In Tarot we have four suits that represent each of the four elements that describe what makes us our lives.
Cups = Water: Our Emotions, our feelings and our spirituality.
Wands = Fire: Our passion, our confidence, our creativity, our energy.
Swords = Air: Our intellect, our communication, our logic and our objectivity.
Pentacles = Earth: Our practical and physical world experience, Our money, our career, our bodies and our security.
Numbers 1-10 tells us what we are doing and what’s going on
The Royals (or Court Cards) tell us how to use the energy OR what people are involved.
The four suits: click each card to see the full meaning.
The Suit of Cups
Here in the suit of Cups it’s all about feeling. Emotion and intuition are the driving forces here in this section. Love drives the suit of cups; Love not just in it’s romantic form, (although that’s a big part of it), but in it’s larger form. Love leads us through all the emotional experiences and when it doesn’t go to plan or we feel it’s lack, we feel the effects of it’s absence loud and clear. Learning emotional mastery helps us through those tough times and the journey though the suit of cups shows us how it’s it’s done.
The Suit of Wands
In the suit of Wands it’s all about energy. The ability to have confidence in ourselves and to use our will power and determination in life is so important. The fire energy of Wands talks about our ability to create and to make things happen. Our passion for life and our drive are what gives us the feeling that we can change things. We don’t have to accept the status quo; we can make things the way we want them to be. Learning how to master our own energy is hugely important. If we don’t we may find ourselves, burning out or just running out of steam rather than seeing things through.
The Suit of Swords
In the suit of Swords it’s all about the power of our intellect and our communication with others. Here we disengage with emotion in order to apply logic and strategy to our world. Swords are represented by the element of air, we cannot see our thoughts but like air they are ever present. How we use them though is the lesson here. If we allow our thoughts to rule us then we often find ourselves in permanent conflict, we must use our thoughts and our words wisely. There is no sentiment in swords communication, it’s a sharp double-edged tool that can be used positively or negatively. Again, it’s all about learning mastery so that we can intelligently communicate with each other and face life challenges with integrity and bravery.
The Suit of Pentacles
In the suit of Pentacles we meet the world of our earthly experiences. Pentacles are represented by the element of earth and are don’t have the inspiring unseen energetic power of Love, Creativity, Passion or Intellect. This is the less exciting, slower moving world of the everyday. This is where we learn to handle money, planning for the future, where we build and form the world around us. The practical application of human life. This is what we ‘do’. It also refers to our physical bodies and our well-being. This suit shapes our ability to create worldly abundance and also is fundamental in our self-esteem and our personal responsibility.