Minor Arcana

Minor Arcana (lesser secret) originally represented the four elements of life: fire, water, air and earth. These elements symbolize core functions of life that influence and support our journey. Fire relates to magic, passion and desire. Water represents our emotions, love and intuition. Air corresponds to our thoughts and actions while Earth embodies our riches in the physical and ethereal world.

The 56 cards of the minor arcana are divided into four suits of 14 cards. These four suits are interpreted differently based on its function as a deck of playing cards or as a deck of tarot cards.

Tree Spirit Suits

Evergreen Trees – Wands – Fire – Clubs

Fruit Trees – Cups – Water – Hearts

Hardwood Trees – Swords – Air – Spades

Nut & Seed Trees – Coins – Earth – Diamonds

Within each suit of 14 cards there are five cards that are not identified by number. The first card is the Ace, which marks the beginnings point with each suit. The cards progress 2-10. These are followed by four court cards based on increased levels of maturity.

Tree Spirit 

Pioneer – Ace

Messenger – Page/Jack

Guardian – Knight

Earthkeeper – Queen

Wisdomkeeper – King

 

Evergreen Trees  (Wands)                                                       

Pioneer of Evergreens – Arborvitae – Renewal

Two of Evergreens – White Pine – Peacemaker

Three of Evergreens – Hemlock – Grace

Four of Evergreens – Myrtle – Harmony

Five of Evergreens – Dragon Tree – Conflict

Six of Evergreens – Cedar – Faith

Seven of Evergreens – Juniper – Boundaries

Eight of Evergreens – Fir – Rising

Nine of Evergreens – Spruce – Resilience

Ten of Evergreens – Pine – Responsibility

Messenger of Evergreens – Monkey Puzzle – Adventure

Guardian of Evergreens – Kauri – Courage

Earthkeeper of Evergreens – Sequoia – Fire

Wisdomkeeper of Evergreens – Holly – Endurance

 

Fruit Trees (Cups)                                                                     

Pioneer of Fruit Trees – Mulberry – Abundance

Two of Fruit Tree – Quince – Love

Three of Fruit Trees – Pawpaw – Celebration

Four of Fruit Trees – Plum – Patience

Five of Fruit Trees – Pear – Separation

Six of Fruit Trees – Mango – Happiness

Seven of Fruit Trees – Persimmon – Divination

Eight of Fruit Trees – Coconut – Journey

Nine of Fruit Trees – Peach – Wish

Ten of Fruit Trees – Cherry – Sweetness

Messenger of Fruit Trees – Avocado – Fertility

Guardian of Fruit Trees – Lemon – Purpose

Earthkeeper of Fruit Trees – Sycomore – Nurturing

Wisdomkeeper of Fruit Trees – Date – Mastery

 

Hard Wood Trees (Swords)                                                 

Pioneer of Hard Woods – Black Locust – Potential

Two of Hard Woods – Ebony – Clarity

Three of Hard Woods – Teak – Depletion

Four of Hard Woods – Larch – Connection

Five of Hard Woods – Rosewood – Vulnerability

Six of Hard Woods – Rowan – Calling

Seven of Hard Woods – Dogwood – Stealth

Eight of Hard Woods – Elm – Isolation

Nine of Hard Woods – Maple – Dreams

Ten of Hard Woods – Acacia – Loss

Messenger of Hard Woods – Hawthorn – Healing

Guardian of Hard Woods – Hornbeam – Confidence

Earthkeeper of Hard Woods – Magnolia – Independent

Wisdomkeeper of Hard Woods – Plane – Counsel

 

Nut & Seed Trees (Coins)                                                   

Pioneer of Nuts & Seeds – Pine Nut – Prosperity

Two of Nuts & Seeds  – Coffee – Balance

Three of Nuts & Seeds – Macadamia – Ingenuity

Four of Nuts & Seeds – Hickory – Holding

Five of Nuts & Seeds – Walnut – Discernment

Six of Nuts & Seeds – Pistachio – Generosity

Seven of Nuts & Seeds – Cashew – Reward

Eight of Nuts & Seeds – Brazil nut – Preparing

Nine of Nuts & Seeds – Acorn – Achievement

Ten of Nuts & Seeds – Pecan – Wealth

Messenger of Nuts & Seeds – Hazelnut – Manifestation

Guardian of Nuts & Seeds – Chestnut – Provider

Earthkeeeper of Nuts & Seeds – Cacao – Sacred

Wisdomkeeper of Nuts & Seeds – Beechnut – Power

“To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them the whole leaf and root tribe.”  – Henry Ward Beecher –