Learn the hidden secrets in Tarot cards with Numerology and enhance your skill as a Tarot reader.
by amy perry Thursday, January 20, 2011
A standard deck of Tarot cards normally contains 78 cards, which are divided into two groups. The 22 Tarot cards of Major Arcana numbered from 1 (The Magician) to 21 (The World) and include The Fool, which has no number or the number 0. The Minor Arcana of Tarot contains the remaining 56 cards, which are sub-divided into 4 suits of Cups, Wands/Rods, Coins/Pentacles and Swords. The Minor Arcana of Tarot is similar to a deck of playing cards where the suits are named Diamonds (Coins/Pentacles), Hearts (Cups), Clubs (Wands/Rods) and Spades (Swords).
Each suit of the Minor Arcana has 10 numbered cards from 1 through to 10, a Page (Jack in playing cards), a Knight, a Queen and a King. Symbolically these face cards represent people in tarot divination. The numbered cards from 1 to 10 take their meanings from the symbolic philosophy of Numerology. In Numerology the number 1 represents beginnings and the 4 Ace’s of the Minor Arcana each symbolize a beginning in one of the 4 classical elements of life.
The classical elements of water, fire, earth and air are represented by the suits of the Minor Arcana as Cups, Wands/Rods, Coins/Pentacles and Swords respectively. Water (Cups) represents emotional relationships. Fire (Wands/Rods) represents the home and work place. Earth (Coins/Pentacles) represents wealth and possessions and Air (Swords) represents life’s challenges and storms.
Therefore combining the knowledge of the classical elements with Numerology the Ace of Cups represents the beginning of a new emotional relationship.
The Ace of Coins would be a new source of wealth or income.
Each number in Numerology has positive and negative attributes and, as the suit of swords in Tarot tends to the negative, the cards in this suit should be interpreted with the negative numerology aspects in mind but not as a rule.
The Tarot Minor Arcana cards numbered 10 are similar to Ace’s when using numerology to reduce 10 to a 1 (1+0 = 1). However the difference is that the new beginning represented by the 10 is following a complete cycle of the 1 to 9. As the Ace of Cups represents a new emotional relationship the 10 of Cups can represent an existing relationship changing to a new form of emotional relationship. The 10’s also represent the extremes of their element. The 10 of swords, reputed to be the worst card in the Tarot deck, representing total and utter defeat but at the same time the end marks a new beginning.
To learn more about Numerology, the classical elements and how they combine to give us the beautiful and deep symbolism of Tarot take a look at the online resources on these subjects. There are many good Numerology and Tarot tutors available online as well as online virtual Tarot decks for practicing spreads and divination of their meanings.
Learn the secret of Tarot interpretation through its use of Numerology and the classical elements.
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