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The Minor Arcana consists of fifty-six cards. The cards
are divided into four elemental suits (Fire, Earth,
Air, and Water), and can be identified by the symbol
at the foot of the card. Each suit has a family consisting
of Daughter, Son, Mother, and Father. Each card other
than a family card has a name that relates to the element.
The name of the representative god or goddess from ancient
mythology appears above the element symbol. Along the
margins are symbols which are amplifications of the
true symbolic meaning of the art. The key to reading
the Minor Arcana is a simple matter of combining the
meanings of the four elements with the basic meanings
of the numbers. There is no necessity to perform difficult
feats of memory; this system is logical and consistent.
For example, the number I will always mean the beginning
of something, so in the four suits the basic interpretation
will be as follows:
One of Fire = A creative beginning
One of Earth = A material beginning
One of Air = A thought or idea beginning
One of Water = An emotion beginning
If you look at the descriptions and interpretations
of these cards, in the book, you will see that they
are only elaborations on these simple meanings.
MEANING OF THE ELEMENTS
FIRE - CREATIVITY - I WILL
Creativity is not just concerned with artistic ability
but it is much more the act of making things happen.
It is creating something out of nothing, having the
vision to see a possibility and being able to apply
the necessary energy in order to turn that possibility
into a reality. Everyone has creativity. The business
man or woman sees a potential market and sets about
the business of supplying the commodity or service.
A young child meets a group of friends and says, "Why
don't we all play ..." knowing it will be fun.
The visionary quality of all creative acts indicates
that fire represents intuition, knowing things before
they happen. Other key words for the qualities of the
element fire are vitality, enthusiasm, excitement, energy,
exaggeration, game playing, passion, showing off, entertaining
- POSSESSIONS - I HAVE
Earth describes all things that are physical and tangible.
They include home, money, property, possessions, and
acquisitions. It also refers to the physical body, our
looks, the clothes we wear, the food we eat and, of
course, our health. To the extent that we "possess"
other people and they are considered as "belonging,"
earth is family, friends, children, colleagues. Earth
represents all that has the potential for growth into
something greater. It signifies our authority, social
standing, skills, and achievements. Key words for the
qualities of the element earth are system, law, routine,
shopping, insurance, mortgage, savings, legacy, tradition,
background, building, gardening, farming, banking.
- INTELLECT - I THINK
Air is about what goes on in the mind. It encompasses
ideas, logical or imaginative thought, teaching, learning,
communicating with others, and all matters concerning
writing, the media, contracts, and agreements. Air also
describes the lighter forms of contact, such as parties,
meetings with friends, social events, celebrations,
reunions, and so on. As air is concerned with communication
it also covers phone calls, letters, and short trips.
The idea of travel in the broader sense is involved
with learning, meeting people, and social visits, so
it also comes under the meaning of air. Key words for
the qualities of the element air are ideas, mind, concept,
explanation, rationale, discussion.
- EMOTIONS - I FEEL
Water represents the emotional aspect of any question.
Love, hate, desire, repulsion, pleasure, pain - this
element is purely about the way you feel. Close emotional
relationships, the family, lovers, rivals, even enemies
are described by water. It represents premonitions,
fears, memories, and nostalgia, but above all water
is our unconscious. It will therefore be involved in
questions relating to all of the other elements. Key
words that fit the qualities of the element water are
love, anger, sentiment, sympathy, caring, tenderness,