Minor Arcana Correspondences


Minor Arcana Correspondences teaches core tarot suit information in colour coded & easy to read tables. It includes astrology, timing, numerology, counting values & yes no tarot answers.


Minor Arcana Correspondences

In Major Arcana Correspondences, I talked about the benefits of seeing tarot cards grouped together. This is also true of the minor arcana correspondences. The following tables clearly show sub-groupings, patterns and helpfully raises questions that you will seek the answers for. This self-directed learning is what really helps embed the information in your mind and becomes extremely valuable during live tarot readings, when your powers of recall are tested. Bookmark this page, and the Major Arcana Correspondences page for when you need to access vital information quickly, such as timing and astrology, or for answering a direct yes no question.

As a beginner, learning tarot card meanings can seem daunting but with the help of these tables, you can strip out the thoughts and opinions of tarot authors from websites and books, myself included, and focus on the core information. This way you can build your own tarot vocabulary and lexicon of personal meanings, unique to you.

Some of the information may not make sense to you initially. I generally follow the Golden Dawn correspondences for timing, and these are presented below. Two things that may stand out to you are likely to be the matching timing of the Aces and Pages, and the elemental associations of the court cards. For clarity, I have written about this in Timing Events Using Tarot and Astrology.

Timing Using the Aces and Pages

In the Golden Dawn system, the aces are the root element of their suit and the Page is the vehicle in which the ace manifests. They really rule a specific area and so timing with either can be ignored. Sometimes the gods, or the Fates, or indeed the Universe does not deem it important for us to know the timing of an event so it makes sense that sometimes it is wise to not seek definitive timing. That said, I have listed the astrological signs associated with the quadrants of the areas that the aces and pages rule together. You can derive timing from these zodiac signs if you wish but equally ignore it. Be mindful that as a quadrant, the time period for each ace or page is three months and so other cards may be required to narrow down the timing of an event.

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The Elemental Association of the Court Cards

Using Qabbalah and the Tree of Life, the Golden Dawn determined very specific elemental associations for the tarot court cards. This is formed through the Tetragrammaton, but is not necessary to further into this system here. A very brief explanation of how the Page of Wands elementally is called earth of fire, or the Queen of Pentacles is called water of earth is to see that that each rank has its own elemental association.

  • Pages are earth
  • Knights are air
  • Queens are water
  • Kings are fire

Each element has its own meaning here and reinforces the rank of the the court card. You can see the swift movement of air and the mobility of the knights, the emotional and loving nature of the queens, the dynamism of the kings and the grounded and lower rank of the pages.

Like Major Arcana Correspondences, each table is colour coded to match the element of its suit. This is to help you navigate the page easily and to provide clarity while you are scrolling.

Tarot Suit of Wands Correspondences

# Name Element Astrology Timing Numerology Count Yes/No
1 Ace of Wands Fire Cancer/Leo/Virgo* Jun 21 – Sept 22* 1 & 10 5 & 11 Yes
2 2 of Wands Fire Mars in Aries Mar 21 – Mar 30 2 & 11 2 Yes
3 3 of Wands Fire Sun in Aries Mar 31 – Apr 10 3 & 12 3 Yes
4 4 of Wands Fire Venus in Aries Apr – 11 – Apr 20 4 & 13 4 Yes
5 5 of Wands Fire Saturn in Leo Jul 22 – Aug 1 5 & 14 5 No
6 6 of Wands Fire Jupiter in Leo Aug 2 – Aug 11 6 6 Yes
7 7 of Wands Fire Mars in Leo Aug 12 – Aug 22 7 7 No
8 8 of Wands Fire Mercury in Sagittarius Nov 23 – Dec 2 8 8 Yes
9 9 of Wands Fire Moon in Sagittarius Dec 3 – Dec 12 9 9 Yes
10 10 of Wands Fire Saturn in Sagittarius Dec 13 – Dec 21 10 & 1 10 No
11 Page of Wands Earth of Fire Cancer/Leo/Virgo* Jun 21 – Sept 22* 11 & 2 7 Yes
12 Knight of Wands Air of Fire 20° Cancer – 20° Leo Jul 12 – Aug 11 12 & 3 4 Yes
13 Queen of Wands Water of Fire 20° Pisces – 20° Aries Mar 11 – Apr 10 13 & 4 4 Yes
14 King of Wands Fire of Fire 20° Scorpio – 20° Sagittarius Nov 13 – Dec 12 14 & 5 4 Yes

