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1-10 for tarot interpretation and practice

Ace

The number that should be most obvious in its meaning. In all Suites it symbolizes a new beginning, a fresh start.

Two

A number of balance and harmony. In numerology it is a number of diplomacy and building of relationships. Even in troublesome Swords this number is a card of balance, a locked situation, a healthy debate or argument, possibly a legal binding or contract.

Three

is the number of creativity, joy, parties. The joy, the parties and the social happiness can be seen the Suite of Cups. Suites of Wands/Rods and Coins/Pentacles relate to the creativity of the number. As it is such a carefree and happy number, the negative opposite is worry and anxiety.

Four

The number of hard work, patience, setbacks, restrictions & limitations. The number in Rod/Wands often depicts a home with people working in the fields in front of it. The other 3 suites have images of people at rest or inactivity in this number card of each suite.

Five

is the number of freedom, travel, the unexpected, sensuality & change. The negative aspect of this number are irresponsibility, self-indulgence & thoughtlessness. In Tarot these are unwelcome cards as they traditionally point to negative situations. It is worth remembering, though, that there are positive aspects to the number when it appears. They are a transitory phase being mid way between the other numbers therefore anything negative they point to should be short lasting.

Six

is the number of the home, family, friends & responsibility. The number in Coins/Pentacles often depicts a man handing out money in benevolence as the number is a caring number, a number for taking care of others rather than yourself. The harmony and protection of this number can be seen in the Suite of Swords which has a man crossing calm, flat, waters. The water represents emotions and, unusually for the suite of swords, there is calm here. This will be an easy crossing for the travellers. In some decks the man is on a boat with a woman and child representing the family of this number. The number in Suite of Cups traditionally depicts a man and a woman in a platonic relationship. They are not lovers, just family or friends.

Seven

is the number of rest, observation, contemplation. The major religions rest to pray on this number's day. The number tells us to think before you jump. To observe, wait, contemplate and not act. The thief in the Suite of Swords is usually depicted stealing 5 of this number swords. Go back to the meaning of 5 and see for yourself it's negatives. This is the wrong time to act or to take what is not yours yet. The working man in the Suite of Coins/Pentacles rests from his work and contemplates his achievements so far.

Eight

is the number of power, wealth, control, good fortune, success, organisation, practicality and authority. As it's a material number it doesn't bode well with the Suite of Cups and emotion. The mind rules over the heart in the Suite of Cups. It should be no surprise then to see in the suite of Coins/Pentacles a man making coins/pentacles. This card is about making money. The blind man in the Suite of Swords cannot see the earth and water around him. He is bound up in imprisoned within the confines of swords representing the intellectual bars of being controlled.

Nine

is the number of endings, completion. It is the number of the harvest. What was sown in the 1, worked and tended from 2 to 8, now you will reap in this number. In the Suite of Rods/Wands the harvest can be seen in the tall sticks that have grown to a height greater than the man who tends them. The wealth of the harvest can been seen in the Suite of Coins/Pentacles. This number is also a card of loneliness. As this number is the number of endings, it can also mean enjoying the benefits of the past alone.

Ten

of the Minor Arcana are among the most auspicious and feared of the Tarot deck. The number in the Suite of Swords is probably the most feared card in Tarot, as unwelcome in any spread as The Tower. It represents total and utter defeat, a perfect storm against which anyone who draws it has no chance of avoiding. The number in the Suite of Rods/Wands also carries a negative message and situation, it is a card of too much work or responsibility to bare. When considering the Numerology of these cards hope can be found. This number reduces to 1. This must always be remembered when these cards appear. The number represents a new start, brought about by the ending of a cycle. Therefore, with the defeat in the Suite of Swords, look to the following cards for indication of what is to come in this new cycle. The storm will pass blowing away the old, leaving space for the new. In the Suite of Coins/Pentacles and 10 of Cups represent the greatest achievements of wealth and love respectively. They also mark beginnings too. A good long term investment for wealth or a happy long term relationship, the beginning of a happy family life.

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