The Minor Arcana

Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs

The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.
Ace | Inverted Ace
Two | Inverted Two
Three | Inverted Three
Four | Inverted Four
Five | Inverted Five
Six | Inverted Six
Seven | Inverted Seven
Eight | Inverted Eight
Nine | Inverted Nine
Ten | Inverted Ten
Page | Inverted Page
Knight | Inverted Knight
Queen | Inverted Queen
King | Inverted King

Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely. This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.
Ace | Inverted Ace
Two | Inverted Two
Three | Inverted Three
Four | Inverted Four
Five | Inverted Five
Six | Inverted Six
Seven | Inverted Seven
Eight | Inverted Eight
Nine | Inverted Nine
Ten | Inverted Ten
Page | Inverted Page
Knight | Inverted Knight
Queen | Inverted Queen
King | Inverted King

Swords or Spades

The sword cuts and dissects. Swords represents the element of air. They are intellect. They are double-sided, which allows them to both damage and heal. The images in the suit might be alarming to some, but they are not simply aggressive. Yes, we can use blades to inflict pain, but we also use them to carve, shave, and trim.
Ace | Inverted Ace
Two | Inverted Two
Three | Inverted Three
Four | Inverted Four
Five
| Inverted Five
Six | Inverted Six
Seven | Inverted Seven
Eight | Inverted Eight
Nine | Inverted Nine
Ten | Inverted Ten
Page | Inverted Page
Knight | Inverted Knight
Queen | Inverted Queen
King | Inverted King

Pentacles, Coins, or Diamonds

The pentacle is a symbol of earth magic. The coin is wealth and wages. The diamond is a symbol of wealth, pulled from the ground and refined by human hands into something enduring and elegant. This suit represents all things related to the earth. It represents the work of our hands. It represents those conspicuous signs of wealth that show us and our neighbors how successful we are, but this is merely material wealth. We can pass this on to the next generation, but it is worthless if we choose to bury it with ourselves.
Ace | Inverted Ace
Two | Inverted Two
Three | Inverted Three
Four | Inverted Four
Five | Inverted Five
Six | Inverted Six
Seven | Inverted Seven
Eight | Inverted Eight
Nine | Inverted Nine
Ten | Inverted Ten
Page | Inverted Page
Knight | Inverted Knight
Queen | Inverted Queen
King | Inverted King


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