Pentacle Pentagram

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Pentacle Pentagram

Pentacle Pentagram

The Minor Arcana: Tarot Card Individual Meanings

Some people consider Tarot cards as a means to learn about, or seek advice for their everyday problems. However, few among them understand the definition of Tarot cards, not to mention Tarot card individual meanings. To understand the significance of Tarot cards, one must learn about the two Arcanas involved in Tarot card readings - the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. While the 22 cards in the Tarot deck - or Major Arcana - predict major events in one's life, the 56 Minor Arcana cards reveal the everyday, difficulties in life. Psychic practitioners of this timeless medium believe that both Arcanas are necessary for a complete reading of one's past, current and future life.

The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana have four suits - pentacles, cups, wands and swords. Each suit is represented by graphics symbolizing the four elements of nature - air, earth, fire and water. Here is some information on Tarot card individual meanings, specifically of the Minor Arcana cards. This will help you gain some knowledge of this fascinating subject, as well as to learn more about yourself.

Pentacles - Material gain, money and industry are represented by this suit and associated with the earth. The 'pentacles' are the coin-like discs, which carry pentagram inscriptions seen as the 5-pointed stars in the cards. The cards in this suit, except for the five of pentacles show people reaping the fruits of their labor. In ancient times, people wore pentagrams to protect themselves from evil. The 'diamond' suit of today's playing cards has evolved from the 'pentacles'.

Cups - Cards in this suit represent water and reveal happiness, emotions, beauty and fertility. The Tarot card individual meanings represented by the 'cups' can also reveal aspects of the subconscious mind and human instinct but not conscious mind and reasoning. In a standard deck of playing cards, the 'heart' suit owes its origin to the cups.

Wands - This suit is associated with fire and represents growth, glory, enterprise, energy and animation. The greenwood with a few live twigs as seen in the illustration on the cards of this suit, signify growth. 'Wands' can be interpreted as staffs to carry the victor's crown or as clubs used in combat. Wands also represent concepts, creation and agriculture. The 'club' suit in today's playing cards owes its origin to the wands.

Swords - The individual card meanings represented by the 'swords' suit are aggression, ambition, courage, misfortune and force. This can be interpreted by the illustrations showing people in combat or with heads bowed down in misfortune. The swords also represent action, both good and bad. This suit is associated with air and is the forerunner of the 'spade' suit in today's playing cards.

Any experienced psychic or user of the tarot medium can easily explain individual card meanings. Among the many techniques used by psychics, Tarot cards are, perhaps, one of the popular ones. Tarot is one harmless way that people can consider to address, or learn about, the day-to-day problems in their lives.

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Craig Malone is a writer for SpiritNow.com. Looking for a free psychic reading? Visit SpiritNow.com today, the online home of America's Top Psychic, Sylvia Browne. Read Sylvia's 2009 Psychic Predictions and the best spirituality content on the Internet on SpiritNow.com.

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The history of the pentagram and pentacle pt1

Is there a difference in a pentagram and a pentacle?

Are the words simply interchangeable? And yes, I tried looking it up, but just founding conflicting information. Thanks for any insights.
Thanks, Em!

I too tried looking the two up and fond it rather confusing! Almost every other source, depending on the biases, had a different defintion for both. I did my digging and evauated them a little further, here's what I came up with:

True definitions:
Pentagram--A 5 pointed star without a circle. Has been commonly used as a symbol over time.
Pentacle--A 5 pointed star with a circle around it. Has also often been used as a symbol.

Cultural definitions:
Interchangable--Some groups feel these terms are interchangable for a star with a circle around it.
Pentacle--Some feel this is just a star, others that it is a star with a circle, others feel it is only refering to a "right side up" star in a circle.
Pentagram--I have found more goups associate this with a "up-side down" star in a circle, I have also known a select few who think this is only refering to a star without a circle. I have also met a wide variety of people who feel this is the term for a "right side up" star in a circle.

Because of the different interpretations of it, it is best to figure out which definition they are using. If its in a book use context clues, if it is a person who is speaking ask them when appropriate.

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