Tarot Suit of Cups Correspondences

# Name Element Astrology Timing Numerology Count Yes/No
1 Ace of Cups Water Libra/Scorpio/Sagittarius* Sept 23 – Dec 20* 1 & 10 5 & 11 Yes
2 2 of Cups Water Venus in Cancer June 21 – July 1 2 & 11 2 Yes
3 3 of Cups Water Mercury in Cancer July 2 – July 11 3 & 12 3 No
4 4 of Cups Water Moon in Cancer July 12 – July 21 4 & 13 4 Maybe
5 5 of Cups Water Mars in Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 1 5 & 15 5 No
6 6 of Cups Water Sun in Scorpio Nov 2 – Nov 12 6 6 Yes
7 7 of Cups Water Venus in Scorpio Nov 13 to Nov 22 7 7 No
8 8 of Cups Water Saturn in Pisces Feb 19 – Feb 28 8 8 Maybe
9 9 of Cups Water Jupiter in Pisces Mar 1 – Mar 10 9 9 Yes
10 10 of Cups Water Mars in Pisces Mar 11 – Mar 20 10 & 1 10 Yes
11 Page of Cups Earth of Water Libra/Scorpio/Sagittarius* Sept 23 – Dec 20* 11 & 2 7 Yes
12 Knight of Cups Air of Water 20° Libra – 20 ° Scorpio Oct 13 – Nov 12 12 & 3 4 Yes
13 Queen of Cups Water of Water 20° Gemini – 20° Cancer Jun 11 – July 11 13 & 4 4 Yes
14 King of Cups Fire of Water 20° Aquarius – 20 ° Pisces Feb 9 – Mar 10 14 & 5 4 Yes


Tarot Suit of Swords Correspondences

# Name Element Astrology Timing Numerology Count Yes/No
1 Ace of Swords Air Capricorn/Aquarius/Pisces* Dec 22 – Mar 20* 1 & 10 5 & 11 Yes
2 2 of Swords Air Moon in Libra Sept 23 to Oct 2 2 & 11 2 Maybe
3 3 of Swords Air Saturn in Libra Oct 3 – Oct 12 3 & 12 3 No
4 4 of Swords Air Jupiter in Libra Oct 13 – Oct 22 4 & 13 4 Maybe
5 5 of Swords Air Venus in Aquarius Jan 20 – Jan 29 5 & 15 5 No
6 6 of Swords Air Mercury in Aquarius Jan 30 – Feb 8 6 6 Yes
7 7 of Swords Air Moon in Aquarius Feb 9 – Feb 18 7 7 No
8 8 of Swords Air Jupiter in Gemini May 21 – May 31 8 8 No
9 9 of Swords Air Mars in Gemini June 1 – June 10 9 9 No
10 10 of Swords Air Sol in Gemini June 11 – June 20 10 & 1 10 No
11 Page of Swords Earth of Air Capricorn/Aquarius/Pisces* Dec 22 – Mar 20* 11 & 2 7 Yes
12 Knight of Swords Air of Air 20° Capricorn – 20 ° Aquarius Jan 10 – Feb 8 12 & 3 4 Yes
13 Queen of Swords Water of Air 20° Virgo – 20° Libra Sept 12 – Oct 12 13 & 4 4 Yes
14 King of Swords Fire of Air 20° Taurus – 20° Gemini May 11 – June 10 14 & 5 4 Yes

