The Minor Arcana
There are 40 numbered cards of the Minor Arcana. In contrast to the Major Arcana which represents spiritual forces operating beyond our control the Minor Arcana (sometimes called Pip Cards) tend to represent ordinary events and every day affairs in the client's life and our feelings about these events.
There are four elements represented in the suits
Wands - FIRE - which is to do with ambition, drive, originality, determination, business and enterprise
Swords - AIR - Intellect, mental processes, decisions, logic
Cups - WATER - Emotion, feelings, receptiveness, relationships of all sorts.
Pentacles - EARTH - Work, practicality, finance, security, resources, money
The Court Cards can represent either a physical person in the client's life or a stage in a process of development. The pages being the initial idea, message or thought, the Knights - movement and change in a particular direction. The Queens maturity of the idea and the Kings the achievement of the process. As people the court cards in each suit fit the element and physical characteristics of that suit.
The numbers in the suits possess the qualities of that number applied to that element. For example Aces are number ones and mean new beginnings. The card number expands the energy of that suit.