This is part 3 of a 4 part series on learning to read the tarot intuitively.
Welcome back to Learning to Live the Tarot!
Today we are looking at the general meanings for the Minor Arcana cards. To me, the Minor Arcana cards tell us of the daily struggles and joys we face as we travel through life. Sometimes the information you glean from a Minor Arcana card may be all you need to help you solve your problem.
My best suggestion for interpreting the minor arcana is to put the cards in order by suit, in 4 stacks. Put the King on the top, then Queen, Knight, and Page. Follow with the number cards from 10 down to the Ace. Go through each stack, one by one. Look at your card and write down what you see in it and what kind of story each card is telling you. This is using your intuitive skills so there is no wrong or right answer.
Here is a my simple guide:
King: Usually a man your age or older
Queen: Usually a woman your age or older
Knight: May be male or female usually late teens to twenties
Page: A male or female child up to teen years.
(Note: the characteristics of the Knight and Page may indicate an older person who acts immaturely in one way or another. Also, these 2 cards are not gender specific and may represent either a male or female in the given situation.)
Nine: Overwhelming situations coming to an end
Eight: Hard work, difficulties, possibly time to make a change
Seven: Taking care of what you have, protecting the prize, choices
Six: Promises of what can be, success in your endeavors
Five: Usually show us a sorrow, loss or shortcoming
Four: Focusing on the goal
Three: Looking at how things are coming together
Aces: new beginnings
To take it one step further, put the cards with the suits and see the kinds of meanings you can get from
Ace of Pentacles would be new material beginnings.
Ace of Cups would be new emotional beginnings, perhaps a new relationship or just things moving from a time of sadness to joy.
Ace of Swords would be a new beginning based on intellect or ideas.
Ace of Wands is being able to find your passion in life and start over again.
Now take your cards and start looking at each suit and each minor arcana card. What story does the card tell you? Next, place each of the 4 piles in front of you and compare the meanings you see from suit to suit. Is there a story that you see forming? This is intuitively getting to know your deck. From this intuitive standpoint the cards are of more value as a divination tool because you have made their meanings personal.
If I were to draw a card and read that one card using this method, I would get a reading like this:
4 of Wands: In this card we see people celebrating, as though they are getting married or purchasing a new home. It is a card that represents achieving the goal that has been set. I would say that the situation will have a very positive resolution.
Next Time: The Major Arcana
Dru Ann Welch is an experienced Intuitive Counselor, Healer and Tarot Reader. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher and a Certified H.E.A.L. Technique Practitioner and a Crystal Singing Bowl Practitioner. Additionally, she holds a degree in Education and teaches with passion. Dru Ann is the author of 4 books , creator of 2 oracle decks and the performing artist on 3 cds. Dru Ann’s musings in the form of quotes, blogs and articles have been featured on The Wellness Universe , Circle Magazine ( Imbolc Issue 119/pg 42) and The Spirit Ezine (May 2015). Proudly, Dru Ann has been a featured speaker and presenter at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, the UCSS Spiritual Centre, Autumn Meet, and the Florida Pagan Gathering.
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