Minor Arcana

Definition of Minor Arcana

The tarot cards are divided into two segments, called arcanas. The 56 minor arcana cards are meant to complement the major arcana, or trump cards. The minor arcana is divided into four suits (similar to playing cards). These suits are wands, pentacles, swords, and cups.

The suit of cups corresponds to the suit of hearts in playing cards, and is related to feelings. The suit of swords corresponds to the suit of spades in playing cards, and is related to thoughts. The suit of pentacles corresponds to the suit of diamonds in playing cards, and is related to material success. The suit of wands corresponds to the suit of clubs in playing cards, and is related to action.

Each suit in the minor arcana has ten numbered cards and four court cards. These are similar to the jack, queen, and king of the playing cards. The queen and king are usually still called the queen and king in the tarot. The jack is called the knight or the knave, and a fourth lesser valued card, the page, is added in each suit. Sometimes the page and the knight have different names, like the princess and the prince, for example. While these cards feature people on them, in a tarot reading they are more likely to represent archetypal energies, although sometimes they can point to an actual person.

TERM OF THE DAY

Taurus

The bull symbolizes the Taurus zodiac sign known for stubbornness and the ability to see things through to completion. This is the 2nd sign of the zodiac occurring after Aries and before Gemini. Those born April 20 to May 20st are a Taurus. As an earth sign, they are aware of the physical world around them, will always have a budget and take their time making decisions. A Taurus is a very caring sign known to live their physical senses enjoying tastes, textures and a luxurious home. They do well in fields such as design, home organization, floral arranging and the culinary arts as well as law, education, and research.

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