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Learn the 4 Tarot Suits and Supercharge Your Tarot Skill

meaning of tarot suits

How well do you understand the meanings of the tarot suits?

It’s an often overlooked key to each card in the Minor Arcana. By understanding the meaning of each tarot suit, we can get a quick initial idea of what the tarot deck is trying to tell us.

By understanding the meaning of each tarot suit, we can get a quick initial idea of what the tarot deck is trying to tell us.

By quickly noting the meanings associated with the suit, our readings can become more accurate, and our overall understanding typically comes faster.

 

What about tarot decks that use different tarot suits?

Not all tarot decks use the same terms for the suits. Some decks, like the classic Rider Waite tarot deck use pentacles. Others use coins. Still others use discs.

As long as your deck is a standard 78-card tarot deck with 56 Minor Arcana cards consisting of 4 tarot suits, it doesn’t matter which suit names are used.  The underlying concepts are the same across virtually all modern tarot card decks.

 

What does the tarot suit of cups mean?

Alternate names for the Suit of Cups include: Suit of Chalices, Suit of Goblets.

When any Minor Arcana tarot card from the Suit of Cups card appears in a tarot spread, the first thing you should think is: This card is likely referring to emotional issues and relationships

While this assumption may not be true 100% of the time, it’s usually a pretty good guess. This type of assumption can be especially useful when drawing a “clarifying card“. Drawing a cups clarifying card in this circumstance would likely guide the reader to an “emotional” interpretation of the card which needs clarification.

 

What does the tarot suit of pentacles mean?

Alternate names for the Suit of Pentacles include: Suit of Coins, Suit of Discs.

When you draw a Minor Arcana tarot card from the Suit of Pentacles, the first thing that you should think is: This card is likely referring to money issues or career issues.

Again, the assumption isn’t going to be “on the money” every time. But more often than not a card from the Suit of Pentacles is a reference to financial motivations, financial problems, career dynamics or professional relationships.

 

What does the tarot suit of swords mean?

Alternate names for the Suit of Swords include: Suit of Spades, Suit of Blades.

Whenever a Minor Arcana tarot card from the Suit of Swords appears in your tarot readings, think: This is about decisions, communications and logic.  

Because Swords cards so often reference decision-making, they can often be pivotal cards in a reading. Other cards are frequently influenced by the consequences or the impact of a decision, or some form of communication.

 

What does the tarot suit of wands mean?

Alternate names for the Suit of Wands include: Suit of Staves, Suit of Rods.

The appearance of a Minor Arcana tarot card from the Suit of Wands should immediately make you think of inspiration, creativity, action and passion projects.

Wands in tarot are inspirational. They’re the magic that drives us forwards with ideas and the ability to manifest our will.

 

The importance of tarot suits

One of the most challenging things for any tarot reader is to understand how a particular card applies to the situation at hand.  Often a card can seem to apply to multiple things at once. By understanding the meanings associated with the tarot suits we can often quickly narrow our interpretation down to a general concept or area of interest — making our readings faster, and more accurate.

Generally speaking, the tarot suits give us a very broad understanding which comes in second after the meanings associated with each tarot card.

 

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