Tarot Card Meanings – Tarot Reading and Understanding The Minor Arcana Tarot Cards
To fully understand tarot reading and tarot card meanings, we first need to begin with the part of the tarot deck known as the minor arcana cards.
If you are at all familiar with a modern playing card deck, then you shouldn't have too much difficulty learning how the cards of the minor arcana in a tarot deck are organized. Both types of decks have four suits, but instead of the suits of hearts, diamonds spades and clubs, the tarot deck features the suits of wands, cups, coins and swords. Both modern day playing cards and the cards of the tarot are numbered in numerical order. In both decks you will find aces and numbered cards from two through ten.
One significant distinction between the modern playing cards and the Tarot is the number of court cards represented. While in a playing card deck you'll find three court cards: jacks, kings and queens, a tarot deck has one extra court card series which is referred to as the pages. While a playing card deck has a total of 52 common cards, the cards that make up the minor arcana in a tarot deck contain a total of 56 cards given the addition of the extra cards that represent the pages.
While both decks may be similar in the way they are organized, the meanings of the individual cards contained within the decks are not. In the minor arcana, different tarot card meanings are attributed to each card which may represent various situations that are going on in your present day to day life. They can represent how you interact with people, your work, your emotions, your finances, and your personal relationships. They can also represent the influences of the four elements: earth, sky, water and fire.
Although many people believe the minor arcana tarot cards are not as significant as the major arcana tarot cards, I tend to disagree. The minor arcana are incredibly powerful due to their specific nature. In a tarot card reading, the minor arcana reveal the who’s, how’s, and what’s. There is no sense of permanence. If there are a number of minor arcana suit cards in your spread, know that you can make changes, work through blocks, and understands where you are emotionally.
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