Tarot card Meanings

The Major Arcana, Minor Arcana: Cups, Swords, Wands and Pentacles

The Major Arcana

The great archetypes of the tarot

If you’re ready to learn the tarot card meanings of the major and minor arcana, you’ve come to the right place! The Major Arcana are the called the majors because they have a powerful long-term energy. Each card of the Major Arcana is an archetype that represents a stage on the journey toward spiritual ascension. Therefore, as you learn the lessons of each of the major cards, you come closer and closer to enlightenment and high-vibe living.

There are 22 Major Arcana cards, beginning with The Fool and ending with The World. Check out the main energies of each archetype on their individual pages for a thorough explanation of these tarot card meanings! There we’ve outlined what each card means for you in your reading. So,  whether it appears in the past, present, or future position, or within the context of a particular kind of tarot reading, you’ll always have a useful guide for interpreting your tarot card meanings. Have fun! 

THE Minor Arcana

The four suits of the tarot

Tarot card meanings of the Minor Arcana consist of four suits: The Pentacles; The Wands; The Cups; and The Swords. These four suits correspond with the four elements – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. Each element or suit has it’s own traits that influence the meaning of each card. Read more on the individual suit pages!

Pentacles

 

Tarot Card Meanings of The Pentacles:

Pentacles represent the element of earth – abundance in the physical world. These cards can indicate money and wealth, but also other kinds of abundance.

The Earth element pertains to things in our physical world that brings us a sense of physical safety and wellbeing. Therefore, the suit of Pentacles corresponds to the Earth signs of the zodiac – Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo.

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
Page of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
King of Pentacles

Wands

Tarot Card Meaning of the Wands:

The Wands represent the Fire element – the element of passion in all forms. This can be passion of a romantic nature, but also applies to action, initiative and inspiration. 

Therefore, the Fire element indicates motivation and drive to do or accomplish something, and is related to the fire signs of the zodiac – Aries, Leo, Saggitarius.

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

Swords

Tarot Card Meanings of the Swords:

The Suit of Swords correspond to the mind, the Air element. This element rules thoughts, ideas, communication, and decisions. 

Therefore, Swords are often associated with news and also states of being where our thinking is influencing us, such as anxiety or over analyzing things. The Swords are associated with the air signs of the zodiac – Libra, Aquarius and Gemini.

 

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

Cups

Tarot Card Meanings of the Cups:

The Cups of the Minor Arcana represent the element of Water – your emotions. Therefore, this suit is associated with love, feelings and all of the emotions we feel.

Astrologically, the suit of Cups corresponds to the water signs of the zodiac – Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio. Cups are connected to the heart chakra.

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
embodied goddesses embody the tarot

Curious to learn how you can embody the tarot with all of its elements and spiritual guidance? The journey of the querent through the major arcana is one of self betterment, physically and spiritually. Therefore, beginning with The Fool and completing the cycle with The World, the tarot is about our journey and personal development as we go through life. It is not always clear how we are supposed to implement the lessons of the tarot. We may understand the lesson, but actually applying them to our daily lives can be challenging. That is why it is helpful to go beyond learning and hearing about the tarot card meanings, but actually embodying the lessons of the tarot.

Embodiment means to actualize your dreams and passions into the physical world by integrating your mind, body and soul. That’s a complicated way of saying that as long as our dreams are just dreams and we don’t know how to implement them in our physical reality, we keep hoping and trying and taking detours. If you’re interested in learning not only how to receive the messages from divine sources, but also how to go beyond learning the tarot card meanings and manifesting them in your daily life instead, then take a look at Goddess embodiment