Seasons and the Minor Arcana

Four Seasons Some Tarot readers correlate the four seasons with the four suits of the Minor Arcana for issues of timing in a reading. Not everyone is comfortable forecasting seasonal timing in Tarot readings, of course.

Others make a mental association for interpretative purposes, noting the symbolism of a particular Minor Arcana suit reflects abstract or literal qualities of its seasonal counterpart.

I'm curious: Do you associate the four Minor Arcana suits (usually named Wands, Cups, Pentacles and Swords) with a seasonal counterpart (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter)? If so, what is your reasoning?

If you've actually used a seasonal association when reading the Minor Arcana cards (Aces-Tens), how has this particular correlation aided your readings or expanded your interpretation of a particular suit or card?

Here's my personal correlations:

Four Seasons 2 Spring – Wands The "budding" of the Ace of Wands reminds me of the budding trees of Springtime. In the Tree of Life. It is said that the entire Minor Arcana "springs"–and is contained–within the Ace of Wands. I associate the Wands with the element of Fire.

Summer – Cups Water, water everywhere in the Summer–pools, lakes, fountains, margaritas…I associate Cups with the Water element.

Autumn – Pentacles A time for harvest and reflection, as well as preserving the bounty of the summer. Autumn is often a busy and materialistic time of year, with kids going back to school, major holidays occurring, and those in winter climes having to save extra money for heating. In cooler climates, many go back to "indoor" hobbies such as reading, crafting, woodcarving, baking–endeavors often neglected in warmer months. I associate Pentacles with the Earth element.

Winter – Swords Where I live, Winter can be bitterly cold, but the clarity of the air and purity of the rural snow is unmatched. I associate the Swords suit with the element of Air.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about correlating seasons with the Minor Arcana suits and how such associations can aid in building our cache of card meanings, as well as illuminate Tarot readings.

— Janet

3 thoughts on “Seasons and the Minor Arcana

  1. Lori

    I tend to use the element associated with the cardinal signs to indicate which season the suit is connected to. For example I use Libra/Air/Swords/Autumn and Capricorn/Earth/Pentacles/Winter. I also make the connection with Swords and Autumn as this is typically a windy time, blowing the leaves from the trees. Similarly with Pentacles and Winter, everything in nature has retreated into the earth, waiting for the Spring to arrive.

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