The Emperor Tarot Card Meaning – Major Arcana

Some of the tarot card meanings of the suits in the Minor Arcana, as well as the overall structure, have influenced our regular modern day 52-card deck. There are 4 suits that are each numbered from ace to ten, followed by 4 court cards called Page, Knight, Queen and King. As you have probably noticed, that is only one card more than a modern day deck of cards.

The 4 suits of Minor Arcana are called Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The number of suits has a symbolical importance because in ancient times it was thought that everything in the world was made up of just four elements… air, earth, fire and water. Years later, these elements were believed to be related to the 4 fixed signs of the Zodiac… Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.


The Wands suit represents energy, growth, enterprise, animation and glory. The Wands on the cards are green wood that has a few live twigs to signify growth. They are sometimes used as a club to fight with or as a staff to carry the victor’s crown. Their position in relation to the other cards in a layout will determine whether its energy will be good or bad. Wands are associated with ideas, creation and agriculture. The modern day suit of clubs comes from the Wands. 4444 meaning


The Cups suit represents love, happiness, emotions, fertility and beauty. The cups symbol is associated with water, which represents the subconscious mind and instincts as opposed to the conscious mind and reason. The suit of hearts in a regular deck of cards comes from the Cups.


The Swords suit represents aggression, force, ambition, courage and misfortune. Many cards of this suit shows fighting or people that are bowed down with misfortune. Swords represent action, both good and bad. This is where the spades suit comes from in a modern day deck.


The Pentacles suit represents money, industry and material gain. All the cards in this suit except for the 5 of Pentacles show people either working with or enjoying the fruits of their labour. Pentacles are the coin like disks that are inscribed with pentagrams (5 pointed stars). In ancient times, people wore pentagrams as a protection from evil. Of course this is where the suit of diamonds comes from in our regular playing cards of today.


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