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First Edition Minor Arcana

Minor Arcana Numbered Cards

Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands

I am the inkling, the quiet whisper of inspiration. I am the novel idea at its moment of conception, the spark of something wonderful. I hold unlimited possibilities if you have the courage to run with me. New life blooms with a touch of my hand. Reach out and share my joy of creation.

Ace of CupsAce of Cups

I am love not yet in full bloom, but budding with potential. I am the inner voice which guides you when you can’t see through the fog. My knowledge comes direct from the Source and cannot be taught or expressed fully in words. I am guided by the higher vibrations of the unseen, that which can only be felt with the heart and soul. I offer you new opportunities to connect meaningfully, lovingly, compassionately with creation.

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I am the truth which cuts through your illusions. I am the dawn of understanding. When you perceive my light, there is no turning back. I often bring challenges which test your strength and shake your ideas and perceptions, but with my trials is the promise that you have within yourself the resources you need to overcome any obstacle that comes your way. I am the glint of a new idea, a new calling, a new insight of truth, and where you take my gifts offers endless possibilities. I am the still small voice within you that urges you to be strong in truth, justice and fairness and take responsibility for all you say and do.

64Ace of Pentacles

I am a child of the earth while I am on this earth. I am in the here and now, my feet firmly planted deep in the ground, my spirit channeling light from the heavens. The earth cares for me and nurtures me, providing all I need with astonishing abundance. I have nothing to fear for I know who I am, where I belong, where I come from, and where I am going. I am part of something much greater than myself, and it is this connection with all creation which is the foundation of my being.
Two of Wands

Two Of Wands

I am the lord and master of my realm. I have staked my territory, amassed property and wealth, and am now in a position of respect and influence among my people. Others are drawn to my magnetism and look to me to show them new ways of doing things. My success is irrefutable and others seeks to gain what I have achieved. I have the confidence and the ability to provide all I need for myself and my family. I am an instrument of power and revel in its intoxicating force.
Two of Cups

Two of Cups

I am the energy created when people, groups, ideas or abilities come together and bond to create something greater than themselves. I am the deep happiness and feeling of completion when two souls connect in a meaningful way. I am the fun, the harmony, the moving feeling that accompanies the bond that can only be felt in love and acceptance. My energy heals wounds and loneliness. It is playful, exciting yet at the same time peaceful. Enjoy this happiness now, for these feelings subside as the union matures and becomes even greater.
Two of Swords

Two of Swords

I am a rock. My emotions are well guarded and I hold everyone at arm’s length. I believe that as long as I stand firm and resist unpleasant choices, I can be at peace. I work very hard to drive doubt and worry from my mind so that I will not have to face decisions that will rock my world. Life may have become stale and meaningless, but at least I survive and do not feel pain.
Two of Pentacles

Two of Pentacles

I am the one that always has many irons in the fire. My work, my life is a dance and I go about my duties gracefully and effectively. I find joy and humour in everything I do, for life is too short for disgruntled begrudging. With ease and dexterity I adapt to life’s challenges, and expertly balance all the demands, tasks, and changes thrown my way. Life is a game. Have fun with it.
Three of Wands

Three of Wands

I have the vision to take us where we should go. I have stood on the mountain top and seen what lies in the distance. The time has now come for me to lead you to new horizons. I will show you the way if you follow me.
Three of Cups

Three of Cups

Today we celebrate our friendship. Our bond has us overflowing with joy and gratitude. Our loved ones are a gift to be treasured above all other blessings. Simply being with one another intoxicates us and we feel supremely happy.
Three of Swords

Three of Swords

I have been injured to the core. What I believed to be true was my folly. Those whom I have trusted and loved have cruelly deceived me, and I am now alone in my heartbreak. Yet I know that I had a hand in my own fall and must face my own failings. I have been betrayed and worse, I have betrayed myself.
Three of Pentacles

Three of Pentacles

Mine is the spirit of cooperation. Few projects can be accomplished completely alone and for this reason teamwork is a crucial part of life. I value the contributions others bring to our task, and I attract excellence in skill and knowledge. My approach is a methodical one that includes planning, assessment, preparation and action. I am confident that with the resources pooled, we will achieve many great works.
Four of Wands

Four of Wands

My crew and I have realized a successful end to an arduous voyage. We rejoice, having put off restrictions and oppression. We claim this new land for our clan and we look forward to a bright future here. Though there is much work to be done, for the real journey has just begun, we now savor our success and celebrate our blessings with singing, dancing and feasting.
Four of Cups

