Seven of Pentacles

This tarot card indicates assessment. When we have been struggling for a long time, we look for signs that show us better times ahead. This card shows appreciation for the fact that despite the testing times we have been through, our focus has never shifted from our goal. We are advised to keep checking our basic premises along this journey, lest they require upgradation. This scanning requires an easy eye, as criticism or sudden changes may prove counter-productive. Our goals may also change from time to time, so we need to keep assessing them, and considering how we can best utilize the resources at our disposal to achieve them.

The biggest chunk of the Tarot deck, 56 of the 78 cards, comprise the Minor Arcana. 40 cards out of these fall exclusively under the Minor Arcana, while the other 16 also form a part of the Royal Arcana or Court Cards. If the Major Arcana can be said to convey the big picture, the Minor Arcana signifies the specifics in the life of a person. It is divided into four parts: The Suit of Swords signifies the realm of the mind and intellect, our decisions and insights. The Suit of Cups has to do with the things of the heart, things we love and care about. The Suit of Wands represents our power and life energy as applied to the situations and events we face in life. And lastly, the Suit of Pentacles represent our labours and the rewards we gain from them.