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Tarot by the Numbers


Walk through the Minor Arcana by the Aces, Two's, Three's... Let's find the ties that bind each to the other (and make them easier to remember). We'll talk about how the minor's behave in readings, how they can be interpreted, and why they're the street signs of the tarot.


Hey, there. My name is Melissa Cynova. I am the owner of Little Fox Tarot and the author of Kitchen Table Tarot which came out last year. I’ve been reading tarot cards for about 30 years and have been teaching for about 15.

A few years ago, I noticed that I was teaching the tarot cards a little differently than the way I’d learned them. I learned by all the pentacles, swords, etc. But the way I started teaching was by the numbers. I found that each number had a unifying theme and started grouping them together like that. So, all of the Aces are the essence of that card. You have the Monty Python hand of God coming out of the sky to hand you a tool – a blessing. They’re handing you a wand – which is the essence of Wands, or a Sword which is the Great Big Idea, because the swords have to do with your intellect.

I started noticing this and also noticing that while I was doing readings, if I saw a lot of Sevens in the reading for example, that meant the person had a lot of conflict in their lives, because the Sevens are all about internal or external conflict. It seemed easier for me to learn and to teach the cards based on the numbers (since they all have the theme) than to memorize them each individually based on the suit.

So, we’re going to talk about how the Minor Arcana show up in a reading. What does it mean if you have a lot of Tens, Nines and Eights? What does it mean if you have a lot of Fives and Sevens? Those are usually a little tricky. What does it mean if you have all of the Aces? (actually, an expression ‘coming up aces’ that means everything is going to be awesome.)

I want you to get to a point in your readings where you can decide when you lay down the cards what kind of reading it’s going to be and what kind of flavor it’s going to have based on the kind of Minor Arcana cards in it.

This is a class for Beginners. Anyone who has even a base knowledge of the cards will feel very comfortable in this class. If you have more advanced knowledge, looking for another layer of information this will be a great class for you. We’re going to talk about the cards from Ace to King and about how they all work together – in and out of the Major Arcana.


I think the Major Arcana are kind of like the stoplights in the tarot, and the Minor Arcana are the street signs and the stop signs. They kind of tell you how to weave and navigate through your day to day, and then when you hit the Major Arcana cards, that’s a big decision that you need to make. I think the Minor Arcana are a little overlooked and underrated, and I’m excited to talk with you about them. I’m excited to be part of Ethony’s Summer School. (she’s awesome) and I’m really looking forward to our class.


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Melissa Cynova
Melissa Cynova

Melissa Cynova has been slinging tarot cards since 1989. Her first book, "Kitchen Table Tarot" was the winner of the 2018 Independent Publishing Award for Best First Book. Her second book will probably not win that particular award, but is expected for publication in February 2019. "Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life" will touch on simplifying your questions - so you can simplify your life. Melissa lives in St. Louis with her kiddos, husband, two cats, two dogs, and a tortoise named Phil. She teaches tarot class through Zoom (online) and is available for phone, email and Zoom readings. Go ahead and book a reading. She already knows you want one.


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