Four of Cups

I have lost myself in my musings. In my head I know that life has been good to me and I certainly have all I want, yet life has become stale and mundane. I am disconnected from others and feel no passion or excitement. I feel I have nothing to look forward to, so I go inside myself and lose myself in my thoughts and dreams to escape the endless monotony of my life.
Four of Swords

Four of Swords

I have been waging my battles and have grown weary. I lay down my swords and call a truce while I rest and review my plans. I challenge you also to step away from the fray. I Seek inner guidance as I rest and heal. I need peace and quiet for I cannot be prepared to go on if I do not first nurture myself to full strength.
Four of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles

It’s mine, all mine, and you can’t have it. I have worked hard to accumulate the things I have, and I will not squander them. I stand firm in the conviction that what I have built is will stand the test of time; there is nothing new out there that will make me release what I already control. I will not change. I will not bend. I have learned that my way is, indeed, the one true way, and I will not be swayed by your differing opinions.
Five of Wands

Five of Wands

I am the annoyance, the hassle, the thorn in your side that puts you on edge with yourself and others. I am the nagging voice that tells you that you are entitled to more than the other person. I am the drive that has you standing your ground when you are challenged. I am the odd sense of satisfaction that comes over you when you have bested another, either in competition or in a disagreement. I will not settle for the status quo. I will fight for what I feel I deserve.
Five of Cups

Five of Cups

I have spilled my wine, the nectar of life. I grieve my loss, and regret the choices I have made that led to this moment. I wish I could salvage something – anything – but it is gone, all gone. I feel completely alone in my disappointment.
Five of Swords

Five of Swords

I see more than you think I see. I see that even though I retreat, defeated, even though you have taken something precious away from me, you are more defeated than I am. You and your selfish pride and thirst for power will never find satisfaction or peace as long as you disregard what your actions cost others. Go on, then, and fight your battles, but it will not be with me. I have lost enough for a lifetime.
Five of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles

I am cold and hungry, tired and sick. I am all alone in the wilderness. Around me, there is plenty and yet it is all beyond my reach. I watch others as they make merry in warmth and comfort and I long with all my heart to be included. As long as I stand here there is some chance that I might catch the tiniest bit of warmth from the fire. If I give myself away, I fear that I will be driven away into the blackness of the night.
Six of Wands

Six of Wands

I am the spirit of triumph, the euphoric feeling of being recognized for a job well done. After much hard work, preparation, and practice, I have earned this victory and I am deeply proud of my accomplishment. This is the success that spurs me on to even greater heights.
Six of Cups

Six of Cups

I am the innocent happiness of childhood. I am the spirit of simple trust and unconditional love. I care for others as other care for me. I relish the blessings life has to offer – the morning sun, collecting seashells on the seashore, playing in the sun all day long and sharing secrets with my best friend. I represent the simple pleasures that will be remembered in your fondest memories.
Six of Swords

Six of Swords

I feel whipped. I can only muster enough energy to function at the most basic level. If I suffer yet another setback, I am not sure I can survive. I have fought hard to avoid sinking into a deep pit, but I need rest. I need change and renewal. I seek guidance out of the murky turmoil of my life into calmer waters. I trust in hope that a new day is on its way.
Six of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles

I may not have all I need, but I surely have much to offer, and in exchange for my resources, knowledge, skill and labour, I am able to procure what I lack. I may not always receive in direct exchange for giving, but then, sometimes I am given gifts when I have little to offer in return. Life is an endless exchange of resources, knowledge, nurture and skill. There is a time to talk and a time to listen, a time to lead and a time to follow, a time to care for others, and a time to be cared for.
Seven of Wands

Seven of Wands

I stand firm in my convictions, and will resist any and all pressure to back down on my position. I have the courage and the strength to fight, and I have no trouble using whatever force is necessary to defend, or to take the offensive with those who are against me.
Seven of Cups

Seven of Cups

Life is a banquet of possibilities; why should I choose just one path? Perhaps I can have it all. Perhaps I am meant to have it all. Sometimes I feel that if I don’t choose one path and apply myself to it, I will never really accomplish anything with my life, and yet what path could possible keep me forever entertained when there are so many exciting things to try? I am having a good time drifting where the wind blows. I enjoy myself; isn’t that what life should be all about?
Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords

