mostly Minor Arcana Tarot Cards?

When your Tarot reading has mostly Minor Arcana Tarot cards, it is a sign that you are dealing with day-to-day issues which will not necessarily have a lasting influence on your life. These issues are passing through, presenting you with an opportunity to learn from these experiences. Look to any Major Arcana cards in the Tarot reading to identify and understand these lessons and how they mayimpact your life in the long-term.

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