In LEARN TAROT IN A DAY, we learned a simple method for studying the numbered cards of the Minor Arcana (or Small Cards). And, yes, that method is quick and simple enough to start reading the cards.
However, when you start to contemplate the significance of the Tarot Divination, you realize that you may be missing out in that simplicity.
That’s when you turn to both, Astrology and the Kabbalah to give you the 360° view of the cards’ meaning.
The formula for the small cards is quite simple. The weight it carries, however, is hefty.
The Formula is (part of which I borrow from Lon Milo DuQuette) carries both: Astrological and Kabbalistic considerations.
NS + PZS + WE = SC
Number of Suit + Planet in Zodiac Sign + World Element = Small Card
Really, it is. To demonstrate, let’s take the example of Five of Cups. Five of Cups is Mars In Scorpio in the world of Briah (Water). Mars is a fiery planet of energy, action and desire. Scorpio is more than happy to host Mars, because like Mars, Scorpio is passionate and driven. But there is a problem, as all of this is going on in the world of Water. Figuratively speaking, you might say that cold water just got splashed all over that fiery romance. And what we get then, is DISAPPOINTMENT – the description of the Five of Cups. It is not a coincidence that the Golden Dawn title for this card is ‘Lord of Loss in Pleasure.’
Just to solidify, let’s take another example (which, just happens to be my birth card – sigh: The Nine of Swords. Following our formula, we have Mars in Gemini in Yesod (Air). In this card, all the energy and passion and desire of Mars enters Gemini, who’s all about ‘let’s have a meaningful conversation first.’ And to make matters worse, it’s all happening in Yetzirah (Air), a world that will analyze and over-analyze everything to the point where Mars’ enthusiasm is cruelly crushed. And so we have Nine of Swords – CRUELTY.
So now you must be thinking that all of this is good and well, but to know the designation of every small card you must be an expert in both, Astrology and the Kabbalah, right? Well, that would be helpful, but you don’t have to be – I GOT THIS! I took the work out of wondering which planet is in which zodiac sign during which time of the year. I also, charted their modalities, Kabbalistic Worlds and Elements (descriptions of which can be found in PART I – KABBALAH BASICS and PART III – KABBALAH & THE MINOR ARCANA).
So now, with a click of a button (that you will still need to be able to do), you can read Tarot Small cards like a true professional. Just choose the Suit and card number below to see its astrological and Kabbalistic Associations. And just to help you avoid scrolling through numerous Astrology reference, I have included a Free Printable Zodiac Guide, which you can download by clicking the button at the top of this article.