5 Steps For Reading Minor Arcana Cards - It's Easy Peasy!
Hello, My Mystics!
Are you struggling with the Minor Arcana? If you are, I don't blame you. Lots of times, people think that the minor arcana are really difficult to read, and there are so many of them it is really overwhelming.
Like it's not bad enough, you have to learn to read the Major Arcana, but then when you get into the pips (old timey word for the minors) with their intricate and symbolic imagery, they often appear as an enigmatic puzzle awaiting decoding just as complicated as the majors. But what if I told you a little secret: the Minor Arcana cards, in their elegant simplicity, are meant to mirror our everyday lives? Yep, you read that right. The Minor Arcana is just like your favourite rom-com, drama, or thriller – pick your poison. There is no need to squint too hard or overanalyze; the cards often hold reflections of our daily narratives.
Now if you're thinking that that's too damn simple - I can promise you it's not! I always say that to read tarot, you must first understand that it is a language of symbolism. Meaning that everything has more meaning than what is on the surface
Ready to break it down? Let's roll up our sleeves and get started!
Step 1. Suit Up!
Our life is made of various elements, and so is the tarot deck. First off, pay attention to the suit of the card you’re looking at. They’re directly tied to the four elements, which are:
Wands: Fire is associated with creativity, spirit, and motivation. Think of those lightbulb moments or fiery enthusiasm. Positively, fire is like a warm, crackling fire in your fireplace. Negatively, fire can be like a forest fire scorching everything in its path.
Pentacles: Earth, symbolizing everything tangible. From the resources that make physical life possible to the chair you're sitting on, it’s all about resources and the material world. Pentacles are associated with everything we need to live physically in the world, from the food that grows in your garden to the house you live in, to your actual body.
Swords: Air, is all about our thoughts, attitudes, and the words you choose. Have you ever had a sudden epiphany or felt like your mind is as volatile as a windstorm? That's the air element for you. Just like the sword that represents the airy and changing nature of our thoughts, this symbol reminds us that our words are tools, and our thoughts and attitudes determine how those words are used.
Cups: Water, flowing with emotions, intuitive nudges, and deep dives into our subconscious. It’s all the feels! Water can be calm and unmoving or violent and overwhelming. Just like the symbol of the cups, water and our emotions are adaptable to whatever surrounds it. How you feel is directly affected by whatever environment you find yourself surrounded by.
Knowing the suit provides a context, setting the scene for our tarot story.
Step 2. A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Now, look closely at the figure gracing your card. Are they grinning from ear to ear or looking as though they spilled their morning coffee? Whatever they are doing and how they look while they are doing it will tell you lot about how to interpret the messages you are receiving. And while we're at it, let's clear up a little misconception. Gender in tarot isn’t always about male or female. Instead, it’s about the dance of energies - the soothing, nurturing yin energy versus the assertive, dynamic yang energy.
Step 3. What’s the Buzz?
Next, what's the main event on the card? Is the character raising a toast, hard at work crafting something, or perhaps taking a leisurely stroll? These activities aren't just filler content; they're the heart of the story! Like snapshots of our daily lives, they clue us into the prevailing theme. Let the figure's posture and energy give you insight into the vibe of the card.
Step 4. All About Perspective
Here’s a quick tip: orientation matters. Is your card upright or having a little lie-down (aka reversed)? This hints at whether the energy of the card is full steam ahead or maybe taking a slightly twisted route. If you aren't too comfortable reading reversals just yet, don't worry; you'll get it. Just take your time with it. invest in learning more about reversals and gradually add them to your readings. Just bear in mind that reversals actually double the number of cards you have in your deck... technically speaking, of course. This allows you to give even more detail and dimension to your readings.
Step 5. The Devil’s in the Details
Lastly, let your gaze wander and settle. What caught your eye? A radiant sunflower? A mysterious cloak? Or perhaps a vivid hue of blue? These seemingly minor details are your subconscious giving you a wink. They can be a goldmine of insights, so don’t brush them off! Believe it or not, there are several systems of your consciousness working all at once while you are reading your cards. Your conscious mind is assessing the cards, trying to relate meaning to each of the cards, while your subconscious is using feeling and memory to sus out meanings. Your higher self or psychic (trust me, you have it) awareness is also feeding you info; when you combine what you know with what you feel your readings power up exponentially. Also, those parts of the image that pop out to you are meant to catch your attention as they will help guide your interpretation.
Welp, There's lots more I could tell you, but I'm sure you got other stuff yu need to do. I hope this helps! Thanks so much for reading!!
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Anyhoo - Thank you for reading! I hope these tips have helped you out a little with your Tarot reading!
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