Tarot Suit of Pentacles Correspondences

# Name Element Astrology Timing Numerology Count Yes/No
1 Ace of Pentacles Earth Aries/Taurus/Gemini* Mar 21 – Jun 20* 1 & 10 5 & 11 Yes
2 2 of Pentacles Earth Jupiter in Capricorn Dec 22 – Dec 30 2 & 11 2 Maybe
3 3 of Pentacles Earth Mars in Capricorn Dec 31 – Jan 9 3 & 12 3 Yes
4 4 of Pentacles Earth Sun in Capricorn Jan 10 – Jan 19 4 & 13 4 No
5 5 of Pentacles Earth Mercury in Taurus Apr 21 – Apr 30 5 & 14 5 No
6 6 of Pentacles Earth Mars in Taurus May 1 – May 10 6 6 Yes
7 7 of Pentacles Earth Saturn in Taurus May 11 – May 20 7 7 Maybe
8 8 of Pentacles Earth Sun in Virgo Aug 23 – Sept 1 8 8 Yes
9 9 of Pentacles Earth Venus in Virgo Sept 2 – Sept 11 9 9 Yes
10 10 of Pentacles Earth Mercury in Virgo Sept 12 – Sept 22 10 & 1 10 Yes
11 Page of Pentacles Earth of Earth Aries/Taurus/Gemini* Mar 21 – Jun 20* 11 & 2 7 Yes
12 Knight of Pentacles Air of Earth 20° Aries – 20 ° Taurus April 11 – May 10 12 & 3 4 Yes
13 Queen of Pentacles Water of Earth 20° Sagittarius – 20° Capricorn Dec 13 – Jan 9 13 & 4 4 Yes
14 King of Pentacles Fire of Earth 20° Leo – 20° Virgo Aug 12 – Sept 11 14 & 5 4 Yes

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Header image from the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot by Chic Cicero and Sandra-Tabatha Cicero, published by Llewellyn 2008



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2 thoughts on “Minor Arcana Correspondences”

  1. Wow! What a great site! I was cross referencing some other resources and found 10 of swords to be Mercury in Gemini and 6 of pentacles Moon in Taurus. Would this be accurate? Thank you!

    • Hi Devonity,

      Thanks for your lovely comments about my work.

      With regard to your question, I have always followed the correspondences laid down by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn – that is just the system I learnt first. These correspondences will be found across most decks deriving from that group including the Rider Waite-Smith and the Thoth as both their creators were members.

      There are other correspondences though and I would say whatever makes sense to you is what you should go with.

      To throw a spanner in the correspondences works, check out the Tarot Handbook by Hajo Banzhaf; US Games, 1993. His astrological correspondencs are based on how he understands the meaning of the card and is then paired with an astrological correspondence based on the same principle.

      For example, the 10 of Swords in the Golden Dawn tradition is Sun in Gemini. Banzhaf cites “Mars/Saturn as the random violent end.”

      The Golden Dawn married the 6 of Pentacles with Mars in Taurus, while Banzhaf cites “Jupiter in Pisces as willingness to help; Jupiter in Leo as generosity; Jupiter in Aquarius as tolerance.”

      All very different. I like Banzahf’s approach as it makes a lot of sense. I’m no astrologer so I take his word for some of his associations. It is also worth adding that the Golden Dawn built a magickal system that included a lot of parts that had to fit. Some changes were made to make this happen.

      From my own meanderings in books and online, the astrology in the small cards seems to differ based on where you decide the astrological year begins – Spring or Summer. The Golden Dawn chose summer, astrologers choose spring. A disparity ensues and the debates continue.

      Out of interest, Banzhaf marries the King of Swords with Mercury in Gemini saying, “..in the sense of witty, well-versed, cunning, and tricky.” He gives the Moon in Taurus to the Queen of Pentacles: “..in the sense of rootedness, fertility, and a sense of family.”

      it’s a really good book, you should try and get a copy from Ebay or Amazon sellers, second hand, of course

      I hope that helps, even a little bit.

      Warmly,
      Catherine

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