It is essential to understand the Minor Arcana not simply as a set of cards each with individual meaning, but instead, to look at them as an expression of a growth in an elemental energy.
Each element begins in its most raw form and progresses from "one" upward to "nine" and returning to one again as a ten. There is a story unfolding. It marks the same energies that we pass over time and time again and can be used to describe infinite unique moments.
Tying together the energies of the element and the and the energy of numerology, creates a template that makes the minor arcana profoundly easier to read.