Tarot of the Secret Forest: The Minor Arcana

For me, the minor arcana of Secret Forest is truly the highlight of the deck. The major arcana is absolutely beautiful, but the way the four suits become manifested in the world of the lush Secret Forest, riddled with their respective elemental energies, animal totems and colours–I find myself transported into a different realm. Like Alice eating tiny mushroom slice and finding herself staring into an entirely different universe.

Cups, 2 of

The Suit of Cups: Drenched in Moss

  • The Ace: a blossoming flower floating on the water surface, fluid and vivid
  • Green like spring; delicate, soft, fresh and sensual
  • Themes of birth, gestation and fluidity
  • So close, yet so far: the incredible depth of a single moment or sentiment
  • Flowers, fish, and scenes by the water
  • dreamy, warm and wondrous
  • Interestingly I am not as drown to the suit of cups as I normally do with other decks; it could be that I have entered a phase in my life in which I am drawn to passion and practicality as well as clear communication–fire, earth and air are primary elements in my reality right now, transition from a mostly “water-based” way of living that I was in before

Wands, 3 of

The Suits of Wands: Adventures in Maroon

  • The Ace is of course represented by the flaming salamander: intention and motion distilled into this creature, into a moment of focused stillness. Throughout the suit of wands you will encounter many members of its amphibian kin
  • Foxes and weasels, gazing into the starry sky or a pond of shining stones
  • Themes of swiftness, motion, potential, and growth
  • The suit of wands is a story in motion, the grand opening of a marvelous journey, a tale in the process of being written
  • A whimsical 10: a tortoise burdened by the bamboo shoots and various vegetation sprouting off from its shell–poor thing, but it does capture the theme of slowness, trudging, and weight quite well

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The Suit of Pentacles: Standing on Amber Ground

  • The Ace: a rock lifting centipede emerging from earth
  • Richness of landscape, micromovements against a backdrop of stillness, earth (duh)
  • Small moments that are of majestic quality
  • Creatures closely connected to the earth: earthworms, snakes, and the deer
  • It’s like the landscape speaks for itself: a lonely shed, the forest trees against shooting stars and the moon, butterflies flying up an aged stone staircases; fruits and petals slowly hang down from the branches
  • A profound and ancient silence
  • A fruitful 10: sweet juicy plums (I think they’re plums) hanging down from the branches. Pretty self-explanatory, no?

Swords, 2 of

The Suit of Swords: Abstractions in Stone Grey BlueΒ 

  • The Ace: a sharp display of a moth with a hell of a butt sword
  • Penetrating clarity, starkness, nakedness, and at times–a sense of cruelty, which makes sense because truth can sometimes be harsh and ugly to look at
  • Hedgehogs, spiders, brambles and scorpion–this is definitely the dangerous and unforgiving part of Secret Forest
  • A striking 10: a spider (which is often a “demonized” animal in representations of nature and its living creatures…think Shelob in LOTR). When I first looked at it, it made sense to represent the culmination of airy energies with a spider, caught in a web with nowhere to go…it is time to face your end. But then the second time I looked, I discovered that ants are crawling on top of its body, climbing up its legs and paralyzing it. Nightmares really do come true.

Numerology in Secret Forest: Key Words and Common Themes

  • 1’s-Emergence
  • 2’s-Choice
  • 3’s-Co-Existence
  • 4’s-Roots
  • 5’s-Adversity
  • 6’s-Opportunity
  • 7’s-Curiosity
  • 8’s-Grasp
  • 9’s-Entrench
  • 10’s-Encompass

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