Just like a regular deck, there are 4 suits in Tarot decks. Commonly, they are called “pentacles”, “wands”, “cups”, and “swords”. The diamonds, hearts, clubs, and spades are the same as the suits in Tarot decks, in the order given here. But that is far from the only meanings, as we are about to see. Suits in Tarot also correspond to the four directions, and various emotional and physical states of being, among other things.
Pentacles, or diamonds, stand for the earthly element, physical things. Health and home fall under this suit in Tarot. The compass direction of East is shown by this suit. In Tarot, pentacles stand for the season of Fall. It is feminine in nature, and influences the zodiac signs of Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus. When we interpret a reading, any of these synonyms may be intended by the cards.
Wands indicate creativity and passion. It’s elemental force is that of fire, and it alludes to the power of spiritual forces. South is shown by wands, and it’s seasonal attribute is Spring, a time of spiritual growth and energetic action. The male gender is usually displayed. In astrology, the signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius for this suit in Tarot. In a regular deck of cards, these are the clubs.
Cups, or hearts stand for love and empathy, and the heart is their realm of influence. Of the suits in Tarot, this one indicates summer, and is ruled by the force of water. It’s sex is female and it can be emotional in nature. West is the cardinal direction, and the sun signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are represented. Cups can indicate directness in feeling, or bold decisions to made in a spread.
Swords show observation and thought in a reading. This is reflected in its element of air, and the isolation of winter. Swords exist in the realm of Mind, and can sometimes be abstract. This suit points to the North and it often demonstrates a challenge that must be taken into consideration. It is male in nature, and in astrology contains the signs of Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
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