The Minor Arcana

The 40 cards of the Minor Arcana represent our daily life. They are no less important than The Major Arcana, despite what the name suggests. These cards are broken down in to the four suits; Cups, Swords, Pentacles and Wands, each suit embodying the element that it represents.


The suit of Pentacles represents the element of Earth. This element embodies the physical and financial realm, including career. The personality type associated with this suit is one of a reliable, loyal, grounded, and practical.


The suit of Wands represents the element of Fire. This element embodies passion, motivation, and spirit. The personality type associated with this suit is one of a passionate, excitable, and temperamental.


The suit of Cups represents the element of Water. This element embodies emotions, such as love. The personality type associated with this suit is one of an emotional, private, and charming nature.


The suit of Swords represents the element of Air. This element embodies creativity, logic, and adventure. The personality type associated with suit is one of a logical, curious, and creative nature.

Minor Arcana Key Words

Pentacles

Card

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Ace Pentacles

Prosperity, happiness,  financial opportunity

Misery, greed, lack of money

Two Pentacles

Harmony, new projects, balance

Difficulty, discouragement, lack of balance

Three Pentacles

Abilities, approval, effort, collaboration

Preoccupation, ambition, working alone

Four Pentacles

Financial protection, greed, miserly

Careful spending, obstacles, earthy possessions

Five Pentacles

Destitution, poor health, despair, loneliness

Overcoming financial hardship, courage, revival

Six Pentacles

Prosperity, generosity, charity, gifts

Jealousy, miserliness, unfairness

Seven Pentacles

Development, re-evaluation, hard work

Impatience, slow progress,  hard work not paying off

Eight Pentacles

Employment, money, learning, diligence

Lack of ambition, dislike, carelessness

Nine Pentacles

Financial or material abundance, well-being, green thumb

Caution, lack of financial or material comfort, not a time to slow down

Ten Pentacles

Wealth, property, stability, attainment

Financial instability, laziness, misfortune

Page Pentacles

Kindness, new ideas/opportunities, student

Materialistic, rebellious, bad news

Knight Pentacles

Steady action, patience,  trustworthy

Carelessness, unable to make progress, irresponsible

Queen Pentacles

Thoughtfulness, nurture, talents, motherly

Mistrust, suspicion, neglect, cruel

King Pentacles

Reliability, steadiness, experienced

Controlling, materialistic, overbearing

Swords

Card

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Reverse

Ace of Swords

Love, power, victory

Obstacles, tyranny, power

Two of Swords

Indecision, trouble, balance

Unscrupulous, release, clear sight

Three of Swords

Heart break, sadness, argument

Sorrow, healing, recovery

Four of Swords

Reflection, retreat, consideration

Social unrest, taking action

Five of Swords

Defeat, cowardliness, empty victory

Unfairness, defeat, loss

Six of Swords

Harmony, sorrow, journey

Lack of progress, difficulties, defeat

Seven of Swords

Betrayal, insolence, deception

Counsel, help, advice

Eight of Swords

Indecision, censure, limiting beliefs

Freedom, new beginnings, relaxation

Nine of Swords

Anxiety, illness, suspicion, cruelty

Unselfishness, good news, healing

Ten of Swords

Defeat, failure, pain, end of cycle

Courage, positive energy, good health

Page of Swords

Grace, diplomacy, dexterity

Impostor, ill-health, cunningness

Knight of Swords

Strength, bravery, decisive action

Troublemaker, volatile, hot headed

Queen of Swords

Skillful, brave, clever, supportive

Deceitful, manipulative, sly

King of Swords

Powerful, friendship, counselor

Obstinate, evil intentions, Over-controlling

Cups

Card

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Reverse

Ace Cups

Good health, love, joy

Selfishness, hesitancy, lack of emotion

Two Cups

Romance, friendship, cooperation, duality

Violent passion, misunderstanding, end of relationship

Three Cups

Fortune, hospitality, discovery

Overindulgence, pain, gossip

Four Cups

Dissatisfaction, kindness, revaluation, apathy

Emotional motivation, ambitions, beginning

Five Cups

Regret, sorrow, loss, focusing on the past

Hope, healing, emotional recovery

Six Cups

Harmony, child-like view, happiness

Disappointment, emotional discord, distress

Seven Cups

Choice, illusion, lack of direction

Will-power, determination, decisiveness

Eight Cups

Disappointment, abandonment, moving on

Pleasure, success, joy

Nine Cups

Satisfaction, stability, security

Arrogance, failure, overindulgence

Ten Cups

Happy relationships, emotional attainment, content

Waste, broken relationships, discord

Page Cups

Gentleness, academic, creativity

Lack of creativity, selfishness, lack of ambition

Knight Cups

Emotional, romantic, take action on emotional desire

Idleness, untruthful, fraud, sensuality

Queen Cups

Nurturing, gentle, happiness

Perverse, unhappy, gloom, over-active imagination

King Cups

Kindness, willingness, enjoyment

Deceitful, controlling, manipulative

Cups

Card

Upright

Reverse

Ace Cups

Good health, love, joy

Selfishness, hesitancy, lack of emotion

Two Cups

Romance, friendship, cooperation, duality

Violent passion, misunderstanding, end of relationship

Three Cups

Fortune, hospitality, discovery

Overindulgence, pain, gossip

Four Cups

Dissatisfaction, kindness, revaluation, apathy

Emotional motivation, ambitions, beginning

Five Cups

Regret, sorrow, loss, focusing on the past

Hope, healing, emotional recovery

Six Cups

Harmony, child-like view, happiness

Disappointment, emotional discord, distress

Seven Cups

Choice, illusion, lack of direction

Will-power, determination, decisiveness

Eight Cups

Disappointment, abandonment, moving on

Pleasure, success, joy

Nine Cups

Satisfaction, stability, security

Arrogance, failure, overindulgence

Ten Cups

Happy relationships, emotional attainment, content

Waste, broken relationships, discord

Page Cups

Gentleness, academic, creativity

Lack of creativity, selfishness, lack of ambition

Knight Cups

Emotional, romantic, take action on emotional desire

Idleness, untruthful, fraud, sensuality

Queen Cups

Nurturing, gentle, happiness

Perverse, unhappy, gloom, over-active imagination

King Cups

Kindness, willingness, enjoyment

Deceitful, controlling, manipulative

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