minor arcana

What is the Minor Arcana?

Your tarot deck comprises two parts: 56 cards from the Minor Arcana and 22 cards from the Major Arcana. Here I explain what Minor Arcana is all about.

Where the Major Arcana is about the image of your life from above and describes the phases you can go through, the Minor Arcana is about your life from day to day. The themes you encounter are: what inspires you, how you relate to others, how you think, and how you take action.

Even though this group is called the Minor Arcana, it is really no less important than the Major Arcana. After all, you grow through living your everyday life. In it, you come across a lot of things about your mindset or how you feel that determine your level of action. I would almost say the Minor Arcana is really underestimated.

These themes are also basically reflected in the Major Arcana, but in a more general way.

Theme Inspiration: Wands

This group of cards stands for following your passion, your desire and the power that drives you to fulfill your ambitions.

  • Ace of Wands
  • Two of Wands
  • Three of Wands
  • Four of Wands
  • Five of Wands
  • Six of Wands
  • Seven of Wands
  • Eight of Wands
  • Nine of Wands
  • Ten of Wands
  • Page of Wands
  • Knight of Wands
  • Queen of Wands
  • King of Wands

Theme Feelings and Relationship: Cups

This group of cards represents the feelings you experience.

  • Ace of Cups
  • Two of Cups
  • Three of Cups
  • Four of Cups
  • Five of Cups
  • Six of Cups
  • Seven of Cups
  • Eight of Cups
  • Nine of Cups
  • Ten of Cups
  • Page of Cups
  • Knight of Cups
  • Queen of Cups
  • King of Cups

Theme Mindset: Swords

This group of cards represents your thoughts and rational processes. It’s about all the mental aspects where you objectively put things next to each other without letting your feelings weigh in too much.

  • Ace of Swords
  • Two of Swords
  • Three of Swords
  • Four of Swords
  • Five of Swords
  • Six of Swords
  • Seven of Swords
  • Eight of Swords
  • Nine of Swords
  • Ten of Swords
  • Page of Swords
  • Knight of Swords
  • Queen of Swords
  • King of Swords

Action Theme: Pentacles

This group of cards represents all physical aspects of our lives, including our body, finances and how we earn money. At this lowest energetic level, it’s all about doing.

  • Ace of Pentacles
  • Two of Pentacles
  • Three of Pentacles
  • Four of Pentacles
  • Five of Pentacles
  • Six of Pentacles
  • Seven of Pentacles
  • Eight of Pentacles
  • Nine of Pentacles
  • Ten of Pentacles
  • Squire of Pentacles
  • Knight of Pentacles
  • Queen of Pentacles
  • King of Pentacles

Other ways to look at the Minor Arcana

Besides these suits, there are other ways to look at the Minor Arcana:

  • Go to the Page of the Elements
  • Go to the page of Numerology
  • Go to the page of the Court Cards