Spiritual numerology for the Tarot’s Minor Arcana
The following is my rough draft of a numerological take on the cards of the Minor Arcana that reflects a spiritual framework:
1. Aces (ONE) are about the true reality of Unity. We are one with each other and with the Divine. (It is significant that there is a hand of God offering the suit icon on the Aces in many Tarot decks.)
2. TWO is about Duality. It can indicate our illusion of separateness—from each other ad from the Divine.
3. THREE calls to mind “Trinity,” which is a common religious conceptualization of the divine, generally quite anthropomorphic. (Attempting to conceptualize the Divine is a consequence of our illusion of duality.) This number is also symbolic of creativity.
4. FOUR, being the number of structure (four seasons, four directions, etc.), symbolizes the material world. The separate reality of this material world is an illusion, but we typically think it is the ultimate reality.
5. FIVE indicates our humanity (five senses, five fingers, etc.), and the FIVE cards all have an element of the suffering that is common to us all and that results from our illusion of separateness. These cards thus show us our lessons in life.
6. The number SIX represents reciprocity. These cards depict acts of compassion as we tire of the suffering of the FIVE cards and begin to learn their lessons. We also are beginning to see through the illusion of duality.
7. In the SEVEN cards, we see the resistance that the persistent and seductive illusion of duality (and of the reality of the material reality) creates in opposition to our realization of divine unity.
8. EIGHT is movement and power, so here we see that in working to overcome the duality illusion we can move forward toward the reality of oneness. (Our success here is dependent upon having passed the tests of the SEVEN cards.)
9. NINE is the manifest result of the work of the EIGHT cards.
10. TEN can be a return to divine union and a return to our community with an intent to help others along this path. However, it also can indicate that our failure to realize divine union sends us back to start the process over.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts about this.
Addendum: We can use these (or any) card associations as a tool to help us expand our awareness of the cards, but we should not use them as a straightjacket to constrain and limit our understanding of the cards.