To understand the Minor Arcana, each suit must be explored individually, but they all share a similar flow from 1 to 10. While each element has its own characteristics, the general principles of the numerology stay the same.
This suit represents the Spiritual Will, and the cycles that we all go through pertaining to our spirituality in life, our dreams and desires. In a higher, more cosmic sense – Fire represents the creative fire that birthed the universe.
The fires of the big bang, or the supernova’s of great stars which led to the manifestation of all of the universe. It also represents the Sun – “our Father Above”, which gives life and nurtures it across our entire planet.
This suit represents our Emotional Bodies, and the subtle feelings which run through us on a regular basis, and guides many of our actions. In a more cosmic sense, water represents the fluid like vacuum of space which carries the seeds of fire (all of the stars and galaxies) and nurtures them, supporting their spin and flow.
This ultimately begins creating planets and more intricate solar networks. It also encompasses the water on the planet from which all of life emerges.
This suit represents our Mental Bodies – our thoughts. All of the countless things we think about in a day which dictates our lives and how we live them – all contained represented by a Sword.
In a higher more cosmic sense, the Air represents the atmospheres of planets which serve as a protective boundary layer on the planets and allow life to happen at all. That which contains the heat and light from the sun, and supports the water on the planet to rise and combine with other elements to make actual life possible at all.
This suit represent our physical bodies, and everything in physical reality. Anything that can be experienced in the physical dimension, or is a physical creation – lands here. In a more cosmic sense, Earth represents all of the planets and other matter in the universe.
The land on which we live, from which our bodies were constructed, and to which will one day be returned to.