The Four Elemental Kingdoms: History and Culture 

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The Four Elemental Kingdoms: History and Culture 

In A Tarot Story, the numbered cards from Minor Arcana are presented as chapters in each Elemental Kingdom History. There are 10 chapters in each Kingdom History, and each chapter is aligned with the numerological associations of tarot and represents a lesson that the Kingdoms have to learn in order to move forward.

For example, Chapter 1 is the Aces of all tarot suits, and is aligned with the numerological associations of number 1. This means that all the Aces in the Minor Arcana will share these attributes from a numerological perspective because they all have the same number. E.g. all Aces share the common theme of beginnings, and all 2’s share the common theme of duality.

What Each Chapter/Number represents in the Minor Arcana

  • Chapter 1 represents the identity and the core aspirations of each elemental kingdom
  • Chapter 2  represents the dual considerations of each kingdom and where they wish to go to realize their elemental destiny
  • Chapter 3 represents the synergy of multiple perspectives and personalities within each elemental kingdom and its consequence
  • Chapter 4 represents the foundation that each elemental kingdom has reached after all the hard work they have put in
  • Chapter 5 represents the anomaly, conflict or challenge each elemental kingdom faces and what they must overcome in order to expand and grow
  • Chapter 6 represents the victory and community that the elemental kingdoms have established after overcoming the challenge in Chapter 5
  • Chapter 7 represents the curiosity and conscious desire for growth and expansion
  • Chapter 8 represents manifestation and the active pursuit of that new aspiration
  • Chapter 9 represents the positive or negative result from their efforts in chapter 8, as well as the abundance and maturation of their elemental energies
  • Chapter 10 represents the ultimate destiny of each elemental kingdom and marks the end of their trajectory and story cycle

Each Kingdom has a different elemental energy and each elemental energy can manifest in either positive or negative ways under the numerological influences. (Just take a look at the Air Kingdom, or the Suit of Swords–they are an intense group of people!)

For example, 3 of Wands (Chapter 3 in Fire Kingdom History) is all about optimism, visioneering, and looking forward to the future. This is because when 3 Fire Individuals all come together because they all want the same things, they can make some incredible magic together because their visions are in alignment with each other’s. This is a positive manifestation under the influence of numerology.

Compare this to the 3 of Swords. (Chapter 3 in Air Kingdom History), a negative manifestation under the influence of numerology. Swords carry the polarizing Air energy. Their world is very black and white. I mean, they’ve had enough trouble already in 2 of Swords, and that’s only the second chapter in their story! In 3 of Swords, their “it’s either you or me” attitude does not allow a third perspective to emerge. They simply cannot co-exist, and therefore, their ideas attack and seize at each other and before you know it…3 swords stuck in a fleshly beating heart. Nobody wins because nobody wants to “lose”.

The Elemental Kingdoms: A Basic Outlook on Their Story Trajectories 

fire kingdom

The Fire people come together because they are ignited by a desire, a single passion that they all share and have discovered in each other. They choose the Wands as their banner because Wands represent the power and creativity that they wield, and their grandiose sense of magic. Their narrative is highly optimistic, energizing, and inspirational, punctuated by great leadership and momentum. Conflicts arise when factions form within the larger group because people start to want to pursue different things. That’s not really a problem for them, however. The Fire Folks are generally confident enough to focus on what they want to pursue.

As their desires and their identity as a people develop, their story culminates to an overwhelming pressure and need to realize all the potential within them.

air kingdom

The Air people come together because they share the same belief and views about the world. In short, they are in agreement with each other. They choose the Swords as their banner because they believe in the power of ideas. When ideas are communicated in the right way, they serve as powerful weapons that can both attack and defend, cutting away all doubts and those who oppose them. The story of the Air People is that of conflict and strife, as their disagreements often lead to various levels of war (from a heated debate or argument to full-on warfare.)

Because the People of Air don’t easily forgive nor compromise, their destiny as a kingdom is a dystopian nightmare and tragedy–should they fail to learn their lessons.

water kingdom

The Water people come together because they, you’ve guessed it–they love each other! They are a group of people that are together for no other reason than it feels good to be together. They value each other’s company and the love and space they hold for each other. They choose Cups as their banner because they are a group of people that welcome friendship, and anybody who is willing to share cup and break bread with them is welcome in their kingdom.

The Water Kingdom’s narrative is a tale of the heart and speaks of love, friendship, family, and belonging. It is also a story about healing, gratitude, and dreams coming true.

earth kingdom

Being the practical bunch, the Earth people come together knowing that they cannot accomplish anything without each other. They believe in the power of the group and the strength in a well-managed, well-supported community. They choose the Pentacles or Coins as their banner because it shows exactly what they value: physical currency. Things they can touch, feel, and hold in their hands or physically experience–objects of value that they can use to add to their own wealth, invest in the wealth of others, and add to the overall wealth of their people. Occasionally, they experience lack consciousness when they are not meeting their own standards, but generally, they don’t dwell on their feelings for long because feelings aren’t very useful for them. They’d rather be doing something that will take them one step closer to their goals.

Their narrative is that of productivity, management, business, generosity and growth. It is a story of hard-work, mutual support, mutual growth and legacy.

Resources: 

Free Worksheet Package: “Suit of Wands” 
Free Worksheet Package: “Suit of Swords” 
Free Worksheet Package: “Suit of Cups”
Free Worksheet Package: “Suit of Pentacles” 

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