The Minor Arcana
The journey of the Minor Arcana in Tarot is a multi layered exercise that can be approached on an endless variety of levels. To begin to communicate with the Tarot you must first absorb the meanings of the four suits and their corresponding symbols. The Wands, Pentacles, Cups and Swords of the Tarot deck have in their structure similarities to a traditional deck of playing cards. Each of these cards has developed to represent situations in a persons life or qualities or ‘characters’ within that persons existence. In comparison to a deck of playing cards the Cups are equivalent to the suit of Hearts, the Diamonds to Pentacles, the Wands to Clubs and the Swords to Spades.
Thoughts on the Minor arcana
I like to think that a Tarot reading is like a dialogue with a wise old elder, someone who has experienced pretty much everything that life has to offer. You may not want to hear their advice, but you cannot argue that they are not almost invariably right. We must appreciate that the wisdom distilled in the ancient images of The Tarot is a microcosm of every aspect of human existence. The Minor Arcana, though not the ‘big guns’ of the Tarot universe, each hold an important message usually related to the more transient, practical aspects of our daily life.