The Minor Arcana

The Number Sequences

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.

  1. The Aces (or Ones) are the unmanifested essence of the element. They have no tangibility or creative power, other than the potential is there that they come into being.
  2. The Twos are the first and purest manifestation of that energy, they lack structure other than the most basic form that the energy can take, whether it’s emotional, spiritual, physical, or mental.
  3. The threes apply another dimension and structure to the energy, allowing the “what this cycle is going to look like” potential to come into being.
  4. The Fours apply yet another dimension and stability to the energy. Fire and Earth do very well with the stability, where Air and Water prefer to move, and begin to enter into disarray.
  5. The Fives apply a new chaotic motion to all of the stability which preceded it, and all of the cards go into a new, disorganized state.
  6. The Sixes resolve the chaotic imbalance of 5, balancing out the equation and finding perfect order and harmony. This equates on the Kabbalah as entering the Heart center, and thus is the most perfect manifestation of any particular energy – aligned between its original intent (1 and 2), with the completion to where it’s going (9 and 10).
  7. The Sevens are now entering into a crystallization of materialization towards its end goal, and observing how the energy will evolve within itself and change as it grows. The 7’s pose another problem or challenge that must be resolved in order to move forward.
  8. The Eight’s take the problem of the past and apply the counterbalance to it. Instead of observing this one as though “solving the problem” like 5 and 6, the 7 and 8 are more like mirror sides of a math equation, and the Equal sign is the space between these two cards.
  9. The Nines brings about the completion of the cycle. The energy is directed into the singularity, and the results are about to be gathered.
  10. The Tens act as transitional cards as they are actually two numbers – One and Zero. They apply to both the beginning, and the end, and relate backwards and forwards to the Ace and the Nine perfectly. They are completion, with the step of new beginnings.

The Suit of Wands (Fire)

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.

The Suit of Cups (Water)

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.

The Suit of Swords (Air)

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.

The Suit of Disks (Earth)

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.

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