I am the lone wolf. I need no one and no one gets under my skin. Don’t try to pin me down or expect me to commit, because anything I do, I do for myself, and no one else. I get what I want through my own devices, even when it means lying, or stealing from others. I have fringe dwelling to a fine art. I am comfortable in the shadows, and you will have a tough time catching up with me in a chase. When you see me coming, guard your pockets.
Seven of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles

I pause a moment and enjoy the fruits of my labors. I think about how things have gone, and how I might make better choices in the future. I have learned some valuable lessons from my work thus far. I shall consider trying new approaches where the ones I have used did not serve me as well as I had hoped. For now, I must decide whether I have set a good course, and should continue as I have, or whether I should change direction, if even just a little bit.
Eight of Wands

Eight of Wands

The winds have changed. The news came as a whisper in the night. Now is the time for me to make the leap, for success will be mine if I act quickly.
Eight of Cups

Eight of Cups

I thought it was what I wanted, but I see now, that it was empty. Working the dream has left me depleted, worried, tired. So, I leave behind what I have known and start a new journey of self-discovery. I am guided by hope, and faith that there is something better, and I search for truth, meaning and fulfillment.
Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords

I have come a long way, but have suddenly become lost. Trapped by circumstances, and completely bereft of guidance, I am powerless to move forward. I cannot see my way past obstacles that seem insurmountable. Oh, when will someone come to rescue me from my plight?
Eight of Pentacles

Eight of Pentacles

For hours upon hours I have sat here in the wilderness, carefully and methodically carving each of these disks. Though the task is not yet completed, my skill is steadily increasing with each attempt. The work is hard and I am consumed by it, but the results give me deep satisfaction.
Nine of Wands

Nine of Wands

The contest was difficult, and long. I fought with the beast long beyond the point where I thought my strength would fail. I saw it come into our camp, and I knew it was up to no good. I summoned all my will, and persevered, for I knew that if I did not, it would surely have harmed my people. I may be tired, battered and bruised, but in the end I prevailed, and my clan will do well as a result of my efforts.
Nine of Cups

Nine of Cups

My dreams of love and beauty and happiness have been fulfilled. My heart sings with joy as the blessings fall upon me. I savor the pleasures all my senses offer me. Life is truly beautiful.
Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

In the dark hours of the night I cry as I worry what tomorrow will bring. Terrifying thoughts crowd my mind and fear grips my heart. I cannot sleep. I think about what I did, what I should have done, and I am racked with guilt and shame. I wish I could take everything back and walk a different path. Oh, what is to become of me, and those I love?
Nine of Pentacles

Nine of Pentacles

I live the life of gentility and graciousness. I enjoy refinement in beauty, art and culture. I seek the high road in all my dealings and avoid what is base and offensive. Just as I have trained my falcon companion to heed my call, so have I harnessed all that is wild and dark within myself. I live my life with tactful restraint and discipline. I rely on my own resources to provide me with the things I want and need and, indeed, I am truly blessed with the good life.
Ten of Wands

Ten of Wands

The weight of the world is on my back as I struggle up this steep and rocky slope. There is no one with whom I can share my burden; it all falls upon me. Each step is a struggle, each breath laborious, yet someone must see this task through. I’m not sure why, but that someone always seems to be me.
Ten of Cups

Ten of Cups

Life has blessed me in the past with special times, special places and special people who have nurtured me and taught me to love. Life continues to bless me into the present and future with my dear ones whom I nurture and guard with my life. I carry my loved ones with me wherever I go. We cannot be separated; we are one. My connection with everything around me makes me whole. When I feel whole, I am in a state of harmony, joy and peace.
Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords

I cry out, “why me?” Nothing ever goes my way. At every turn they use me, then revile me and persecute me. I have spent my life trying to help others; yet the world has turned against me and heaped anguish upon me that I do not deserve. I am at the mercy of jackals that delight in my torture, and I am powerless to stop them.
Ten of Pentacles

Ten of Pentacles

We have built the foundation upon which our future will flourish. With our base firmly established, we reap the good things in life and enjoy our families, our culture and our traditions. Life has settled into a comfortable pattern on which we rely for happiness and security.

Court Cards

Princess Of Wands

Princess of Wands

I am the spirit of innovation and self-expression. I see the world in a new way, and can hardly contain my excitement with its possibilities. I live for the spark of inspiration which plunges me into the joy of creating something new. Even when others disapprove, I cannot help but express myself with truth. I celebrate my individuality, my originality in everything I do.

