Exercises - Lesson 3
The Minor Arcana
(See Introduction to Exercises.)
Exercise 3.1 - What are the Suit Qualities?
Review the lists of suit qualities. They describe some positive and negative expressions of each suit. Don't try to memorize these lists. They are simply designed to give you a first feel for the energy of each suit. When you're ready, go through the word pairs below. For each pair, give the suit and expression (+ or -) that seems most appropriate to you. For "dependable and careful" you might say "Pentacles - positive." You can check my suggestions, if you wish. When your choices are different from mine, try to figure out why. In this way, you begin refining your own understanding of each suit. You can also have a friend quiz you using new two-word combinations from the lists.
- sullen and lazy
- prim and humorless
- witty and well-informed
- judgmental and controlling
- cheerful and bold
- thorough and practical
- calm and sympathetic
- logical and outspoken
- irresponsible and cocky
- loyal and down-to-earth
- critical and arrogant
- whole-hearted and passionate
- temperamental and sulky
- sensitive and loving
- foolhardy and rash
- moody and frail
- stubborn and gloomy
- honest and objective
- persistent and firm
- aloof and domineering
- spiritual and intuitive
- hasty and unprepared
- creative and adventurous
- overcautious and rigid
Exercise 3.2 - Suit Qualities - Clear-cut Examples
Many aspects of daily life reflect the energy of one suit in particular. For each activity below, state the suit and expression you believe fits that activity best, and name a few qualities that support your choice. Going skydiving might be a "Wands-positive" activity because you must be "daring, energetic and confident." (or a Wands-negative activity because it is "foolhardy and reckless!)" You can check my suggestions, if you wish.
- always needing to have everything just so
- getting drunk the night before an important exam
- being where you say you will, every time
- solving a math problem
- using the tarot cards
- cheering your team on to victory
- listening to a friend talk about her troubles
- making a cruel, sarcastic remark
- refusing to apologize when you're wrong
- treating those "beneath" you with disdain
- seeing a project through to the end
- brooding over a perceived slight
- volunteering for a dangerous, but vital mission
- quitting your job in a moment of anger
- arbitrating a dispute
- finding dirty work distasteful
Exercise 3.3 - Suit Qualities - Blended Examples
In most events, the four suit qualities blend together. For each activity below, name two positive suit qualities that would contribute to success and two negative ones that would take away from it. Do this for each suit. For example:
to keep love alive....
- Wands: be passionate and enthusiastic, but not impatient and hot-tempered
- Cups: be romantic and loving, but not broody and touchy
- Swords: be honest and honorable, but not cold and judgmental
- Pentacles: be loyal and dependable, but not unexciting and inflexible
- managing a project
- creating a work of art
- raising a child
- closing a sale
Exercise 3.4 - Suit Qualities in Yourself
The different suit qualities combine in each person to create his or her personality. Examine yourself in light of the four suits. Ask yourself these questions:
You can repeat this exercise with another person as the subject.
- Is one suit quality dominant?
- Is one quality less familiar?
- In what situations do I take on each quality?
- Do I reflect the positive or negative side?
- Do I attract people of the same type, or different?