Minor Arcana

Notes on the Minor Arcana

Why those seasons?
Wands are fire based. The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Aries heralds in spring, thus Wands also belongs to spring.
Cups are water based. The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Cancer heralds in summer, thus Cups also belongs to summer.
Swords are air based. The air signs are Gemini, Libra,and Aquarius. Libra heralds in autumn, thus Swords also belongs to autumn. Some places attribute Swords to winter. Likely because Swords brings a lot of hardships and winter is the harshest season for most to live through.
Pentacles are earth based. The earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Capricorn heralds in winter, thus Pentacles also belongs to winter.
Why those elements?
The elements I have assigned based on the most common elemental associations I have found, and their suit traits tend to be in line with the elements assigned to them. And from there, I assigned the seasons based on the zodiac.
Clubs
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Power, whether arising from affluence, fame, position, or inherent capacity.
Card Fortune Telling, (piquet) 1865: Happiness and rarely are of bad omen.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet, English), 1865: The lucky cards.
Fortune-Telling by Cards, 1915: Fortitude.
Hearts
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Love and its inflexions, such as friendship, sympathy, attachment, together with peace, tranquillity, and the concomitants of love.
Card Fortune Telling, (piquet) 1865: Not so deep in their significance and show joy, liberality, good temper.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet, English), 1865: The affairs of the home, and therefore the love affairs of the enquirer.
Fortune-Telling by Cards, 1915: Faith.
Spades
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Loss, privation of any sort, things in their ultimate issues. The suit is capable of many inflexions, however, and, like the Diamonds, shines only by the reflected light of accompanying cards. Hence a run of Spades has no light in it at all, and is sinister and ominous in the extreme.
Card Fortune Telling, (piquet) 1865: The fateful suit, and signify grief, misfortune, illness, death.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet, English), 1865: The evil ones, governing ill-health, death, financial loss and ruin. They also represent ilHcit love affairs.
Fortune-Telling by Cards, 1915: Justice.
Diamonds
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Life in general, and for this reason are largely dominated by the accompanying cards.
Card Fortune Telling, (piquet) 1865: Delay, quarrels, annoyances.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet, English), 1865: Financial and business matters.
Fortune-Telling by Cards, 1915: Charity.

People by Suit

Miscellaneus
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: A Club in the case of a widow or widower becomes a Spade. A Heart in similar cases becomes a Diamond.
Robert Chambers, 1869: A person's class trumps their appearance. In example, all persons in uniform such as musicians, police officers, and judges will always be represented by Clubs, and widow(er)s are always represented by Spades.
Aces, Kings, and Queens of Clubs
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Brunettes.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet), 1865: Brown-eyed people, with brown hair; the average brunette type.
Everybody's Book of Luck, 1900: Brown hair. Grey or white by original color.
A.E. Waite, Manual of Cartomancy, 1909: Dark complexion.
Sepharial, 1914: Persons of medium colour, inclining to be dark, with brown hair and eyes.
Aces, Kings, and Queens of Hearts
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Blonde types.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet), 1865: Fair people, darker than the Diamond type, with blue or grey eyes and brown hair.
Everybody's Book of Luck, 1900: Blonde hair. Grey or white by original color.
A.E. Waite, Manual of Cartomancy, 1909: Fair complexion.
Sepharial, 1914: Rather fair people, with fresh complexion, brown hair and blue or grey eyes.
Aces, Kings, and Queens of Spades
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: The very dark ones.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet), 1865: Very dark people, almost black or raven-coloured.
Everybody's Book of Luck, 1900: Black hair. Grey or white by original color.
A.E. Waite, Manual of Cartomancy, 1909: Dark complexion.
Sepharial, 1914: Very dark people, with black hair and dark complexion, deep brown eyes.
Aces, Kings, and Queens of Diamonds
Card Fortune Telling, 1865: Ordinary fair people.
Card Fortune Telling (piquet), 1865: Very light people; blue eyes or grey, and flaxen or red hair. They also denote persons grey or white-headed with age.
Everybody's Book of Luck, 1900: Auburn hair. Grey or white by original color.
A.E. Waite, Manual of Cartomancy, 1909: Fair complexion.
Sepharial, 1914: Very fair people, with flaxen or sandy hair and blue eyes. If aged, white-headed.
Jack, Knave, Knight
Card Fortune Telling (piquet), 1865: Boys and girls are denoted by the Jacks of the Suits, according to their colouring; and the sex is shown by the King or Queen nearest or touching them. The Jacks in general denote attendants, servitors, servants, attaches, followers, etc., thus:
  • Jack of Diamonds, a carrier, postman, messenger.
  • Jack of Clubs, an agent, business man, clerk.
  • Jack of Hearts (Cupid), a lover, follower, friend.
  • Jack of Spades, doctor, physician, or professional man, down to the undertaker.

Curious Calculations

220 — Number of pips on the plain cards of the four suits.

12 — Number of pips on the court cards of the four suits.

120 — Twelve court cards, counted as 10 each.

13 — Number of cards in each suit.

365 — Equal to the number of days in the year.

Major Arcana

Minor Arcana

Clubs ♣ Ace ♣ 2 ♣ 3 ♣ 4 ♣ 5 ♣ 6 ♣ 7 ♣ 8 ♣ 9 ♣ 10 ♣ Page ♣ Jack ♣ Queen ♣ King ♣
Hearts ♥ Ace ♥ 2 ♥ 3 ♥ 4 ♥ 5 ♥ 6 ♥ 7 ♥ 8 ♥ 9 ♥ 10 ♥ Page ♥ Jack ♥ Queen ♥ King ♥
Spades ♠ Ace ♠ 2 ♠ 3 ♠ 4 ♠ 5 ♠ 6 ♠ 7 ♠ 8 ♠ 9 ♠ 10 ♠ Page ♠ Jack ♠ Queen ♠ King ♠
Diamonds ♦ Ace ♦ 2 ♦ 3 ♦ 4 ♦ 5 ♦ 6 ♦ 7 ♦ 8 ♦ 9 ♦ 10 ♦ Page ♦ Jack ♦ Queen ♦ King ♦