The Minor Arcana is broken down into 4 suits, much like a playing card deck. These are generally called the “pip” cards and mostly relate to day to day events. When reading I look at which suits are more prominent and which are absent, that will give you the overall feel of the reading. Each suit has its own story and journey. In general the elements stay the same from reader to reader but seasons and “time reading” is really how you interpret it. Time is the most difficult thing to read as the cards are only a snapshot of the path you are on in that exact moment. Consider predictions a bonus instead of a goal. Now onto the suits:
Suits by Seasons: my own interpretation. As you read you will connect to your own.
Wands: The Idea
With the element of fire this suit relates to knowledge and new ideas. I see this card a lot when relating to learning and figuring out goals in your life path. This can also relate to passions and work growth. When looking at multiples: i see this as not only very firey energy but also big growth, knowledge, and decision making to some extent. Different from the swords, which is cooler energy, this is anything that stokes a fire in your belly. Too much fire and you could get burned out quickly. The new ideas could burn so bright they are out in an instant and you are on to the next.
Cups: The Emotions
The cups are ruled by the element of water. These cards can get really dreamy and into feelings and imagination. In multiples I generally see this as a person’s feelings more so than outward manifestations. This can relate to be emotional shifts and growth in the psyche. Any decisions are going to be decisions of the heart. This is also a super psychic area so prepare for a lot of dreams, deja vus, and altered realities.
Swords: The Mind
Of course ruled by the air element: this suit relates to intelligence, thinking, movement, and decision making. Different from the wands, this relates to decisions that are coming from your mind instead of your gut. These are probably the most challenging cards but it is only because our minds are the most difficult to separate from. If it wasn’t none of us would need meditation. It’s a good thing to remember when working with swords energy. When seeing multiples this relates to big mental activity or swift movements and decisions. Sometimes it points to being trapped in the mind as well with no external decision making. When this happens it’s good to find ways to step back into your body to let the mental chatter dissipate.
Pentacles: The Earth
This suit relates to all things material and is generally looked at as the financial cards. This relates to work for money vs. work for passion (ie. the wands). This suit also relates to the physical and the body. Multiples relate to material growth and manifestations that can be seen and touched. I like to think of it as “this is what I have” or “this is what I’m building”. Too much earth and you could become dispassionate and complacent. You might also get stuck in doing things out of duty or other external pressures instead of your own internal desires.