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Tip#2 The Significance of the Four Suits
In the last video to Tip #1, we talked about the four different suits in the Tarot deck and its equivalent in the ordinary playing cards. Now in our video today, Tip #2, we’re going to talk about the significance of the four different suits when we read the Tarot for ourselves.
Before we proceed, I would like to clarify that the Tarot for Life Tips video series is based on the societal archetype or traditional meaning of the Tarot.
Okay, let’s start with the ‘Cups’.
Let’s assume that you’ve shuffled the cards and you’ve drawn one card randomly.
If you get any card from the suit of Cups – anywhere between the Ace and the King, then the card would like you to focus on your emotions. And when we talk about emotions, it’s everything to do with your emotional issues, emotional attachments, your emotional sensitivities and considerations at the time of the reading.
When you’re using an ordinary playing card, then that would mean that if you’ve drawn a card with the ‘Hearts’ anywhere between the Ace and the King, then that same meaning (as the Cups) applies.
So, next is the ‘Swords’.
When you get any card from the suit of Swords between the Ace and the King, then the card would like you to focus on your mental acuity – particularly asking to have clarity, focus and direction, very good use of your logic and the information at hand. So basically, when you have this, it (the card you’ve drawn) is checking how clear your thoughts are so that your decisions will also be very effective.
So, when you’re using the ordinary playing card, the ‘Sword’ is represented by the ‘Spade’. So, if you get any (card) from the suit of ‘Spades’ between the Ace and the King, then the same approach (as with the Swords) applies.
So, the next is the ‘Wands’.
When you draw a card, and you get any from the suits of ‘Wands’ from the Ace and the King, then the Tarot is asking you to focus on the bigger picture, your purpose, resonance, meaning. Where are you in the bigger scheme of things, what’s your role? Do you derive satisfaction? Are you passionate about what you’re doing? This is basically the theme of the question that the ‘Wands’ is asking you.
And so, when you’re using the ordinary playing cards, the ‘Wands’ is represented by the ‘Clubs’. If you get any card from the suit of Clubs between the Ace and the King, then the same approach (as with the Wands) applies.
And now, we talk about the ‘Pentacles’.
When you draw a card – any card from the suit of Pentacles – between the Ace and the King, then the Tarot is asking you to focus on the practicality or doability of whatever concern you are asking.
Besides the practicality and doability, it’s also asking you to be honest in terms of the resources you’ll need to make your plan, or your thoughts happen – to manifest them. So, that is what the Pentacles is asking – the practicality, doability and the way that you can execute whatever issues you’re asking about.
And when you’re using the ordinary playing card, the Pentacles is represented by the ‘Diamonds’. If you get any card from the suit of Diamonds between the Ace and the King, then the same approach (as with the Pentacles) applies.
When you get a card from the suit of Cups, it wants you to focus on the emotional aspect of the issue you’re asking.
When you get the ‘Swords’, it wants you to focus on your mental acuity, clarity and strategy, and the use of information at hand.
When you get the ‘Wands’, it is asking you for the deeper meanings, resonance, your purpose – what’s your role in the bigger scheme of things?
When you get the Pentacles, it is talking about the practicality and doability of whatever concern you’re asking – and not to forget, the resources you need to make them happen.
That’s all for now, tune in next time for another helpful tip.
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