Basics of Minor Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

The majority of the cards in a Tarot deck belong to the Minor Arcana. They are split into four suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, and Pentacles. Each made up of 14 cards – 10 numbered and 4 court cards. Each suit also has their own unique focus on particular elements and strengths.

Be mindful, that although they are named Minor Arcana cards their message should not be overlooked. They focus on the day-to-day activities and problems that we face. They can also shed light on past struggles allowing you to move forward.



Water element – This Minor Arcana Suit represents your innermost feelings, emotions, inventiveness, and imagination. Helping guide you with love and relationships. Your hopes and dreams should never be neglected or forgotten. The suit of Cups will help reconnect you with these and help strengthen your inner self.

There are 14 cards in the Suit of Cups, 4 court cards and 10 numbered cards. They will present themselves if you have been feeling confused or lost in a relationship. The Suit of Cups is deemed one of the most spiritual suits in the deck.


Earth element – The Suit of Pentacles represents livelihood, your calling in life and your financial status. This suit focuses on the tangible and material objects in your life. Wealth and money matter for most people.

The Suit of Pentacles can present themselves if something is being neglected or needs a little more encouragement to thrive. A business needs to be nurtured just as much as you.

The Suit of Pentacles is made up of 4 court cards and 10 numbered cards.


Air Element – This Minor Arcana Suit represents your views, beliefs, and ability to understand. This is not surprising, swords can be associated with conflict, sometimes our biggest battles are the ones we have with ourselves.

The Suit of Swords focuses on issues which are currently challenging you, either through physical illness, loss or pain. This suit represents the harsh reality of the truth and can offer balance.

The Suit of Swords is made up of 4 court cards and 10 numbered cards.


Fire Element – The Suit of Wands represents creativity, innovation, motivations, and inspirations. Closely relating to issues surrounding your career and inner self.

The Suit of Wands is a passionate and forceful suit, they will urge you to take firm action to progress your ambition and drive. They can also present themselves if you are getting too far ahead and need to be pulled back into line. Not surprising that its element is fire!

The Suit of Wands is made up of 4 court cards and 10 numbered cards.