Prince Of Wands

Prince of Wands

I am a great hunter, a warrior, a hero. I will face danger when others do not dare. I succeed at everything I try. I have had many adventures and tomorrow I shall embark on yet another. I love danger; it makes me feel truly alive, and I love to feel alive. My blood runs hot. I feel the rhythmic beating of my heart in every cell of my body; I can hear its steady thump in my ears. I work hard, I play hard. I love deeply, I hate deeply. My joy can turn to anger in a flash.I love life and life loves me. I get along with everyone, for I have learned to tell them what they want to hear. My disarming smile gets me out of trouble when I fail to see promises through, and before anyone has a chance to confront me, I am usually off on a new adventure somewhere. When I love, I love with heart and soul and mind, but I tire of routine quickly. When the fires of passion cool down, I must move on. I am tied to no one and I savour my independent freedom.

Queen Of Wands

Queen Of Wands
Follow me and I will lead you out of your darkness into the light. I am the personification of the joy of living. There are so many exciting things to do and see, and I will take you places you have not dared to dream of. I bring wholehearted dedication into everything I do. I find light in every task, every situation. I am confident in my ability to create gold from even the basest of circumstances. I welcome you with open arms; all that I have I offer to share with you, for I know that I will never run out of those things that are most important to me. Together, we can overcome every challenge, climb every mountain, and together we will bask in the morning sun at the summit of our accomplishments.

King Of Wands

King Of WandsI am not a tame man. Although I am a leader, and bear responsibility well, my heart is forever free from the restraints of guilt, shame or routine. I am the fire behind all new adventures. I thrive on dynamic change. I live life to the fullest, and choose to pursue every experience I can that will bring excitement and enrichment into my life.I am the personification of courage. Having outgrown recklessness, I will nevertheless take important risks when others dare not. I live by my convictions, and guard them with passion. I am the leader of the hunt, and my people follow me, learn from me, and imitate my ways. I am the lord of the dance and celebrate life with wild enthusiasm. I love grand gestures, dramatic expression, artistic pursuits.I am a force to be reckoned with, and I command respect from everyone.

Princess Of Cups

Princess Of Cups
I am the expectant mother in all of us, dreaming of something to love, dreaming of connecting with another living being. I surround myself in beauty, peace and love. My voice is quiet, and musical. My gentle nature attracts creatures more timid than I am and I celebrate the intimacy I share with them.

Prince Of Cups

Prince Of CupsI have existed since the dawn of mankind, and evidence of me can be found in every culture, every era. I embody the qualities that make humans unique among living beings on earth. I am the lover of all things beautiful, and my life is dedicated to beauty. I create beauty with music, with art, with poetry, dreams and romance. I am emotional and imaginative. My dreams are my treasure and I am happiest living within myself. I am driven to be the best that I can be, though this tends to be difficult at times for me and for those around me.

I laugh with you, I cry with you. I feel your pain; I am here if you need to talk. I understand. I will never willingly hurt you, though I and my intentions are often misunderstood. If I seem distant and aloof, do not mistake it to mean that I don’t care. I feel everything deeply and must be ever careful to avoid drowning in the deep ocean of sorrow. My existence is an exercise in extremes – the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, the joy of creation, the anguish of self doubt.

When I am creating, I have one foot on this plane, and one in heaven. I have a constant need to feed my soul with beauty, and will go to great lengths to avoid the mundane, the menial and the dirty. Indeed, I resent anything that tears me away from my soul’s work, and will become angry and depressed if deprived for too long.

Queen Of Cups

Queen Of Cups
I am at one with the Universe. I feel the connection between us and everything in it, and when I look at you, I see God. So then, how could I ever turn away another soul in need? You don’t need to tell me what you are feeling; I already know. Every breath I take is a prayer, and your name is ever on my lips, from where it takes flight to God’s ears.

I teach you to love in the face of anger, hate and violence. I teach you to understand others and have compassion, even when they strike at you. It is not for us to judge why they do what they do; we must love them anyway for they, too, are divine, our brothers. I plead with you to see the Light in all things and treat each creature and, indeed, the earth itself, as a treasured part of yourself.

