Don’t worry if you can’t remember all of the meanings; just have fun with it, improvise based on the card’s picture and then go on to the next card.
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Most tarot decks have 22 major arcana cards, which don’t belong to any particular suite. Major arcana don’t deal with everyday worries; they represent significant lessons in life.
Swords represent intellect. Swords are powerful, but they are to be used carefully. In other words, Swords deal with cold rationality that often leads you to take uncompromising actions with courage. However, the most brilliant mind can get into (or even provoke) a lot of trouble when not balanced by spirit and feeling.
Cups represent your emotions; basically your love life and relationships with other people. Cups are indirect but a powerful force, much like the water element they stand for.
Wands talks about your drive and passions. Cards of the Wands suite are a powerful force, but are hard to control.
Pentacles symbolize material matters: money, home, health. Pentacles talk about hard work, from spotting an opportunity to fully seizing its potential, by carefully building your case.
Court Cards represent different personalities and the actual people. A Court Card in a reading can point to an actual person who is influencing you, or to aspects of yourself.