Tarot & Numerology – Minor Arcana Ace to Ten

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Unlike some systems that have been shoehorned to fit tarot,  numerology is a perfect fit. In fact numerology and tarot are an essential pairing if you are to get the most out of your readings. Approaching tarot with the methodical structure of numerology can help someone learn the basic card meanings super fast.

We’ll begin with the minors, Aces to tens. The method is simple, you take the characteristics of the suit and mix it up with the characteristics of the number. This is most easiest to explain using tables. Firstly, let’s look at the basic attributes of the suits.

Cups Love, emotions, relationships, feelings, empathy, intuition, creativity, peacefulness.
Wands Inspiration, action, power, courage, energy, passion, careers, creativity, impulsiveness.
Pentacles Practicalities, work, home, fertility,family, prosperity,education, manifestation, business.
Swords Ideas, communication, mental dexterity, mental challenges, talking, writing, truths/untruths.

Now to see what each number represents.

Ace Birth, potential, new ideas & projects, early stages, gifts, insight.
Two Duality, balance, receptivity, attraction, choice, waiting.
Three Increase, co-operation, fruitfulness, growth, creativity, expression, expansion.
Four Stability, security, structure, organisation, evidence of strong foundations.
Five Challenge, instability, problems, fluctuation, loss, changes.
Six Harmony, peace, comfort, healing, recovery, gaining stability, relaxation, adjustment.
Seven Assessment, questioning, spirituality, discovery, knowledge, faith, independence, individuality.
Eight Movement (or lack of it), progress, self-motivation, accomplishment, courage, fortitude.
Nine Nearing the end of a cycle. Achievement, awakening, self-knowledge.
Ten Endings, beginnings or the pause in between.

By combining the qualities of the suit with the numbers, you have all the basic meanings of the minor arcana. Your job is to expand and apply those meanings to your reading and the seeker’s question/situation.

Easier said than done, I hear you say… well, I’ve put together a tarot card cheat sheet for the Minor Arcana Aces to Tens. Download it here: Tarot minors spreadsheet (PDF).

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