King Of Cups

King Of Cups I am the grandfather at the end of the long journey of life. I have done it all, I have seen it all. I have turned within, and have found great solace there. I have gained much experience, and now people come to me when they need my wisdom. I do not lose myself in ideals of perfection, for I understand that everything is perfect, even in its weakness. My place is not to judge, but to help. I bring peace and serenity. I offer healing for old wounds. I am supremely patient and when you fall, I am unconditionally compassionate. I am secure in my wisdom and strength. I have earned my way to this state of being.

Princess Of Swords

Princess Of Swords
I am the inventor, using my mind to work through problems analytically, logically. I have the ability and the drive to apply the fruits of my intelligence into practical applications. I have the perseverance to work through all the complications, making incremental changes and testing the result until my work is ready to be used by everyone.

I tackle all matters with directness and fairness. I honour integrity and truthfulness, even when you might not wish to face the truth.

Prince Of Swords

Prince Of Swords I am the astronomer, the scientist, the mathematician. My power is logic and reason and I live by what I am able to observe and calculate. I am not interested in what cannot be measured. I have the sharpest of minds; I am almost always right and will strongly impose my convictions on others. I am brutally honest, and have no patience if you decide to take offense with my truth.

I serve society with my findings, my knowledge, but have no time for those who see things differently than I do or refuse to alter their course of action based on the illumination my work provides. I demand respect, but will not involve myself with sentimental liaisons of any kind.

Queen Of Swords

Queen Of Swords
I am the result of years of learning, of thinking, of experiencing. I have acquired many useful skills, yet the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to know. I have learned that life and its people are best handled with a direct approach. I will tell it like it is, and others appreciate being told the truth, knowing that I speak it with no trace of judgement or malice. I have learned that any problem is best faced squarely in truth, for reality is seldom as dire as we imagine. You cannot fool me, for I can see through pretensions and hidden motives. I see things the way they really are, both good and bad. I have learned that it is better to play fairly by the rules in order to exist in peace with others. Honesty is always the best policy. I have learned many great things, the greatest of which is that we should not take ourselves too seriously, that laughter is, indeed, the best medicine. Our ability to laugh is one of our greatest gifts, and I use humour liberally to lighten the mood or to diffuse sticky situations.

King Of Swords

King Of Swords I am the master problem solver. I can process large amounts of information and find the solution, and with equal ease convey the answer to others. I am the just and impartial judge. I cut through chaos with truth as my sword. I see through confusion and can quickly arrive at the source of any issue. I live to the highest standards of ethics and morality, and challenge all who have contact with me to do the same.

Princess Of Pentacles

Princess Of Pentacles
I desire the finer things in life, and am not afraid of some good hard work in order to achieve them. A full belly, warm clothes, a snug home – these are my bedrock, the foundation on which my happy life is built. The extras, life’s comfortable luxuries, bring beauty into my world and feed my soul.

I feel most strongly connected with the earth, and her abundance overwhelms me and gives me great joy. I love my body and all the wonderful things it allows me to do. I marvel at every sensation, every moment of pleasure.

I am an open book. I have no hidden agenda, no underlying motives. I live life to its fullest and approach others with the same spirit of trust and commitment that I appreciate in return.

Prince Of Pentacles

Prince Of Pentacles I am the rock that you can lean on. Although I might not be the spark that ignites every party, I am the person who will plan and prepare everything to perfection for the occasion. I am the one you want around to get the job done properly every time, without fuss, without waste.

I see things exactly as they are, and often things aren’t pretty. However, when your world falls apart, I am there with practical solutions. I will help you weather the storm. I am the consummate survivor.

Queen Of Pentacles

Queen Of Pentacles
I am the supreme mother. I offer warmth, security and comfort to all. Everything I have is also yours, for we are all in this together. I will stand by you, come what may; I will never forsake you. I will help you find what you need, for my ability to provide knows no bounds. I will teach you to make do with what you have, to take care of matters that need attention in the most efficient way. Life should not be a complicated chore; it should be filled with laughter, children, furry creatures and lush greens. Together, let us celebrate this amazing gift of life, and all the beauty and abundance mother earth provides.

King Of Pentacles

King Of Pentacles I am the salt of the earth. I am the rock others stand on, the foundation on which my society is built. I bring to every effort my capable hands and my strong back. I am confident in my ability to attract all that I need in order to live life to my fullest enjoyment. I take nothing for granted. I do not delude myself into thinking that anything is mine alone for I am but a faithful steward of life’s riches. I give generously to others and in return the universe showers me with abundance. I am always careful to give back what I take so that I may not be a blight upon this earth.