The minor arcana in a tarot deck consists of 4 suits similar to a normal deck of playing cards.
Swords = Spades
Pentacles = Diamond
Cups = Hearts
Wands or Rods = Clubs
Swords are associated with the element of air. Swords deal with matters of the mind, thought process. They are about intelligence and the ability to reason. Other qualities are:
When there is bad energy around the swords can turn mean and opinionated, sharp tongued and cold.